Alkalize Your Body for Good Health
Foods typically consumed by most Americans are overly acidic-forming foods and these are hurting our inner terrain – including our cells. It’s a well known fact that the body and its processes (immune, metabolic, enzymatic and restorative), do better in an alkaline environment instead of an acidic one.
Processed grains, unhealthy fats and sugars and conventional meats are the leading cause to our bodies being more acidic and unfortunately our modern diets are heavy on the acidic side. Including the cells of the heart, skin and hair, blood, bones, brain, muscles and nerves, when our bodies are more acidic, it directly and unhealthily affects the blood and bodily tissues. Our cells are the building blocks of who we are, and when they are unhealthy, we invite disastrous health consequences into our lives. Alkalizing foods like apple cider vinegar provide food for our bodies and the truth is, our body’s trillions of cells prefer a slightly alkaline state and will respond favorably and love you for making this transition.
Let’s talk about pH in the body:
The body’s internal environment is sustained at a pH level of nearly 7.0, which is more alkaline. It’s in a state of constant flux, however, and the body works continuously to keep it at its 7.0 alkaline pH. In so doing, the body must have oxygen, water and acid-buffering minerals—in addition to quickly getting rid of waste products—to maintain this pH level. In short, the body takes the nutrients you give it from your food, which will either alkalinize or acidify the blood. That, in turn, determines the overall health of your terrain.
Sometimes the body has to work extra hard, too, to keep this pH equilibrium. For example, the acid-forming metabolic effects of processed foods, excess stress and unhealthy inflammation levels all contribute to the acidity of the body. Therefore, the body must have a healthy store of mineral-buffering reserves to offset this acidity and to return the body to its healthy alkaline state.
If, however, there are not enough “reserves” to combat the acidic infiltration, then there can be problems. For example, if there aren’t enough alkalinizing minerals from food, then the body will take it from bones and other areas to achieve the pH balance it needs. When those sources run out, then the body can really struggle systemically. That’s where the alkaline advantage of alkaline-forming foods comes in.
While higher carb and unhealthy, processed foods full of unhealthy fats, GMOs, sugars, additives, simple starches and chemicals increase acidic levels, most veggies, tubers and roots, fruits, seeds and sprouts are most often packed with alkaline-forming nutrition.
Here are a few alkaline-forming foods – and their delicious too: grassfed milk and dairy products; cultured whey; apple cider vinegar; sprouted foods; chia seeds; avocados; almonds; green, leafy veggies; cucumbers; fresh coconuts; and root veggies.
What should you avoid? Processed or refined foods of any kind, including refined grains; conventional dairy; conventional meat; vegetable oils, artificial sweeteners and processed sugars.
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