Wednesday, 12 June 2013

ALKALINE FOOD

There are many benefits to eating an alkaline diet. Over-acidity in the body causes chronic health issues, whereas an alkaline diet helps to prevent these same problems. The pH level of your blood is generally between 7.35 and 7.45. When your body is more acidic, it is more susceptible to disease. A pH of 0 is completely acidic, and a pH of 14 completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. The stomach has a pH ranging from 1.35-3.5. It should be acidic to aid in digestion. Blood must always be slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.35 to 7.45. The body’s pH level can also affect a cell’s ability to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is important to the body’s energy level. The benefits of alkaline food are tremendous; it helps increase the oxygen supply in the body that is important for the proper functioning fluids in the bloodstream and different vital organs. It helps in renewing and restoring the proper functions of the different organs as well as prevents the build-up of lactic acid that is detrimental to our health and it helps in optimal absorption of the different nutrients, vitamins and minerals. If the body’s cells become acidic, the cells will begin to deteriorate. Most vegetables like beet, baked potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, carrots, turnips and gourds are high producers of alkaline ash. Citrus fruits, apples, raisins, bananas, pineapples, nectarines, dates and blackberries are producers of alkaline ash. Most spices and seasonings like cinnamon, mustard, ginger and chilli pepper are alkaline. Water, fresh juices, almonds, chestnuts and tofu are also alkaline.  Alkaline foods (fruits and vegetables) can be health promoting. Limiting sugar and processed foods is known to aid in healing the body. However, a word of caution: like with everything else, one must not go overboard. Having too much of the one and too little of the other can be bad, because if your body is too acidic you can become sick and if your body is too alkaline also you can also become sick. So it is important to strike a balance.

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