How Important Is Body Alkalinity?
Have you ever heard about the alkaline diet? What about alkaline foods? Do you know what body alkalinity is in the first place? From celebrities to health professionals and regular people, everyone is talking about this trend. The theory behind the alkaline diet is that some foods, like sugar, meat, and refined sweets, make your body acidic. This increases your risk of diseases and early death. The best way to stay healthy is to maintain the proper acid/alkaline (pH) balance.
Acid-Alkaline Balance and Your Health
Before changing your diet, it’s important to understand what alkalinity is and how it impacts your health. Every living organism has a pH balance that is determined by the amount of alkalinity and acidy. The ideal pH for humans is 7.4 on a scale that goes from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral, a pH of 14 is completely alkaline, and a pH of 0 is completely acidic. Over-acidity can lead to self-poisoning, arthritis, nausea, severe chest pain, digestive problems, weight gain, headaches, and even cancer. Stress and poor eating habits can negatively affect your pH balance.
Switching to an alkaline diet can add years to your life and ward off diseases. It’s one of the best things you can do for your health. All you need to do is to change your eating habits and reduce the acidic foods in your diet. This will have a positive impact on the pH of your stomach and digestive system, which can increase your energy, reduce body fat percentage and keep your body functioning at its optimal level.
Acid-alkaline balance is extremely important for your immune system, cardiovascular function, metabolism, and bone health. Your enzymatic, repair, and immunologic mechanism work best in an alkaline environment. Simple things, such as limiting your daily intake of coffee and soda, eating nuts, and avoiding food additives, can have a huge impact on your acid-alkaline balance. Acidic foods make your body weak, causing severe health problems such as:
- Poor digestion
- Premature aging
- Hormonal imbalances
- Acceleration of free radical damage
- Cancer cell growth
- Bone injuries
- Immune deficiency
- Kidney stones
- Constriction of blood vessels
- Cardiovascular damage
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Lack of energy
- Lack of focus
- Bone loss
The list can go on with degenerative and autoimmune diseases that can affect every aspect of your life. The common Australian diet causes excess acid production. Besides that, your body is constantly being exposed to pollution, stress, nutrient deficiencies, infections and other problems that burn the immune system. A diet that is high in protein, fat, and sugar, will cause your body to link excess acid with calcium, magnesium, potassium and other alkaline minerals, and eliminate them. Over time, this can lead to acid buildup in your cells, mineral deficiencies, and poor immunity.
What Causes Acidification?
From bacterial infections to stress and poor quality food, there are several factors that may cause your body to become acidic. A diet of 80 percent alkalizing foods will help maintain your pH balance. Since most bacteria, fungi, and yeast infections create excess acid, it’s recommended to detox your body before starting an alkaline diet. To speed up the process, you can take alkaline supplements and drink alkaline-mineral rich water.
How to Balance Your pH and Heal Your Body
Start by removing acidifying foods from your diet. This includes milk, aged cheese, aged whey, chocolate milk, cooked butter, parmesan cheese, sweetened yogurt, beef, crab, herring, shrimps, whole eggs, mackerel, pork, organ meats, and tuna. You also need to avoid acidifying grains and breads, cookies, white pasta, breakfast cereals cakes, white rice, wheat, whole grain crackers, and granola. Buckwheat is the one alkalizing grain!
Some fruits are slightly acidifying and should be consumed with moderation. This category includes dates, apples, plums, blueberries, oranges, kiwis, grapes, and red currant.
Watermelon, bananas, sour cherries, and coconut as well as all beans and legumes are alkalizing. All vegetables make your body alkaline, including Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, peas, lettuce, avocado, cabbage, corn, sweet potatoes, zucchini, green beans, red beets, and spinach. Tomatoes and sour pickles are acid, but alkalizing. Despite containing weak acids, these foods have an alkalizing effect in your body.
Changing your diet may seem difficult at first, but you’ll soon get used with it. If you’re about to lose your motivation, think about what happens when the body is too acidic. Not only do you gain weight and feel exhausted, but you’ll also have dull skin and hair, low bone density, and sleep problems. Poor digestion and low energy often indicate excess acid in your body. Additionally, you’ll gain belly fat and look older than you really are.
An alkaline diet can improve all aspects of your life. Nourish your body with highly alkaline foods, take mineral supplements, and test your pH regularly. Practice deep breathing exercises and learn to relax.