It’s Time To Alkalize.
Our Standard American Diet (SAD) is highly acidic. Foods such as milk, cheese, red and white meats, eggs, sodas, coffee, alcohol, pasta and flour-based breads, chocolate, fast foods, refined foods, processed and packaged foods, as well as a stressful lifestyle and a toxic environment all contribute to acidosis, a heightened amount of acidity in the body. Yikes.
We all have a delicate pH and our bodies prefer a slightly alkaline environment. When the foods we consume push our pH toward acidity our bodies find alkaline minerals stored internally to cure the imbalance. While our bodies are amazing machines and have the ability to do this and keep us in healthy pH range, the process of repairing this imbalance requires a severe loss of the very minerals you work hard to supplement daily. Even more scary, acidity is a silent killer, causing inflammation in the body which is the root of all disease.
OK, so now do we have your attention?
A little review in pH (potential of hydrogen):
pH is a scale ranging from 0-14. 0 being highly acidic, 7 being neutral, and 14 being highly alkaline. Our bodies prefer a slightly alkaline environment with a blood pH of 7.365. If your blood pH moves up or down one tenth of a unit it creates an extreme emergency. If blood pH were to move two tenths either way, it’s lethal. Thank goodness our bodies create homeostasis to help regulate our pH levels! How do you know your PH level? You can pick up PH strips at Jimbos or a naturopath and wow, is it ever enlightening!
A pH imbalance over time will lower your body’s ability to absorb minerals, proteins, and other nutrients, as well as decrease your body’s ability to repair damaged cells and detoxify heavy metals. What’s even more show stopping is that acidity breeds fatigue, illness, disease, cancer, and aging, while alkalinity promotes health, vibrancy, and well-being. Amazingly, Studies show that a pH slightly above 7.4 (alkaline) causes cancer cells to become dormant and a pH of 8.5 (even more alkaline) causes cancer cells to die while healthy cells still thrive. Alkaline foods (plant based foods) help keep your body healthy and help prevent illness.
In addition to incorporating a diet of alkaline foods (and water) into your diet, managing stress is key to maintaing balance. One of the greatest causes of acidity in the body is STRESS!
When your body is highly acidic your body will leach alkaline minerals to balance your pH. This means it draws calcium from your teeth and bones, potassium from your muscles and nerves, magnesium from your arteries, and sodium from your joints. Unfortunately it’s not looking to release any of the acid toxins that your body is storing in it’s fat cells. So in the end, our bodies hold onto the acidic toxins and we loose valuable bone supportive minerals.
|Finding Balance: Everything you eat does not need to be or should be alkaline forming. There are many healthy foods like grass fed meats and eggs, even some plant foods like antioxidant rich blueberries and oats, that have an acidic nature. These foods can most certainly be part of a healthy diet as long as it’s balanced out with alkaline foods and supplements as well. Rather than seeking a dogmatic approach to health, simply seek balance to find your best well-being. Here are our tips to alkalize and encourage a healthy pH balance: