The confusing journey of dieting and finding optimal nutrition that almost every individual takes can be exhausting. Let’s throw in age, genetics, trauma and general family health issues and we have a melting pot for disaster. So, where do we begin?
I highly recommend studying and reading more about the alkalinity and acidity of the foods we’re currently eating. I would not call alkaline a “diet” per say, it is merely a very important piece of chemistry we need to understand and balance accordingly. The human body has an optimal pH level of about 7.365, foods with a pH of anything less than that is considered more acidic anything higher is more alkaline. OK, so we know what our body’s ideal pH level needs to be but which foods have higher pH levels and why is this important for the body?
Firstly, acidic foods inflame the body, dehydrate, cause pain and destroy cells. Alkaline foods bring down swelling, hydrate, soothe and regenerate cells. This is important because your lymph system is like your body’s sewer system. It surrounds every cell and when it backs up it turns to acid causing acidosis. And, it’s the cause of most health dysfunctions from canker sores to cancer. Acidosis is caused from years of consuming acid-forming foods. Dairy, grains, meat, refined sugars, high protein diets, toxins in water, cosmetics, negative thoughts, environment, anger and even general stress all produce acids.
So, how do we get our power back? The answer is fruit! Fruit is alkalizing and it gets static lymph moving to the kidneys and lymph nodes where acids, toxins, viruses, parasites and unwanted bacteria can be gotten rid of. Before you go crazy and start eating lots of fruit, there is a huge detox process to consider. Please understand detoxing the body takes time depending on where you’re at in your health journey. If you have a lot of weight to lose or serious medical issues your process can be more grueling as detoxing isn’t always pretty. As always, please consult with your doctor and dietician.
So, how do we begin? First, limit acid-based foods and eat more food with a higher alkaline pH level (anything above 7.35). Keep in mind that just about all fruits and veggies are above an 8.0 pH. Second, take the process slowly. Your about to completely change your metabolism for the better and it’s going to take some time. Start by eliminating your most acidic foods like sodas, processed foods and dairy. Then, you can start to eliminate some meat here and there. Keep in mind that we have been conditioned to think we need meat at every meal and with this new mindset we definitely do not. I am not telling you to cut out meat completely however you must consider pH levels of meat. Fish has a 6.0 pH. Chicken, duck, lamb and turkey are around 5.0 pH. Beef and pork is 4.5 pH. Lobster and bacon is about 3.0 pH (before being cooked and pending preparation). Third, please talk to a professional (your doctor, dietician and/or nutrition coach) so that you can have professional guidance. Fourth, do not combine fruit with acidic foods, this will simply cause backing up in your GI tract and will lead to inconsistent results. Lastly, for more research and education please read work by Dr. Sebi as well as Dr. Robert Morse, who has a wonderful book called the “The Detox Miracle Sourcebook: Raw Foods and Herbs for Complete Cellular Regeneration.”
Good luck with your health journey and always keep pushing forward.
Miguel J. Ortiz is a personal trainer in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of the National Personal Trainer Institute and a Certified Nutritional Consultant with more than a decade of professional experience. He can be found on Instagram at @migueljortiz.