Alkaline and Food

Consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables has decreased giving rise to the Western acid-producing diet. Something or the other has to be done to control it otherwise the results will be too disastrous for us to imagine.

Now what is an alkaline diet?

What happens- When we eat, our food gets digested, absorbed, and metabolized, and then it releases either an acid or an alkaline base (bicarbonate) into our blood.

Alkaline levels in our body

Our blood is somewhat alkaline, consisting of a normal pH level between 7.35 and 7.45. An acidic diet disrupts this balance and encourages the loss of essential minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium, as the body tries to restore balance and this imbalance makes you prone to numerous chronic diseases.

If you have noticed the following symptoms in you, then alkaline diet is strongly recommended for you:

1. Lack of energy
2. Excessive mucous production
3. Nasal congestion
4. Frequent colds and flu
5. Anxiety, nervousness, irritability
6. Ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, benign breast cysts
7. Headache

Acidic Foods

1. Meats and oils
2. Jams
3. Butter
4. Cookies
5. Frozen foods
6. Ice creams
7. Cranberries
8. Wheat
And almost 90% of our food intake is acidic by nature.

Alkaline Foods

Alkaline diets prevent the formation of calcium kidney stones, osteoporosis, and age-related muscle wasting.

1. Almonds
2. Yogurt
3. Raw milk
4. Almond milk
5. Wheat grass
6. Germ grass
7. Honey
8. Herbal tea
9. All fruits except Cranberries
10. Melons and Cherries – highly alkaline
11. Lemon- Though sour in taste yet not acidifying- Lemonade made with stevia and sea salt is highly alkaline and very refreshing
12. Quinoa, Amaranth, Millet, Buckwheat (grains)- All other grains are highly acidic in nature and should not be taken.

Fruits and vegetables if eaten raw also provide a dual purpose of not only energy but also fiber. The heart, the brain, the blood cells, the liver, the kidney all require a body ph of 7.4 for a smooth and optimal functioning. Only an alkaline foods diet can insure that this natural alkaline body ph is restored. An alkaline foods diet is completely opposite to what most of us eat today.

Alkalizing Protein
Almonds
Chestnuts
Millet
Tempeh (fermented)
Tofu (fermented)
Whey Protein Powder

Alkaline Sweeteners
Stevia

Alkaline Spices & Seasonings
Chili Pepper
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Herbs (all)
Miso
Mustard
Sea Salt
Tamari

Alkaline Other
Alkaline Water
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Fresh Fruit Juice
Green Juices
Lecithin Granules
Mineral Water
Molasses, blackstrap
Probiotic Cultures
Kefir Water Crystals/Kefir
Soured Dairy Products
Veggie Juices

Alkaline Minerals
Calcium: pH 12
Cesium: pH 14
Magnesium: pH 9
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 1

The Greener The Vegetable, The More Alkaline

So when looking for alkaline vegetables, go for the greens like broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, wheat grass, lettuce, and so on are high alkaline foods and are highly beneficial to the body.

Vegetables like mushrooms, onions, peas, pepper bells, parsley, radish, cucumber, tomatoes, potatoes with their peels and garlic though not green vegetables are all the same alkaline foods.

But please stay miles away from the highly-acidic foods like animal flesh, processed food, eggplants, fats and even lentils. These acidic foods are really fatal for the body.

Wheat is an acidic food but wheat grass is alkaline.

Similarly raw spinach is alkaline by nature but if you cook it, it gets highly acidic. Milk is also alkaline but only if it is raw. All processed forms of dairy are acidic and are to be avoided.

Alkaline foods prevents diseases

Many chronic aliments like cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, coronary diseases, migraines, dental problems, depressions, sinusitis, and many such seemingly common illnesses are the result of acidic foods diet that we are used to. Now, do you realize why we suffer from such problems throughout our lives.

Needless to say that when we follow an alkaline foods diet our bodies get alkalized and the acidic levels gets balanced out thus repelling all germs and strengthening the immune system.

For those who are inclined to non vegetarian diet meats are a clear no. For those looking for some protein there is chicken breast, which is alkaline and can be eaten for good health. Other meats are all acidic and should form no more the 20 % of ones diet.

WARNING-
Remember never to eat just alkaline foods, a bit of acid is also required for a balanced diet. the only thing is to keep your acidic food intake very limited.

Alkaline diet is recommended in different variations for different bodies. First go for a reliable source and purchase a pH balance kit. Measure your alkaline content and then go for the alkaline diet accordingly.

Spiritual Development

Spirit is different from religion. Religion may contain spirit, but spirit can stand-alone from religion.

Feeding the Body, the Mind, the Spirit

Many great spiritual teachers recommend eating a vegetarian diet to enhance one’s spiritual practices. My personal spirit coincides with the laws of the universe, which is to eat a vegan/raw diet comprised mainly of fruit, herbs, nuts, seeds and some vegetables. Nazir Avdiyah, my spiritual teacher, on his weekly conference calls recommends and teaches that a proper vegan diet that consists of at least 51% raw is a good place to start to cleanse your chakras in order to tap into the penile gland (your third eye).  To learn more about tapping into your third eye, listen to his recorded calls; Gold in the Highest Thought & Meditation in Gold (call #s 94 & 95 –to subscribe to the recorded calls simply complete the subscription to Spiritual calls with Nazir Avdiyah) He suggests that eating raw foods helps us clear away blocks that prevent us from tapping into our direct connection with the divine and our spiritual natures. Raw foods energize the body and turn us into human antennas that resonate with the frequencies of the cosmos.

Setting Goals for Spiritual Practices

If you’ve been eating raw foods for a while and find yourself drawn to the spiritual seeker’s path, you don’t need to sell your possessions or pay for it, like some will tell you. Try setting some simple goals for your spiritual practice.

1. Explore spiritual traditions, paths and practices.  If you seek the truth in it’s highest form try our ministry call. If not, it’s worthwhile to explore the vast and deep world of spiritual practices and traditions. Begin with the world’s major teachers: Yahwah, Yahshua, and many others. Read the holy texts of the KJV Bible. See if anything resonates with you.

2.  Begin a meditation practice. Meditation is a great way to quiet the mind’s chatter and connect with your spirit. There are many websites, videos, books and courses to help you learn how to meditate; yoga is a great way to learn to meditate. You can begin by simply sitting quietly in a chair with your eyes closed and relaxed. Breathe normally, and repeat to yourself a word or phrase you select that embodies a quality you would like to have, such as “Peace” or “Love.”  On the inhale, say the word to yourself, and repeat on the exhale.

3.  Commit to nurturing your spirit.
Commit to a period of meditation daily. Even if it is just five minutes, it will do more to enhance your spirit than anything else will.

4.  Spend time with spiritual people.

Spending time in fellowship or communion with spiritual people has a profound effect. Joining a group or taking a workshop or course is a great way to meet other spiritual seekers.

5.  Open your mind to the possibilities.
  Keep an open mind. Connecting with your spirit takes time and patience. Rigid goals may not necessarily be the best way to enhance your spiritual practice.  Let it unfold.

We are body, mind and spirit. Many raw food books and raw food experts teach only the physical aspects of raw foods: what to eat, how to shop and prepare foods, recipes and nutrition. Yet what we eat transforms us from the inside out, affecting every cell in the body. How our bodies feel is intimately connected with what we think, and all of this is enhanced and modified by what we believe and feel…our relationship to spirit; our own wonderful guiding Higher Self and what we define as our Higher Power, God, or Divine Guidance. May raw foods bring you closer to your own unique spiritual ideal.

— Peace and Love
By Nazir Nekhrahiyah Baht Avdiyah