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Old 10-17-2010, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default Alkalinity Ballance

Hopefully this is in the right section to garner a response. Alot of paleo websites talk about the importance of alkalinity ballance. A google search of it brings up a plethora of raw vegan websites so i am struggling to find the information i need.

I target about 200g of protein a day (target class <105kg) of which about 60g comes from Whey and the rest comes from mainly red meat, white meat and eggs.

I was wondering if there was a guide for how much leafy greens to take in to manage alkalinity.

Yesterdays (alkalinity inducing) food log was 2 cups spinach, 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 cup blueberries, 3 cups of lettuce (romaine), half an avacado and a bunch of other salad ingredients in lower quantities at around 2000cals. In hesitant to add too much more fruit in and its tough to get much more leafy greens in without becoming a full time ruminant.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:32 PM   #2
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I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I do believe that fruit also increases alkalinity. I have the worst memory in the world, but I vaguely recall Robb explaining how even lemon juice (maybe it was lime) actually becomes alkaline after digestion. So... with that in mind, if you're eating vegetables and fruit with your meals or around your meals, then I would think that your alkalinity is fine.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:19 AM   #3
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yeh unfortuantly i cant eat too much fruit as im trying to keep my calories down. i was hoping there would be a guideline like x grams of alkaline fruit and vegetable per gram of meat.

i also read whey is pH basic so i guess that works in my favor.
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:13 AM   #5
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Great article, I must have missed that the first time around.

Looking at the Inuit culture even, all they eat is meat and animal fat for the majority of their diet, yet, they also avoid modern diseases. So.... I guess there's a living example of a high acid load diet without consequences. As with pretty much everything, there always seems to be more than one factor contributing to the overall issue.
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:34 AM   #6
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I don't really buy this stuff too much.

Body regulates pH in the body within about .2 or something, so it's never going to be out of whack so much as long as you are eating a fairly healthy variety of good foods.

If we are talking about acidity/alkaline in terms of leeching and or absorbing/not absorbing proper nutrieints in the body

Bottom line = good quality food + exercise + good sleep = healthy
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Drink water with tons of lemon in it.

Weird that lemons turns alkaline in the body but they do.
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Great article, I must have missed that the first time around.

Looking at the Inuit culture even, all they eat is meat and animal fat for the majority of their diet, yet, they also avoid modern diseases. So.... I guess there's a living example of a high acid load diet without consequences. As with pretty much everything, there always seems to be more than one factor contributing to the overall issue.
There are lots of studies showing a high prevelance of Osteoporosis in Inuits with traditional diets. Of course there link may not be directly related to dietry acidosis however as you say, they seem healthy in many other ways.

I guess the inevitable answer to this question is you can never eat too many leafy greens. In the mean time, i wont worry too much about pH.

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Bottom line = good quality food + exercise + good sleep = healthy
unfortuantly i only ever seem to manage to get 2 out of those 3 at any one time.
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Hmmm, I learned something new. I didn't know Inuits had a high incidence of osteoporosis. I know they have a low incidence of diabetes and cancer when compared to Western society. I don't know if the osteoporosis is entirely due to their diet though. They live in probably the harshest climate any humans are living in, their diet lacks any real variety, and there are probably innumerable other factors I'm missing. That is a very interesting fact though.

I know marijuana is legal in Alaska, maybe, the Inuits should ask the potheads about hydroponic gardening and start growing hydroponic spinach.
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