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Maintain its acid-base balance

  • Date : 21 Apr 2016

Acid-base balance of the body is essential to occur chemical reactions necessary for survival. Blood pH, a measure of hydrogen ion concentration must absolutely remain stable, hovering around 7.4.

Several food and the stress of everyday life represent causes acidification of the body. To compensate, the kidneys filter uric acid in the blood and lungs expire carbon dioxide. There are also three chemical mechanisms to remove the body of the acid, called buffer systems.

It means to have a problem of acidity?

Suffer from acidity means that the body suffers the efforts to stabilize the pH, which is not to say that the blood pH becomes particularly acid. When hardly fight against acidification, the body uses its reserves in alkalizing minerals to buffer acidity. Its vital functions and structures will eventually be affected by demineralization, especially the nervous system, nails, hair and bones.

Consequences of acidification

Slower metabolism
Aggravation of skin problems
Worsening inflammation
Exhaustion of the nervous system
Proliferation of bacteria and fungi
Disruption of intestinal flora
Degeneration of nails, hair and bones
muscle tension
Keep the acid-base balance through diet

The key to guard acidity through diet is a food rich in alkalizing minerals. The pH of a food is not always a good indicator, but rather its mineral content which indicates its impact on the acid-base balance. Testifies eloquently example lemon, an alkalizing fruit although at very acidic pH, thanks to its richness in minerals.

The documentation on the acid-base balance abounds in apparent contradiction and confusion because the classification of alkalizing and acidifying foods based on comparisons between foods and therefore remains relative. Furthermore, this classification is a delicate since a normal diet should consist of two food categories.

In general, fruits, vegetables, herbs and seeds are considered the most alkalizing foods as sugar, cereals, dairy, meat and legumes are among the most acidifying food groups. So it is simply to moderate the consumption of foods considered more acidifying respect of each food group and influence the diet in favor of more alkalizing foods.

Some suggestions of foods to promote

Fruits: Bananas, apples, pears, peaches, dates and other sweet fruits that are less acidifying fruits taste like cranberries course, kiwis and citrus fruit, except lemons. Fruit juices are often too concentrated in sugar and should be eaten sparingly.

Vegetables: Of all the foods, only hardwood or colorful vegetables are truly alkalizing. Broccoli, spinach, kale, sprouts, beans are among the best examples. However, attention to asparagus, watercress, tomatoes, leeks, onions and Brussels sprouts.

Nuts and seeds: Seeds are generally more alkalizing as nuts, including the less acidifying is by far the kernel, followed by Brazil nuts and coconut. However, avoid peanuts. Germinated nuts growing in minerals and thus alkalizing potential.

Cereals: Given the pervasiveness of refined flour in processed foods, choose foods prepared with grains and wholemeal flours, therefore rich in minerals, will make a big difference to your acid-base balance.

Meats and legumes: It is sometimes said that proteins are acidifying. It is true that the production of energy by the body from proteins produced much uric acid. The nuance is that proteins become a particularly important source of acidity that when they constitute a large proportion of our energy sources daily, beyond one gram per kilogram of body weight. Note that the proteins of meat contain more sulfur than plant proteins, which make a higher sulfuric acid source.

Dairy Products: Eat them in moderation if you tend to suffer from acidity. Yogurt and hard cheeses, especially those who are older, are among the most acidifying foods. The whey is more alkalizing, by comparison.

Sugars: Sugars are among the most acidifying foods, because some of the carbohydrates will be turned into lactic acid in the body. As for refined sugars, they are one of the worst sources of acidity! Shun them like the plague and treat yourself rather unrefined sugars such as organic cane sugar, maple syrup or blackstrap molasses. Was there another reason to soft drinks shelved?

Infusions: Some plants are richer in minerals, such as oats, nettle, red clover or horsetail. Prepared as a tea, they can be a significant supply of minerals and advantageously replace the tea or coffee. Stimulants beverages are indeed a source of stress for the nervous system and also they are highly diuretic, which promotes the excretion of minerals. Infusions of purifying and tonic herbs kidneys can also help the body to remove acids, such as elderflower, dandelion and nettle.

The key role of breathing

Our way of breathing is closely related to our psychological state and this has a major impact on our acid-base balance. Do not underestimate the impact of a few deep breaths on your acidity, which can be deflected downward in moments of relaxation. This is why a proper sleep is also crucial, since a long period of rest combined with regular and deep breathing.

Simplicity, efficiency pledge

Just often a few simple good habits to maintain its acid-base balance. A healthy diet will be widely beneficial: eat more fruits and dark leafy vegetables, avoid sugars and refined grains, excess stimulants, protein or alcohol. Just have to breathe through your nose and take life with a grain of salt and voila!


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Jonathan Leger Raymond

Ayurvedic therapist and certified herbalist, Jonathan Raymond Léger is spokesman for the Guild of Herbalists Quebec and specializes in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. He is also co-founder of Ayurveda Space Centre in Montreal.

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