Did you know that your blood pH must stay just above 7.0 all the time? Anything below or above this range may cause serious illnesses and even death. This mechanism, which is known as homeostasis, protects your body and allows it to function properly. Too much acidity can lead to depression, low energy, fatigue, gastritis, muscle cramps, hives, brittle nails, and frequent infections.

Acid – Alkaline Balance Explained

The modern diet affects your body’s acid – alkaline balance, leading to an increased acid load. Your blood requires alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, and sodium to neutralize acids. These minerals are found in the foods you eat. If you have a poor diet, your body will use the minerals found in the bones muscles, and tissues. Over time, this can lead to mineral deficiencies and serious health problems. All degenerative and autoimmune diseases have one thing in common: a low pH. Even though it’s impossible to avoid acid production in your body, there are ways to reduce it. An alkaline diet, proper hydration, and mineral supplementation can help maintain your internal alkaline state and ward off diseases. At the same time, it’s important to avoid the factors that promote an acid environment, such as imbalanced meals, poor diet, lack of sleep, stress, and hectic schedules. An acid environment can increase free radical production, accelerate aging, cause enema, and affect metabolism. It may also trigger stomach ulcers, gastritis, excess stomach acid, infections in throat and tonsils, inflammation, mood swings, and low body temperature. People with chronic acidosis face a higher risk of bone loss, cancer, and osteoporosis. On the other hand, a balanced body pH will result in better digestion, youthful skin, greater energy, increased mental alertness, deeper sleep, and stronger immunity.

How to Alkalize your Body

The best way to alkalize your body is to follow a diet rich in alkaline minerals, and avoid foods and factors that will cause your body to become acidic. Start by including acid-buffering foods into your diet. These include:

  • Unprocessed vegetable oils (walnut oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil)
  • Fish oil
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Whole grains
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Wheatgrass
  • Chlorella
  • Alfalfa
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Organic apple cider vinegar
  • Garlic and onions
  • Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and other spices
  • Fresh fruits
  • Whole rice
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Medicinal mushrooms
  • Raw honey

Most fruits and vegetables are high in alkaline-forming elements, and should be consumed daily. Sunshine and vitamin D, meditation, yoga, physical activity, and multi-strain probiotics help create an alkaline environment in your body too.

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Alkalising Greens, Detox foods

What to Avoid

Meat, dairy products, processed foods, alcohol, and sodas have the opposite effect. You should also avoid:

  • Tobacco
  • Salted chips and snacks
  • Highly processed foods
  • Deli meats
  • Fatty red meat
  • White bread, white rice, cakes, cookies, noodles, and pastries
  • Refined breakfast cereals
  • Refined oils
  • Hydrogenated fats
  • Chinese foods
  • Shell fish
  • Pulses
  • Fruits and veggies picked unripe
  • Store-bought fruit juices
  • Pickled products
  • Caffeine
  • Sprits
  • Stress

 

Many healthy foods, such as crab, shell fish, and liver, are often contaminated with toxins and chemicals during transportation. Others come in plastic containers containing phthalates and BPA. Makeup products, nail polish, and shampoos are made with toluene and fragrances that increase acidity. To minimize their side effects, follow a diet consisting of 60 to 80 percent alkaline-forming foods.