In order for you to feel fully alive, you want to be able to ensure you have abundant energy.
Energy is the vital force within each of us that allows us to maximise our capacity as human beings.
At the same time, when we get out of balance, and our energy is depleted, we experience all kinds of problems such as stress, fatigue, depression, and disease.
Balanced body chemistry and maintaining a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods in your diet are of vital importance to maintaining your health.
In fact, too much acidity in the body’s tissues is the cause of many types of health changes ranging from lethargy and fatigue to obesity, and ultimately too much bigger health challenges and disease.
One of the highest priorities of your body is to make sure that the alkalinity throughout your body remains at a level supporting cellular life.
At a fundamental level, the regulatory mechanisms such as breathing, circulation, digestion, and hormonal production balance the pH level in the body by removing acid residues from body tissues. If the pH deviates too far from the acidic or the alkaline side, cells become poisoned by their own toxic waste and die.
This a measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The initials pH stand for “Potential of Hydrogen” Acids have PH Values under 7, and alkalis have pH over 7.
If a substance has a pH value of 7 it is neutral – neither acidic or alkaline.
Different tissues of the body need to maintain different levels of pH to sustain life.
The blood and most tissues should be slightly alkaline, whereas urine, saliva, and the digestive tract should be slightly acidic.
In fact, the blood can only support very minor fluctuations in its pH level and still sustain life.
Most important, however, is the body’s alkaline reserve: an excess of alkali (comprised of elements such as sodium bicarbonate) that is stored until it’s needed to neutralize excess acid in the body.
If the body becomes too acidic or depletes its alkaline reserves, then the cells begin to weaken and break down, and body functions become compromised.
Consequences of an imbalanced / overly acidic pH
- If you are overweight, you most likely do not have a ‘fat’ problem, you have an acid problem! Too much acid in the body, acidosis, has two consequences: First, it will likely cause the body to produce more insulin, and thus, to store more fat. Second, it will cause the cells to break down due to the pressure to continue to produce insulin.
- Too much acid decreases the oxygen affinity of hemoglobin in the blood. When oxygen supplies are diminished to the cells, it compromises all body functions.
- The free radical damage of cell walls and membrane structures is accelerated. Consequences of this include premature aging, eyesight and memory problems, wrinkles, age spots, poor hormone regulation, etc.
- When blood plasma becomes more acidic, it acts as a chemical irritant that slowly attacks and eats away at the smooth muscle tissues of the inner walls of arteries and veins, weakening the structural composition and creating irregular blood pressure.
- It becomes more difficult to control high blood pressure due to the increased workload on the heart.
- Acidosis disrupts general lipid and fatty acid metabolism, leading to neurological problems and hormone imbalances with the endocrine system leading to an increased potential for urinary problems and infections.
- Acid increases the likelihood of cellular mutations.
- Proper electrolyte activity is impaired by an overly acidic body environment.
- The body has decreased access to energy reserves due to the inhibition of efficient cellular and body metabolism.
- An acidic pH allows the binding of cholesterol to heavy mental and other cellular debris, increasing the rate at which plaque builds up in the vascular network.
How to create a balance and be more alkaline
1. Eat green
Fresh fruit, vegetables, roots, nuts and legumes are alkalizing to the body, so increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat. Aim to have some at every meal and make vegetables the focus rather than meat or grains. Reach for dark or green vegetables such as beetroot, avocado, broccoli, spinach, kale, peas, beans and cucumber.
A simple put effective way to ensure you get a burst of ‘green’ is to take a shot of wheatgrass first thing in the morning. I highly recommend this.
2. Reduce acidic foods
You don’t have to cut them out altogether but try and limit your intake of meats, eggs, refined sugars, white flour and dairy.
3. Limit alcohol consumption
Most alcoholic beverages have a high sugar content and are highly acidic. You don’t have to cut it out altogether if you enjoy the occasional beer or glass of wine, but be aware of what you are drinking.
4. Drink alkaline or lemon water
Drinking water is vital to our health and most of us don’t drink enough to begin with. Hydrate yourself with eight to 10 large glasses of alkaline water per day.
Most tap water has a pH of 6.5 to 7, while alkaline water has a pH of 9, making it better at rebalancing the acid-alkaline levels in your body. Alkaline water molecules are also smaller than those of tap water. This means they permeate your body more thoroughly and leave you more hydrated than regular water.
An alternative to alkaline water is putting lemon in your water. Lemon juice in its natural state is acidic with a pH of about 2, but once added to water and metabolized it actually becomes alkaline with a pH well above 7.
5. Choose natural energy-boost drinks
6. Break a sweat
Exercise for at least 30 minutes three to five times a week. Among its many benefits, exercise helps counteract acidity in our bodies and sweat gives acid another pathway out of the body. Plus, it helps to oxygenate and alkalize your blood.
7. Seek balance
Stress contributes to acid build-up so find ways to de-stress. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and long walks are all great ways to de-stress and reduce acid levels.