Alkaline or Acid, what PH is your body and does it really matter?

Well i guess many of you reading this, answer the above with a “Don’t know” answer, and I’m not surprised by this as many of us have know idea what is going on in our bodies, let alone know whether our body is Alkaline or Acid.

And frankly, do you know whether it matters or not to be Alkaline or Acid.

This is why i have put together this post to hopefully get across why it is essential for us to check out bodies PH levels.

Why acid – alkaline balance?

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Your body must stay alkaline for optimal health, energy and mental clarity. In order to do this your body has to eliminate the by-products of the normal processes of respiration, digestion and energy production, which are all acid. Your body has to work to ensure that it remains in this state of alkalinity.

Therefore in turn we will be able to automatically increase our energy levels, and as a by-product of this your body will become more energized and burn more Kcals!!

If you can detoxify and alkalize effectively, your body will also be able to absorb more oxygen!!

“An alkaline body can absorb up to 20 times more oxygen than an acidic body.” says Dr Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner. He also found that diseased bodies are acidic bodies, which repel oxygen and attract the overgrowth of microorganisms.
As your body becomes acidic, your body’s oxygen levels begin to drop, leaving you too acidic and then you will begin to see the results that this stress causes in health-related symptoms including:

  • Fatigue
  • Poor digestion
  • Weight gain
  • Aches and pains in muscles and joints
  • Excess mucous production causing nasal and sinus congestion
  • Lowered immunity resulting in more frequent colds and flu
  • Increased anxiety and irritability

If you already have certain health conditions this acidity can increase inflammation and the degeneration of soft tissues and bone, which in turn causes further damage. Particularly affected is your body’s ability to build bone. Bone is sacrificed to keep your body alkaline (generally at a pH of higher than 7.2) and this means that you lose vital minerals, not just calcium but other minerals, which make up the structure of bone. If this is happening to your bones what effect might it be having on all your vital organs?

What causes your system to become acid?

Here are some of the most acid-forming foods:

  • A diet rich in processed foods, high in sugar and salt
  • Red meat
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Wheat, white flour
  • Biscuits and cakes
  • Pasta
  • Cheese
  • Homogenised Milk
  • Ice Cream
  • Soft Drinks
  • Beer

Which foods will encourage your system to become alkaline?

Here are some of the most alkaline-forming foods:

  • Lemons (these are acid on the tongue but become alkaline)alkaline foods
  • Watermelon
  • Limes
  • Grapefruit
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Vegetable juices
  • Parsley
  • Raw spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Herb teas
  • Lemon water

These are at the extremes of the acid-forming and alkaline-forming scales, so between the two there are degrees of each.

If you can include in your diet 250 gms of raw green leafy vegetables per day – say a generous salad with both lunch and dinner – then you will be changing your diet to be much more alkaline. You can, of course, do much more by eating more fruit and vegetables in general, and possibly including a green supplement like Green life, at great tasting GREEN drink.

What else can I do to help balance my body?

Drink good quality water

“Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink” says the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. He was talking about seawater but in our world the quality of the water you drink and the quantity are vital to maintaining alkalinity through correct hydration, efficient elimination and mineral uptake.

Our advice at 180 Degrees Wellness is to certainly not drink tap water if you can avoid it. Drink at least two litres from a Mini Ioniser water filter to which you can add alkaline salts to is a good recommendation for daily consumption.

Organic food

Your body will become acidic if it is lacking in minerals. Most of us are mineral deficient as, in our modern world, fresh food is grown using chemical fertilizers which produce large glossy looking fruit and vegetables but which are mineral deficient – as the plants have taken up those fertilizers and not the minerals in the soil. So if you can, buy organic, or at least fruit and vegetables which have not been grown with those artificial fertilizers. Growing your own is, of course, an even better option. Not only do you know what you put into the soil, and hence your mouth, but you can pick and eat it immediately.

What to do next….

Our fully qualified trainers at 180 Degrees all have an in-depth knowledge of nutrition and how food can be your best medicine, so do come down to the 180 Degrees studio and they will be able to help you decide on your best strategies to develop a more Alkaline and healthier lifestyle.