Understand the lifestyle, dietary and emotional factors that are contributing to acidity and inflammation. Learn about foods that alkalinise the body, increase oxygenation, reduce oxidative stress and modify dis-ease.
Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline – between 7.35 – 7.45. Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline. Ph strips are available from the pharmacy.
[private]You don’t just have one pH level. For example, the stomach has a pH ranging from 1.35-3.5. It must be acidic to aid in digestion. However, blood must always be slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.35 to 7.45. And the kidney can produce a urine with a pH as low as 4.5 or as high as 8.5.
An acidic pH can occur from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic chemical overload, and/or immune reactions – or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.
The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.
The pH of our saliva gives us our emotional state. The more alkaline the better our state and the more acidic, the more emotionally troubled we are. If you take care of your body, but ignore your emotions you will not maintain wellness. Hence, we need a Holistic Approach. We need to care for our entire person – Body, Mind, and Spirit. (Note- book ‘Soil, Soul and Society’ by Satish Kumar.)
An acidic balance will:
– decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients
– decrease the energy production in the cells
– decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells
– decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals
– make tumor cells thrive
– make the body more susceptible to fatigue and illness.
One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up our diet and lifestyle.
To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.
Meditation, prayer, peace, kindness and love, are all alkalizing to the human body.
Generally, an alkaline diet will include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts. All melons are alkalizing.
Generally, acid forming foods include: all processed foods, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.
The reason acidosis is more common in today’s society is mostly due to the typical Western diet, which is far too high in acid – producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables.
Additionally, we eat lots of acid – producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid – producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison and extremely acid – forming.
People who have the best quality diet have the lowest risk of developing many diseases. We also know that diet affects immunity. Similarly we know that people who are the most physically active seem to have the lowest risks of inflammation. Again this ties to immunity. We know that exercise reduces levels of inflammation in people’s bodies – in moderation.
We also now that smoking increases inflammation. It may begin with stress, add in a less than healthy lifestyle, and a bit of genetic vulnerability and you get an abnormal stress reaction, which includes inflammation. This can then lead to a lowered mood because you have increased inflammation, and thus you have oxidative stress.
As far as foods go, although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalizing effect in the system. Note that a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons should be included in an alkaline diet. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.
Remember, the fewer chemicals in your food, the more alkalizing it is, and basically the more processed a food is the less alkalizing it is. Asparagus is one vegetable that is always alkalizing no matter what form it is in (though, yes, when canned it does drop that property slightly).
(To neutralize a glass of cola with a pH of 2.5, it would take 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 10. In combination with water, the body will draw calcium and magnesium from your bones to buffer an acidifying diet.)
The first thing we must all do is DETOX our bodies. We start with the colon, then the liver, and then the other organs and our blood and skin. Learn how to detox!
De-toxing beings in the colon. Everything that has been gathered up by the liver and by your cholesterol is dumped into the colon and expelled through your bowel movements. If it stays too long in the colon (more than 24 hrs after eating), it is reabsorbed.
A good cleansing program should always begin by removing the waste in your colon, the last portion of your food processing chain. If you attempt to clean your liver, blood, or lymph system without first addressing a waste filled bowel, the excreted toxins will only get recycled back into your body.
Apparently 90% of the body’s supply of Serotonin (happiness chemical) is synthesized in the Gastrointestinal Tract…so by cleaning the toxins and ancient fecal matter out of your GI tract you will be happier also, as you will be able to synthesize serotonin more efficiently!
HOW TO ALKALINE
1. Antioxidants (increase oxygenation)
Antioxidants help fight free radicals in your body, which are caused by a number of factors such as smoking, pollution, chemicals both internally and externally, and sun exposure. Free radicals are one of the major causes of disease and aging.
Vitamin A is found in dark green leafy veggies such as kale, rocket, baby spinach and all your Asian greens and any fruit or veg’ that is green, yellow, red or green in colour – so pumpkin, carrots, capsicum and broccoli. And spirulina has an enormous amount.
Vitamin C – This vitamin has long been known to battle the effects of ageing and disease. Like Vitamin E, Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant so it will help to reduce free radicals. Most fruits especially guava and paw paw are good sources of Vitamin C as are vegetables like kale, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, Brussels’ sprouts and cucumber. Goji berries, Gubinge and Camu Camu (see below) have more Vitamin C per weight than most other foods on earth.
Vitamin D – Sun exposure – 30 minutes a day avoiding 10am-2pm in summer.
Vitamin E – Found in olives, nuts and seeds, oils, wheat germ and leafy greens.
Zinc – helps to promote a healthy immune system and protects the liver from chemical damage and maintains proper concentration of vitamin E. Good sources are wheat germ, miso, pumpkin seeds, oysters, alfalfa, sardines, legumes, mushrooms, pecans, organic soybeans, sunflower seeds and whole grains.
