Balancing Your Alkaline Level
In the beginning of the 20th century, scientists and Nobel prize winners made an incredible discovery. If our blood is unable to absorb enough oxygen, we become terribly ill. Heart problems, candida infections, arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer may result.
Our body is constantly trying to maintain a constant temperature 98.5F or 37C, which some may know, but were you also aware that your body tries even harder to maintain the right amount of oxygen in your blood? When our pH is too high or too low, we don't feel well. In fact, our bodies begin to feel tired, gain weight, have poor digestion and get aches and pains.
Most people in the US and Europe are too acidic, where cancer, heart disease, arthritis,and diabetes are such an epidemic.
These are the four most common reasons for the high acidity levels:
The food we eat.
Acid Foods List
It's really a shame that the foods we like most are the ones that make us most acidic and thus sick. Which foods are these? You guessed it:
Junk & Processed foods
Coffee & Tea
All animal food (meat, eggs, chicken, fish, lobster, oysters)
Grains: (white) wheat, pasta, flour, bread etc
Dairy products (milk, cheese, butter)
That’s not to say that in moderation, and from the right sources, we can’t enjoy these foods. But the way that most of us get these products (fatty cuts of meat, bleached flour, homogenized cheese), there’s really no helping it.
Alkaline Foods List
During most of our lives, the majority of the foods we eat are highly acidic. These make us sick and tired whereas, by eating raw alkaline foods and drinks, we can help our body to heal itself:
Vegetables - especially raw green leafy vegetables.
Fresh Herbs & Spice - parsley, basil, cilantro, cayenne, ginger
Fruits - watermelon, avocado, cucumber, young coconuts
Sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, etc.)
The best alkaline drinks are alkaline water, vegetable juices and wheat grass juice. If you’re very acidic, however, you might need alkaline supplements to get you back in balance quicker.
How Acidic Are You?
How do you know your body pH? It's actually incredibly easy to find out your alkalinity. You simply buy some pH test strips (also called litmus paper) at a health store and pee on it. The paper will tell you instantly what your pH is and thus, how alkaline or acidic you are.
The Best & Cheapest Alkaline Foods
Would you like to know the best and cheapest alkalizing foods? Edible wild plants. They're highly alkaline, abundant, fresh and free! Just throwing a few of them in your salad will help balancing you.
That does mean, of course, to eat your crabgrass..or the pretty mushrooms in your yard.
Bio: Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She often can be found blogging about education and scholarships for college. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.