Alkalinity vs Acidity
Hello my beautiful plant-eaters,
I love this month’s topic.
It has been said that alkalinity could be the key to living a long and disease-free life, and that disease and disorder cannot take root in a body that has a balanced pH.
That’s no small feat! This could be something that has a life-or-death impact on us.
How do we ensure we have a balanced pH? I have amazing news.
Research shows that diets consisting of highly alkaline foods, which are fresh vegetables, fruits and unprocessed plant-based sources of protein, result in a more alkaline pH level, which helps protect healthy cells and balance essential mineral levels. (2)
In fact, a 2012 review from the Journal of Environmental Health found that balancing the body’s pH though an alkaline diet can be helpful in reducing morbidity and mortality from numerous chronic diseases and ailments. (1)
That is how we get this right — by eating plants!
Simply put, your pH level is partially determined by the foods you eat.
At the other end of the scale, acidic foods require the kidneys to use magnesium, potassium and calcium to fight the acid, so the high levels of acid force the body to rob minerals from the bones, cells, organs and tissues.
What are the main types of acidic foods that we want to avoid?
Processed foods (especially those containing a lot of sodium)
Animal meat, cold cuts, and processed meat
Caffeinated drinks (coffee)
Cow’s milk and milk products*
*Calcium-rich dairy products cause high rates of osteoporosis because of the acidity created in the body; Calcium is pulled from the bones to try to balance out the pH level. (Leafy greens are the best food to prevent osteoporosis!) (3)
An alkaline diet, high in vegetables and fruits, protects bone density and muscle mass, lowers risk of high blood pressure, stroke and memory loss, lowers chronic pain and inflammation, boosts vitamin absorption and prevents magnesium deficiency, and helps improve immune function and cancer protection. It also helps us maintain a healthy weight!
Organic fruits and vegetables, like those that are used to make your Planted Table meals, can protect the body from obesity and pain, increase fat-burning ability, reduce inflammation and increase satisfaction from food (normalizing levels of the satiety hormone, Leptin).
The goal here is to have a good balance; consuming mostly plants, with room for a little bit of acidity (not the other way around).
Thank you for stopping by to get informed. Here’s to lots of healthy veggies and a long, healthy life!
Wellness Expert, Planted Table