What is an Alkaline Diet?
Your diet, what you eat and drink can and does effect the acid/alkaline balance in your body. The other factors that affect your acid/alkaline balance are things like stress, and inherent predisposition.
The human body works most efficiently in a slightly alkaline environment at around pH 7.4.
The pH scale is a measure of acidity and alkalinity and runs from 0 for pure acid to 14 for pure alkali. Neutral is at pH 7.
Certain types of food are acidic causing our body to try and neutralize the excess acid with alkaline minerals such as sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron.
Blood pH must always be between pH 7.35 and 7.45 but the pH of our urine can vary over a broader pH range without being lethal.
Our diet and the different foods we eat leave an ash or residue in our system. The residues can be acid, alkaline or neutral.
The main foods that leave acid residues are animal proteins and other sources of protein, which are generally very high in our diets nowadays. It is important to remember that there is nothing wrong with protein, it is needed in our diets and provides essential amino acids.
Research has shown that people with a more alkaline internal environment absorb up to 20 times more oxygen than acidic bodies. It was also found that diseased bodies are acidic bodies which repel oxygen and attract overgrowth of parasites, whereas healthy bodies are alkaline bodies that absorb a high amount of oxygen. Experiments by Dr Warburg have shown that malignant cells proliferate and grow in acid conditions with no oxygen but die in conditions with plenty of oxygen, calcium and alkaline pH.
“HEALTH IS ALKALINITY.”
TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN OUR “ALKALINE RESERVE”
WE SHOULD EAT 80% ALKALI-FORMING FOOD AND 20% ACID-FORMING FOODS.
Maintaining your acid reserve as you can see is very much within your power, water plays a big role. Water flushes the system and removes toxins. The ideal amount of water depends on your physical activity. If your work is not very active and you don’t do active sports you need a minimum of 8 glasses or 2 litres of water a day. If you work physically or have a very active sport you will need to increase this amount.
Part of a regular Naturopathic consultation is to review your daily intake of food and liquids and suggest some health improving changes if necessary. I like to make changes gradually and meet my clients where they are and don’t expect them to be ‘get it right’ from the beginning. It’s a learning process and one that take time, but when they feel better, they tend to want more! This signals the chance to implement different new wellness protocols.
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