Most of us are only interested in how we look on the outside and forget about what is going on under the bonnet. Our bodies are machines and a very complex one at that.
Put in simple terms imagine your blood as being that of engine oil, give the machine a good quality oil it will run like clockwork, give in a bargain basement oil, it will still run but not as efficiently and smooth as the good quality oil. You won’t get a Formula 1 racing driver filling up his racing car with a low quality engine oil.
Our bodies work very much in the same way and is very sensitive to what we put in it. The body works like crazy delivering oxygen, nutrients and a whole range of other things via the blood. When the blood becomes intoxicated this affects its optimum performance and acidity builds up. Fat is actually an over acidification problem meaning that the body creates fat cells to carry acids away from your vital organs, fat is a response from the body to an alarming over-acidic condition. When you remove acid toxins from the body you will flush fat fast resulting in easier fat loss, muscle gain, feel energised and have skin that glows.
I have recently started to offer my clients a simple test to check what their PH levels are (how acidic the blood is).
The body’s pH is measured on a scale of 0 – 14. Mid range at 7 is where the pH is balanced. Anything below 7 is acidic and a state where your body does not function as well as it should. Above 7 is called Alkaline. Alkaline is the state in which your body thrives. Disease cannot live in an alkaline environment.
Here are a few simple things to improve the balance of your PH.
Drink Pure Alkaline Water – lots of it! Pure water meaning water that is filtered. At a minimum, you should be drinking 7 ounces of water for every 10 lbs of your body weight. So, if you weigh 130lbs, you need to drink a minimum of 91 ounces of pure water (that’s about 3 litres). Pure water meaning water that is filtered – the finest choice is an alkaline ionization unit (Jupiter is one of the finest on the market). If you don’t have this resource available, distilled water is a great choice with reverse osmosis coming next. Alkaline water means water with a pH over 7.5. Alkaline water adds oxygen to your water and helps to neutralize acids. A simple way to alkalize your water is with a dash of baking soda. There are also wonderful alkalizing agents you can purchase to buffer and alkalize the water.
Avoid: coffee, black tea and fizzy drinks. – These drinks are highly acidic and do not count towards your daily water intake.
Eat Celery…. This is one of the most alkaline foods you can eat. It quickly neutralizes acids. Eat it before, after or during a meal. Celery is so high in water content that is also works as an excellent thirst quencher. Celery is excellent for digestion.
Eat Green Salads – Always have a green salad on hand. Some greens that have the highest water content are: cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, celery, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, and onions. A great dressing would be cold pressed extra virgin olive oil with some lemon juice. Keep this in a bowl in your fridge Eat a large portion of salad with every meal!
Switch from cow’s milk, to almond, or rice milk. Cows milk has shown to produce an abundance of mucous in the human body. There are also few adults who can metabolize the protein in cow’s milk properly. This protein, casein, is what a cow’s metabolism needs for proper health, not for a human beings health. Also note that most dairy cows are injected with hormones such as the Bovine Growth Hormone to increase their milk production. Many of these hormones have potentially horrific side effects that can be passed on when consumed. Almond, or rice milk are excellent alternatives to dairy. They are well worth trying out.
Avoid artificial sweeteners! This includes: NutraSweet, Sucralose, Aspartame, Saccharin…. Not only are these acidic they also have other highly detrimental effects on the nervous system and neurological disease. Saccharin even tells you right on the package that it may cause cancer.
There is one natural sugar substitute that has had no reported side effects: Stevia.
Eat a grapefruit in the morning wait 15 minutes before ingesting a carb or protein. Grapefruit, similar to lemons, is also alkalizing.
Reduce the amount of red meat, pork, lamb, eat more of chicken, turkey or fresh fish in small quantities. Red meats, pork and lamb are highly acidic a very low water content, not to mention being hard on the digestive system.
An additional factor that adds to acidosis (acidic bodies) is stress. When the body moves into stress mode the digestive system shuts down and toxins cease to be eliminated. Thus the more toxins you keep in your system, the more the body will store them away (acids) in fat cells! Anything we can do to calm the mind/body will have a huge impact on alkalizing the body. It is important to take time out to relax or do something relaxing such as yoga, meditation, not training in the gym, time out to relax is just as important as working out in the gym.
Drink a top quality super green supplement. : Organic super greens are known to be some of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. They infuse the body with easily absorbed vitamins, minerals, amino acids chlorophyll, enzymes, phytonutrients and alkaline salts that help neutralize acids in the blood and tissues.
Avoid processed and refined foods. That means anything made with white flour and white sugar or food colouring. Our bodies were not designed to digest these chemicals and so it must do one of three things: 1. Eliminate them (if you are not hydrating properly this is very hard to do) or 2. Neutralize them by pulling alkaline buffers where it can – like from your bones leaching calcium, or from your blood, leaching iron. Or: 3. Park them away (in fat cells). Stay away from processed food as much as possible!
Improve your health and performance, even if you only introduce a few of the above tips little by little you will get there. I also recommend purchasing a PH kit, an inexpensive valuable tool.
Note: The information in this blog is for educational purposes only and is not designed to diagnose or treat an illness.