The Benefits of an Alkaline Diet- Is It All Hype?

There are so many diets and different ways of eating. So many fads draped in half-truths make it difficult to know which way to turn.  There has been a lot of hype about eating an Alkaline diet and cutting out acidic foods. However, there are some foods that are naturally acidic, so how bad can it really be? Let’s look at some facts…

Your Body and PH Balance

PH Balance

Your body functions as an acid-alkaline system that strives to a very delicate pH balance. The ideal pH in your blood is between 7.35-7.45. You can not change the pH of your blood. No matter what you eat. Not directly anyway.  What you can change by changing your diet and lifestyle is the pH of urine and saliva. If that be the case, it would seemingly suggest that you are only measuring what your body is filtering out and that wouldn’t really indicate the ph of your blood or overall health.

When the food you eat is metabolized, to receive the energy (calories), you are actually burning the foods. However, this burning happens in a slow and controlled fashion. When you burn foods, they actually leave an ash residue, just like when you burn wood in a furnace. As it turns out, this ash can be acidic or alkaline (or neutral). Those who suggest an Alkaline diet claim that this ash can directly affect the acidity of your body.

 

Why PH balance Is important

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If the pH of your blood falls below 7.35, the result is a condition called acidosis, a state that leads to central nervous system depression. Severe acidosis – where blood pH falls below 7.00 – can lead to a coma and even death.

Most of the acids that build up in your body form different processes are converted into Co2 and transported by the lungs out of your body. The kidneys have a similar function, acting as an excretion organ for built up acids.

Why The Diet Is Important

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To maintain an equilibrium the kidneys use minerals like calcium and magnesium as buffers and transport excess acid into urine.

When the body is low on minerals that neutralize acidity, like calcium and magnesium, the amount of built-up acid can’t be processed, leaving acids in your cells. This makes a fertile ground for inflammation to develop inside your body. A diet poor in vegetables that raises acidity in your body is exhausting your organs because they have to work more with fewer resources.

The Mucus Factor

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Additionally, highly acidic foods and pathogen-laden foods are mucus forming, and the increased production of mucus throws the body out of a state of homeostasis. Mucus has been linked to the cause of disease in every part of our bodies and affects our health at the cellular level.

The ideal scenario is to make fresh vegetables and fruits the centerpieces of your diet and to eat small amounts of any other nutrient-dense foods that your appetite calls for and that experience shows your body can tolerate.

Things that contribute to an Acidic PH Balance in your body:

digitally rendered illustration of a young woman experiencing the aura that occurs at the onset of a migraine attack

Our daily diet, toxic overload from cleaning products and pollution in our environment, Medications and our stress levels and lifestyle all affect the PH balance of our bodies.  We can combat these by getting more alkaline foods, Oxygen (breathing techniques) and by drinking plenty of fluids. Natural alternatives to traditional medications are also an excellent choice for healing vs masking symptoms and creating an acidic environment which causes the body to work harder.  What simple changes can you make today to bring your body into a more Alkaline state?

 

To read more on the topic check out the source information links below:

http://drbenkim.com/ph-body-blood-foods-acid-alkaline.htm

http://healthyhabitshub.com/keep-your-body-more-alkaline-for-better-health/

http://www.naturallifeenergy.com/alkaline-producing-mucus-reducing-nutrional-guide/

http://www.naturallifeenergy.com/mucus-forming-foods-out-with-acidic-foods-and-in-with-alkaline-foods/

 

 

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