There are many reasons why a diet that focuses on whole foods can optimize health. Find out how to maintain your pH balance.
The measurement of a solution’s hydrogen ion concentration is known as its “potential of hydrogen,” or “pH.” It is a scale from 0 to 14 that expresses acidity or alkalinity, with 0 being very acidic, 14 being very alkaline, and 7 being neutral.
The most crucial thing to keep in mind is that your blood pH must be kept in the range of 7.365 to 7.400. Your blood must be slightly alkaline for your tissues, organs, and organ systems to be nourished.
Your environment, your breathing habits, the foods and beverages you consume, your exercise regimen (or lack thereof), and your environment all have the capacity to lower your blood pH and make you more acidic.
Allergies, breathing issues, recurrent colds and flu, headaches, indigestion, inflammation, fatigue, muscle cramping, pain, skin issues, and sinus issues are typical early indications of acid-alkaline imbalance.
Use the tips below to reduce your body’s acidity, reduce your risk of illness, and enhance your health.
1. Reduce or eliminate your diet's consumption of dangerous acidic foods.
- Sugar. Sugar not only puts your pH levels out of whack, but it also fosters the development of yeast, fungus, and pathogenic bacteria, all of which may be harmful to your health.
- Refined Flour. White flour, refined flour, baked products (including certain “multigrain” and “wheat” breads), and white rice are all acid-forming in the body.
- Food Additives. Artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives are not only acidifying in the body, but many of them are also neurotoxic.
- Table Salt. The typical table salt is acid-forming. The good news is that sea salt, particularly Celtic and Himalayan, is alkalizing to the body. This is due to the fact that they contain an alkalizing form of sodium, as well as other minerals like potassium and calcium, which aid in the fight against acidity in the body.
- Unhealthy Fats. Trans fats and rancid fats from fried foods both contribute to acid formation in the body.
- Processed Foods. Most, if not all, of the elements listed above are included in packaged and processed fast foods: sugar, refined flour, food additives, salt, and harmful fats.
- Meats and Dairy. Almost all animal products, including beef, veal, hog, bacon, luncheon meats, eggs, milk, cheese, organ meats, poultry, farm-raised fish and shellfish, are high in acidity. Reduce your intake of these foods and replace them with organic, grass-fed, free-range ones to help you balance your pH.
- Alcohol. In the body, alcohol produces a lot of acid. Aside from its high sugar content, ethanol in alcohol turns to acetaldehyde, a hazardous by-product found in automobile emissions, cigarette smoke, and industrial operations.
- Caffeine. Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine might raise acidity in the body.
- Certain Fruits, vegetables, and Nuts. The acidity of the body is increased by canned fruit, fruit syrups, fruit juices, jams, jellies, mushrooms, white potatoes, and salted almonds.
2. Choose more nutritious acidic meals.
Having a 100% alkaline diet is not healthy either. Again, it’s about balance. So choose healthier options for acidic foods and keep them at a low level in your diet – approximately 30%.
- Select organic, grass-fed, free-range, and wild-caught meats and seafood.
- Fresh Fruits. Yes, fruits may have an acidic effect on the body. However, since they are rich in fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, they should still be included in a diet of whole foods.
- Black beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas. Again, despite the fact that these particular beans may be more acidic, they are still an excellent choice for your whole food diet.
- Oats, brown rice, wild rice, amaranth and millet. These grains are less acidic than refined flours and wheat.
- Raw, unsalted nuts and seeds
- Cold-pressed and/or virgin oils.
- Honey and maple syrup. These are still sugars, but tiny amounts may be included into an alkalizing diet.
3. Increase the amount of alkaline foods in your diet by 70 percent.
- All vegetables. Especially when organic and uncooked, vegetables have alkalizing properties.
- Yams, sweet potatoes, turnips, rutabaga, jicama, taro root, onions, kohlrabi, parsnips, beets, and other root crops. These help alkalize the body swiftly.
- Legumes. Soybeans, lentils, and lima beans grown organically lower acidity in the body.
- Avocados, coconut, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tomatoes, and sour cherries. These fruits (yes, avocados and tomatoes are fruits!) have a strong alkalizing effect on the body.
- Buckwheat groats and quinoa. These “grains” are really seeds and not grains. In addition to containing full proteins, they also lower acidity.
- Almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sprouted seeds. Almonds, almond milk, and sprouted seeds are all very alkaline.
- Avocado oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, and fish oil. A diet that is alkaline might include healthy oils.
- Peppermint tea, yerba mate tea, and lemon water. These drinks aid in neutralizing acidity in the body.
4. Include alkalizing choices in your lifestyle.
Any activity that reduces your stress load, reduces your exposure to pollutants, or increases your breathing rate will lower acidity in the body.
- Exercise. Movement and perspiration help eliminate acidic waste from the body and enhance breathing patterns.
- Yoga. Yoga not only improves flexibility and stress management, but also deepens your breathing practice.
- Deep Breathing. According to research, even 30 seconds of deliberate deep breathing exercise has a tremendous influence on the acidity of the body.
- Meditation. This powerful strategy for stress management may also reduce acidity in the body.
- Massage Therapy. Massage is an excellent method for relieving tension, and some methods may even aid with lymphatic drainage.
- Dry Brushing. This is a straightforward method for stimulating the lymphatic system. This stimulates blood and lymph fluid circulation to aid in the elimination of acidic waste.
There are several benefits to consuming more natural foods and fewer processed meals. Finding balance, particularly pH balance, is crucial for maximizing your health!
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