We have tried to address each of these questions here in order to help you on your way, however, if you have any other questions, please feel free to post your questions at the Energise Blog and we will do our best to answer you and will post your questions here.
1. Can I eat fruit while I alkalise?
This is an interesting subject and is always one of the first questions people ask when they are new to alkalising. The simple answer is no. Although this goes against most people’s core beliefs (and the guidelines we are given by the Government such as ‘Eat 5’) it is not recommended that people wishing to follow this approach should eat most fruits.
Although fruit is obviously high in nutrients and fibre and also has high water content – it is absolutely full of sugar. Despite claims of ‘natural’ sugars being OK, sugar must be thought of as sugar, whatever the source. Microforms thrive on sugar (be it chocolate, sweets, honey or fruit) and will ferment it into alcohol and other mycotoxins which are the source of thousands of health problems (for more info see question 3).
Fruit should be avoided with the exception of the following which can be eaten and used in abundance: grapefruit;· lemon (great squeezed in water, on salads, in dressings); lime (same as lemons); avocado; tomato; watermelon (more sparingly).
Once you are in balance, eating fruits every now and again is OK and makes a nice treat, (instead of treating yourself with a chocolate bar). However, you can still alkalise by getting all of the nutrients contained in fruits from vegetables, and more without the negative side effects.
2. What is alkalising water?
It will not be surprising to learn that the water that we get from our taps is not alkalising and does not necessarily help when trying to alkalise! Alkalising water (with a pH of between 9 and 11) can help to neutralise acid wastes and rid the body of toxins.
The best way to increase the quality of your water is to use a distiller, ioniser or reverse-osmosis purifier. This lessens the amount of hydrogen in the water (which makes it acidic) and therefore helps our body to reduce acid wastes and start to alkalise. To further increase the alkalinity of water, it is advisable to use pH drops (such as Alkaline pH Booster) and add lemon/lime juice.
3. What are mycotoxins?
Mycotoxins (fungal) and exotoxins (bacterial) are the poisonous waste that is generated by microforms. Microforms produce these extremely harmful toxins when they digest glucose, proteins and fats.
In an acidic environment, these toxins are given a licence to grow rapidly and cause harm to tissues and bodily processes.
Microform growth occurs in an acidic environment, particularly following the consumption of sugars, alcohol, yeast and most acid-forming food and drink. Symptoms of excess microforms and myco/exo-toxins include infections, fatigue, cancer, clogged arteries, diarrhoea, asthma, colds, flu, tumours, cysts, insomnia, lethargy, headaches, over/under-weight, PMS, lack of sex drive, joint pain, bad breath, thrush, depression, dry skin, ulcers and many more!
When you alkalise your body, these microforms do not get a chance to develop!
4. What are Green Drinks and which Green Drink is best for me?
There are many brands and types of green drinks available in the marketplace. We currently recommend Alkaline Green, Pure Energy Greens from Inner Balance and Udo Erasmus’s Beyond Greens, among others, to be the most effective due to the ingredients and the process by which it is produced.
However, if you are looking to try a different ‘green drink’ to alkalise it is advisable to check that:
– The ingredients are organically grown
– The ingredients do not contain algae, mushrooms or probiotics
– It contains no fillers, binders or other non-nutrient ingredients.
5. What happens if I have a bad day?
The most important thing to remember if you have a bad day is not to dwell on it! Just look at what led to the decision to eat badly, learn from the experience and move on. Just because you had one bad day does not mean that all of your hard work has been undone, you simply have to pick yourself up and get on with it!
If you have a particularly heavy day/night (perhaps at the weekend) you might choose to do a mini-cleanse the next day to really give yourself an alkalising boost and help your body get rid of the toxins quickly. When you alkalise it is not a straight road and you have good and bad days, it is important to just make sure you are moving in the right direction over time.
6. I’m really hungry! What can I eat?!
If you are hungry, do not think that you cannot eat!
Alkalising is not about starving yourself! In fact, it is quite the opposite. When we alkalise it is an effort to give the body a feast of nutrient-rich food so that it can heal and revitalise itself.
Granted, it may be more convenient to have some chocolate, crisps, sweets, or toast – however, with minimal preparation you can provide yourself with alkalising snacks which are very tasty! Simple snacks that you can make at home will be included in our ‘Recipes’ section – however, for when you are out of the home or on the road you may wish to snack on the following which is all highly alkalising: Almonds; Pumpkin seeds; Sprouts; Salads; Chopped carrots, celery or cucumber;
7. I thought we were supposed to avoid fats?
Although diets such as Rosemary Connelly advise their followers to minimise consumption of fats at costs, a distinction has to be made between different types of fat and their effect on the body.
As a rough guide, you should try to avoid all saturated fats, hydrogenated oils and trans fatty acids. These can have a very acidifying effect and are responsible for increased blood pressure, heart disease, cancers and are at the root of many other diseases and illnesses.
However, avoiding all fats can also have negative effects as the body requires certain levels of fat to maintain metabolism and protect vital organs. Omega 3 and 6 in the correct quantities also help prevent many degenerative diseases such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, Crohn’s Disease and Alzheimer’s.
It is recommended that you aim to consume healthy amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in your diet and also take a supplementary oil such as linseed/flax/hemp, cod liver or preferably Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend – which has the optimal ratio of essential fatty acids.
8. So how do you work out the pH of foods?
The relative alkalinity or acidity of food is measured by the pH value of the ash residue that remains after the food has been metabolised by our body. This ash can be acid, alkaline or neutral depending largely upon the mineral content of the food.
As a basic rule – potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, silver, sodium and iron leave an alkaline residue while sulphur, chlorine, phosphorous and iodine create an acid environment.
The foods that are either alkalising or acidifying are very easy to categorise. The common sense ‘bad’ foods (sugar, refined foods, foods high in saturated fat and trans fats, meat, dairy, yeast, fizzy drinks, crisps, chocolate, alcohol etc) all leave acid ash. Conversely, the common sense ‘good foods’ (salads, vegetables etc) are alkalising.
9. Does alkalising reduce weight? Does it decrease water in a body?
The body hangs on to fat in order to protect the organs from the toxicity that is created by excess acids in the blood. The fat is actually saving us!
By consuming alkaline foods and drinks such as lemon water we are helping to flush our bodies of the excess acids and therefore we will begin to lose weight.
Making sure we are properly hydrated will also assist in weight reduction as it will stop the body from retaining unnecessary water.