“Take a new approach to nutrition and see your health, physical vitality and exercise performance soar,” says Paulo Freitag.
Your body must eliminate two kinds of toxins to maintain health: those that we absorb from the environment and those that are generated inside the body.
Many understand that a diet high in over-processed, sugar-loaded convenience food pollutes the body. But that’s only part of the picture. In reality, most foods produce toxins when metabolised. For example, when you have a protein-rich meal like roast lamb, the digested protein produces ammonia and uric acid, which are highly toxic unless they are neutralised and eliminated.
Toxins and free radicals are also generated by the metabolism of oxygen, unsaturated fats, ageing, and aerobic exercise. Even the process of detoxification produces a level of free radicals in your cells.
Combat free radicals with potent antioxidants!
Antioxidants boost your body’s ability to remove toxins and keep free radicals at bay. Antioxidants unite with free radicals and toxins, deactivating and preventing them from being stored in the cells and doing damage.
Our cells and tissues can store toxins for months and even years, releasing them in times of stress and physical exertion, leading to health complications from physical and mental tiredness to dizziness and heart disease.
Our ancestors did not have problems with toxicity because they mostly ate what the land provided: fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes. Our diet today is driven by convenience and what’s available on the supermarket shelves. Even our fresh fruits and veggies contain deposits of chemicals, fertilisers hormones and pesticides. All this adds up to a toxic overload causing chemical imbalances in our bodies.
Natural bone health expert, Dr. Susan E. Browne says: “The contemporary Western diet leads to chronic low-level acidosis to the detriment of basic health and well-being. The solution to this problem lies in a return to a sustainable diet rich in alkaline precursors’’.
Boost your body’s antioxidant levels–naturally!
The Alkaline Diet is based on the premise that foods release either acid or alkaline compounds once digested. Highly acidic foods leave high concentrations of chloride, phosphorus or sulphur in their ash, robbing your body of its antioxidant levels. Alkaline foods leave concentrations of magnesium, calcium and potassium in their ash.
The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund advocate predominantly plant-based diets rich in a variety of vegetables, fruits, legumes and minimally processed starchy staple foods as well as limiting red meat consumption–similar to what the alkaline camp promotes.
The Alkaline Diet follows a simple 80/20 rule in favour of alkaline rich foods. You can still indulge in those forbidden foods you love – from time to time! However, instead of making sudden changes to your diet, it is recommended to slowly replace foods like meats and dairy, and white breads and sweets with fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. Drinking alkaline water is also important in assisting the body to remove toxins.
Power-up your body with nature’s superfoods–easily!
Making dietary adjustments is only part of the equation. Adding superfoods to your diet should also be considered.
One of such foods is the Maqui berry. It is considered to be one of nature’s most potent antioxidant superfoods because it is rich in phytochemicals, anthocyanins, trace minerals and polyphenols. It supports natural detoxification and stimulates weight loss.
Other powerful superfoods include Alfalfa, Barley grass and Wheatgrass. They contain natural plant based proteins, vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants that support healthy and active living.
When purchasing superfood supplements, look for those that are certified organic as well as chemical, GMO and gluten free. The best brands will also be free from artificial flavours and additives.
Measure your body’s toxicity levels–quickly!
Our ideal pH is slightly alkaline – 7.30 to 7.45. Testing your pH level can give you a good indication of how your body is doing on the inside. You can measure your pH levels with a paper pH strip, available at most pharmacies. The strips change colour when dipped in a urine or saliva sample, providing an easy and effective way to determine your pH. To get an accurate reading, you should do this test first thing in the morning.
Your body has to fight and eliminate toxins and free radicals every day; however, you can do a lot to help. One way is to make sure that your food will energise and nourish your body, not clog and slow it down. You can also assist your body with nature’s powerful nutrient-rich superfoods. Those highly concentrated foods pack a punch bursting with wholesome goodness.
Challenge yourself for the next ten days to apply the Alkaline 80/20 principle to every meal and see for yourself the difference it makes to your health, energy levels and well-being. By eating more natural, water-rich alkaline foods, you should restore your reserves of alkaline minerals and reduce the wear and tear of acid overload on your body. Alkalise and energise! You won’t look back.
Paulo Freitag is a multi-award-winning athlete and bodybuilder as well as a sports nutritionist. Known as The Alkaline Guy, he is Australia’s leading pioneer in peak performance and alkaline nutrition.
At just 18 years of age, he won a scholarship to the US for his javelin throwing, and he eventually competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
He attended Life University in Atlanta Georgia, USA, studying Sports Nutrition while running his successful e-commerce company.
After losing his wife to cancer, Paulo dedicated the rest of his life to helping people around the world enjoy a healthier more vibrant existence.
Paulo believes that correcting the acid/alkaline balance of the body can hasten recovery from illness or injury, increase physical vitality and stamina, and improve health, emotional well-being and exercise performance. That’s why he encourages people to Alkalise & Energise!
Paulo continues to research and create breakthroughs in health and peak performance products with the goal to assist ordinary people and sports athletes to achieve optimal health and performance at any age.