In order for all the systems in our body to work efficiently and stay coordinated, we need to have inner balance. Sticking to a balanced diet means striking the right ratio between the acidic and alkaline. This has a positive knock-on effect on the whole metabolism.
What is pH?
When we talk about acid or alkaline, we refer to hydrogen. Acid is a substance that releases hydrogen and alkaline is a substance that removes hydrogen. They are both measured with the pH (potential Hydrogen), in a scale from 1 to 14; 1 is the most acid and 14 the most alkaline. Understanding more about these substances will help us attain the best balanced diet possible.
Every substance and food is either acidic or alkaline, inside or outside the body. A pH under 7 is considered acidic, and above 7 alkaline. The ideal pH of the body should be in 7.4, for our metabolism to work properly. There are certain functions of the body that only occur with specific levels of acid or alkaline, and also, there are different body parts that need different levels of acidity or alkalinity.
pH and Food
Food can be classified as acidic or alkaline, based on the effect that they have on the body after digestion, and not on the pH of the food itself.
They are either:
- neutral food: water, unsalted butter, millet
- acid-forming: protein (specially animal protein like eggs, meat, fish, chicken and cheese), grains, alcohol, coffee, acidic fruits (like citrics), vegetable oils and animal fats, white flour (and derived products), sugar
- alkaline-forming: most of the vegetables, potato, ripe local fruits, local spices and herbs, cold-pressed vegetable oils
It is important to combine food carefully, because acid-forming foods are always stronger in their acid concentration than the alkaline-forming foods. The suggestion is to eat an 80%:20% (alkaline-forming: acid forming) ratio, but there is also evidence suggesting a 2:1 ratio.
This will help maintain a slightly alkaline bloodstream, which is needed for the body to function effectively.
What happens if my body becomes too acidic?
There is a high chance of becoming over-acidic through our diet. We normally overeat carbohydrates, sugars, junk food, yellow cheese and coffee; the total opposite of a balanced diet. This, along with alcohol consumption, smoking, heavy workloads, stress, no physical activity or extreme physical activity, and the exposure to toxins in the environment, only increases our tendency to become more acidic.
An acidic metabolism can cause inflammation, indigestion, stiff muscles, depression, headaches, smelling sweat and urine, eye bags, acne, blood problems, cancers, aging, and much more.
The best way to attain balance is through the diet. We should try to eat less meat, cheese, sugar, refined carbohydrates and eggs, and eat more vegetables and cold-pressed oils. When consuming acid food, it should be in small amounts combined with a larger amount of alkaline food. This makes the balance possible for every meal.
Another way is to eat 100% alkaline-forming food and meals for 2-3 days a week. The rest of the week, eat healthy, combining acid with alkaline. This way you can maintain a balanced diet.
Other important factors that promote the balance are:
- emotional stability (good company, positive emotions, less stress)
- chewing your food to promote saliva to help alkalinize
- small to moderate portions of food in a balanced diet
- use of organic ingredients (they contain more nutrients)
- use of some alkalinizing supplements such as alkaline forming minerals, good quality salts (sea salt or Himalayan), and chlorophyll powders (spirulina, chlorella)
- moderate physical activity (without over-stressing your body)
- adequate sleep
It is important to get the correct balance so your metabolism and all of your body systems work effectively allowing you to reach optimum health. If the inside is healthy, then your outside will soon look, feel and be healthy too. If your staying at Thanyapura, why not pop into our Booster Deli Bar for some of our latest alkaline friendly foods!
Check out our new alkaline menu below:
|Ratatouille quinoa cake|
|Organic Chicken breast|
|Tofu cubes in zucchini jacket|
|Stuffed buckwheat cake|
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About the Author
Bochakorn began her education in conventional medicine as a nurse, then shifted to embrace natural healing and integrative medicines. Her training and certifications abroad include: Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicines, Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
During her therapeutic sessions, she may also incorporate other aspects of integrative medicines when required, including: acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, nutritional, supplements and herbal recommendation.