Drop acid. Go alkaline.

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Drop acid. Go alkaline.

Yep, you heard me. I want you to drop acid....acidic foods & drinks that is ;) and go more alkaline.

It's insane how damaging it is to our bodies when we make our cells soak in an acid bath because of the foods we ingest. Inflammation, allergies, arthritis, skin problems, mood disorders, depression, constipation, bowel issues, stress (physical & mental) and chronic disease looove an acidic environment.

Now, I know the term pH balance might sound a little scientific, but understanding what it means and how to apply it to your diet can mean the difference between health and disease in the long-run. So, let me give you the quick rundown on pH balance...

Let's go back to high school science class and get a refresher course on the pH scale. The body works to maintain a delicate pH balance. Technically, pH is a measure of the hydrogen ion concentration in solution. Huh? Don’t worry I won’t get too technical. For now all you really need to know is that the pH scale runs from 0-14. Neutral pH is 7.0. The higher the pH (greater than 7) the more alkaline, and the lower the pH the more acidic.

The pH Scale

0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14

    acidic <-------------neutral-------------> alkaline

The SAD (standard American diet) is highly acidic and hangs out waaay on the left side of the pH scale because of the consumption of lots of meat, dairy, coffee, processed foods, and soda. That's not really where we want to be because, like I said earlier, inflammation, allergies, arthritis, skin problems, mood disorders, depression, constipation, bowel issues, stress (physical & mental) and chronic disease looove an acidic environment. What these things don't like is an alkaline environment. To achieve an optimal, or slightly alkaline environment (7.365 on the scale) we want to stick to a plant-based or raw foods diet. More on that later.

Here's where things get a little tricky, but really important. The pH operates on a logarithmic scale with multiples of 10. So, it takes ten times the amount of alkalinity to neutralize an acid. Let's go back to our handy dandy scale.

0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14

A jump from 7 to 6 doesn’t seem like much, but in reality it will take 100 times the amount of alkalinity to neutralize.  
7 to 5 = 100 times.  7 to 4 = 1000 times.  7 to 3 = 10,000 times. Get the picture?

Here's an example of what goes on in the body when it has to make a jump from acidic back to homeostasis....coffee is a 4 on the pH scale. What does the body do when something that acidic enters inside? Basically, the body will do anything to maintain a pH balance so it takes "buffer minerals" (calcium, magnesium, potassium - building blocks of the body) to neutralize those acids. This means a lot of extra work for you body and lot less of those enzymatic reserves and minerals that keep your body and bones strong. Think osteoporosis and premature aging as a long term effect.

Yikes! Enough of the freaky stuff already, right? Let's talk about how to maintain a chlorophyll rich, alkalizing diet. This is the plant-based and raw food diet I talked about earlier. It's your veggies and fruits - salad greens, sprouts, fresh juices, avocados, wheatgrass, etc. Most experts recommend a 60/40 or 80/20 diet. This means 60% of the foods you eat would be alkaline, while 40% would be acidic. Do whatever you gotta do - pull up a garbage can to your fridge & pantry and get rid of what doesn't serve you. You can check out a bunch of raw food recipes on my site to get you started on an alkalizing diet.

Healthy food = healthy cells = healthy thoughts = healthy relationships = healthy business. You get the idea.
Conversely, crap goes in, crap comes out.

Glance at your plate, look into your glass. What direction are you moving in on the pH scale?
Soda = 2. Coffee = 4. Cucumber = 7.
Drop the acid. Go alkaline by working towards the 60/40 or 80/20 ratio.

Have a pHabulous day ;)

artwork cred to Alex Grey

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