Some foods are acidifying when introduced to the body, and others are alkalizing. So what you consume on a daily basis will change the pH levels of your blood, saliva and urine. The pH scale goes from 0-14 (with acidic substances falling below 7 and basic substances falling above 7). Normal levels for body fluid pH hover right in the middle of that range. Foods can either raise or lower your pH level, and this is based on the mineral content of the food – not the actual pH of the food itself. Lemon juice, for example, has a low pH, but has an alkalizing effect on the body when consumed.
The theory behind an alkaline diet is that because our body’s pH level is slightly alkaline, with a normal range of 7.36 to 7.44, our diet should reflect this and also be slightly alkaline. An imbalanced diet high in acidic foods such as animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods tends to disrupt this balance. The alkaline diet can deplete the body of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, making people prone to chronic and degenerative disease.
An imbalance of acidity/alkalinity creates a favorable condition for bacteria growth, yeast and other harmful organisms and it also weakens our immune system. All cells that make up the human body are slightly alkaline, and therefore they must maintain some alkalinity to function and remain healthy.
We rely on absorbed nutrients to build our body’s tissues, fluids and other substances and to breakdown substances that are used as energy, or to form waste by-products.
These ongoing processes are generically known as the body’s ‘metabolism’. Our body’s metabolism heavily relies on the actions of enzymes, hormones and other biochemical reactions every second of the day and night.
However, as each alkaline cell performs its task of respiration, it continues to secrete metabolic wastes which are acidic in nature. The by-product of this cellular activity which gives the cell energy and function, in itself creates ‘acidic’ waste. Although these wastes are used for cellular energy and function, they mustn’t be allowed to build up, which they can often do especially around joints and in muscles.
One example is the often painful lactic acid, created through exercise, which is often experienced in the form of ‘cramps’. The body goes to great lengths to attempt to neutralize and detoxify these acids before they become toxins within and around the cell, which would change the healthy cellular environment.
There may not be a more alkalizing food than lemons. It is great for overall immune health and helps flush toxins from the body by making the liver more efficient.
Pineapple is an incredibly potent super fruit. It helps the body stay in an alkaline state. Besides its alkaline benefits, it has also shown anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. A study we reported on in April of last year showed that pineapple extract may kill cancer cells.
Process the following ingredients in a blender:
2 cups of pineapple
1/2 a lemon, peeled
1 cup of water
So try out this simple, easy recipe and enjoy the benefits that it brings for your body pH balance.