With every bite of food you consume, you are either contributing to a healthier or an un-healthier you… after all, we are what we eat, right?

So if you are eating fast food, processed food, microwaved food or the S.A.D., you might want to rethink why you suffer from ailments and dis-eases like migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, stomach pain, muscle weakness, allergies or even chronic and degenerative illness such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.

So let’s talk a bit about acid- ash and alkaline- ash forming foods and how they can be affecting your health. So what exactly does acid- ash and alkaline- ash mean and how do we know if we are eating healing and nurturing alkalized foods?

As you metabolize foods and obtain their energy (calories), they leave an ash as if you were burning them. Acidic ash makes your body acidic and alkaline ash makes it alkaline, easy enough. However, keep in mind that if you tend to consume more acid- than alkaline-forming foods, your body pulls from its alkali reserves (like calcium) to maintain proper pH levels.

Acidic ash foods include dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, grains, caffeine and alcohol, and consist primarily of protein, sulfur, and phosphate. Alkaline foods are typically fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, some nuts, and seeds, which are rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

To achieve alkalinity in the body, it’s okay to eat a few foods from the acidic food list, yet, these should not be making up the principal part of your diet! Consider restricting these foods significantly while dramatically upping your intake of alkaline foods and then notice how your body feels and responds!

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