Are you used to seeing us post on Monday? Sorry for the confusion this week. Our blogging platform was a little quirky and wasn’t saving changes. We figured it best to provide you with a full blog post on Tuesday, rather than one that wasn’t helpful on Monday.
So, on to Tuesday.
As you may recall, last week we took a look at the importance of keeping the body pH, or the measure of acidity and basicity in the body. You can catch up with us by reading last week’s post, here.
Having an excess of acid in the system can cause the body to steal energy from the body and cause poor digestion, fatigue, and even depression. As we well know, the Autistic body often has a symptom of inflamed digestion, additionally having a high acid diet can only cause more damage.
Keeping the body pH balanced is essential and the recommended balance is 75% Alkaline, 25% acid.Many think that citrus fruits contain an excess of acid. This is not the case. They are actually an alkaline producing foods along with most fruits and vegetables. This makes sense when you think about how beneficial an organic diet has been found to be against many ailments and diseases. More and more studies are finding that having an excessively acidic body is the cause of many things from indigestion to severe depression to behavioral problems.
The problem lies in that many people think that they are eating good foods that are high in nutritional value, while they are in fact high in acid content.
So what foods should you give your child to assure a well balanced, lower acid diet?
First of all, a little History.
The Akaline diet itself is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine practices that urges people to eliminate harmful consumption of unnecessary foods and to increase the intake of beneficial, body repairing foods.
Avoid: white bread, sugar, cereals, meat, fish, tea, and condiments such as Ketchup and others that may have preservatives in them.
Go for: Carrots, Celery, Garlic, Lettuce, Apples, Limes, Tomatoes, Citrus Fruits, any vegetables close to the ground or under the ground, etc. that are alkaline forming foods.
Even though it’s important to avoid breads, grains, and white sugar, the fact is they are not veryoften talked about here and on other Autism Blogs. There are some foods that if overconsumed, can cause damage to the body. Among these acidic foods are: Turkey, Peanut Butter, Cheese, Soy Beans and Soy Milk. Even pasta should be eaten in extreme moderation.