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ARE YOU ALKALINE OR ACIDIC AND DOES IT MATTER?

In 1931 Dr. Otto Warburg from Germany won the Nobel Prize.  His claim to fame?  He discovered a cure for cancer.  Dr. Warburg ascertained that cells in the body that were low in oxygen and highly acidic supported the development of cancer and other diseases.

What does this mean?  Our modern diets have created environments that support diseases and they are growing by leaps and bounds.  We are hurting ourselves with the foods we eat and lifestyles that we maintain.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE ACIDIC OR ALKALINE?

The easiest way to test your body’s pH level is with those wonderful little strips that you used in chemistry class in high school.  These are available at a pharmacy or health food store.  A urinary test is the most accurate and the level should be between 7.2 – 7.8.  You can check your strip against the colour code on the package.

SYMPTOMS OF BEING TOO ACIDIC

Muscle cramps

Muscle twitches

Constipation

Frequent urination

Brain fog

Poor brain function

Reduced endurance for exercise

Swelling and bloating

Salt cravings

Difficulty holding breath

Rapid, shallow breathing

Poor sleep

HOW TO BECOME MORE ALKALINE

The only way to change your pH level is to change your diet.  Diets high in sugars, simple starches, junk food, sodas, alcohol, too much meat, and dairy foods all promote an acidic system.

Most fruit and vegetables are naturally alkaline.  However, avoid pomegranates, pineapples and raspberries and avoid vegetables that are pickled or frozen.

Get rid of tortillas, sourdough, white bread, whole grains and brown rice. Most grains fall into the acid scale.

Most condiments like ketchup, miso, mayonnaise and mustard are highly acidic.  Also steer clear of canned vegetables, canned tuna and peanut butter (even the organic kind).

Beans and seeds are good.  Soy, navy and lima beans are all highly alkaline, while caraway, cumin, fennel and sesame seeds are also good at raising pH levels.

Sugar alternatives like honey, xylitol and beet sugar are all acidic but stevia is alkaline.

Reduce alcohol and dairy.  Your wine and cheese habit isn’t doing your pH any favours.

CERTAIN DISEASES CAN HINDER YOUR ALKALINE LEVELS

Health conditions such as asthma or anemia can prevent you from being alkaline enough. Stable blood sugar levels are also necessary.  A diet high in carbohydrates and sugars will promote acidity, as well having low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or high blood sugar (insulin resistance).  Do not skip meals or overeat and eat regularly enough to prevent your energy from crashing.

Too much acidity plays a role in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain and inflammation, autoimmune disease, and other chronic conditions.