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A common question when the alkaline diet is mentioned is “how do I measure my pH?” and, “What should my readings be?”

The pH of your body is a good barometer for your internal and overall health.

The pH scale varies from 0 to 14, 0 is acid and 14 is alkaline, with 7 being neutral. The human body should have a pH of around 7.3.

When I first tested my own pH level I had a reading of 5.0 which is rather acidic, my practitioner (JB) said he has seen pH4.0 and lower in clients who have cancer. Ironically once these clients changed the PH levels up to between neutral 7.0 or slightly alkaline 7.5 the tumours mysteriously disappeared!

This was the knowledge that encouraged me to experiment with the pH diet in the first place, and within 10 days my pH had risen up to 6.5. I was taking sodium bicarbonate alongside the diet which I believe boosted the effects of the diet and possibly the reason why I saw such amazing results in such a short space of time.

Testing the pH is simple and can be done with either Litmus paper or pH test strips (for saliva and urine) which are now readily available.

Saliva testing should ideally be done first thing in the morning, before you brush your teeth, and before you eat or drink anything. Place the test strip or paper inside your mouth against the cheek where the salivary ducts are, then compare your results with your chart.

Urine testing can be done at anytime but the most accurate results are from the 2nd urine flow of the day. Allow some urine to flow before holding the test strip in the flow then compare your results with your chart.

Both saliva and Urine should reveal pH results between 6.5 and 7.3

For optimum health a diet rich in fresh unprocessed foods is key, minimise foods that contain dairy, meat, fish and processed glutinous flours. Choose instead lots of fresh green vegetables, drink lemon water, miso and herb teas.

Help your body by making it more pH neutral, it will reward you with better health!

test strips

Test strips suitable for saliva and urine

Copyright Sharon D. Jones ©2011

Tomatoes!


Tomatoes indeed!

Red, yellow or green, sweet and juicy, Cherry, Plum, Beef….Whatever your favourites are Tomatoes are fantastic fresh foods to eat raw.

The tomato, native to South America belongs to the nightshade family. It contains the carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants,  Lycopene has been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays and some reports suggest it has benefits in protection against prostate cancer.

Tomato is:

Low in

  • Saturated Fat
  • Sodium
  • Cholesterol

High in

  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin E
  • Thiamin
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  •  Copper

And did you know that the humble tomato is also very alkaline too? Yes although tomatoes are technically an acidic fruit they have a really alkalising effect on the body.

So tuck in to raw salsa, raw Bolognese, tomato and cucumber salad, come up with some of your own recipes too!

Team it up with your favourite herbs and spices,  Tomatoes lend themselves well to basil, oregano, mint, then drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over and enjoy!

an assortment of Tomatoes

Copyright Sharon D. Jones ©2011

 

 

 


The question ‘How does an alkaline diet work?’ was raised recently by one of our readers.

Imagine the cells of your body are floating around in a fluid and when they are healthy the cells are able to function properly as they were designed to do. Now imagine that the fluid has become polluted for some reason, what would happen to your poor cells trying hard to function in polluted fluid. They become stressed and start to misbehave. If we continue to ignore the early signs that there is pollution or an imbalance then we can end up developing diseases like Diabetes and Cancer.

The ‘pollution’ we speak of is typically caused by stress [whether that’s emotional, physical, or trauma], consuming a standard western diet [high in processed foods], environmental [such as factory, traffic, or crop spraying], there are a wide variety of reason why our bodies become stressed, I have only listed some obvious ones.

Changing our diet to include alkaline foods or foods that have an alkalising effect does have a positive effect on our bodies. A little at first and then more as you keep on with it. Just imagine that in order to change the water in a fish pond you must change the water a little at a time until it is all fresh and healthy.

Checking our pH levels regularly helps us to keep an eye on the condition of the cells of our body.

The alkaline diet is not just a ‘diet’, it is not a ‘quick fix’, you cant expect to go back to eating poor food choices again after only 2 weeks.

The alkaline diet is a lifestyle choice, if you wish to see long term results for your condition (whatever it is, not just Diabetes or Cancer) you would be well advised to adopt this way for the long term.

