I’m very passionate about eating healthy foods that nourish my body so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to ask naturopath and wellness expert Karina Francois a few questions about clean eating. She shared loads of great insight and helpful tips on improving your health…
Clean food is nothing new. It’s all about eating foods in their most natural state and steering away from packaged, processed foods full of additives and preservatives. Clean foods don’t place stress on the body’s organs of elimination, and don’t create a toxic environment that compromises all of our bodily functions.
For our bodies to function at an optimum level, our pH levels need to be balanced. Ideally our body functions at a pH level of 7.4. Food and liquids have a significant effect on pH levels in our blood, and clean foods that have less acidity play an important role in balancing this pH level.
Having too much acid in our blood is the precursor to health conditions such as cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Replacing acidic foods with alkaline foods will make you less susceptible to disease, provide an immense energy boost and promote fat loss. The key to optimum health is to alkalize your body.
Making smart food choices is the key. Ideally you should be consuming 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods, but I start the majority of my clients on 60% alkaline and 40% acidic foods. Some of the best alkaline foods include cucumbers, kale, avocados, salad greens, broccoli, cabbage, celery, asparagus, quinoa, almonds and fresh herbs. Conversely, some of the highest acidic foods include cheese, yogurt, beef, poultry, eggs, fish, potatoes, and dried fruit. You don’t have to eliminate all acidic foods from your diet to establish a healthy pH level, but your diet should involve a higher ratio of alkaline foods.