We all know that good and lasting health starts with a healthy diet replete with wholesome foods. However, what is not well understood about what constitutes a healthy diet, is that it should be filled alkalinizing foods. So what are alkalinizing foods, and why is it so important to consume them?
Most foods, after being digested, absorbed, and metabolized, fall into either an alkaline or acid category based on the alkaline or acid ash residue they produce in the body (See alkaline or acid food chart below ). The purpose of eating an alkaline based diet, is to maintain a healthy biological acid/alkaline environment, which is measured in terms of the pH scale-the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. If a diet, over an extended timeline, is skewed towards producing an acid residue and load, then the body must buffer that acidity by drawing on the internal stores of mineral buffers-i.e calcium. Those mineral buffers are in part taken from bone tissue which puts one at risk for bone loss. (Please read my articles in the Bone Health category for more information)
However, balance is the goal in eating a more alkaline based diet. Acid producing foods are important too. The general consensus of what that balance in diet should be between 60 to 80% alkaline, and 20 to 40% acid forming foods. However, the obligations of work and family makes it very difficult for most to integrate a more alkaline tilted menu to one’s daily food choices.
The good news is that there are great supplements that will not only help to alkalinize your body, they will also provide wonderful nutrition as well. Concentrated fruit and vegetable extracts, lik e Designs for Health Paleo Greens and Paleo Reds are a great choice. I take a heaping tablespoon of each mixed together daily. The Paleo Reds which is mostly juice extracts of berries, taste naturally sweet and is free of sugar.
Vitamin C in the form of ascorbates, provides both alkalinizing minerals (ascorbates), and the benefit of vitamin C, one the most important antioxidants to include in your health and wellness supplements. My choice… C+ BioFizz. It has a satisfying lemony taste, and contains bioflavanoids, quercetin, hesperidin and rutin, that provide additional antioxidant benefits. Some of my clients like to mix the C+ Bio Fizz with their Paleo Greens, for a healthy and refreshing beverage.
Magnesium, a mineral that most individuals are deficient in, is a great supplement for alkalinizing your body. I recommend Designs for Health Magnesium Glycinate Chelate, which is better tolerated by those that have problems with magnesium and bowel tolerance. Otherwise, if you are not sensitive to magnesium, consider Designs for Health Magnesium Malate Chelate which is available in a higher dose tablet of 250 mg. versus the 150 mg in Magnesium Glycinate Chelate. Shoot for as much as you can tolerate of either. Start with 1 tablet or capsule, and increase until you notice loosening of your bowel movement.
In summary, a daily intake of wonderful alkalinizing products Paleo Greens, Paleo Reds, ascorbates (C+ BioFizz), and minerals like magnesium, will complement a diet rich in vegetables and low glycemic fruits to favorably balance your pH to a more alkaline level. An alkaline diet and supportive alkalinizing supplements, will go a long way to optimizing your good health!
Please use the “ Developing an Alkaline Diet” guide and the “Food and Chemical Effects of Acid/Alkaline Body Chemical Balance” chart below to get your diet and your health on the road to a more alkaline and balanced state. Both are courtesy of Russel Jaffe and ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies LLC.
Developing an Alkaline Diet
The first step in establishing a health-promoting alkaline diet is to assess your current first morning urine pH.
Simple Steps to Alkalinize Your Diet:
Remember, your body is in essence one very complicated chemical processing plant with 60 trillion cells involved in some 6 trillion chemical reactions each second. While the chemical processes can occur amid an acid environment, such is not ideal. An alkaline internal state is required for ideal chemical functioning and for the achievement of optimal health. If your pH readings are regularly below 6.5, you would do well to alkalinize your diet by making the following dietary changes:
* Not if you are gluten sensitive or intolerant.
This chart and the instructions above, are courtesy of Russel Jaffe and ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies LLC.