Friday, March 16, 2012

Free Friday: Keeping the body alkaline for health

Many health experts have asserted that most (if not all) diseases are caused by a state of acidity.  Human blood must remain slightly alkaline or the body will go into shock and die.  In order to sustain this pH of between 7.3 and 7.45, the body must gather alkaline minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, etc.) to maintain homeostasis.  If there is not enough reserves or if the body accumulates too much acid from poor diet, overexertion, stress or toxins, the body will draw on minerals from the bones and organs for these life-giving minerals.  This can lead to osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and a plethora of other diseases.

In order to keep this from happening and remain in a state of good health, it is important to keep the body oxygenated and mineralized.  There are several steps you can take to ensure this happens.

1.  Eat a mostly alkaline, plant-based diet.  Your mother probably told you to eat your vegetables and she was right.  Vegetables, fruits, sprouts, nuts, seeds and other plant-based foods contain alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium.  They also supply the body with life-giving water and oxygen, especially when consumed in their natural, raw state.  In addition, they help clear out acidic, toxic waste that accumulates from years of eating improperly.  By changing the way you eat, the body has enough minerals to draw on which keeps your bones and organs healthy.

2.  Do some form of exercise daily.  Even just walking helps move the lymph, provides the body with more oxygen, clears out acidic waste and relieves stress.  Cardio workouts burn fat where toxins are stored and provide extra oxygen to the blood which can help to alkalize it.  The pH has to do with oxygen molecules attached to hydrogen molecules.  The higher the pH, the more oxygen there is.

3.  Avoid acid-forming food and food stuff.  Food that depletes the body of minerals and contributes to an acidic condition in the body includes highly-processed food (sugar, white flour, processed oils, fried food, etc.), animal products, boxed and canned food, soda, and many more.  Artificial sweeteners, alcohol, stimulants like coffee, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, party drugs and other poisons heavily contribute to an acid condition and disease.  Moving toward a whole-food, plant-based diet can make a huge difference in one's health.

4.  Drink more pure, clean water.  Drinking good water every day is essential to health.  Water is important for nearly every function in the body, including removal of waste and carrying important minerals to the organs, bones and cells.  If you are dehydrated, you are contributing to an acid condition.  Put down your coffee, soda or glass of beer and drink more water.

5.  Eat mineral-rich superfoods.  Algae, sea vegetables, super berries, dark green powders and other superfoods contain alkaline minerals that support healthy blood, bones and organs.  Some of them also help to remove heavy metals and other toxins.  Find a few that you really like and eat them every day.  Your body will thank you.

6.  Take high-quality, plant-based supplements.  Most of us need a little help in getting to a state of health and alkalinity.  There are some great mineral supplements and concentrated powders that can help with this.  As there is a lot of crap out there, research the company you are using.  I recommend products by SunfoodThe Synergy Company, the raw vitamins line by Vitamin Code, and Health Force.  Also, consider taking an oxygen supplement to add more oxygen to your internal environment.

7.  Reduce the amount of stress in your life.  As I talked about in a previous blog (here), stress is a huge killer.  Read the article and apply some of the ways to reduce stress in your life.  When we are stressed, the body has to respond with chemicals that create more acid in the body.  Beware of this silent killer.

As you can see, there are a number of things we can do to alkalize the body.  For more information on the subject, refer to the book Alkalize or Die by Theodore A. Baroody.  Everything you do here contributes to your health, so do the best you can and keep moving toward a healthy state of being.  Be healthy.

Mystic Merman

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