In the health world you may have heard the word alkalizing being mentioned a lot when referring to diet. Although the term might be becoming another fashionable buzz word it’s really another way of confirming that a diet high in fruit and vegetables is best for us with moderate amounts of grains, fish and occasional dairy products. There are always new ways of explaining why a healthy balanced diet is good for us.
The science behind this is interesting to understand. The body operates optimally in an alkaline state, however many of the metabolic reactions in the body are acid forming. In an acid state mineral loss is accelerated e.g. calcium and mineral from bones. Acidity is also thought to lead to inflammation, which is the root cause of many diseases. So the best way to bring the body back into balance is by eating a diet that consists mainly of alkalizing foods.
The most alkalizing foods are green ones like avocado, dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, quinoa, lentils, pearl barley, broccoli, berries, green tea, watermelon, asparagus, beetroot, nuts, and oily fish. Yum! The most acid forming foods are meat and animal products and drinks such as coffee and alcohol. The food at the TIEX is an excellent example of an alkalizing diet – and one that is easy for you to follow when you get home after the retreat.
Interestingly our emotions can also affect the acid alkaline balance. Stress, fear and anxiety are all acid forming. At TIEX we understand the importance of an holistic approach when it comes to health. That’s why we include daily yoga as well as focusing on nutrition and exercise in our program.