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Friday, June 27, 2014

Runner's Diet: Green Tea

Some foods are acidic (coffee or meat) and some are alkalizing (tea or apple). On a scale from 1 (completely acidic) to 14 (completely alkaline), our body tries to keep balance around 7. In the last couple of months I have been boosting my alkaline intake to maintain this balance. Alkaline diet is good for runners and endurance athletes who continuously produce lactic acid and are prone to inflammation. Alkaline foods also boost immune system. Viruses, bacteria, even cancer cells cannot survive in alkaline environment but thrive in acid. Lots of traditional wisdom in a phrase: an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Green tea has quickly become part of my office routine. Instead of afternoon coffee, I reach for a cup of green tea which is considered one of the world's healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea. The natural chemicals called polyphenols in tea are what are thought to provide its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. 

My colleague at work also jumped on the green-tea-bandwagon and started drinking tea as a substitute for soda he likes so much due to its high caffeine content. However, green tea is not only healthy but also gives you an energy boost: 8oz cup includes 25mg of caffeine. Win-win, but at much healthier equilibrium point.


This is a partial list of some of the alkaline foods as recommended by professional triathlon athlete and Vega-founder, Brendan Brazier:

Asparagus, Beets, Bell peppers, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Dill, Green beans, Peas, Sprouts, Zucchini, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Wild rice, Apples, Avocados, Bananas, Cherries, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Oranges, Pears, Pineapple, Flax seed, Hemp, Pumpkin seeds, Almonds, Coconut.

Run strong ... and alkaline!

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