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My diet now keeps my body alkaline. I also do not eat high histamine foods and food containing gluten. My diet change has made a huge difference to my life.
The Acid Alkaline Balance
Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 - 7.45 ). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.
An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.
An acidic balance will: decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.
The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweetners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison and extremely acid forming. One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.
To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.
Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.
Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.
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Culinary Cool: The New Rock Stars of Food
Like fedoras, Brooklyn, and start-ups, food has become a mainstay in our culture of cool. These days, it pervades almost every medium; watching and writing and tweeting and studying and documenting and talking and reading about it has become the new norm. Eating isn’t just physical nourishment anymore. It’s enjoyment, it’s art, it’s community … it’s an experience.
And it’s kind of like going to a concert. After all, food and music go together like the Mr. Softee tune goes with vanilla softserve. They are, intrinsically, sensory experiences that transcend communication barriers while conveying emotion and culture and history. Can we call them both universal languages, then? Perhaps.
But Zach Brooks, the creator of Food Is the New Rock, doesn’t like to get too deep. He will admit, though, that these relatively new cultural norms have grabbed chefs from their kitchens and pushed them into the public eye. Today, we look to culinary creators as cultural tastemakers, as artists … in the same way that we’ve revered musicians for decades. To put it plainly: Chefs are the new rockstars.
Nir Adar is a New York based Chef, Food Stylist and an Artist. Before coming to the US to begin this leg of his career, Nir worked as a chef and restaurant consultant, traveling the world following his passion for food.