Keeping an Alkaline Body
What does that mean and why should I do it?
Today after my fitness class at Work It, a few student and I were taking about health conditions and what I have been doing to optimize my health. “I heard you mention in the past about keeping your body alkaline. What does that mean and why should we do it?” asked Debra. This made me realize that something that can be easily managed, and is so important to your health, was a foreign concept to many people. So thank you Debra for inspiring me to share the benefits of keeping an alkaline body.
The following insert is taken from Balancing the Gut: Why Do You Want To Be More Alkaline (https://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/balancing-the-gut-why-do-you-want-to-be-more-alkaline/)
The first step towards great health begins with helping the body become more alkaline. The acid-alkaline balance is important, since many functions in the body occur only at a certain level of acidity or alkalinity. Many enzymes and chemical reactions in the body work best at a particular pH.
A small change in the pH can have a profound effect on body function. A lowered muscle pH for example, leads to a decrease in muscle permeability, which blocks nutrients from entering cells. Nutritional absorption from food or supplement sources becomes compromised. When your body is more acidic than alkaline, it is more fertile for diseases to develop.
The balance between acid and alkaline should be at 7.4 slightly alkaline. You can buy pH testing strips at any drugstore. An acid/alkaline imbalance of too much acidity may allow parasites, yeasts, cancer cells and other toxins to proliferate in our bodies. Becoming alkaline is very important and one of the easiest things to incorporate into your daily routine to ensure good health!
One might think that fresh lemons and limes and raw organic apple cider vinegar are acidic, but they actually become alkaline when consumed. Prime examples of acid forming foods are proteins, sugar, coffee, juice and processed foods.
Alkaline foods are: Leafy greens, root vegetables (especially radishes), broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, lemons, cabbage, and even some peppers, such as cayenne!
Click the link to see a list of some of the foods that promote alkalinity and acidity in the body.