It was my normal Tuesday morning, Simpl Smoothie at hand, laptop open and on y my podcast on in the background. A special guest was on to talk about the benefits of eating healthy and how with a proper diet our bodies can build a strong immune system to combat sicknesses and even go as far as prevent illnesses. Something we've all heard many times before, never the less I continued to listen nodding my head every now an then in agreement to their claims. It was the moment they started talking about maintaining an alkaline diets that my fingers started typing slower as my curiosity was starting to peek.
Alkaline Diet...... What is it? Was my body alkaline? How do I get there, and what did I need to do or not do? l'll these questions were taken to Google, and before I knew it I was caught. I needed to know more. I read pages and pages, watched YouTube videos and listened to more health podcasts about the topic. Now I'm no expert but I did take away a lot and turns out adapting an alkaline diet isn't as hard as I first imagined .
For those who know me, Its no secret that I love my sweets, in my world dinner isn't dinner without dessert. But like everything in life, its all in moderation and balance. Dont Panic! there's no need to purge the kitchen, its all about starting small and finding your own balance.
To save you your Google time, lets have a look at how to get your body more alkaline, and a quick look at the benefits.
First lets talk pH.... don't worry, this is not a flash back to secondary school chemistry.. I'll make it short and sweet.
pH is a measurement of how acidic or alkaline something is.The pH value ranges from 0 to 14:
Alkaline (or basic): 7.1–14.0
Our bodies are amazingly resilient, and it wants nothing but the best for you. It's built to naturally maintain a healthy balance of acidity and alkalinity. Your body’s optimal pH is 7.36, but its not hard for us to put that out of wack. Many of the foods we tend to love are very acidic inducing my desserts, over time consuming too many acidic foods hinders the body’s normal function, which can leave you tired, and potentially lower your immune function.
Why should you care if your body is going to regulate your pH. Well the two organs responsible for maintaining that balance between alkalinity and acidity are your kidneys (by retaining or excreting hydrogen and bicarbonate, depending on what our body needs) and the lungs (by getting rid of carbon dioxide). Even though our bodies are resilient, unfortunately we are not Wolverine ( if you haven't seen X-Men, get to Google) and our bodies cant super heal itself, and with ageing and overworking these organs they will lose their ability to repair itself as quickly or even at all.
Certain food groups are considered acidic, alkaline or neutral:
Acidic: Meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol.
Neutral: Natural fats, starches and natural sugars.
Alkaline: Fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables.
Taking on an alkaline diet isn't that hard, do your best to make sure 70% of your foods are alkaline foods (veggies and legumes) & 30% acidic foods (meat and carbs), may seem like a lot but Simpl is here to make it easier for you to consume more alkaline foods. - check out our Green with Envy
Don't forget to break a sweat, limit your alcohol consumption, stay hydrated and remember that little changes lead to big rewards.