BENEFITS OF AN ALKALINE DIET
One of the most basic problems with today’s lifestyle is the lack of understanding of how your body works and how the food we eat affects this system. The body must balance the blood’s pH levels at a slightly alkaline level of 7.365 in order to survive. However, when a person ingests food to burn for fuel, the digestive and metabolic process transforms it into a kind of ash that is either acidic or alkaline.
All foods in nature contain both acid and alkaline-forming elements. Balance can be achieved as a direct result of the foods we choose to eat. When we eat too much acid-forming foods, we must be aware of how this affects our bodies in the long run.
Acidosis is actually the common diagnosis for diabetics, among other things. When the nutrients required in maintaining the alkaline state cannot be obtained from the food we eat, the body will draw from its own reserves, like the bones or other vital tissue.
In the process, the body damages its ability to repair itself. As an effect, this can make a person more vulnerable to fatigue and illness.
The goal is to achieve balance for our body. Eating too many alkalizing food can also lead to its share of complications over time. However, it’s highly unlikely given the current state of today’s sugar addicting diets.
The ideal pH level for our blood is between 7.35 and 7.45. This small window of alkaline perfection means the possibility of creating a hostile environment for bad bacteria, cancer, viruses and fungi to thrive. Your cells will be able to function properly at this level.
A highly acidic diet can leave the body vulnerable to disease and inflammation. When we eat highly acidic foods and live a stressful lifestyle, the body is forced to take drastic measures to balance the pH of the blood.
A great way to address the excess acidity and the negative consequences this brings to our health is to adjust our diet to include 80% alkaline-forming foods, and 20% acidic-forming foods and drinks (e.g. avoiding white pasta, white bread, pastries, lots of processed food, meat, alcohol, and soft drinks). Eating like this will help your body support the function of your body and allow it to flourish.
We encourage you to incorporate more alkaline-forming foods in your daily diet and it will go a long way to helping your body maintain the desired pH level:
- Egg yolks
- Himalayan Salt
- Sea Salt
- Ginger tea
- Sweet potato