Source: Green Warriors
Posted on May, 7, 2013
The overall message of this blog piece is to be kind to your body.
It did a bloody good job turning you from a microscopic cell into the highly intelligent, amazing person that you are!
There are nearly 100 trillion cells in your body.
On a daily basis they are performing such sophisticated, brilliant, mind blowing and intricate tasks, that science can not even dream to replicate, and are the reasons you are breathing and reading this right now.
Not only that, but it performs them without you having to consciously think about it. How incredible!
THE ALKALINE BALANCE
It is recommended by most holistic nutritionists that a long-term diet should consist of 70-80% alkaline forming foods, and 20-30% acid forming foods.
Don’t be scared of the word ‘diet’.
All this means is increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet and eliminating processed foods and junk food.
Eating more fruits and vegetables seems like a very simple concept doesn’t it? So why does it seem so difficult for people to do?
We believe it is because many people don’t really understand the long term health effects that eating an acid forming diet can have, and don’t fully understand how good they will feel by following an alkaline diet
The fact that soft drink, and junk food manufacturers are still in business proves that we don’t quite get it.
Once you understand though, fruits and vegetables become your new best friend.
Even plants come in to a whole new light.
How selfless of them to spend their entire existence providing us with oxygen, and food, and asking for absolutely nothing in return, and still provide, even after they are cut down, and their environment is all but ruined.
What makes a food alkaline or acidic?
It is largely determined by what minerals the food you are eating contains. Do they contain acid based, or alkaline based minerals?
Acid based minerals are sulphur, silicon, phosphorus, iodine, copper, chlorine, and bromine, and alkaline based minerals are calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, nickel, iron, and boron, to name a few.
To keep it really simple, generally speaking, all fruits and vegetables contain highly alkalising minerals.
Many people mistake acid/citrus fruits as being acidic to the body. Once digested however, the alkaline minerals these acid fruits contain do not have an acidic affect on the body. Here is a simple chart to go by.
An important thing to realise is that an alkaline diet is not about eliminating all acid forming foods from your diet. Some acid forming foods can provide essential nutrients.
It is about providing the body with a balance of enough alkaline forming foods, so that it’s inbuilt detox system can work efficiently, does not become overloaded, and can keep you healthy on a cellular level.
People might think this sounds easy, but acidic foods can slip into your diet very quickly without you realising.
Read our previous blog for more information on alkalising.
Lets look at the diet of someone in a typical day, which we believe would be considered a healthy diet by most.
MORNING – Eggs on toast, or cereal with milk, and coffee
LUNCH – Tuna-salad sandwich, or chicken wrap
SNACK – Muesli bar, or low fat muffin, or fruit
DINNER – Pasta with meat sauce, and some veggies added, or meat with veggies, or stir fry
POSSIBLE EXTRAS – Coffee, soft drink, chocolate, biscuits, ice-cream, pastries.
Many people would think that, as long as you don’t over do it on the extra sweets and pastries, this is a healthy day of eating, and many dieticians and nutritionists would recommend a diet plan similar to this.
It is low fat, which is great, so it is likely that you will stay lean and look good.
But this is not what matters overall, what matters is how you feel, and how you are going to look when you are 70.
Acid damage is a slow process, and the wear and tear on the bones, skin, muscles, and health may not be seen for many, many, years, but one thing is for certain, it will come.
Generally, the acid load from food is not learnt about in University degrees, and therefore is not even considered by most dieticians.
The diet above consists of about 80-90% acid forming foods. 60-70% above what is recommended.
So how can we change this diet so that it has 70-80% alkaline forming foods?
It’s not as hard as you might think.
The morning is the most important time to alkalise. Your body has spent all night eliminating toxins and waste, and repairing itself (this is why your urine is so acidic in the morning), and has likely depleted it’s alkaline supplies and is in desperate search for replenishment.
Instead of eggs on toast, or cereal with milk, which are all highly acid forming, a great way to start the morning off is with a green smoothie, which is extremely alkalising and an easy way to get nutrients into the blood stream without extra digestive stress.
Our favourite green smoothie recipe is 1-3 bananas, 1-3 dates, water or coconut water, kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, ice, blend and enjoy! (Amount of fruit used is dependent on your size and activity levels).
Here is Tegan’s recipe on her vegie girl blog.
Or just simply begin your day with a meal of fruit.
Or if you don’t want to ditch your cereal then use almond milk instead of milk.
Drinking water with lemon added every morning before you eat or do anything, is a very good routine to get into.
Here is a great article on lemon water.
