Your Body Is Acidic. Here Are Very Simple Ways To Alkalize It.
All metabolic activities in the body result in the secretion of substances that are basically acidic in nature. While I am patting myself on the back for that oxymoron, let me tell you that our bodies, in general, are acidic.
Your body is equipped with a buffer system to neutralize these acids. It is when you feed your body with excess acids that there is a wreck in the natural buffer system and its pH becomes lesser than optimum (around 7.35). This leads to a host of problems.
What Happens If Your Body Is Acidic?
● An acidic environment becomes a breeding ground for a huge number of microorganisms that can cause infection.
● Apart from discomforts like acidity and ulcers, studies show that a low pH can cause diabetes, obesity, reduced bone density, and neurological problems, including dementia and Parkinson’s.
● Low oxygen and acidic mediums prove to be highly suitable for the growth of cancerous cells.
● Also, the blood starts depositing all the acid into the tissues, resulting in the corrosion of the cells.
● It increases free radical damage, leading to faster aging. I am sure that’s the last thing we want.
So, now, the next question is, “What can be done to avoid/restore the pH imbalance?”
What To Do, And More Importantly, What Not to Do?
By now, you must have understood that you must consume more of alkaline-forming foods to neutralize the acids. Here’s a list of can eat and can’t eat foods:
What To Avoid
● All foods of plant origin are alkaline-forming, and that of animal origin are considered acid-forming. Strictly avoid consuming meat, eggs, and fish until the body’s pH balance is restored.
● Limit your protein intake to restore the optimum pH of your body.
● Avoid processed foods, dairy products, such as cheese and milk, and coffee.
● People who have a sweet tooth, sorry, you might have to reconsider your sugar intake to stop making your body more acidic than it already is.
While those were some don’ts, here are some dos.
What To Eat
It is suggested that 70-80% of your diet should comprise of alkaline-forming foods to lead a healthy and balanced life.
● Get your daily dose of fresh greens like asparagus, kale, broccoli, spinach, mint, etc.
● Lime, grapefruit, and avocados are some fruits that you can savor while you are on this alkaline diet.
● Raw milk is one dairy product that is an exception and is good to reduce acidity. Also, raw milk is laden with “good bacteria” that can heal your body inside out.
● Replace acid-forming refined sugar with alkaline-forming stevia – one of the best-known sugar substitutes. People with a sweet tooth – that’s good news for you!
● Sodium, potassium, magnesium, and iron are excellent alkalis and do wonders to neutralize the body. So, include foods that are rich in these in your diet. You can also use supplements, but be careful as some tend to be more acidic than the others.
● Your daily routine should include at least 45 minutes of aerobic exercises, which will reduce the lactic acid build-up.
● Water, often referred to as the elixir of life, yet again comes to the rescue. Drinking lots of water along with electrolytes is a great way of restoring the body’s pH.
Try to incorporate more alkaline-forming foods in your diet to neutralize your body’s pH levels. Understanding your body’s dietary needs is more important than merely satiating your taste buds. Share with us your tried and tested foods and recipes that helped you combat acidity. You might end up helping many others suffering from this problem.