And it is delicious! I mean eating fresh wholesome green Vegetables and small quantities of alkalising grains which make up 80% of your diet takes some getting used to initially, but you can team it up with your small portions of your 20% to break it up a bit. All I would advise is that you eat food that is as close to how nature made it. Processed foods are not advised.

Start with changing one meal per day, perhaps an awesome Green Smoothie for breakfast to start the day!

Green Smoothie

Copyright Sharon D. Jones ©2011


Blood sugar control in diabetes can be notoriously difficult. You check your levels before you go to bed and they read ‘perfect’, then when you wake up after a perfect nights sleep they are 10mmols [180mg/l] for no reason!

You carefully and diligently monitor everything you eat each day but your blood sugars are never the same twice even if you ate the same thing each meal. High one day, low the next. Why?

It’s the hormones dear! Those little tykes are running your body when you aren’t looking, and they get upset very easily, I mean it doesn’t take much to unbalance our system does it? You throw stress into the pot and voila! you have unruly blood sugars again!

Stress busting can really help you to sort out those blood sugars, there are lots of different ways to get on top of stress, try Yoga, Walking, and EFT (emotional frequency technique), and for goodness sake people turn OFF that television!

Switch your diet for one that is at least 90% alkalising and you will see a huge difference in your blood sugar levels within a few days. Typically it takes around 4 days to see reductions in high fasting numbers, but seeing those reductions is such a boost and gives you the incentive to carry on the good work. And you see a difference in your daytime numbers within a couple of days too.

Go on! give it a try! What have you got to lose?

Yoga for perfect health

Copyright Sharon D. Jones ©2011


If we are truly honest with ourselves we know that what we eat may not be good for us. The difficulty is in giving up the foods that we are addicted to, I mean they just taste so good don’t they? Fats, sugars and processed carbohydrates are actually quite addictive yet they are so harmful.

The human body gets choked up when it is asked to deal with such large amounts of toxins over such a prolonged time, the outcome is that the body becomes sick and tired, literally!

If we really understood what these tasty processed morsels are doing to or bodies we may just re-think that moment that we are tempted to eat them.

Did you eat any of the following today?

Copyright Sharon D. Jones ©2011


I am excited to announce that Alkalise Me has now been released in e-book formats.

To read it today go to Smashwords  and choose which format you wish to download, its as easy as that!

Copyright Sharon D. Jones ©2011


In Europe it is referred to as Bicarbonate of Soda, and in North America it is known as Baking soda. Whatever it is called on your supermarket shelves always check it has only Sodium Bicarbonate in it.

Bicarb of Soda is found naturally in the body [wiki quote] “where it serves to neutralize the acidity of hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach, and excreted into the duodenum of the small intestine via the bile duct”

Now this neutralizing of stomach acid is just one of the reasons why Bicarb is so useful in balancing our acid/alkaline levels in the body.

Bicarb works on balancing the acidic phase our body goes through overnight (according to chinese medicine) I think this is of particular interest in Diabetes when a morning rise in blood sugars occurs known as Dawn Phenomenon.

At bedtime each night, allowing at least 3 hours after your last meal or snack, take half a teaspoon of Bicarb dissolved in half a glass of water and after swishing around the mouth it is swallowed.

If you find that your last meal was too close to bedtime then taking your bicarb when you wake during the night or first thing in the morning is beneficial too. Just be sure to allow at least 1 hour before eating any food if you take it first thing as it will neutralise your stomach acids and digestion would be impossible. – Trust me this is very uncomfortable if you try and take bicarb and food too close together and your food just lies undigested in the bottom of your stomach!

In the weeks before I began eating alkaline, Hubby and I started taking bicarb. our pH levels were significantly much better after only 10 days.

The benefits of bicarb are without number, I have read blogs and forum posts about people having positive results for all sorts of conditions, from Indigestion to Gout, there is no question in my mind that bicarb is beneficial in indirectly reducing inflammation. When we think inflammatory we probably think about arthritis, but other inflammatory diseases include Fibro-Myalgia, Cancer, High Cholesterol, Diabetes.

Teamed up with a diet that is high in Alkalising fresh produce we can really reduce pain and inflammation in our bodies.

Copyright Sharon D. Jones ©2011

Bicarbonate of Soda