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As I said, I have been going through my book cases, and binders, and such, in my organizing I decided to read through an old binder full of lessons from a few Nutrition courses I took in college (to see how much things have changed). I was surprised to find a few politically incorrect statements, not surprised to find a lot of USDA food pyramid recommendations...and a lot of things that basically have not changed (science behind digestion, vitamins found in foods, etc.). I learned a long time ago that the best sources of Vitamin C was Peppers, Strawberry's, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and Kiwi--yet, Oranges, particularly Orange Juice (which contain Vitamin C, but not as much as a lot of other fruits), has been bottled & marketed as one of the worlds BEST sources of the Vitamin. Also one of the best sources of calcium is green leafy veggies...yet Milk Ads are everywhere advertised as Natures most perfect food. Anyway...moving on...
^I was surprised to ironically flip to little blurb on this weeks main topic. How minerals help prevent Alkalosis and Acidosis of the blood. As I will explain below, the over-acidity in our bodies can actually cause mineral depletion, and build of in our fatty tissue.
With that being said, lets talk about the pH balance within your body. The issue of over-acidity in the body has become much more talked about recently, even though it is not a new concept. A build up of too much acid waste in the tissue can be a very dangerous thing. This imbalance affects most people (and we don't even know it) because of our diets high in processed foods, the polluted environment we live in, and the lifestyle and stress we experience on a daily basis! Excess acidity weakens all body systems, forcing the body to borrow minerals from your vital organs and bones to neutralize the acidity and rid it from the body. When your body is healthy the alkaline reserves are maintained to meet demands. It's smart enough to protect our kidney and liver (detox organs) from damage excess acid causes. However, in order to do this what the body does is storing it in fatty deposits rather than ridding the body through the kidney and liver. The result, obesity, weakened immune system, osteoporosis and many other diseases, including cancer ( source ).
Our blood is slightly alkaline, with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45. The theory behind the alkaline diet is that our diet should reflect this pH level (as it did before we developed such poor diets) and be slightly alkaline. Proponents of alkaline diets believe that a diet high in acid-producing foods is disrupts this balance and promotes the loss of essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium, as the body tries to restore equilibrium. This imbalance is thought to make people prone to illness.
Most people who suffer from unbalanced pH are acidic. This condition forces the body to borrow minerals—including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium—from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this strain, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage due to high acidity—a condition that may go undetected for years.
Mild acidosis can cause such problems as:
Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
Low energy and chronic fatigue.
Slow digestion and elimination.
A diet rich in fruits and veggies is essential. I amnot recommendingwe all follow an alkaline diet per say. I just want to use this as an example to stress the importance of trying to minimize stress, lowering the intake of processed foods, animal fats and increasing the intake of foods close to their natural state!
Doctors usually test patients for a pH imbalance if they are experiencing lack of energy, Excessive mucous production, Nasal congestion, Frequent colds and flu, Anxiety, nervousness, irritability, Ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, benign breast cysts, Frequent Headaches, and all other illnesses have been ruled out.
(DO NOT self-diagnose and do not use this article as medical advice..this is for reading purposes only!)
A strict alkaline diet is not safe for anyone with acute or chronic kidney failure unless they are under a doctor's strict supervision. People with pre-existing heart disease and those on medications that affect potassium levels in the body should also talk with a doctor or medical expert about a special diet or detox regarding an actual "alkaline diets."
The experts recommend that our diets should consist of 75-80% Alkaline Forming Foods and 25-30% Acid Forming Foods, as well as avoiding Stress to maintain optimal health!