Alkaline vs. Acid in the Body and Gut
Alkaline vs. Acid
I’ve seen discussions online about acidity vs. alkalinity in the body. This is a very important issue, and it’s clear that many people are very confused. I’ll admit, it took me a while to understand this too!
For a little background on why we need good, strong stomach acid, read my article, REFLUX IS NOT CAUSED BY TOO MUCH STOMACH ACID.
So, we need good, strong stomach acid, but the rest of the body thrives in an alkaline environment (pH of 6.8-7.2).
We can have both things at the same time!
Because the body is ideally protected from the environment in the gut by a strong, semi permeable barrier.
And the same foods that make the gut more acidic typically also make the rest of the body more alkaline after digestion! So handy!
Why do we need an alkaline environment in the body, outside of the gut?
For proper function, the blood must retain a pH between 7.25 and 7.45. If it goes out of that range, the body will not function properly. But the pH in the rest of the body will shift depending on what we consume and what stressors we are dealing with (physical and mental / emotional).
So, we want to keep the rest of the body (outside of the gut) at a pretty alkaline level, between 6.8 and 7.2, so the blood doesn’t have to steal from the bones to retain its pH.
An acidic body will use a ton of energy to keep the blood pH in the right range, stealing minerals from the body’s reserves (mostly in the bones).
This can be very detrimental to one’s health and cause mineral deficiencies and health problems such as:
An alkaline body, on the other hand, is oxygenated and able to detoxify and heal itself. Cells that are energized like this can have a strong immunity to dis-ease and a much lower chance of developing cancer.
Think of the gut as being OUTSIDE of the body
Your gut pH should be VERY ACIDIC. High acidity in the gut allows for optimal digestion and encourages defense against foreign invaders like Candida, viruses, and parasites.
I want you to consider your gut as being outside of your body. It starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. It contains acid, enzymes, and bacteria that digest our food and allow nourishment into our cells through a semi porous barrier. Those enzymes, acid, and bacteria also protect us against foreign invaders. So, we need good, strong acid to kill foreign invaders and digest proteins and fiber.
Please don’t confuse this with our need to have an alkaline environment in the rest of our body. We need both environments for optimal health. And we need a good, solid barrier between them.
Optimal Gut pH and optimal pH in the rest of the body are two different things!
So, we want to keep the gut very acidic (good for digestion, killing pathogens like Candida, etc.) and the body nice and alkaline (good for blood pH, optimal cell function, etc. and bad for Candida).
Alkaline Producing Foods
Eating alkaline producing foods helps with both of those goals. It produces an alkaline environment in the body and feeds beneficial bacteria in the gut, which makes the gut more acidic.
View these things as upgrades, not limits! Small changes can have a huge effect on your health and your ability to detox!
Lifestyle Upgrades to Alkalize your body’s pH
Start using apple cider vinegar instead of any other vinegar. It’s alkalizing to the body rather than acid forming.
Use more lime and lemon in your water and cooking. Both are alkalizing, but lime is even more so!
Switch to brown rice instead of white
Sprinkle dulce or kelp flakes on your salad. Sea vegetables are VERY alkalizing.
Add garlic whenever you can. It works in lots of dishes and it tastes so good!
EAT MORE LEAFY GREENS! Try to make sure you incorporate greens into each and every meal, or almost every meal. When this becomes a habit, you will gain momentum towards a more-healthy pH balance. Green juices and smoothies can make this way easier for you!
Turn your coffee in and replace it with green tea.
Drink alkaline water with THESE TRACE MINERAL DROPS
Reduce stress (easier said than done, but I encourage you to try)
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