The Alkaline Approach to Better Health
Imagine a chemical laboratory where countless substances are stored together in a delicate balance – the maintenance of which can make all the difference between safety and disaster. This image applies, to a less dramatic degree, in your own body.
Your various physical systems require a precise pH balance between acidity and alkalinity. Modern dietary options tend to throw you toward the acidic end of the scale, and this effect can become especially challenging to your health as you grow older. Fortunately, you can take steps to normalize your pH balance. Let’s examine how alkaline foods can help your body thrive.
The Body’s pH Balance
If you can’t quite remember your high school chemistry lessons, you may not have a firm grasp of how the pH scale works. This measure of acidity versus alkalinity extends from 0 (totally acidic) to 14 (totally alkaline), with 7 standing as the neutral midpoint.
While some of the body’s processes, such as digestion, actually require an acidic environment, the ideal blood pH is very slightly alkaline, hovering in the realm of 7.35 to 7.45.
Sadly, modern diets don’t tend to support this balance. Many popular foods are actually intensely acidic, and processing techniques such as canning and preservatives can make their acidity even higher. To add insult to injury, your body tends to become more acidic as you age.
Biochemical processes that regulate acidity become disrupted as the kidneys (which play a crucial role in these processes) start to lose their efficiency after the age of 40. This leads to a state of heightened acidity called metabolic acidosis.
Alkaline Foods for Disease Prevention
An acidic body is a body in trouble. Excessive or chronic acidity has been linked to issues such as diabetes, bladder dysfunction, cardiovascular damage, poor immune response, obesity, kidney disease, osteoporosis and premature aging.
Some of these problems may lurk silently for some time, growing steadily worse without your being aware of them. But you may also experience recognizable symptoms of high acidity. Telltale warning signs may include fatigue, shortness of breath after minimal activity, and muscle cramps or discomfort.
The good news is that you don’t have to allow metabolic acidosis to creep up on you through middle age and into your senior years, aided and abetted by poor diet.
By decreasing your consumption of acidic foods and upping your consumption of alkaline foods, you can regain control over your body’s pH balance. An alkaline diet can therefore help you:
- Improve your immune function (and thus your cancer resistance)
- Absorb vitamins and minerals more efficiently
- Control chronic inflammatory issues and chronic pain
- Reduce your cardiovascular disease risks
- Optimize your muscle mass and bone density as you age
Alkaline Diet vs. Acidic Diet
The first step in changing your pH balance for better is knowing your current baseline pH. You can gather this information by putting a strip of litmus paper in your mouth first thing in the morning (before eating anything or applying lipstick) and reading the results.
As you adopt more alkaline eating habits, you’ll want to track your changing pH balance from day to day over the next 30 days or so.
Next, you need to identify acidic foods and alkaline foods so you can reduce the former in favor of the latter. Common acidic foods in the modern diet include:
- Sodas and carbonated drinks
- Most highly processed foods
- Some dairy foods
- Meats and concentrated-protein products
- Sugary foods
Some of these foods have undeniable nutritional benefits that may simply call for more moderate consumption, while others are essentially “junk” that can safely be eliminated from your diet altogether.
Meanwhile, increase your consumption of alkaline foods:
- Fruits such as bananas, apples, melons and berries
- Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, spinach, peppers and onions
- Non-meat protein sources such as tofu, chestnuts and almonds
- Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, sea salt, mustard and other alkaline spices
The Role of Alkaline Supplements
Even after you know which alkaline foods to eat and which acidic foods to put aside, striking the balance that returns your body to a relatively neutral pH can prove more easily said than done.
With the vast numbers of processed and generally unhealthy foods on the market, you’ve got your work cut out for you on those weekly shopping trips. Fortunately, you have another secret weapon in your battle against acidity: supplements.
Supplementation can make your conversion to an alkaline diet that much more effective. One easy way to boost your pH-raising efforts is by consuming alkaline water. This water, which can be found on many grocery store shelves, has often had its pH boosted to pH levels of 9 or higher.
Other supplements that support an alkaline diet include calcium, magnesium, pH-boosting products that can be added to water, and algae-based “green food” powders.
Supplements that combine multiple alkaline-boosting nutrients are especially valuable. Phosphoethanolamine Federico Diaz is one such product.
In addition to the phosphoethanolamine that promotes healthy immune and metabolic function, this product also contains both calcium and magnesium to help you get the most out of your alkaline diet.
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