The Power of an Alkaline Diet

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Energy is the vital force within each of us that allows us to maximise our capacity. When we get out of balance, our energy is low and we experience all kinds of problems such as stress, fatigue, depression and disease.
Balanced body chemistry and maintaining a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods in your diet are of vital importance to maintaining your health.

Too much acidity in the body is the cause of many types of health changes ranging from fatigue, to obesity, and much bigger health challenges.

One of the highest priorities of your body is to make sure that the alkalinity throughout your body remains at an optimum level.

At this level, the regulatory mechanisms such as breathing, circulation, digestion, and hormonal production balance the pH level in your body by removing acid residues from body tissues. If the pH deviates too far to the acidic or the alkaline side, cells become poisoned by their own toxic waste and die.

Test your Alkalinity:

Measure your pH levels by checking the colour of your urine. If it’s clear, you’re alkaline. The darker the colour of your urine, the more acidic you are.

Green (live) foods make you alkaline and also stabilise your blood sugar levels.

The pH Scale

Acid

Neutral Alkaline
1 7

14

This is the measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. Acids of pH have values under 7, and alkalis have pH values over 7. If a substance has a pH value of 7, it is neutral – neither acidic nor alkaline.

Different tissues of the body need to maintain different levels of pH to sustain life. The blood and most tissues should be slightly alkaline, whereas urine, saliva, and the digestive tract should be slightly acidic. Most important, however, is the body’s alkaline reserve: an excess of alkali that is stored until it’s needed to neutralise excess acid in the body. If your body becomes too acidic, then the cells begin to weaken and break down, and body functions become compromised.

If you’re ‘over-fat’, you might be over acid!

Consequences an overly acidic pH:

If you’re overweight, it’s likely that you do not have a ‘fat’ problem; you have an acid problem. Too much acid in the body has two consequences: Firstly, it will cause the body to produce insulin and you’ll store more fat. Secondly, it will cause the cells to break down due to the pressure to continually produce insulin.

The free radical damage of cell walls and membrane structures is accelerated. Consequences of this include premature ageing, eyesight and memory problems, wrinkles, age spots, poor hormone regulation, etc.
It becomes more difficult to control high blood pressure due to the increased potential for urinary problems and infections.

Acidosis disrupts general lipid and fatty acid metabolism, leading to neurological problems and hormone imbalances within the endocrine system, leading to increased potential of urinary problems and infections.

Acid increases the likelihood of cellular mutations.

The body has decreased access to energy reserves due to inhibition of efficient cellular and body metabolism.
An acidic pH allows the binding of cholesterol to heavy metals and other cellular debris, increasing the rate at which plaque builds up in the vascular network.

How to alkalize by making it fun and simple:

  • Have a glass of lemon water when you wake up, and put lemon in your water bottle and drink it throughout the day. (Lemon alkalises your system)
  • Use lemon, extra virgin olive oil, and a bit of good salt for salad dressing.
  • Keep a fresh salad in the refrigerator so that you can always have one ready to eat.
  • Have a ‘green drink’ every day. Part of my own daily rituals/standards is to have a green drink every morning after I’ve done my morning exercise.
  • 80% of your food must be alkaline (good quality greens)

To your health,

JP

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