It is easy to get lost in the whole health-food terminology and discourse on clean living. One can’t really tell where healthy stops and unhealthy begins! One major factor in determining the healthfulness of a food can be by looking at it from an alkaline or acidic point of view. The more alkaline it is, the better.
Alkaline diets have gained more importance from the cancer world, as many research studies are now showing an obvious connection between acidic diets and rise in cancers.
In order for your blood to effectively act as a medium of oxygen and absorb vital nutrients, your body’s pH (potential of hydrogen) balance needs to be maintained. This equilibrium is essentially the body’s alkaline-acid balance, which is ensured by healthy kidneys. Our packaged food living makes us consume too much acid apart from already acidic dairy, grains, meats, and sugar. This puts too much load on the kidneys and they start accumulating the acid in our tissues. It also means that the body’s mineral reserves such as calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium can run dangerously low. One needs to minimise the acid generation by eating more alkaline foods.
THE BIGGER PICTURE
The pH of our body is 7.4 and anything that alters the pH will make the body’s immune defense go down and obviously open up the door for diseases.
Sodium and sugar rich diets from processed foods can cause an upheaval in pH and lead to a disturbing health condition called acidosis. Health depends on an internal alkaline environment. The importance of regulating your body’s acid-alkaline chemistry and how it can result in weight loss, increased stamina and strength, and a stronger immune system. Mind you, it’s not just the food we eat that can cause an acidic environment, our body also creates acid by overuse ing muscles, breathing, and digesting certain foods. Other factors can be stress, toxins, air pollution, tobacco, lack of sleep, or medications.
All foods have the ability to change your pH levels. Acidic foods are the culprit, but one can’t and needn’t just eat alkalizing foods.
Consuming good fats like avocado, nuts, ghee and coconut oil are better than saturated fats. Processed animal protein, wheat, and some grains increase the pH of the body, so the servings shouldn’t cross more than two a day. A balance of 80% alkaline-forming food and 20% acidic forming food is ideal.
Go alkaline with…
Wake-up potion: The body is naturally very acidic in the morning, so start your day with a high-quality alkaline drink. For more alkaline effects, add some apple cider vinegar to it.
Sprout it out: Add more sprouts to your daily diet. They are extremely alkalizing and supercharged with nutrients and energy-boosting enzymes.
Brisk walk: Try a brisk walk or some form of exercise daily. Exercise helps eliminate acidic waste from your body. But don’t over-exercise either, it can increase the pH of the body too.
Skip sugar-laden food: Sugar is one of the most acidic foods we consume.You need a lot of water to wash out the daily sugar you consume.
Leafy greens: They are the most alkaline foods, also rich in vital micro-nutrients.