I am in the process of re-adopting an alkaline diet, since I have had success with it in the past to alleviate certain autoimmune conditions (in my case psoriasis and GERD).
I vividly remember lying awake scratching as a little girl. My pediatrician at the time said I was allergic to chocolate and prescribed antihistamines. Over the years I’ve used various steroid creams for temporary relief. My pediatrician was on the right track, but thankfully I have no food allergies. It turns out that chocolate is highly acidic. While I believe I can safely say I walk the walk fitness-wise, my nutrition is another story. I love certain foods, but they don't love me!
Under the advice of a naturopath, I embarked on reducing acidic foods in my diet. But when I looked up just which foods are acidic and which are alkaline (click for an example of the many charts on the internet), I became confused and demoralized. Not only was my diet highly acidic, I had never heard of some of the alkaline foods listed. So now from time to time I post about foods that are mostly alkaline on my Instagram.
Today we're all about kohlrabi. Kohl-WHAT-i you say? I said the same thing. So I decided to take these weird looking vegetables home and see for myself. From the same species as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale, it is an incredibly healthy vegetable and an absolute must to include in any weight loss diet. They are chock-full of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron - as well as vitamins like C, A and K, high in fiber and antioxidant compounds such as the phytochemical glucosinolate and carotenes. I peeled and cut them up to include in tonight's salad. To me it tasted like radish or jicama. It went great with a greek yogurt-based dressing (with sour cream, mascarpone cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and sumac). They can also be eaten cooked, although a friend told me cooked kohlrabi stank up her refrigerator. We'll have to see about that.
When I was a little girl I would lie awake scratching. My pediatrician at the time said I was allergic to chocolate 😱 and prescribed antihistamines. Over the years I’ve used various steroid creams for temporary relief. My pediatrician was on the right track, but thankfully I have no food allergies. It turns out that chocolate is highly acidic. You can find many acid vs. alkaline charts on the internet, like this one.
While I believe I can safely say I walk the walk fitness-wise, my nutrition is another story. In the past (after consulting with a naturopath) I’ve had great success with an alkalinediet for my autoimmune skin condition (psoriasis) and GERD. Aside from being effective to treat my unique conditions, there are other numerous benefits from reducing acidic foods in our diet. .
SO many things I love are on the acidic side, but they don’t love me! The great thing is I don’t have to limit any one thing entirely, so long as I can get my PH away from acidic I’m good! Now I mostly use non-steroidal creams like those from @kamedis_skin_care and save the ‘roids for really bothersome flare-ups.
Stay tuned for posts highlighting alkaline foods.
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