Are You Too Acidic?

The answer is: probably not…unless, of course, you are currently experiencing severe symptoms, in a coma or already dead. Even if one subscribes to the typical Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), our pH stays steady between 7 and 7.35. If this balance shifts by even one whole number, in either direction, it’s game over. Our pH level does not shift based on the food we eat. If it did, many of us would not be alive to discuss the issue. But before you label me a naysayer and smash your screen in frustration, please read on.

The consensus in the alternative health community is that a diet rich in alkaline foods increases the blood pH, making us more alkaline; whereas a diet rich in acidic foods will lower the pH, making us more acidic. Interestingly enough, this isn’t exactly what happens in the body and conventional doctors are having a field day with this information. In an effort to debunk us “crazy new-agers”, some doctors are aggressively making the argument that food has no immediate effect on blood pH since our body naturally regulates it. While the statement is scientifically true, it is also misleading and void of any further thought passed “right now”. In fact, the issue is not as “black or white” as either side makes it out to be. For instance, if I drink an alkaline rich green juice am I raising my blood pH? Nope. If I eat an acid rich Bagel with Cream Cheese am I lowering my blood pH? Nope. Does this mean the doctors are right? Sure, if you approach the subject from the same immediate, matter of fact perspective. What these doctors are failing to elaborate upon are the very truths that may eventually kill us.

When food is broken down and metabolized in our body it releases either an “acidic” or “alkaline” base into the blood. The trick is that this process does not directly affect the blood pH levels whatsoever; what actually occurs is that the pH levels in the food itself have an effect on the internal buffers that regulate the blood pH. Once these buffers are damaged, they cease to maintain proper pH levels, hence, opening the floodgates for these levels to change. This is the missing explanation that needs to be understood on both sides of the topic. And drum roll…it just so happens that “acidic” foods have been proven to damage our organs while “alkalizing” foods maintain, nourish and clean our inner systems. That said, the true nature of this debate is not about food increasing or decreasing blood pH; it’s about preventing the breakdown of the systems that already regulate it. The “crazy new-agers” still come out on top. Yay for independent research!

Conventional doctors focus only on what is happening to you “right now”, so they can make a quick assessment and send you on your way home or to the pharmacy. Our bodies are so very complex, most things that can go wrong with our health will happen over an extended period of time. Disease may take a long while to present itself to the body after many years of persistence against it’s natural functions to fight it. That said, unless you are currently experiencing a medical issue or emergency; you will most likely get a stamp of approval and a pat on the back on the way out of your annual checkup, regardless of what illness may be slowly transforming inside of your body. Armed with absolutely no guidance on what you should or shouldn’t be doing with your diet, what is there to worry about?

Unfortunately, our whole way of life has become greatly “acidic”; not only through food and drugs but also from the toxicity caused by pollutants, body/house care products, stress, anxiety and depression. So take a step back and really analyze what you’re choosing to use and consume everyday (both mind and body). Begin to make better choices that will replace the damaging ones and before you know it, you’ll begin lifting the weight of sickness from your very being. Why not start now with this fantastic green juice?

Super Alkaline Green Juice w/ Spirulina

5 large leaves Kale

1 Cup packed Red Dandelion Greens

1 Cup packed Parsley

3-4 Celery Stalks (w/ leaves)

1 Cucumber

2 Cups Watermelon Rind (or Watermelon)

1 stalk Fennel

1/2 Green Pepper

1 Green Apple

1/2 Lemon (w/ Rind)

1 1/2″ Ginger

2 tsp Spirulina (whisked into juice afterward)

Prep all ingredients to extract in your juicer (except for the Spirulina). Juice all ingredients. Stir in Spiralina. Makes 2 12oz servings.

References:

The Truth About Alkalizing Your Blood

http://drbenkim.com/ph-body-blood-foods-acid-alkaline.htm

Detailed Listing of Acid/Alkaline Forming Foods

http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

Grapes n’ Greens Smoothie

Whoulda’ thunk that Grapefruit, Red Grapes and fresh Organic Greens could taste so good together? Blended with all the other ingredients I chose, it seems to be the perfect balance of sweet, tangy and nutty. And as far as nutrition goes, today’s concoction is no lightweight. In fact, this heart healthy smoothie is literally packed with Potassium, Protein, Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Polyphenols, Flavonoids; I mean, this list goes on and on.

But what does all of this mean for you? It means you are helping your body to fight the very diseases that are killing the majority of our nation. Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer, Coronary Heart Disease…you name it, these illnesses are not “random acts of god” nor can they be simply shrugged off as “genetic”. You can stop the cycle by simply changing your diet. We’re going to prevent these epidemics by starting with ourselves first; by eating whole, plant based foods.

Drink it, don’t overthink it.

8 oz Almond Milk
2 large handfuls of Mixed Baby Greens (I used Kale, Spinach and Chard)
1 Banana
1/2 Cup Red Seedless Grapes
1/2 Grapefruit (no rind but keep pith)
1/4 Quinoa Flakes
2 Turkish Figs
1 serving Vega One Protein (I used Coconut Almond)
1 Tbsp Maca Powder
1 Tbsp Chia Seed
5 Ice Cubes

As always, the best way to break down the greens is to blend them first with the liquid base. This will allow the blades to really work the leaves into the liquid without leaving a gritty texture. Once you’ve done that, you can add everything else in there and blend it again on the high setting until it’s super smooth. Enjoy!