Let’s touch on a little bit of physiology. Did you know…that our body’s internal system needs a pH just above 7.0. We call this range alkaline. (In comparison, dogs maintain an acid pH range). Since we are human, our bodily processes such as enzymatic, immunologic, and repair mechanisms all function their best in this alkaline range. On the other hand, our metabolic processes – the processes of living, tissue repair, and the metabolism of food, etc – cumulatively produce huge amounts of acid. In order to maintain our internal alkaline state, we need ‘tools’ to balance it, which are all around us: oxygen, water, and acid-buffering minerals.
Before we continue, please take an important note: A food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Conversely, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.
So what causes acidity?
Exercise – When we exercise or move around, we produce lactic acid and carbon dioxide. Lactic acid is by its nature acid and the carbon dioxide becomes acidic, turning into carbonic acid and water.
Digestion – Digestion of foods generates acids. For example, phosphoric acid and sulfuric acid are produced from the metabolism of the phosphorus and sulfur contained in many foods, such as, meats, grains, and beans.
Immune Responses – Immune system responses, such as allergies and hypersensitivities, directly and indirectly generate substantial amounts of acidic products.
Many lifestyle and environment factors also influence our acid-alkaline balance. The most common one we all face today is STRESS.
When we are under tremendous stress, our acidity will tend to increase because of the demands on our cells to become more active for coping up. Constant hectic schedules (many of us), inadequate sleep, and rushed imbalanced meals can all contribute to this unhealthful condition.
Why does it matter to you? Because an underlying metabolic acidity (low pH) is the common link & contributing factor to almost all degenerative and autoimmune diseases.
Being in an acid environment for us humans bring several adverse effects on cell metabolism including…
- Impaired energy production
- Fluid accumulation and edema
- Increase in free radical production
- Weight gain & fat accumulation
Although you may think that you’re pretty healthy and don’t seem to have any major health problems, it is fairly likely that you’re body is out of balance. I’m not referring to whether you can walk or jump around – I’m talking about your internal system. Some of the symptoms of overacidity are; bloating, trouble losing weight, eczema, psoriasis, muscle cramps, swelling, headaches, allergies, gout, joint pain, constipation, digestive issues, colds, flu & sinus problems to name a few. Chronic illnesses start appearing when all other possibilities of neutralizing or eliminating acids is compromised.
At the end of the day – it boils to one thing, how acidic are you?
Here are 3 facts you should know:
1) The pH level of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies
2) The entire metabolic process depends on an ALKALINE environment.
3) The majority of the foods typical of today’s diet are ACID-forming; meat, rice, bread, dairy products, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats etc.
Chronic (long term) over-acidity destroys body tissue and would interrupt all cellular activities and functions.
It is the root of ALL sickness and disease.
It is also what’s making & keeping you FAT! Toxins (high acidity) cling on to fat. Therefore if you’re struggling to lose the excess weight, then it’s very likely that your system is too acidic!
Not to mentioned, cancer LOVES an acidic environment. Another valid reason to reduce the meat & dairy products and all that other refined stuff that we try to convince ourselves are not that bad. BOTTOM LINE – they are creating an acidic time-bomb inside you. Perhaps may not showing any sign of illness or disease now, you are potentially setting yourself up for ‘toxic’ problematic health issues in years to come.
Trust me – don’t wait until it’s too late!
What are you eating mostly everyday?
Here’s a quick reference to help make better choices so you are far from being deprived on adopting a more alkaline based diet;
Alfalfa, Barley Grass, Beet Greens, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Dandelions, Edible Flowers, Eggplant, Fermented Veggies, Garlic,Green Beans, Green Peas, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Onions,Parsnips (high glycemic), Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Radishes, Sea Veggies,Green Spinach, Spirulina, Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Watercress, Wheat Grass, Wild Greens
ALKALIZING ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Daikon, Dandelion Root, Kombu, Maitake, Nori, Reishi, Shitake, Umeboshi, Wakame
Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana (high glycemic), Berries, Blackberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, sour, Fresh Coconut, Dried Dates, Dried Figs, Grapes, Grapefruit, Honeydew Melon, Lemon, Lime, Nectarine, Orange, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangerine, Tomato, Tropical Fruits, Umeboshi (Japanese) Plums, Watermelon
* An important tip is to always eat fruit alone (ideally before meals). It breaks down and digests quickly so when eaten in combination with foods that do not it can begin to ferment while it sits in the stomach.
Almonds, Chestnuts, Millet, Tempeh (fermented), Tofu (fermented), Whey Protein Powder
ALKALIZING SPICES & SEASONINGS
Chili Pepper, Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Herbs (Majority all), Miso, Mustard, Sea Salt, Tamari
Alkaline Antioxidant Water, Apple Cider Vinegar, Bee Pollen, Fresh Fruit Juice, Green Juices, Lecithin Granules, Mineral Water, Blackstrap Molasses, Probiotic Cultures, Soured Dairy Products, Veggie Juices
There is a whole range of foods you can eat and I’m giving you a simple suggestion (simple rule of thumb) – Minimize food that come in packets, boxes or cans or have a shelf life longer than a few days. Shop around the perimeter (outside along the four corners) of the supermarket.
Whether you believe the acid-alkaline theory is up to you. All in all – those food listed above are generally more beneficial to your overall health. So focus on them! I always believe education & awareness is the first step. But NOTHING WILL CHANGE UNTIL WE DO. I hope you benefit from this and make a positive change towards your health, and those around you.
To your optimum health & wellness,