Health is defined as the level of functional or metabolic efficiency in a living being, therefore, being “healthy” can be described as every organ and system in the human body working optimally and in harmony. I often use the word “harmony” when it comes to health because when when we take action to improve the balance of one system in our body there is immediate improvement in the functionality of so many other organs. For example, if your nervous system is in balance then your lymphatic system will also be positively affected. If your cardiovascular health is in optimal condition then your digestive functions will be at peak capacity. And if the foods you eat come from natural sources then your hormones (which act as messengers in the body) will also function properly.
But one of the most simple methods of establishing biological harmony begins with the Acid/Alkaline levels. Because everything is so intertwined to this, having balanced acid/alkaline levels will simultaneously improve every system in your body.
To achieve optimum levels within our physical structure, our blood and body fluids must maintain a very specific pH (“potential hydrogen”) level that has very narrow fluctuations points. pH is the measurement of Acid/Alkaline. When our bodies become too acidic, our system will do everything it can to regulate these levels and by doing so it will naturally throw off other systems in our body. I like to compare the body and the body’s internal system to a chain because “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”.
When our Acid/Alkaline levels are not in balance, our body is has to work extremely hard to regulate the imbalance by drawing alkaline from the body’s reserves. By doing this, it will cause deficiencies in other systems resulting in health disorders, illness, and disease. It is worth noting that cancer thrives in a highly acidic environment and, of more importance, cannot live in an alkaline environment.
Our blood is a specialized body fluid that delivers vital nutrients and oxygen to the cells and also transports metabolic waste out of our system. So when we maintain pH levels, some of the benefits we can experience are: i) increase in muscle tissue growth from exercise, ii) enhanced repair of muscle tissue tears due to injury, iii) increased fat burning, iv) reduction of inflammation, and v) naturally increased energy levels and vitality. All of this is achieved because the body is properly oxygenated and can detoxify and heal itself. If our cells are energized this way, we greatly strengthen our immunity to illness and disease and significantly lower our risk of cancer.
So how do we balance the very important Acid/Alkaline levels in our body? Quite simply it all comes down to what we eat, what we drink, what we put into our bodies, and how we deal with stress. Our body’s are genetically programmed to eat and drink what Nature intended for us which is why Whole Foods over Processed Foods is the first adjustment I always recommend to my clients. In addition to this, I also advise avoiding foods that contain pesticides and preservatives, both of which are very acidic.
Below is a list of some of my favourite Alkaline-Forming foods (along with some Acidic Foods) that will help you better navigate your way to a better functioning body. I recommend incorporating as many Alkaline forming foods into your diet to create the “harmonic balance” with your health and lifestyle.
ALKALINE FORMING FOODS:
Fruits: almost all fruits
Vegetables: all vegetable
Apple Cider Vinegar
Grains: all white flour products
Sugar and anything with sugar
Milk, Dairy, Ice Cream
Jennifer Van Barneveld (RHN)
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