There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of The Alkaline Diet, and how it can affect you on the inside, now it is time to mention how it can affect you on the outside. Actually, there is a definitive link, “You are What You Eat!”
Our bodies are constantly exposed to many toxins, and these are not just from airborne pollution but also from the foods we eat, all the way to the cosmetics we wear. Due to this, the acid levels in out body build up, which leads to essential minerals being taken from elsewhere in the body. So, over time this leads to an increase in free radical damage and a buildup of inflammation.
What to Do
Usually, the body’s pH level is highly acidic, and this needs to be rectified. So, by eliminating processed foods, excess dairy products, large quantities of alcohol and limiting the consumption of fish, poultry, and especially red meats, you can achieve results. Then increasing the intake of leafy green vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, so that the pH level will return to a neutral state. The Alkaline Diet can sustain a 20/80 rule; and this is made up of 20% acidic foods and 80% alkaline foods, by the maintenance of dietary intake, that should be eaten, regularly.
Why It Helps
The fruits and vegetables you now consume will provide more than enough vitamins and minerals for the body to reverse any effects of free radical damage and toxification. Actually, all vitamins are good for you, but some have different benefits, this is one reason you should have a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Contains many nutrients and can also help produce natural collagen, it also contains many antioxidants that boost skin hydration which helps with skin firming.
These contain a vital anti-aging substance, called Hyaluronic Acid, and this helps to retain water which can help wrinkles and fine lines from showing.
They contain a high content of Vitamin A that can help slow the breakdown of collagen; Vitamin A also helps in the prevention of dark spots on the skin.
Walnuts, Almonds, and Flaxseeds
These are high in Omega-3, which helps with collagen production and helps reduce the risks of skin cancer.
Both black and green olives are rich in Sulphur, and this helps reduce skin oiliness and blocked pores.
Oranges and Lemons
These contain a massive amount of Vitamin C, and this antioxidant helps to slow the rate of free radical damage and also helps avoid scurvy. Vitamin C can also help with age-related damage to the skin and aids in the production of collagen.
The oil from these can help reduce age spots and is also rich in Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids. These can help protect against free radical damage and protects the skin cells from oxidizing.
Kale and Spinach (or other leafy greens)
These are some of the best vegetables you can eat; they contain Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Iron and water, and they also help with hydration, eye bags, and giving skin a healthy glow.
Broccoli and Cauliflower
These are rich in antioxidants such as Vitamins E, C, and A, and these can help protect the skin from the sun’s rays, and also help to strengthen the skin’s immune system.
Please note, that this list is far from comprehensive, as all other vegetables and fruits have similar benefits. The 80:20 Alkaline Diet rule allows you to eat eighty percent of these great alkalizing foods, and still allows for twenty percent: proteins, carbohydrates and the addition of a few pieces of chocolate as a treat, once in a while! Just remember to stay away from sugary, salty and processed choices. Otherwise you will be undoing the good you have done, and compromising your general health, too.