Alkaline balance is very important for our health. Our enzymatic, immunologic, and repair mechanisms all function their best in an alkaline environment.
The human body has three ways of regulating blood pH. Carbon dioxide, is mildly acidic; its levels can be controlled by changes in your breathing rate. For example, when we exercise we produce lactic acid and carbon dioxide. Lactic acid is acidic, and the exhalation of carbon dioxide excretes acids. The kidneys also can excrete excess acid during urination. Finally, the blood is filled with special chemical mixes known as buffers, which work by resisting any sudden changes in pH.
There are countless chemical reactions necessary for life that can only occur within a very specific pH range, so the body has to maintain pH within that range. An acidic pH level within the human body is a common and likely contributing factor to all degenerative and autoimmune diseases. An acidic environment has several adverse effects on cell metabolism, impacting energy levels, accumulation of fluid and edema, and an increase in free radical production. Living with an acidic pH level can cause diabetes, obesity, migraines, cataracts, cancer, arthritis, stroke, gout, morning sickness, allergies and osteoporosis.
Everything we eat or drink affects our pH. Animal based foods such as meat and dairy products are mainly acidic, while plant-based foods like fruits and veggies are mostly alkaline. We do need both acid and alkaline foods in our diet to help our bodies maintain appropriate pH levels, though our culture with the convince of fast-foods and overly processed foods have made the majority of us overly acidic.
You can test your pH with inexpensive pH strips that you can buy online or in health food stores. Most health experts believe testing your urine is a little more accurate of total body pH. This should be done first thing in the morning. The first reading can usually be a little more acidic because the body is clearing out acid while you sleep at night. So generally the second urine test of the morning is most accurate. Next, compare it to the color chart provided and see where your levels are at.
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â¢First thing in the morning, gently warm a glass of quality water. Then squeeze the juice from half of an organic lemon into the warmed water and mix in Â½ tsp of baking soda for a refreshing, alkalizing drink.
â¢It is very beneficial to juice fresh green fruits and vegetables. Add some wheat grass, barley grass, kelp, cayenne, chlorella and spirulina in your green smoothie and drink this every single day.
â¢Eating a vegan diet of alkaline vegetables and fruits is recommended by many health care professionals to maintain a healthy pH level.
â¢Try your best to avoid all extremely acidic processed foods, fried foods and refined sugar.
â¢Many health food stores sell alkaline water with a pH level of 9! It does have a flavor that takes some getting used to, but it is a great way to increase the body’s alkalinity.
â¢For many reasons, I highly recommend only using natural household cleaning agents such as diluted apple cider vinegar, or recipes that utilize plant proteins and/or essential oils.
â¢Use natural shampoo and conditioner, body wash or soap, toothpaste and mouthwash, lotions, facial creams and make-up that are free of the toxic loaded chemicals and synthetic additives.
â¢Eat only grass-fed, organic animal products.
Examples of Alkaline Rich Foods:
Fruits with a high alkaline level
Vegetables with a high alkaline level
Nuts, Seeds, Herbs and Spices with a high alkaline level
Beverages with a high alkaline level
Article originally published on LivingTraditionally.com republished with permission