Eat alkaline food

Why is alkaline food so essential?

November 2016 \\ Category: alkaline food

 

PH is a way to measure the acidity or alkalinity of our body’s fluids and tissues. It’s measured on a scale from 0 to 14. The more acidic the lower its pH. The more alkaline, the higher the number is. A pH of around 7 is considered neutral.

 

The cell biologists Dr. Warburg discovered that the root cause of cancer is too much acidity in the body. He won a Nobel Prize in 1931 for this knowledge. Unfortunately, we didn’t learn much from Dr. Warburg. Since he was awarded the Nobel prize in 1931 our diets have become more and more acidic and the cancer rate has increased considerably during this period.

 

An overly acidic condition weakens the body and can have severe impact to our health. Our body requires a slightly alkaline condition to function well. Blood, for example, needs to be pH 7,4. A shift in blood pH of just 0,2 could result in death. Obviously, the body does not want to die so it is forced to borrow minerals (calcium, potassium and magnesium) from vital organs and bones to neutralise the acidity. A condition of high acidity may go undetected for years, causing the body to suffer inflammations, which can lead to chronic diseases.

The best alkaline foods (4)

In a long-term acidic environment, normal cell structure and function are damaged. The exception to this is the stomach, where the hydrochloric acid secreted there is intended to aid in cellular digestion of food. But even the stomach is internally lined with special cells to prevent the acid from burning through the stomach’s layers, which is a condition otherwise known as “gastritis” or stomach ulcer.

Similar to the food we eat, human tissue – muscles, organs, fascia, cells and blood simply break down faster in acidic conditions. The only difference is that ingested food becomes fuel for life in its metabolised state whereas broken down tissue dies and becomes toxic waste (1).

 

An alkaline diet reduces inflammation and helps protect healthy cells and balance essential mineral levels. The fibers in vegetables nurture the gut and bind cholesterol and transport used hormones out of the body. This is vital for health and balance.

Alkaline diets have been shown to help prevent plaque formation in blood vessels, stop calcium from accumulating in urine, prevent kidney stones, build stronger bones, reduce muscle wasting or spasms, and much more (2).

 

A way to understand how our diet has changed to the worse over the years is to look at potassium/sodium ratio in our food intake.

 

Potassium is found in alkaline foods like avocados, sweet potatoes, spinach etc. and is a naturally-occurring mineral and key nutrient for good health. Our nerves and muscles need it to function properly. It supports digestive and kidney health, regulates blood pressure and helps build strong bones.

 

Sodium is an essential mineral for the human body. The most common form of sodium is table salt (sodium chloride). But it is also an added asidic ingredient to most foods - used for curing meat, masking off-flavours, retaining moisture, and enhancing flavours - sodium is typically over-consumed in very high amounts in modern society. Most of the sodium we consume comes from processed food rather than salt added while cooking. Too much sodium leads to hypertension and kidney damage. In some populations, especially the salt-sensitive, too much salt can lead to heart attacks and other forms of cardiovascular diseased (3).

 

We used to have a potassium/sodium-ratio of 10:1. It is now 1:3! This means that we get 30 times less potassium to sodium than we used to do. The switch towards more acidic nutrition has some severe implications. A sodium-high diet not only lack potassium and magnesium, but also antioxidants, fibers and essential vitamins. And as Dr. Warburg found out: it's cancer provoking!

 

In order to change towards a more healthy diet, we simply have to increase our alkaline food intake and to decrease our acid food intake.

 

The best alkaline foods are in general the green ones like kale, avocado, broccoli, spinach, cucumber etc., which are extra high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols.

 

Lemon is also considered very alkaline which is why many cancer cures recommend to increase the intake of lemon. So an apparently acidic fruit like lemon has strong alkaline properties once it's fully metabolised inside the body and its minerals have been dissociated in the bloodstream.

 

Human bodies are meant to be alkaline, but we go against nature and make them acidic with the food we eat.

 

Read our Top 10 of foods we use every day, here.

Sources:

(1) http://www.vitalitylink.com/article-holistic-health-2055-lemon-juice-acidic-alkaline-body-water

(2) https://draxe.com/alkaline-diet/

(3) http://www.gbhealthwatch.com/Nutrient-Sodium-Overview.php

(4) http://www.acidalkalinefood.com/acid-alkaline-food-chart/

 

 

Food which are acidic and cause inflammation

 

  • Gluten
  • Casein
  • Sunflower, Soy, corn
  • Meat, dairy, egg
  • Processed meat
  • Fried food

 

 

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