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Quit Smoking Tip – Eat an Alkaline Diet

September 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

The body is continually trying to maintain a chemical balance – a state of homeostasis.

As a smoker, you are always on the brink of a serious condition because your body is acidic and is always struggling to be in balance. Think of a smoker as walking around “off-center”, leaning to one side.

Your health depends on the acid-base equilibrium of the body. This should be done with food – not drugs, because drugs will just make your body more acidic.

In his book, A Distinctive Approach to Psychological Research, Stanley Schachter, Ph.D., writes that eating alkaline foods minimizes withdrawal symptoms and maximizes the ability to stay free of nicotine. In one group therapy session designed to help adults stop smoking, it was discovered that 82 percent who had failed were “acidic”.

You can check your pH level by testing your urine. Pick up some pH strips at your local health food store or pharmacy and test yourself morning, afternoon and evening.

It is recommended by numerous health authorities that you should strive to eat 75% of your food alkaline. Listed below are examples of acid-forming and alkaline-forming foods.

Acid-forming foods (examples):

* Sugar (soft drinks)
* Meat (beef, chicken, fish)
* Dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream)
* Most grains (wheat, oats, corn, rice and their flours)
* Coffee
* Alcohol
* Peanuts
* Chocolate
* Corn Oil

Alkaline-forming foods (examples):

* Most fresh vegetables (spinach, broccoli, celery, cucumber, lettuce, carrots, garlic)
* Most fresh fruits (apples, avocados, lemons, figs, oranges, melons)
* Grains (millet, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, wild rice)
* Whey Protein powder
* Almonds
* Herb Teas
* Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

You should also drink plenty of pure filtered water. Note that many bottled water samples have tested acidic so it would be a good idea to test the water your drink and try and obtain water that is alkaline. (You can add baking soda to water to make it alkaline.)

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