Have some fruit before lunch and dinner, and make sure your salad/vegetable ratio is 50-60% higher than your meat/bread/grain content.
Try to avoid or limit extremely acidic foods such as sweets, alcohol and soft drink.
To neutralise one glass of coke with a ph of 2.5, you would need 32 glasses of alkaline water with a ph of 10!
So why put your body through it?
Many people smash 2-3 + soft drinks a day, along with cigarettes, alcohol, and junk food as if it is no big deal.
Maybe they think they are immortal? Or maybe they are looking forward to being fragile and decrepit when they are 60?
Some people say they just don’t care, and just want to enjoy life without thinking about it.
Then those same people stress when they look in a mirror and see pimples or new lines appearing, or hate the fact that they are always getting sick and are on medication, or hate feeling tired and unmotivated.
Clearly they do care, otherwise those things wouldn’t be a problem to them. Maybe they just don’t want to face reality?
Instead of soft drink, just drink some coconut water, or freshly squeezed juice.
Instead of strawberry ice cream, just have some strawberries!
Instead of banana flavoured milk, just blend some bananas with water, and add some dates for extra sweetness.
If you’re craving something fatty, then instead of a big mac, have some avocado, or raw nuts
Instead of eating lollies that mimic the flavours of fruit, just eat fruit! Your tastebuds will change and soon fruit will be so delicious and sweet, and lollies will seem so sweet they are sickly.
Sure, we can kid ourselves by saying “we only live once” or “you have to enjoy life” or “whats the point if you can’t have a little treat?”
Yes you are only going to live once, so why make it any shorter?
When you are 100 and still super fit and going strong, you will look back and be very glad you took care of your body.
If you are going to cheat and have some junk food, then enjoy the hell out of it, we are all for that! Just know that your body is going to have to work over time as a penalty for your little treat, so give it some help afterwards.
If these foods are too hard to avoid, then consider using an alkalisng supplement or drinking alkalised water. We highly recommend the super greens by Yor health , and the alkaline water filters by alkaway.
The Myths of Acid vs. Alkaline Foods
Among the more fascinating claims made by certain practitioners of alternative medicine is the idea that what you eat can throw your body’s pH balance so far off that it will make you ill. All foods, according to Dr. David Mirkin, are acid in your stomach and alkaline in your intestines. No amount of food can make your stomach less acidic or stop your intestines from neutralizing acid.
Autotoxicity is the belief that your insides are festering with all kinds of toxins, bacteria and other things that will poison you if given the chance. Proponents of the acid/alkaline imbalance theory believe that these toxins cause conditions from general fatigue and malaise to cancer and that these conditions can be caused by eating the wrong kinds of food and cured by eating the right kinds of food. The toxins in your body are efficiently processed and removed by your liver, kidneys and excretory system. The only way they can make you sick is if the walls of your intestinal tract are breached.
Manufacturers are now offering water filtration systems that claim to increase the alkaline content of your drinking water in order to help you maintain the proper balance of acid and base in your body. These filtration systems can cost as much as $1,000. Preliminary studies suggest that alkaline water may help combat bone loss in menopausal women, but many more studies are needed.
The idea that you can monitor your body’s pH by measuring the pH of your saliva or urine is often touted by adherents of the acid/alkaline imbalance theory as proof of their claims. It is certainly possible to measure the acid or alkaline profile of your urine or saliva, and eating acid-causing foods or alkaline foods will show a measurable difference. But urine and saliva do not reflect the overall pH balance of your body any more than a sudden blushing cheek represents the entire core temperature of your body. Proof of this is that you can get a pH balance of 6 or lower from urine or saliva, but if your body’s pH was that low, you would be dead.
Your body’s pH is very tightly controlled by your kidneys and lungs. Normal pH — or balance between acid and alkaline — is between 7.35 and 7.45. Your lungs control and maintain the proper amount of carbon dioxide in your blood. When your pH level sinks below 7.35, that is called acidosis and it means that there is too much hydrogen in your blood. This can be caused by hyperventilation, among other things. Your kidneys regulate the bicarbonate levels in your blood. If your pH is above 7.45, you don’t have enough hydrogen in your blood and this is called alkalosis.
A diet high in acid-causing foods can cause your body to leach calcium from your bones, weakening them and possibly contributing to osteoporosis, especially if you are a menopausal woman. But if you can’t afford an expensive water filtration system, take heart. Acid-causing foods include dairy, flour, meat and refined sugar. Choosing a lean diet based around leafy green vegetables, fresh fruit, fish, whole grains and essential fatty acids should be enough to keep your pH.