Dietary approach in managing of mineral depletion
Understanding the importance of nutritional balance is the foundation for a healthy and high quality life. With any adverse health condition, dietary adjustments can render dramatic improvements in overall health. Providing a body with a full spectrum of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids in the right ratios is the key to promoting a successful recovery from many health conditions, including an acidic body.
There is an abundance of controversy present towards the different type of diets due to the fact that there is no universal dietary plan for everyone. What works for one person will not necessarily help the other. Some swear by vegetarian and some by meat based diets. Indeed, both vegetarian and meat diets may help to rebalance nutritional deficiencies in a specific group of conditions. However, artificially created deficiencies present in each dietary group may eventually produce a rebound nutritional imbalance. Thus, each diet has a function that needs to be applied according to a health condition.
Before humanity had began to analyze the nutrition scientifically, the food choices were intuitively based on the requirements as embedded in the DNA. A body would crave the nutrients that were needed at the time of each meal, producing the desire based on sensory factors such as smell or color of the food. In other words, we would eat what we desired the most.
Back in time, when the foods were minimally processed and naturally grown on minerally rich soils, the amount of nutritional products consumed each day was well balanced between the calorie, mineral and vitamin values of each food. Unfortunately, the growth of population and global industrialization prompted commercialization of the food chain with an aggressive approach to grow more food faster, gradually depleting the soils. The mineral composition of vegetable, grain and grass food sources has changed, simultaneously affecting livestock, dairy and poultry industries. The nutritional quality of the food has degraded and the competitive wars between the food industry divisions prompted a profound shift in the tendencies of food choices within the consumer markets.
With development of television and radio, the consumer market has become heavily influenced by unnatural food consumption patterns as established by commercial advertisements aimed at increase of sales of processed meat, dairy, refined grains, desserts and high-sugar drinks reinforced by the fast food industry.
Understanding the above implications, there are some important factors to be re-established in order to maintain good healthy and/or recover from existing chronic illnesses. Since every individual is unique and there is no single dietary plan for everyone, having in mind the following may help you to make appropriate decisions in your food consumption patterns
- Animal sources of protein should not exceed 20 grams a day and only if your digestive system is capable of processing proteins. The rest of the proteins should come from plant sources.
- An animal protein consumption should be based on lean meats of poultry and some fish. Beef, lamb and pork should only be consumed occasionally and no more than 4-6 ounces per week.
- Whey protein is a byproduct of dairy industry. Consuming whey proteins in addition to meats, creates an excessive protein intake.
- Protein based diets cause fiber consumption deficiencies, increase calcium excretion through urine and deplete the body of minerals while negatively affecting kidneys function. Kidney stones and renal dysfunctions are some outcomes of an excessive protein intake. Animal based proteins also create a metabolic stress by conversion of nitrogen (from conversion protein to energy) to ammonia and both are toxic.
- On average, animal and fish meats contain 30 grams of protein from 100 grams of cooked meat. Therefore, 60-70 grams of meat should satisfy daily animal based protein meeds. Eggs are also rich in protein with about 6 grams of protein per a large egg.
At this point, it is worth mentioning that changing your body’s mineral and therefore alkalizing capacity is a very slow process. The remineralization may take anywhere from 6-24 months. When your body’s mineral capacity is restored and you discontinue supplementation and efforts applied towards maintaining of alkalizing diet, your urine pH will still stay at 7.0 or higher before and after meals.
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