Distinguishing between the dfferent types of vegetables and their energy or nutrient density

Another common problem I encounter is people distinguishing between the different types of vegetables and their energy or nutrient density;

A lot of people make no progress if they load up on root vegetables at night particularly as these contain high amounts of energy per weight.

Grains are also high but it’s easier for people to identify these in the diet. Grains tend to be slightly acid forming in the body having a +ive PRAL score. This makes them less useful for health and athletes alike as an acidic environment potentially lowers alkaline agents like glutamine, and minerals such as magnesium and calcium.

Most proteins are also acid forming with meat’s being highest…..

Potential detrimental effects of a high acid diet include:

Mild acidosis can cause such problems as:

  • Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and reduction of oxygen.
  • Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
  • Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
  • Immune deficiency.
  • Acceleration of free radical damage, possible contributing to cancerous mutations.
  • Hormone concerns.
  • Premature aging.
  • Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
  • Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue.
  • Slow digestion and elimination.
  •  Yeast / fungal overgrowth.

A really easy way to alkalize the body is through the use of green drinks  – I mix mine in with whey protein which is only slightly acidic.

Other handy tips include lemon juice or cider vinegar, both having a net alkalizing effect despite being acidic in nature……

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