Could Eating More Alkalising Foods Improve Your Health?
This article aims to give you the theories behind eating an alkalised diet for your health. With handy lists of alkaline and acidic foods, plus a delicious alkaline soup recipe – this should answer all of your questions. Please get in touch if there is anything that we haven’t covered, or if you have an experience to share.
The ideal pH level
From our days in school, we have learned that the human body likes to maintain a pH level of around 7.365. Many of us eating a typical Western diet will find our bodies are actually much more acidic than they should be. Eating a diet with more alkalised foods could be a solution to gaining the balance that we need.
To give you an idea of the extremes of the pH scale, consider that Stomach acid has a pH level of 0, while bleach is closer to 14. The ideal level for the human body should be close to the centre, slightly leaning over towards alkaline on the spectrum.
Our blood and other cells will always strive to come back to this equilibrium – no matter what we do, eat, drink or smoke and how stressed we might become. So what is the point in making any changes?
Making changes to support our body’s natural preferences is the difference between forcing it to fight to balance pH, or making it a breeze. It is clear that anything we can do to create the best environment for cell processes to take place would benefit us. The good news is that there are simple steps we can take to help our body to maintain a slightly alkaline pH level in our cells.
Microbiologist Robert Young states “The pH level of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. The entire metabolic process depends on an alkaline environment. Chronic over acidity corrodes body tissue, and if left unchecked will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. In other words, over-acidity interferes with life itself.”
The ideal pH level for our blood is between 7.35 and 7.45. This small window of alkaline perfection means an environment where unfriendly bacteria, cancer, viruses and fungi cannot thrive. Our cells are able to function properly at this level.
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