Selenium acts to prevent cell damage caused by yucky free radicals. Sources include wheat germ, garlic, Brazil nuts, eggs and brown rice. Brazil nuts are perhaps the best source, and eating just 3-4 Brazil nuts per day provides adequate selenium intake for most people.
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The body cannot produce its own EFA’s so they must be obtained through your diet. They are anti- inflammatory and sources include hemp, chia, hemp and flax seeds, walnuts, green-lipped mussels, macadamia’s and seaweed – and ‘sustainable’ seafood. It’s also important to reduce omega 6 oils – these are in processed foods and too many grains, and to eat those foods with a good balance of all 3 – hemp.
Microalgae has emerged in recent years as a popular source of omega-3 fatty acids for vegetarians who cannot get long-chain EPA and DHA from other vegetarian sources. Eg. Spirulina.
Flax such as flaxseed oil, which only contains the short-chain Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA). (It is rich in all 3 types of omega 3 fatty acids, which makes it an ideal candidate as provider of healthy omega 3’s. They are very rich in all three omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil consists of approximately 55% ALA, which makes it six times richer than most fish oils in omega 3 fatty acids, although it contains negligible amounts of EPA 6.
Hemp – Hemp has the perfect balance of Omegas 3,6 & 9 – 2:1:1, as this is the ratio in which they are found naturally in human cells.
Many EFA (essential fatty acid) supplements are blended to reach this golden ratio, but Hemp oil naturally contains the Omegas in these proportions. And as they are all from this one perfect source, the body can metabolize the Omegas in Hemp more readily, so is easily able to reap the benefits.
Green-lipped mussels from New Zealand (Perna canaliculus) are another source of omega 3 fatty acids.
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ORMUS – alkaline substance from seawater
4. Garlic and its juice
Garlic is one of the best medicines in the world. It has natural ‘germanium’ and is antifungal and antibacterial (just to name a few of its actions). If you’re cooking your garlic, crush it up and let it sit for ten minutes before adding it to your recipe. It has to sit so that the enzymes can create the healing phyto-chemicals we needing.
5. Green Super-Foods
Wheat grass and your super-foods are chock full of minerals and enzymes. The enzymes are both anti-mycotoxic (mycotoxins are released by yeast/fungal infections) and antioxidant, while the minerals play an important role in keeping cellular communication channels open.
6. Psyllium and Bentonite Clay
Bentonite Clay has been used for thousands of years around the world as an important healing and detoxification substance. Contemporary science proves bentonite clay’s ability to gather and eliminate bacteria, fungus, mycotoxins, enterotoxins, pollutants/ contaminants and heavy metals. It works in air, water, soil and body environments to naturally cleanse. Mix together 1 tbls of liquid Bentonite Clay and 1 tbls whole psyllium husks (not powdered), and then add a bit of pure water to make a paste. Fill the glass up with water and stir then drink quickly before it turns into glug. Chase with another glass of water. Do this for a few days to 6 months before you start to cleanse.
Drink on an empty stomach. Don’t eat for one hour before taking the drink and one hour after drinking it. This is very important! The bentonite clay needs to absorb toxins and the psyllium husks need to scrub out the corners of your intestines all by themselves. Food will interrupt their work. One must drink lots of warm water while doing this bowel cleanse – to ensure that you don’t get constipated. Remember that warm water stimulates peristalsis (the bowels) and cold water doesn’t. Drink at least 2 litres of clean, warm water a day.
7. Liver De-tox – to aid elimination of free radicals
You’ll be doing this anyway whilst alkalizing your diet. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, cooked meat and eggs, refined grains, drugs, alcohol and emotional STRESS.
A strong anti inflammatory, estrogenic and liver tonic.
9. Fermented foods
Not store bought, unless organic. (You need sea salt not table salt and refined sugar.)
10. Lemon in raw honey and warm water – alkalizing.
Drink it all day and add the smallest pinch of Himalayan Crystal Salt. (Byron Hay Himalayan Salt Company’s salt is lovely). Honey is the only alkalizing sweetener, (though just slightly).
11. Vinegar & Honey (Elixir of Life)
Julius Caesar and George Washington gave it to their troops before battle. Hippocrates gave it to all his patients. In the Pharaohs tombs, they sealed it in large vases to take into the next world. Make a simple mixture of vinegar & raw honey. But the vinegar must be raw, non-pasteurized, apple cider vinegar. All other vinegars are acid forming. It helps to
– oxygenate the cells
– improve circulation
– balance your pH
– normalize thyroid function and metabolism
– rid the body of lactic acid and calcium deposits
– increase circulation, absorption, and assimilation of vitamins and minerals.
