Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Importance of Alkalinity

The vital balance between acidity and alkalinity in our internal chemistry rules our bodies. The fluids of different regions within us have varying optimal pH readings. For instance, stomach acid needs to be more acidic in order to properly breakdown the foods consumed, while other bodily fluids need to be alkaline (or basic). In fact, the body’s blood averages to an ideal pH that is slightly alkaline, which is in the range of 7.365-7.45. The right pH is absolutely critical for optimal health and for maintaining our reserves of sodium, potassium, and magnesium. These minerals are important for neutralizing acids, which is necessary in the prevention of pathogens, and they assist with removing toxins. A proper pH balance ultimately results in mineral rich blood needed for increased energy, physical strength, and overall well-being.

Since the balance of our body chemistry is extremely pertinent to our well-being, then what goes in and what goes out of our bodies inherently is just as important. But if food itself does not directly cause the imbalance, then what does? I would have to presume that how our body processes and reacts to what we consume will impact the chemical balance.
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If chlorophyll is alkaline, then consuming large amounts of fresh, dark leafy greens and sea algae, rich in the necessary minerals for neutralizing the blood, would be especially beneficial to the body’s chemical balance. In addition to the high alkalinity and nutrient density of these plants, when minimally prepared or processed to allow for higher water content, they can also contribute to hydration and consequentially with the chemical balance within.

This point further proves the importance of plant based foods, as in dark leafy greens and sea algae. Basically, we want plant foods rich in chlorophyll and minerals, which is another reason why dark leafy greens and sea algae are considered the top of the superfood hierarchy of importance to health and longevity.

Since the inner balance of your body’s chemistry is most important for preventing illness and disease, make it a priority to maintain good health by incorporating an abundance of chlorophyll and mineral rich plant based foods into your daily diet. Keep the body well hydrated, and have your blood chemistry checked regularly to ensure you are fueling your body with what it needs to stay healthy.
A super food enriched diet equals a super fueled and super healthy body!

“So, are all superfoods considered alkaline?” The answer to that is “NO”. However, some non-alkalizing foods are also important to well-being. Look for future articles to learn more about these foods.

Article References:

The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health, by Shelley Redford Young, and Robert O. Young. Hatchet Book Group. 2010. USA.

The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide: A Quick Reference to Foods & Their Effect on pH Levels, by Susan E. Brown and Larry Trivieri Jr. Square One Publishers. 2006. Garden City Park, NY.

Toxemia Explained: The True Interpretation of the Cause of Disease (Revised Edition), by Dr. J. H. Tilden, M.d. 2016. Denver, CO.

The Inflammation Syndrome, by Jack Challem. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2010. Hoboken, NJ.

Superfoods, The Food and Medicine of the Future, by David Wolfe. North Atlantic Books. 2009. Berkley, CA.

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