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.
An acidic diet works against the bodies efforts and can leave us vulnerable to disease and inflammation.
Eating a diet that is high in acidic foods, especially when combined with a stressful lifestyle, results in drastic measures by our body to balance the pH of the blood. Once such way the body achieves a pH balance is by storing acid as fat in order to protect our organs. Some studies suggest that reducing the acid in the body can aid with weight loss for this reason. Calcium is also taken from teeth and bones to bring the alkaline level back to equilibrium. This could contribute towards osteoporosis (weakness of the bones).
The 80/20 Principle
Armed with this knowledge it can be very simple to stop the cycle of damage we are unconsciously causing on a daily basis.
We have said that many foods that make up the standard western diet are acidic. Being aware of the pH level of the foods that we consume, and choosing those that have naturally high alkaline levels is one of the most effective ways we can make a difference.
Balancing our diet to 80% alkaline and 20% acidic foods and drink will support the function of our body and allow it to flourish. A healthy pH balance results in a body that is cleansed, nourished and detoxified.
List of Highly Alkaline Foods
There are many lists available online, but here are a few suggestions of foods that are highly alkaline. Simply choosing to incorporate more of these foods into your daily diet will go a long way to helping your body to maintain the desired pH level.
List of Highly Acidic Foods
Most processed foods that are part of a standard Western diet are acidic in their pH. Limit these to 20% of your daily consumption to prevent putting unnecessary stress on your body.
More Simple ways to boost your pH balance
So you see, it can be very easy to incorporate alkalising foods into your daily diet, supporting your body’s natural functions. Consider investing in a juicer, to allow you to enjoy fresh vegetable juices. These, along with fresh homemade soups and smoothies packed with vegetables and greens are great ways to get a real boost of alkaline into your body every day.
The following soup recipe from www.bbc.goodfood.com is a fantastic one to balance pH. Plus it is packed with nutrients and low in fat!
Supplements and Stress Levels
There are also many green powders on the market that include super foods, with blends of organic greens, algae, iodine and other enzymes and probiotics. These can be added to purified water, or smoothies for a super hydrating alkalising drink, or even sprinkled over salads. A perfect supplement to your diet especially for those with a busy lifestyle.
It may also be beneficial to choose alkaline water over tap water, as a quick and easy way to keep the body pH at an optimum level.
Keeping stress levels low is also essential to keeping the levels of acid down. This can be anything that relaxes your body, and makes you feel good. Exercise, dancing and getting outside in nature are all great suggestions to help reduce stress.
Which of these do you already do? Do you think there is really any benefit to reducing the acidity in our diets?
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