When it comes to diet crazes, nobody outdoes Hollywood!
Celebrities embrace a seemingly endless variety of fads, all claiming to be the Holy Grail of diets, and people mimic them, hoping to achieve the same results (aka look like a star).
But ultimately, the fad eventually fades into the abyss of old has-been diet crazes.
That’s why an article I recently read about the TV talk show hostess Kelly Ripa was so REFRESHING!
In the story, Kelly states she has been following an alkaline diet for five years, and credits this way of eating for keeping inflammation low in her body, and feeling (and looking!) great.
Amen! Finally, a famous person who listens to her body, respects its chemistry and knows the extreme importance of an alkaline pH.
Take a word of advice from Kelly (and me too!)—here’s why an alkaline pH is where it’s at in terms of keeping you feeling great.
pH--what's it all about?
Remember from high school chemistry that the pH scale goes from 0 to 14, with 0 being pure acid, 14 being pure alkaline, and 7 is neutral.
Now, your body has different pH levels depending on what area you’re talking about:
The pH of your mouth and saliva is alkaline at 7.1 – 7.4. That’s because starch digestion begins in the mouth with alkaline enzymes in your saliva.
In the stomach, things become very acidic. Your stomach’s acids are working to destroy dangerous microbes in your food and starting the breakdown of proteins. The pH inside your stomach is typically 1.2 – 4.5.
In the small intestine things become alkaline again. Your pancreas and gallbladder secrete alkaline enzymes and bile to buffer the stomach’s acid and finish up digestion. The small intestine’s pH ranges from 6 to about 7.4.
Then things become acidic again inside the colon--its pH is between 5.7 – 6.7.
But your blood pH is a different animal—the ideal number here is slightly alkaline at 7.365. ALL your organs, tissues, bones, joints and cells work optimally when they are nourished by blood with a pH of 7.365.
When your blood pH dips down toward the acid range, your body can literally begin to break down.
Your cells become sluggish and wastes build up. Cellular messages aren't sent, and nutrients aren't properly used.
It's like your innards go on strike!
Eventually inflammation is triggered, which makes your body an ideal home for disease to flourish.
Consider this—research has proven that cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment, but cannot survive in an alkaline environment.
Note that even a slight dip toward acidity can have a devastating impact. A decrease of just .1 (one-tenth) in your pH number means a TEN-fold decrease in your cell activity!
Sound the alert!
Your body has two very effective defenses to control your blood pH—it can expel the excess acidity, or it can neutralize or buffer it.
Your body expels acid wastes through your skin (when you sweat), through your lungs (when you exhale) and through the bladder and bowels (when Nature calls).
But when the acid wastes accumulating inside of you become too much for your body to eliminate, then it goes to Plan B and buffers the acid with your own stores of alkaline minerals including:
- Calcium from your bones and teeth
- Potassium from your muscles and nerves
- Magnesium from your arteries and muscles
- Sodium from your joints
It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to realize what would happen to you if this continues on a regular basis.
Losing calcium day in and day out is a great way to develop osteoporosis.
Low potassium can invite high blood pressure, as well as muscle weakness.
A magnesium deficiency can cause a whole slew of problems, including irregular heartbeat, inflammation, depression and poor immune function.
And although it’s rare (due to our processed and fast food diets), sodium deficiency can cause headache, lethargy, fatigue and confusion, and eventually irritability and hallucinations.
So where do we stand?
Sadly, most people have a blood pH that is in the acid range.
Several factors can contribute to an acid blood pH--including stress, environmental toxins, immune system reactions, medication residue, lack of exercise and smoking.
In addition, your body adds to the junk pile by producing its own acid wastes as part of your normal cell metabolism.
But the leading cause of an acid pH is your DIET.
Eating predominantly acid-creating foods pulls your blood pH down toward the acid range.
What makes this worse is that when your digestion is poor (note that if you are regularly constipated, gassy or have heartburn, trust me, your digestion is poor), your body can’t eliminate acid wastes as well as it should.
On the other hand, when your diet contains enough alkaline foods, and your digestion is efficient, you help support a more alkaline pH in your blood!
When you SHOULD have an acid pH
Note that there is ONE time in your life when you should have an acid blood pH.
When you're DEAD.
That’s right. Your body automatically becomes acidic upon death so that you can decompose like Nature intended you to.
Since I would assume that you don’t want that happening any time soon, let’s talk about…
How do you get to that magic 7.365 number?
Here are 4 ways you can support a healthy blood pH:
Keep your digestion efficient
You can help keep your digestion humming by eating meals that are inherently easier for your system to tackle.
My Great Taste No Pain system shows you exactly how to do this, by teaching you how to pair together foods in your meals that your stomach can break down more efficiently. Don’t worry—it’s easy and just requires a few simple tweaks to your favorite meals.
Plus, Great Taste No Pain clearly spells out which foods are acid vs. alkaline, (so you can see exactly where you stand) and gives you a collection of delicious recipes featuring many yummy alkaline foods.
In addition, some people have difficulty producing adequate enzymes for digestion and need an enzyme boost now and then—especially the elderly, people who use antacids and people who have had gastric or gallbladder surgery.
In those cases, a complete enzyme formula like Digestizol Max is your ticket!
Digestizol Max’s full blend of 15 plant-derived enzymes can help your body tackle whatever you eat, and helps pave the way for smooth, complete, comfortable digestion.
Check your pH at regular intervals
You can get a saliva test or urine test kit at most drug stores or health food stores. The saliva test is the least accurate and urine is slightly more accurate.
Numbers you should strive for are as follows:
- Urine pH: 5--6.8
- Saliva pH: 7.0--7.4
You can also have your blood tested by a doctor--called an arterial blood gas test or ABG test. This is the most accurate measure, and the number you’re striving for is 7.365.
Drink pure water
Aim for at least eight 8 oz. glasses per day.
Avoid drinking tap water as it can contain chlorine and/or fluoride (which will add to your acid waste pile, among other things). Strive to drink filtered water.
Eat more alkaline foods
Alkaline foods include most fruits and vegetables.
Note that you can continue to enjoy "good" acid foods that have important nutrients too! Just make sure that those acid foods are counterbalanced by alkaline foods—50/50 is a good place to start, but 60/40 or 70/30 is even better.
"Good" acid foods include:
- Eggs and dairy
- Fish (wild caught and not farmed)
- Chicken and turkey
- Brown rice
What you must eliminate at all cost are processed foods, fast food and soda. These have no appreciable nutrients and do nothing but make you sick, overweight and acidic.
Now you can truly “eat like a celebrity” (and your favorite Nutritionist) and your body will thank you many times over.
To your health,