In this article, we will tell you about the acid-base balance of the body. You will learn how important it is for you, how easily you can achieve it, and how it will fill with you energy and ensure you are healthy!
If you want to have energy and be healthy, you should first know what the acid-base balance is.
The alkaline and acidic properties which the aquatic environment possesses are measured with a scale called “pH”. pH is a logarithm that represents the ratio between the positively charged hydrogen ions and the negatively charged ions, in a solution. This scale is from 1 to 14 with 1 being very acidic, 7 being neutral, and 14 being highly alkaline. Our body is mostly made up of water and the majority of our body fluids and blood should be slightly alkaline – from 7.35 to 7.45.
A very easy way to measure this balance is by using pH test strips – they can be found in different organic stores or even in some pharmacies. With them, you can test your urine or your saliva to know within what limits your pH falls under the moment. The pH of urine should be within 6.0-6.5 in the early morning, and 6.5-7.0 in the evening before dinner. The pH of saliva should vary between 6.8-7.2. pH levels are often an indicator of health, or disease. When the pH is unbalanced, this means that its levels have become too acidic or too alkaline for a long period of time. This imbalance can remain undetected for a long time, but in the long run may lead to the development of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, formation of kidney stones, osteoporosis, insomnia, irritability, and overall fatigue.
The cells in our body produce acids as a by-product. The acidic waste products combine themselves with alkaline minerals and compounds in the body, and after they are discharged from the body. To make this possible, we need a stock of alkaline minerals. However, if our environment is too acidic and we do not have enough in store, the body begins to obtain these minerals from the liver, muscles, tendons, and bones. The prolonged consumption of minerals from the body can lead to acidosis (increased acidity of body fluids); symptoms of acidosis include fatigue, lethargy, weakening of the immune and muscular systems, joint and muscle pain, frequent muscle cramps, premature aging, obesity, diabetes, and lack of energy.
An acidic environment is rich in protons while an alkaline environment is rich in electrons. The electrons provide an oxygen-rich environment which ensures the supply of sufficient oxygen throughout the body and satisfies the needs of normal, aerobic cells. In this type of environment, microorganisms find it difficult to grow and this is how balance is created. When our environment is acidic, our bodies do not get enough oxygen which slows down many processes, including our metabolism. This type of environment can allow for the development of partly anaerobic cells (the cancer type).
An acidic environment reduces the oxygen in the blood, affects the muscle tissue, arteries, and veins, can leads to problems with blood pressure, hinders metabolism, damages cells, reduces energy, leads to cholesterol problems, and can create an environment full of toxins.
Because of the way we eat, most of us suffer from acidity. The foods that we mostly consume in our daily lives are acidic and leave acid residues in the body. Stress further contributes to the acidity in our bodies.
In order to protect itself from these acids, our body begins to accumulate fats through which it blocks the acids. The function of fats in our bodies is to protect us. Also, in an acidic environment microbes grow very quickly and can eat up our important nutrients. The body remains hungry because it does not receive needed compounds which then causes us to eat more and more in an attempt to provide them.
Slim people who have a lower pH (a more acidic medium) face the same problems with the exception that they do not produce fats which can protect them from the acids. In this situation, microbes will again consume our important nutrients, our bodies remain hungry and cannot gain the needed nutrients to achieve a healthy weight in which we can feel good.
If you are wondering why you do not see results while you exercise, it may be due to acidity. The body does not have enough oxygen, it will start to experience stress, and produce more acids, which leads to more blockage from the fats.
In order to be healthy and energetic, we need to create more alkaline, oxygen-rich environments in our bodies. When we normalize the base-acid balance, we will get rid of the stored fats because our bodies will no longer need buffers for the acids. Or if we have a very low weight, we can use the balance to get back to a healthy weight.
HOW TO REGULATE YOUR BASE-ACID BALANCE:
First, check your pH levels with pH strips or with any other examination – the easiest would be to use strips.
If you have a low pH, you can immediately act in order to balance it:
Green vegetables are highly alkaline foods. Make sure at least 70% of your daily menu consists of alkaline (base) foods – take a look at the alkaline foods in the table below.Avoid foods which form acids (again see the table below).
If you must eat food that is highly acidic, add a food that is highly alkaline, in order to maintain balance. For example, if you eat a pork steak, add a big salad with highly alkaline vegetables.
Once a week, you can also perform a detoxification by consuming only highly alkaline foods – salads or green smoothies and juices.
Drink lukewarm lemon water in the morning. The lemon immediately alkalizes the water and creates a base medium; you can also drink lemon water during the whole day.
Add wheat grass in your juice or smoothie or just consume it by itself.
Eat fruit with low glycaemic index if your pH levels are very low.
It is very important to achieve a balance, because neither too acidic an environment nor too alkaline is healthy. The best thing is a balanced diet – if your levels are too acidic, you better increase the amount of fruit and vegetables; if your levels are too alkaline, increase the amount of acidic foods.
HOW TO EAT IN A BALANCED WAY?
- Eat slowly and calmly.
- Do not overeat – just consume the quantities that fulfil you.
- Eat in a diverse and colourful way – include more fruit and vegetables.
- Do not consume foods which are not good for your stomach, including foods that lead to bloating or that cause problems with your digestion.
- Do not mix too many foods in one single eating session.
- Consume as many fresh and organic foods as possible.
- Chew your food very well – the saliva is crucial for the digestion of food.
Do not overdo it with too much salt.
- Try to consume lesser quantities of highly acidic foods – pork, beef, canned fish, sweetened fruit juices, fizzy or soft drinks, pastry, chocolate products, coffee, beer, etc.
- Substitute the white rice with brown rice.
- Try to eat alkaline legumes – haricot beans, peas, lentils – at least once a week.
Avoid semi-manufactured goods.
- Eat whole-wheat bread which is rich in fibres; the most nutritional and beneficial bread for our bodies is from einkorn, sprouted rye, or legume flour.
- Mix mineral water with spring water or drink only spring water.
- Do not drink water while you are eating because that will hinder your digestion, and your stomach will not be able to absorb the foods in the best way possible.
- Drink at least 1,5-2 litres of water with neutral or slightly alkaline pH.
- Twice a year, follow a one-week detoxification program with fresh fruit and vegetables or vegetable juices in order to create a good alkaline reserve.
- And last but not least: movement is a very important part of this balance! Be more active – in this way, your body will process the food more quickly, which will speed up your metabolism, and you will be relieved from stress and digest things more easily.
When we eat sensibly, eat foods of high quality,and combine it will exercise, our bodies will take care of the rest. Our bodies are very strong, they have the ability to self-regulate and heal, and we need to provide them a favourable environment to do so. Take the time to take care of your only home for life — your body.