To lead a healthy life it is necessary that the pH of our body is regulated, without becoming too acidic, rather it must be inclined towards the alkaline side.
The key to the pH or alkaline diet is to increase the amount of food or alkaline products and reduce the consumption of acidic foods or products. Thus, it consists of reducing processed foods, animal proteins, sugar and caffeine to the maximum, in order to eliminate acidic toxins and increase the consumption of natural foods rich in alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and The calcium.
Blood fulfills two important functions: it carries nutrients and oxygen and removes the toxic residues of metabolism, which are acidic in nature and must be evacuated through the liver, kidneys, lungs or skin. To perform these functions, the blood pH must lean a little towards the alkaline side of the spectrum.
Therefore, blood is, under normal circumstances, slightly alkaline, with a pH that varies between 7.35 and 7.45. In this sense, the balance of the pH in the body is the first line of defense and the best resistance against diseases. This is because the causative elements of various diseases can not survive in an alkaline state, but are strengthened in acidic environments.
The characteristic foods of the alkaline diet
Hydrating well is one of the keys. The pancreas uses water to alkalize the food that leaves the stomach and enters the intestines. On the other hand, the brain needs water to carry out the chemical reactions that direct the body. Thus, drinking water in correct amounts is the most important part of the pH diet.
Alkaline foods are found mainly in fruits, vegetables – green vegetables, especially – whole grains, spices, probiotic crops – such as yogurt – and honey, while acid products are meats, cheeses, cereals and alcohol.
In a more extended list of alkalizing foods, we can find:
Fruits not too ripe
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On the other hand, this is a list of some commonly consumed acidifying foods:
Meats and organ meats
Yogurt or curd
The Alkaline diet is indicated for those who want to fight obesity, but also for those who want to improve their health, prevent inflammatory problems and eliminate toxins from the body.
The perfect complement to the alkaline diet
Food is not everything in the pH diet. The most advisable thing is to practice exercise and that each person looks for the one that adapts to his physical constitution, his age or his state. Of course, aerobic exercise, being able to increase the use and flow of oxygen in the body, is the perfect complement for this type of diet.
The problems of an excess of acidic foods
Excessive consumption of acidic foods generates, in the short term, decay and inflammation of the gums due to inhibition of the salivary glands, but in the medium term decreases the secretion of hydrochloric acid by the stomach.
In the long term, there is a rebound effect of stimulation of the glands, which secrete more acid, causing chronic acidity and increasing the risk of gastritis or ulcer.
It is very important that you do not abuse the antacids to fight stomach acidity because they further destabilize the acid-base balance. Although strong acids cause the symptoms described, small stimuli or weak organic acids balance your pH, so one of the pillars of a consistent diet is to drink a glass of water with a few drops of lemon at breakfast.
In short, a diet that allows us to obtain some control over the pH of our body, tilting the balance towards the alkaline side, can provide us with several benefits and avoid the problems derived from an excessive consumption of acidic products.
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