A few years ago, I was interviewed by The Daily Mail for an article about the importance of eating alkaline.
Well, unbeknownst to me, the writer also interviewed a nutritionist who was quoted in the piece saying that the nothing you do can change the alkalinity of your blood, so it doesn’t matter what you eat, and there’s no point to eat alkaline
That nutritionist is not alone. I just ran across another article recently written by a doctor to the same effect.
I get questions all the time from my patients along the same lines. If the pH of my blood is constant and always tightly regulated at 7.4, why do I have to eat and drink alkaline?
It really is a fantastic question and it’s one thing for a layman to need clarity on this, but completely different for a nutritionist or doctor who SHOULD know better.
These medical professionals missed the boat.
The purpose of eating alkaline foods and drinking alkaline water is NOT to make you more alkaline, or to try and raise the pH of your blood!
The whole purpose of GETTING OFF YOUR ACID and eating alkaline is to prevent your body from having to do all the regulating.
And this is where these nutritionists and experts get it wrong.
Just as your body needs to tightly regulate its temperature at 98.6, and it will do anything to maintain that - the same goes for your blood pH of 7.4.
Right now it’s 28 degrees F in NYC (ouch!). Let me ask you a question…If you were to stand on an iceberg wearing a t-shirt and shorts, what will happen?
Well, if you stand there long enough, you will die. But before that happens, your body acts, and will start to shiver, expending massive amounts of energy to generate enough heat to maintain that body temperature.
Next, your body will start to move all the blood from the arms and legs to the vital organs to keep you alive. That’s right - your body will sacrifice its big toe to keep you alive, but you’d better get out of the cold!
It’s no different with the pH of your blood. It works like a thermostat, just like your temperature does. When you are pumping your body with acidic and inflammatory foods, or if you are over-stressed, your body will begin to self-regulate.
Your body requires minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium bicarbonate) to mop up all the acids in the blood, but here is where the problem lies - if you’re not getting enough minerals into your body via your diet, your body will find another way, because it HAS to.
Here’s why – because acids and toxins will make your blood more acidic, and if your blood pH were to deviate by more than 1 point south, you would die! Your body, the innately intelligent machine that it is, will use every measure possible to prevent that from happening. I call this “robbing Peter to pay Paul” – in other words, to keep your blood pH tightly regulated at 7.4, your body will take minerals from anywhere in the body before it lets the blood become too acidic, and the first place it goes is your mouth. The saliva in your mouth has a small amount of alkaline minerals to act as a buffer. After extracting what it can from saliva, it moves on to urine (this is why measuring your urine and saliva pH is a good way to track how you’re doing, because unlike your blood pH, the pH of urine and saliva WILL fluctuate based on your current lifestyle choices you are making), then muscles, and finally, to your body’s greatest mineral bank, the bones.
And we wonder why 62 million Americans are at risk for osteoporosis or already have it, even though we consume so much acidic dairy!
If you are osteopenic, or osteoperotic, you have to understand it is not because of a calcium deficiency, it is an ACID problem! Your body is so acidic and toxic, and is literally PULLING calcium from your bones to neutralize all that acid. So what is the solution – GET OFF YOUR ACID, and start implementing my Top 7 Steps to GET OFF YOUR ACID, in my new book, GET OFF YOUR ACID. In addition, start taking our alkaline superfood powders EVERY day, the Alkamind Daily Greens and Daily Minerals.
Research Backs the Alkaline Diet
I want to point out that this is not just me saying this.
The National Institutes of Health’s Journal of Environmental and Public Health published research supporting the alkaline diet. “There may be some value in considering an alkaline diet in reducing morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases and further studies are warranted in this area of medicine,” wrote University of Alberta researcher Gerry K. Schwalfenberg.
The research article goes on to detail the change in human diets over the past 10,000 and even just 200 years and the effect it has had on the pH of humans and “net acid load” of the human diet with less potassium and magnesium and more sugar, salt, and unhealthy saturated fats.
It’s a dense read, but here are a few important takeaways:
- Eating an alkaline diet preserved muscle mass in older adults, according to one study.
- In cases of acute acidosis, supplementing with sodium bicarbonate prior to exhaustive exercise resulted in significantly less acidosis in the blood than for people who did not supplement with sodium bicarbonate.
- For postmenopausal women, eating foods with plenty of potassium bicarbonate (aka. alkaline foods) resulted in significant increases in the hormones responsible for reducing cardiovascular risk factors, improving body composition, improving overall quality of life, and even improving memory and cognition.
- Research indicates that supplementing with alkaline minerals reduces back pain for chronic sufferers.
- Increasing pH boosts the effectiveness of some chemotherapy treatments for people with cancer according to research.
- There’s evidence to suggest that eating an alkaline diet benefits bone health, “as well as mitigate other chronic diseases such as hypertension and strokes.”
Researchers concluded that, “it would be prudent to consider an alkaline diet to reduce morbidity and mortality of chronic disease that are plaguing our aging population.”
Whether or not public health officials put more research and impact behind the alkaline diet (and I would love it if they did!), YOU can take action to neutralize acid. For example, let’s say you NEVER cleaned the filter in your air conditioner, think about how hard that unit would have to work, and how much energy OUTPUT it would need to keep your room cool on a hot summer day?
Now, you can keep on struggling, trying to keep up, doing this exercise, or that fad diet, but do you now understand WHY you are still tired, and why you may not be able to lose the weight. You need to clean out the filter, and that’s what the minerals do. They prevent the body from having to work so hard by doing all of the regulating on it’s own. In other words, clean out the filter, and that AC Unit will work well once again. But if you let it go to long, eventually, the unit will fall apart! Everything has it’s limitations of matter, and that is what chronic disease is! It is the 5th stage of acidosis. That results from 2 things – TOXIC build-up in the body, and mineral DEFICIENCY over time!
Take a look at this video that SHOWS you (I feel like Mr. Wizard, remember him!):
- WHY it’s not about drinking alkaline water
- What the number one most acidic habit is to your body
- What the single-most important thing you can do every day to get rid of toxins and acids (and that takes less than 30 seconds)
How? By eating a diet rich in alkaline vegetables instead of acidic sugary foods, processed carbs, meat, and dairy products.
You can also load up on minerals – high-quality, well balanced potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium bicarbonate – found in Alkamind Daily Minerals.
Your body will thank you for the minerals it craves with a good night’s rest, better focus, and less stress.
HOW ACIDIC & INFLAMED ARE YOU???
We live in a TOXIC world, whether it’s from Dietary Acids, Metabolic, Chemicals, Environmental, or Stress, the body is bombarded with ACIDS on a daily basis. In fact, the average person is confronted with 80,000 toxic chemicals every year! And these toxins leak into our bloodstream, which triggers the 5 stages of acidosis!
There is nothing more important than body and blood pH - find out where you stand!