I have been asked a great deal recently about Alkalizing, why it is good and why we have to do it. As some of you may have been lucky enough to go on a holiday where you could snorkel and see a coral reef, this explanation may touch the spot for you. I know I have explained this before, but here we go again.
Your body is a bit like a coral reef in the way it mimics the same kind of watery consistency and pH: if a reef’s pH changes too much it suffers and can die. We are 70% water and so the perfect balance for our bodies, like the sea, is slightly on the alkaline side. However, our diet tends to be on the acidic side, containing dairy, meat, wheat, grains, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and fruit juices instead of alkalising green vegetables, lemon, water, milk alternatives, plant protein and vegetable juices.
Everything functions better when intracellular fluid is in a slightly alkaline state, at a pH of around 7.2 to 7.4 (with pH 7 as neutral). That’s when there’s a plentiful supply of antioxidants, anti-ageing phytonutrients, essential minerals and vitamins to encourage youthful functioning. Bones are strong and the kidneys and liver detoxify efficiently. Fungi and candida find it hard to take hold; sugar cravings diminish; and inflammation and degenerative diseases are kept at bay. In this optimum alkaline state, you start to feel young again, full of energy, with strong muscles and good co-ordination, smooth skin, sleek hair and bright eyes.
It’s easy to see why avoiding acidification is one of my top youthing priorities (see Eat Yourself Young). By changing your diet to incorporate more alkaline than acid-forming foods, you can reverse acidity and take your body into a youthing alkaline state.
Alkaline foods such as vegetables, fruits and legumes are intrinsically healthy, full of minerals, vitamins, amino-acids, enzymes, immune enhancers and phytochemicals. At first, aim to eat 80% alkaline to 20% acid-forming foods to reverse acidification, then keep levels stable by eating a balance of around 70%/30%.
Hard cheeses, meats and animal fats are highly acid-forming and hard for the body to process, so avoid them and eat more easily processed proteins such as vegetable protein, legumes and yoghurts instead.
Quick acid buster
When you eat a meal high in acid-forming foods, balance it out later in the day by drinking a big glass of green juice. Try a mix of celery, spinach, lettuce, kale, parsley, lemon and fresh ginger – delicious! It’ll boost your alkalinity and get your body back on the youthing track. Alternatively treat yourself to a Plenish juice.