I’ve been reading a bit lately about the detoxing benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. For me, it’s just one more reason to eat fewer processed foods and more real, natural foods. As I get older, my passion for nutrition becomes more and more about me and less about trying to change the mindsets and diets of people around me.
Last weekend, my husband and I sat down to revise our budget and fine-tune plans for our future. When “little man” leaves the nest, we want to be able to pay cash for our purchases, we want to travel – we want to enjoy life. To live the life we envision, I need to be in great health. I want to feel well, look well and stay active. I don’t want to be bogged down with a bag full of medications and physical limitations that will keep me from enjoying my husband, seeing the world and playing with my grandkids.
The more I read food labels and learn about mass food production, the more I realize the unfair beating our bodies take each and every day from our fast-paced living. I don’t believe in quick-fix fasts or expensive cleanses, but I do strongly believe in creating a good internal working environment to aid health and healing through the foods we eat and the beverages we drink.
So that’s why I do what’s called “slow detoxing”. A gradual, daily detox balances the slow kill of a toxic environment. Slow detoxing promotes a healthy immune system by creating a slightly alkaline pH environment. Refined carbohydrates, dairy and meats are acid-promoting foods. Eating too much of these foods put stress on the kidney and liver and can increase your risk of disease. We all live in the real world, so completely avoiding these foods is easier said than done. So my remedy is to eat fewer acid-producing foods and more alkaline-promoting foods to offset the damage of a modern diet.
Wondering if the foods you eat are acidic or alkaline?
Check out this list of acid-producing foods so you know which foods to cut back on.
Check out this list of alkaline-promoting foods so you know which foods to eat a lot more of.
Until next time,