Some people like to mix them together in the morning and drink it like this – a straight shot of vinegar and a shot of honey. Or try this ancient formula –
Mix 1 cup of the apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of honey (can use less or more honey, depending on your taste) and have 3 tablespoons spread out throughout the day. Or dilute it in more water or in tea – it won’t weaken its potency – and drink it all in one day.
Cacao, pronounced ka-cow, better known to us in the past as cocoa, has been gaining quite a reputation over the last few years. It was once used as currency in Mexico, and the Latin name for the cacao tree – Theobroma Cacao – means ‘food of the gods’.
It contains super high levels of antioxidants – blueberries contain 32 antioxidants, and wild blueberries contain 61, cacao beans contain an unbelievable 621. The powder is considered a ‘raw’ food with all heat-sensitive vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants remaining intact.
13. Gubinge is the Nyul Nyul language name for the Kimberley version of the Kakadu Plum. It is wild-harvested from the Dampier Peninsula just north of Broome and is the highest natural source of vitamin C on the planet.
14. Camu Camu is traditionally made into a juice by people of the rainforest to support the immune system, ward off viral infections, and help maintain optimal health, especially under conditions of stress and anxiety, which tend to deplete the immune system. Camu Camu has been used by ancient cultures to help promote healthy gums, eyes, and skin and also support the functions of the brain (nervous system) and heart (circulatory system). It has a Vitamin C percentage of over 12%. As Camu Camu is a whole food in its natural form, your body can absorb the nutrients contained within it much more effectively as compared to a synthetic supplement.
According to yoga there are 3 types of food that correspond to three types of energy or human nature. These are Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic foods.
Tamasic foods include all types of junk food, refined sugar products, processed foods, meat, alcohol, tobacco, fermented foods, vinegar or stale and overripe foods. These foods cause…
• Depression and Anxiety
• Darkness of Emotions
• Withdrawal of Energy
• Ignorance and Attachment
• Inertia and Lethargy
Rajasic foods are spicy, hot, bitter, salty, dry and sour. They also include caffeine, tobacco, chocolate, strong herbs, celery, carrots, hot chilies, onions, garlic, fish and eggs. Rajasic foods have the quality of…
• Restlessness and Over activity
• Anxiety and Impatience
• Passion and Desire
• Anger and Greed
• Delusion and Jealousy
Satvic is the pure energy. Satvic foods include fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, grains, nuts, seeds and cereals. They have a light effect on the body and mind. They are pleasant, sweet, nourishing, pure, soft and attractive. Sattvic foods produce…
• Energy and Health
• Peace of Mind
• Serenity and Clarity
• Love and Happiness
• Lightness and Cheerfulness
• Purity and Love
Satvic food creates life force for the body, mind and emotions.
– Give up tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and recreational drugs
– Make time to nurture oneself – food and eating is not just about fuel but self-love, approval and acceptance. Guilt is acid forming.
– Exercise moderately and regularly. ‘The chair is the killer’. Move your body.
– Reduce stress. Adrenal Fatigue. Fight or flight response. Cortisol and adrenaline’s involvement. Stress and distress. Do what makes you happy, as much as possible. Not owning your own life makes one acidic.
– Eating quickly/insufficient chewing/ mindful eating/multi-tasking. Eating too fast and too much. Chewing alkalizes your food.
– Deep breathing probably means you need to re-learn how to breathe – thrusting the diaphragm downward pushing out our tummy first and then filling our chests afterwards. This is hard to practice at first, but you’ll get used to it. Yogis practice breathing exercises that charge their cells with oxygen. Practitioners of various modalities of meditations, yoga, and qigong live longer than people who do not practice these “internal” arts. This is because part of the practice is deep breathing and oxygen is alkalizing.
– Sleep: It is important to get at least 8 hours sleep a night, and if possible an hours nap during the day. Less than this will lead to oxidative stress.
– Alkalinity and a negative electrical charge go together. This is where our magnetic therapies come in, our Yoga and Qigong and Reike and acupuncture also. This is where a trip to Byron or the mountains works wonders. Love and happiness and families unbothered by conflict; build negative electrical charges in our bodies.
– Praying produces negative electrical charges within our bodies that will lower your pH.
– Multi tasking – we can’t digest info’ and food at the same time
– Lower calories – overeating causes oxidative stress in our bodies
– White sugar, white flour and products, chemicals in your food especially animal products (raw meat is more alkaline than cooked). Go organic! Avoid too much alcohol and caffeine; packaged foods; aspartame/artificial sweeteners.
– Sugar, other refined and highly processed foods. All junk food. Excessive sugar consumption increases blood lactate levels, which is acid-forming.
– Caffeine. Instant coffee. Free trade and organic is much better.
– Processed and refined salt.
Most Acidic – Overwork, anger, fear, jealousy, stress, artificial, sweeteners and bad food.
Most Alkaline – Meditation, prayer, peace, kindness, love, lemons and melons.
In love, and an alkaline body,