Your blood PH is naturally around 7-7.4, as it is neutral-alkaline. Your body will constantly work to return to this equilibrium.
What you fuel yourself with can have effect on your bodies PH level. A diet heavy in dairy, highly caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and meat can cause a heavy acid buildup in the body. This allows diseases to begin and thrive. This is also where inflammation can begin running rampant throughout the body. This can be balanced by eating alkaline foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Ever wonder why lemon water is so popular and energizes you? Lemons are one of the most alkaline things you can put in your body (10 PH!). This is why many people who eat a heavily acidic diet report much more energy from lemon water than their cup of 5 PH coffee.
By making your body more neutral, you are able to prevent diseases from forming, reduce inflammation, clear skin, improve energy and digestion, and maintain a healthy weight. To achieve a more neutral diet, the best thing to do is experiment! Try out different foods that are in the 8-10 PH level and take note of the ones you like. It is important to make the bulk of your diet focused around these foods.
An emphasis on dark leafy greens is the easiest way to make your diet more alkaline if you are eating a more acidic diet.
You can get more greens by enjoying a green juice as your midday pick-me-up instead of that coffee and by adding them to smoothies. You can also try eating a salad made of mostly greens every day (baby greens are easiest to chew).
As stated earlier, the body is neutral, so it is important to balance it with some foods on the more acidic end, such as beans and legumes, grains, and fermented foods. Animal products and byproducts can be a part of a healthy diet when kept to a minimum. If you eat meat, lean meats such as turkey, chicken, and fish are your best options. Keep these products to a palm size portion (3 oz) and fill the rest of your plate with alkaline vegetables to balance the acidity.
Ideas to start leading a healthier lifestyle:
Lemon water first thing in morning (drink half your weight in ounces every day!)
Fruits for breakfast or snacks
Keep a veggie tray in the fridge
Keep nuts and seeds in your bag while travelling
Surround yourself with healthy options
Don’t like greens? Put Chlorophyll in your water
One salad a day
Keep coffee to one cup, then switch to green tea
Chlorophyll is essentially plant blood and gives plants the deep green pigmentation.
Benefits include helping fight cancer, improving liver detoxification, speeding up wound healing, improving digestion and weight control, and protecting skin health (This goes for all green vegetables, too!)
The purpose of chlorophyll is to help plants get energy from light.
Hemoglobin and Chlorophyll have similar structures. The main difference is that hemoglobin is built around iron (Fe), whereas chlorophyll is built around magnesium, (Mg). Chlorophyll helps to build hemoglobin. This will in turn increase red blood cell count, improve circulation and cleansing of the body, as well as increasing the transportation of oxygen throughout the body.
The magnesium in chlorophyll is also utilized for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heart beat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein.
Greens are very important!
Another beneficial tip as you work towards optimal nutrition is to keep a food journal, and be sure to list ingredients along with portion sizes. This can help you to see where imbalances lie and where some changes can be made.
Nutrition is meant to be fun! It will offer no benefit to stress over it. As long as you are fueling your body with whole foods and eating a wide range of nutrients, you should be just fine.