The balancing act: achieving alkalinity

If you’re an acrobat or yoga connoisseur then you probably know balance is the key to life. Now, if you’re neither of those, let’s consider this thought.  

Our bodies are powerhouses, helping us non-stop to accomplish every simple and stressing function. So, it’s important to keep our bodies healthy and balance our pH levels.

Above is a pH scale showing the levels of common solutions.

In chemistry, pH levels of solutions range from acidic to alkaline (basic) on a number scale, zero to fourteen. (Hello, middle school science lab.) The optimal level for our blood around seven to eight.

So, you’re probably wondering – what is the significance of all of this?

Our bodies naturally lean towards alkaline on the pH scale for optimal health, as opposed to naturally being acidic. With that being said, most of the foods comprised in our diets contain foods very high in acidic levels.

This includes dairy products, fish, grains, and most notoriously, processed and fast foods. Yes, I’m talking about the Big Macs and that cookie dough flavored Ben and Jerry’s.

When we eat these foods, our bodies have to find ways of balancing our blood’s pH level. It looks for alkaline dense minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and iron. With the absence of these influential minerals, our body looks to our organs and bones and extracts them to put them into our bloodstream.

The problem with this though, is that it diminishes the strength of our immune system. And, let’s be honest – we don’t have time for a party of one, stuck in bed with Netflix, chicken noodle soup and our bed is calling our name.  

The weakening of our immune system makes us super susceptible to diseases, viruses, common illnesses, and most unfortunately, exhaustion and sleepiness. With that being said, alkaline diets (no, not an actual diet, just alkaline rich foods) can immensely boost energy rates.

So, roughly 60% of your food intake should be at alkaline levels, in order to find the right balance for a stable and healthy body!

Ps.  Check out Trader Joe’s Alkaline Water (with Electrolytes-9.5 pH balance)

If you’re wondering which foods to  incorporate into your daily diet, check out this list of some (but not all)of some amazing things to try :

Photo by Netanya Walton
Photo by Netanya Walton

Use Lemons. Lemons are special because they’re anionic. So adding lemons to water reacts helps the body react with these properties, which makes the water more alkaline as your body digests it. Maybe even try adding cucumbers or mint leaves for flavor!

Almonds + Almond Milk. One of the healthiest foods to eat in general, almonds also aid in lowering cholesterol levels and help with fat loss. Since regular milk is considered acidic, try eating your favorite cereals with almond milk.

Basil. Rich in Vitamin A & K, basil can be added to your favorite plate of pasta! Adding herbs to regular everyday meals can actually provide many benefits, one of them being to level off with the acidic foods normally eaten in a typical diet.

Chia Seeds. Considered one of the top superfoods, Chia seeds contain high protein levels and provide a compact nutritional punch, containing iron, calcium, and vitamins. Sprinkle this over your oatmeal in the mornings, or blending into a smoothie is one of the few ways you can help alkalize your meal.

Ginger. As well as its detoxifying properties, ginger is a great herb that contains potassium that also helps fight nausea. I personally, like to make ginger tea at home, but when using ginger, always use the fresh ginger root, not powdered ginger.