In order to have more energy and stay healthy, we need to have a balanced body. Our bodies are completely regulated by the pH level in the bloodstream. pH is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions and it is recommended to have a pH of 7.3. This value is slightly alkaline and when we are at these levels, bacteria and diseases are less likely to occur. Today, we see why we should keep our bodies at 80% alkaline and how to do so.
Foods are either acidifying or alkalizing, which is why the foods and beverages we consume each day have a direct impact on the acid and alkaline balance in our bodies. Our bodies and hence diets should consist of about 80% alkaline and 20% acid. When our bodies are too acidic, the growth of bad bacteria, yeast and fungi increases making our bodies more prone to getting infections and diseases.
Maintaining a more alkaline level will decrease the chances of getting cancer. An acidic environment leads to low levels of oxygen causing the cellular metabolism to stop, which leads to the growth of cancer cells. Maintaining an alkaline state helps encourage healthy cell turnover, which is key in the prevention of cancer.
Alkalizing foods contain minerals that aid in the neutralizing of acids. If there is not enough supply of these minerals, then the acid waste in the blood builds up as cholesterol and lactic acid. This build up clogs up the organs which lead to slower metabolism and weight gain.
Supplying minerals to our bodies is essential for neutralizing acids since minerals such as calcium, phosphorous and magnesium bring blood pH back into balance. When we eat acid-forming foods and not enough alkalizing-forming foods our bodies have to take these minerals from bones, teeth and organs. Taking the supply of the minerals from our own body is extremely bad for our immune systems.
The question we ask ourselves now is, what foods should we be avoiding and which ones should we be consuming more of? Alkaline foods are those that are naturally grown and fresh such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs. These foods contain antioxidants and help to cleanse the colon, rejuvenate skin and lubricate muscles and joints. In summary, alkaline foods are beneficial for one’s overall health. Acid foods are those that are commercially processed, grains, beans, dairy products, coffee, non-organic foods and many more. If you do eat acid-forming foods then try to go for the healthier ones.
Another popular option for maintaining a balanced pH is alkaline water. This option is ultra-hydrating and usually has a higher pH of about 8. The higher level of pH helps kill pepsin which helps break down food proteins that cause acid reflux. Alkaline water can be consumed by using special filters or buying bottled alkaline water.
Our bodies are tough but the more we feed it with acid-forming foods the less they will be able to cope with acidic waste. Keeping the pH in our bloods balanced is vital for our day to day energy and health. Switching to an alkaline diet will also help to decrease cardiovascular diseases, replenish people with diabetes with the proper minerals and improve acid reflux.