I have been promoting alkaline diets and foods for a long time and yet, i still find clients who are not aware of this concept. So, today i want to explain the benefits and dangers of being alkaline or acidic.
Lets start with the basics!
Acidity and alkalinity are opposing states in your body, and are a major system that controls your body’s function, health and risk of disease. They are measured in pH (potential hydrogen) units; 7 is neutral, less than 7 is acidic, and more than 7 is alkaline.
Measuring you alkaline levels is very simple. All you need is some pH paper which can be found at any health food store. I have my clients test their urine with pH paper to get an indication of whether their bodies are acidic or alkaline….it’s that simple.
So why is being acidic so terrible?
If you have a health problem, most likely you are acidic. Research shows that unless the body’s pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot heal itself. So, no matter what type of modality you choose to use to take care of your health problem, it won’t be as effective until the pH level is up. If your body’s pH is not balanced, you cannot effectively assimilate vitamins, minerals and food supplements. Your body pH affects everything.
Other things to consider…
- Excessive amounts of acid deplete oxygen, which is needed by every cell in your body to function properly. (Cancers love an acid body).
- Excessive amounts of acidity need to be eliminated or acid will be stored in tissues and joints, causing damage over time. (joint pain and fibromyalgia is a common symptom of being too acidic)
- when acid levels are excessively high it creates a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. (frequent colds / flu)
- It depletes alkaline mineral stores in the body, particularly calcium from bones and magnesium from muscles. (osteoporosis)
Ok, so what should you be eating to be more alkaline?
All natural, raw, vegetable and fruit juices are alkaline-producing. (Fruit juices become more acid-producing when processed and especially when sweetened.)
This salad is my favorite…look for the recipe in my cookbook
What should you stay away from?
The worst offenders are going to be Coffee, Tea, Beef, Artificial Sweeteners, Peanuts, liquor, Eggs and processed cheese.
Although conventional doctors believe that increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables and reducing one’s intake of meat, salt, and refined grains is beneficial to health, most conventional doctors do not believe that an acid-producing diet is the foundation of chronic illness.