Is it time to consider a more alkaline diet?

You may have heard people talk about the alkaline and acidity in the body. But finding clear information on what it is and its benefits can be a bit confusing.  

There are certain numbers that the body has to maintain to be considered healthy. Your body regulates temperate at 98.6, blood pressure at 120/80, cholesterol under 200mg/dl, blood glucose 70-90mg/dl, etc.   Most often, these numbers are monitored by your physician and checked regularly.

However, there is one number that is not monitored during regular check-ups and is only considered once a related illness is present. Your PH number (measured through urine and saliva).   The pH scale goes from 0-14, where 0 represents extremely high acid, and 14 is pure alkaline. Neither of these extremes are good numbers for homeostasis. The blood naturally regulates itself at 7.365 (neutral). The ideal pH state for the body is between 7.2 and 7.4

If the body naturally regulates the body (blood) at neutral, why do you need to worry?

The purpose of eating and drinking to create a more acid/alkaline balance is not to raise your PH. The purpose is to support the body's attempts at regulating it.   Your body will go to great lengths to regulate the PH of your blood in order to keep you alive. And the process of causing your body to work so hard at regulating your PH can cause harm and hardship to other systems.

While the body is working hard to create pH homeostasis in the blood, the rest of your systems can suffer and may become more acidic. The more acidic the body is, the harder your internal regulating systems have to work, the more strain the body's healthy systems and the more likely you may succumb to illness.

High levels of acid in the body at any one time can cause the body to compensate to help remove the acid and bring the blood back to its required pH Neutral state.

Excess acidity can weaken all systems in the body because acidity forces the body to borrow minerals such as calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from vital organs, bones and teeth to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. As a result, over time, the body becomes more and more deficient in vital nutrients for optimum health and body systems start to show the adverse effects

Signs your Body is too Acidic

  • Unexplained weakness, tiredness
  • Low energy
  • Skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne
  • Increased heartburn, indigestion
  • Advanced tooth decay & bad breath
  • Unexplained nausea
  • Arthritic pain and inflammation
  • Fungal and bacterial infections
  • Acidosis
  • Kidney stones
  • Gout
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Decreased bone density
  • Increased factors or breaks
  • Increased insulin resistance
  • Increased perspiration

The Body Thrives in an Alkaline Environment

The PH of your saliva and urine are a direct indication of the health of your PH levels and body's tissues over 24 hours. The levels will continue to rise and fall throughout the day, depending on what you have to eat or drink. If you are below the ideal state of pH 7.2, your body is more acidic and requires an influx of alkaline buffers to help it re-regulate.    

The best way to check your pH levels is using PH sticks and a few drops of your first-morning urine void.   The colour indicator on the pH stick will give you the range you are starting your day off.   For example, if you are below 7.0 pH first thing in the morning, you are overly acidic and lack the necessary buffers to neutralize the acid and bring the body back into balance.

Yes, your body will self-regulate as you move through your day, but the self-regulating process can cause several issues, especially if you're overly acidic most of the time.

How Can you Achieve A Better PH Balance?

Review your food choices and eat the right kind of food throughout the day

  • Acidic: meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, alcohol
  • Neutral: natural fats, starches, and sugars
  • Alkaline: fruits, nuts, legumes, vegetables, roots, greens, avocados

Lemons and Aloe Vera Juice – the Perfect Duo for Alkalizing

Starting the day with water and lemon alkalizes the body due to the high mineral content found in lemon juice – potassium, calcium, magnesium, and trace minerals. The aloe leaf naturally contains approximately 75 nutrients, including 9 different minerals. Supporting the body's natural cleansing process, aloe vera juice also reduces gastrointestinal inflammation and heals ulcers.

Formulated by Holistic Pharmacist RoseMarie Pierce (B.Sc. Pharm.), Morning Rise & Shine™ is your Natural Prescription for Healthy pH. This highly-absorbable mineral-enhanced, all-natural lemon & aloe drink gently balances internal body pH and promotes an alkaline environment. Keeping the body's pH balanced helps create the optimal internal environment for good health. Daily use of Morning Rise & Shine™ detoxifies and rejuvenates cells and organs.

Pleasant-tasting Morning Rise & Shine™ instant drink mix can be used any time of the day – hot, cold, or in sparkling water as an energizing, hydrating drink ​ And is great for people of all ages!  

Don’t Consume Enough Daily Greens? Try a Green Food

The right green food supplement is packed full of pH neutralizing ingredients Super green supplements are also rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that naturally occur in the plant sources used.

Chlorella and Spirulina both contain a high amount of naturally occurring protein when ingested form an excellent acid-base buffer in the blood, helping to regulate the acid-base balance in the body.   Both forms of superfoods also help to strengthen the kidney’s acid and alkaline functions helping the elimination process

Fresh microalgae not only contain a dense source of minerals required to help the body neutralize pH, Organic Spirulina & Chlorella also contain naturally, amino acids, and vitamins and is a source of fibre.  

Prairie Naturals Organic Spirulina or Organic Chlorella are both excellent superfood options that can be added to a smoothie, cereal or pudding. If you want the best of both supplements try Prairie Naturals Aqua Greens. It contains an equal ratio blend of organic chlorella and organic spirulina powders

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