Not too long ago I posted a recipe for pH Green Smoothie. There was some nice response from that post with requests for more information about the pH diet. If you’ve ever read any books about the pH diet you’ll know that the ultimate goal of the diet is to balance your body’s blood pH. Just like you would want to balance the pH in your swimming pool, proponents of the this diet indicate that your body also has to have proper pH in order to be healthy. When our bodies are too acidic we are at risk of becoming ill with diseases like eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease diabetes, cancer, and so on.
Water has a neutral pH at 7.0 and the body’s blood pH should be at approximately 7.35. To get our bodies to this ideal pH we need to give up foods that are acid forming like processed foods, milk, coffee, fried foods, sugar, etc. We need to eat more alkaline forming foods like cucumbers, spinach, avocados, papaya, melon, etc. There is more to the pH diet, however, than just eating more fruits and vegetables. For more information, check out the reading sources at the end of the recipe.
The recipe for pH avocado gazpacho was inspired by Shelly Young’s “Popeye Soup,” from The pH Miracle. Her recipe uses flavors from the east. I thought, why not south of the border? Let me know how you like it.
Yield: 2 cups
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
1 ripe avocado
½ cucumber peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup spinach
1 tbsp. Lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
½ jalapeño pepper, minced
¾ cup cold water
½ cup ice
¾ tsp chili pepper
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp coriander
Salt to taste
2 tbsp. Yogurt for garnish
Cilantro leaves for garnish
Place all of the ingredients, except the yogurt and the cilantro leaves, in a blender or food processor and process until the soup is smooth. Check for seasonings. Garnish with yogurt and cilantro leaves.
The Acid Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey, N.D.
The pH Balance Diet by Bharti Vyas and Suzanne Le Quesne
Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
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