A proper diet does more than just keep weight down

Diet is about more than just managing your weight.

Except for the air you breathe, what you eat and drink is what makes up your whole body and makes it run. If you fill your body with junk, expect it to turn into junk. But if you want to keep your body out of the junkyard, try using a little common-sense discipline in what you put into your mouth.

There are lots of choices and variety that you can enjoy even with a healthy diet. Health, youthfulness, vigor, beauty, productivity and long life are the result of a correct diet and correct living habits. The wrong diet results in acidity, disease, suffering, failure in life, misery and an early grave.

Body acidity is the main cause of disease and must be neutralized or we will die young, no matter whether we are doctors or patients. Acid foods are death foods. Death is the end result of acid accumulation.

We must learn what acid foods are and leave them alone. At the same time, we must learn that we require an alkaline diet for health, vigor, efficiency, youthfulness and a long life.

Strive to eat at least 80 percent alkaline foods and no more than 20 percent acid foods. Assuming you’ve been eating something like the typical American diet, it will take a period of adjustment to get your body to a healthy alkaline/acid balance. During that time, you should temporarily avoid or at least drastically limit eating acid-forming foods like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, fats, white bread, starchy foods, cakes, pastry, candy, white sugar and confections.

These foods are not all necessarily faulty, but they should never be consumed in proportions far beyond the requirements for body need. Pay attention to portions. Eat what you need but no more.

Alkaline foods are whole foods. Your diet should be primarily organic fruits and vegetables (mostly raw), especially dark green leafy vegetables like kale, mustard greens, collard greens, Swiss chard, watercress, spinach and arugula; other green vegetables like romaine, bok choy, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, string beans, snow peas and green peas; non-green but nutrient-rich vegetables like beets, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, radishes, bean sprouts, red and yellow bell peppers, radicchio, cauliflower, tomatoes, artichokes and raw carrots.

Beans — fresh and dried — and raw nuts are also alkaline.

If you feel you must eat meat, stick to meat from free-range animals that have not been fed genetically modified foods or subjected to antibiotics. Keep your meat diet heavy on fish consumption, but not farm-raised; those animals usually have been fed GMOs and heavily medicated.

Almost everything you find in the center aisles of the grocery stores are acid foods. This includes all processed foods and foods containing hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. Soft drinks are particularly acidic and should be avoided at all cost.

An alkaline diet is a key to health for all ages, but especially for seniors. And finally, drink plenty of water. Water flushes our systems of acid. Seniors, particularly, drink too little water. That speeds up the buildup of acid and hastens death.

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Bob Livingston

By Bob Livingston

Bob Livingston has been writing most of his adult life on matters of health, nutritional supplements, natural alternatives and social importance.