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When we are detoxing, we are removing toxins, waste, parasites and fluids that have been stored in our intestines! As these toxic chemicals are released, we need to make sure that we are immediately flushing them out of our body. This will help these long-stored toxins in our intestines to not resurface in the forms of rashes and headaches, as staying hydrated will further support your body’s digestive system and natural waste-removing mechanisms.
Personally, while I go through rounds of detoxing, I choose to change my diet to focus on foods that are considered to be more alkaline than acidic. Why?
Though the efficacy of alkaline-based diets are still up for debate, it is worth exploring why we are even having this conversation and taking certain foods into more thoughtful consideration.
With attention being paid towards a diet that encourages the consumption of mostly fruits and vegetables, alkaline-based diets vary depending on the source, but all of them typically omit the consumption of harmful grains, meat, cheese and eggs.
Promoted by alternative medicine practitioners for generations now, it is believed that by consuming foods that are more alkaline, we are helping our body’s ability to prevent cancer, heart disease, low energy levels and other illnesses. As the human blood is maintained between a pH of 7.35 and 7.45, when levels go above 7.45, they are considered alkalosis and below 7.35, it is considered acidosis. Here is the deal – both alkalosis and acidosis are both considered to be potentially serious issues. While we can’t just “think” our way with mental power into getting our blood into this ideal pH level range, we can, however, be more aware of the foods we are putting into our body!
Below, I have put together a list of foods I eat and avoid, while doing a round of MICOPEIA’s Detox & Go
, or if I am needing to just rid myself of the nasty, bloated build-up of toxins, undigested meat and processed-sugars.
Not only do I want to share this go-to list of mine, I’m recommending that you take time to watch the documentary “What the Health?
” While it is a bit sensationalized and can drag on quite a bit through unneeded narration, the weight and purpose of the film is certainly important. The film’s purpose is to empower the viewer enough to question and take action towards answering those questions. I encourage those who have been dealing with perpetual and ongoing health issues to consider looking at their long-term dietary choices, to determine if something they are eating may be contributing to ongoing issues.
For those with autoimmune concerns, who may be pregnant and/or taking medication, please consult with your doctor and/or nurse practitioner prior to making dietary changes, as certain foods may interfere with your current wellness needs.
If you can't see/stream via the embedded video above, here is a link to the documentary “What the Health
”. I originally saw the film on Netflix, but since, I have been able to find a streamed copy that someone uploaded to YouTube. Certainly give this film a watch, to maybe learn something new: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRqIoUPZZWw
Remember - Be Good to Yourself!
Rashon A. Massey
The goal of this list is to supply you with vegetables, grains and fruits that will further help your body’s natural ability to regulate and maintain your blood pH levels to between 7.35 and 7.45. Many dis-eases are formed from too much acidity and inflammatory foods in our diets. This list of foods is intended to keep our body’s acid base (pH) between 6.5 (slightly acidic) and 7.5 (slightly alkaline)
• Fruits: apples, cantaloupe, currants, dates, figs, elderberries, papayas, berries, peaches, soft jelly coconuts, pears, plums, seeded key limes, mangoes, prickly pears, seeded melons, Latin or West Indies soursop, tamarind
• Vegetables: avocado, bell peppers, cactus flower, chickpeas, cucumber, dandelion greens, kale, lettuce (except iceberg), mushrooms (except shiitake), okra, olives, sea vegetables, squash, tomatoes (only cherry and plum), zucchini
• Grains: fonio, amaranth, Khorasan wheat (kamut), rye, wild rice, spelt, teff, quinoa, lentils (an alkaline-forming legume)
• Nuts and Seeds: Brazil nuts, hemp seeds, raw sesame seeds, raw tahini butter, walnuts, raw pumpkin seeds
• Oils: avocado oil, coconut oil (uncooked), grapeseed oil, hempseed oil, olive oil (uncooked), sesame oil
• Avoid processed food, dairy, fast food, pork, red meat, raw fish, sugars (excluding fruits!) and alcohol!
REMEMBER - Drink plenty of water! Recommended: (10) 8oz glasses of water daily!