Acid Alkaline Balance

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


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.

ALKALI­FORMING
ALKALI EFFECTS
  • Moderate exercise
  • Relaxation exercises, i.e. deep breathing, yoga, etc.
  • All vegetables especially green leafy vegetables
  • Most all fruits including citrus fruits
  • Millet, Quinoa
  • Drink several glasses of spring water daily
  • Ripe olives
  • Raw almonds
  • Lima beans, Soy beans
  • Fresh green peas & green beans
  • Avocado
  • Goat milk (Contains lactose)
  • Low protein/low fat diet
  • Whey (contains milk sugar, lactose)
  • Ghee (clarified butter, a cholesterol-free saturated fat)
  • Two or three well formed bowel movements daily.
  • Calm focused energy.
  • Clear thinking.
  • High resistance to colds, flus, infections.
  • Retention of calcium.
  • Strong bones & muscles.
  • Higher athletic endurance.
  • Sound sleep.
  • Healthy teeth, gums, & skin.
  • Increased spiritual awareness.
ACID FORMING
ACID EFFECTS
  • Excessive consumption of starches
  • All seafood. fish fowl ! & all flesh foods
  • Yogurt, butter, eggs. cow’s milk, cheese
  • Wheat, oats. barley, rice, corn, bread, spelt
  • Kamut, amaranth, teff, buckwheat
  • All beans except lima and soy beans
  • High fat meals (more than 20% of calories from fat)
  • High protein diet (over 25 grams per day)
  • All pastas, macaroni, and noodles.
  • Crackers, chips
  • Overeating
  • Cooked tomatoes, pasta & sauce
  • Refined Sugar, corn syrup. honey, soda pop
  • Cookies, cakes, pies, sweets, etc.
  • Blueberries, cranberries, currants, plums, prunes
  • Carob
  • Allergic reactions
  • All nuts & seeds (except almonds)
  • Tobacco, Drugs
  • Margarine, lard, hydrogenated oils, corn & olive oil
  • All fried foods (fried in ghee. butter or oils)
  • Coffee, tea, alcohol, chocolate
  • Low water intake
  • Over exercise,
  • lack of sleep
  • Anxiety, anger, worry, stress
  • Hyper-stimulation resulting in restlessness, irritability, insomnia, aggressive behavior, fatigue, or depression.
  • Low resistance to infections & degenerative diseases. One or more colds or flus per year.
  • Loss of bone mass, joint or muscle pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, tooth decay.
  • Constipation loose stools.
  • Acid indigestion, heartburn, ulcers, gastritis.
  • Ammonia odor in sweat or urine.
  • Excessive mucus.
  • Dry skin.
  • Difficulty concentrating, scattered thought.
  • Lower athletic endurance.
  • Decreased spiritual awareness –
  • Increased materialistic attachment.

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.

Stress has a huge impact on your pH balance and effective stress management techniques are an important part of every women’s essentials. Especially women over 40 whose hormones are impacting and causing you to be more stress reactive. 

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