IS YOUR BODY IN BALANCE?

pH Balance Your Diet For Optimal Fitness

By Kirsty Dunne

Our busy lives can result in a body out of balance, which may affect your energy levels, digestion, metabolism, weight loss, performance, mental clarity and overall health. Stress, travel toxins, medications, over-training, supplements or a lack of exercise, combined with a diet lacking the nutrients your body needs, will throw off your pH balance.

WHAT IS PH?

The balance of acid and alkaline within the body is referred to as pH and is measured on a scale ranging from pH 1 (the most acidic) to pH 14 (the most alkaline). If the body’s pH drops, our body has become too acidic with refined and processed foods, which will negatively effect health, metabolism, energy and performance at the cellular level. Your body is able to assimilate minerals and nutrients properly only when its pH is balanced.

A neutral or good pH balance is 7.35; (green and blue) maintaining this balance is vital.

PH AND EXERCISE

How many times have you been gung-ho to start a new workout routine only to feel like you’ve been hit by a ton of bricks on day two? Something as simple as walking down the stairs can feel like torture. Most of us have; “been there, done that.”  Does this mean you had a great workout? If your pH is imbalanced, not exactly…

Lactic acid results in a change in your blood’s pH during exercise; these changes are largely caused by the increasing need for energy. When you exercise, your cells kick into high gear, making energy to fuel your movements. The two main pathways through which this occurs are aerobic and anaerobic metabolism. Aerobic metabolism is the pathway of energy production that uses oxygen.

AEROBIC

70-80% of maximum heart rate, activities such as: jogging, marathons, speed walking

ANAEROBIC

80-90% of maximum heart rate, activities such as: sprinting, explosive weight training, plyometrics. Anaerobic metabolism produces energy without oxygen. Both systems produce a by-product that is capable of decreasing the pH of your blood.

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD,  MANAGING THE “BURN”

Muscle burn is largely the result of lactic acid, which indicates hydrogen ion buildup in the system.  Acid concentration increases when the body, during exercise, exceeds what is called the “lactate threshold,” the point at which the body can no longer flush or neutralise acid wastes as fast as they are being produced. When one reaches the lactate threshold for a sustained time, acid accumulates in the muscles and can lead to cramping, which severely compromises training performance. Lactic acid is not, in and of itself, the cause of acidosis. However, elevated levels of lactic acid in the system are an indicator of lactic pH imbalance.

PH TESTING, HOW IS IT DONE?

You can test your body’s pH with pH strips; it’s simple, cheap and effective. It can also be done in the privacy of your home!  For most effective results, testing pH with urine compared to saliva provides a more accurate reading.

PREVENTING AN IMBALANCE

So, how can we protect ourselves from a pH imbalance? A healthy diet is the best place to start. Cutting back on acid-producing foods and beverages such as animal protein, coffee and wine, can help. To maintain a healthy pH balance, many natural medicine practitioners recommend a diet comprised of anywhere from a 60/40 to as much as an 80/20 ratio in favor of alkalizing foods over acid-producing foods.

juicing! CLEANSE TO RESTORE YOUR BODY’S PH!

I always recommend a  juice cleanse, even if  you are working out and eating clean!

A cleanse will begin to restore your bodies pH reducing the affects of metabolic acidosis resulting from acidity of daily toxins from foods with preservatives, processed foods, exercise and the daily toxic environment we are exposed to. A cleanse will allow your body to take a break from digesting foods. This will infuse your body with natural enzymes and nutrients at a faster rate, in order to rid of impurities and undigested toxic waste! Sometimes the body can hold onto 6-9kgs of undigested toxins!

HOW LONG DOES A CLEANSE LAST?

You don’t need to go to extremes and can ease your body into a gentle and nourishing cleanse, ranging from 1-3 days. A break from digestion of solid foods allows the body to rest and infuse with alkalizing therapeutic properties from the juices! You will feel your energy soar!

WHEN TO CLEANSE?

While I recommend doing this seasonally, a light short cleanse can be performed monthly. Over time, you will know what your body needs. Until this time, here are a few helpful tips to help you determine when is a good time to cleanse.

•    Feel sluggish

•    Low Energy

•    Digestive issues

•    Bloating

•    Weight gain

•    Muscle mass decrease

•    Decline in performance

•    Taking supplements

•    Can’t seem to focus

•    Becoming sick often

•    Exposed to toxins

•    Prior to a new workout program

•    If a beginner to exercise

•    Prior to starting a new diet

•    After the holidays

•    Before and after sporting events

DISEASE CAN’T EXIST IN AN ALKALIZED BODY!

A cleanse should be routine maintenance to reset your and restore your bodies pH balance and overall health!

Just remember to prepare yourself before a cleanse. Ease in to your cleanse by including easy to digest foods such as fruits and veggies into your diet for the days leading up to it. This will allow for a gentle transition. Your body will thank you for a much more successful cleansing experience! Always research what you are consuming, if it’s fresh, organic and has a short shelf life, it’s probably good for you!

Alfalfa

Asparagus

Barley Grass

Beets

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Cabbage

Capsicum

Carrot

Cauliflower

Celery

Chard

Chlorella

All Berries

Apple

Apricot

Avocado

Banana (high glycemic)

Cherries

Currants

Dates/Figs

Grapefruit

Grapes

Honeydew Melon

ALKALINE FOODS

Vegetables

Fruits

Collard Greens

Cucumber

Dandelions

Dulce

Edible Flowers

Eggplant

Fermented Veggies

Garlic

Kale

Kohlrabi

Lettuce

Mushrooms

Mustard Greens

Nightshade Veggies

Onions

Parsnips (high glycemic)

Peas

Pumpkin

Rutabaga

Sea Veggies

Spirulina

Sprouts

Squashes

Watercress

Wheat Grass

Wild Greens

Lemon

Lime

Nectarine

Orange

Peach

Pear

Pineapple

Rockmelon

Tangerine

Tomato

Tropical Fruits

Watermelon

Protein

Eggs (poached)

Whey Protein Powder

Cottage Cheese

Chicken Breast

Yoghurt

Almonds

Chestnuts

Tofu (fermented)

Flax Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Tempeh (fermented)

Squash Seeds

Flax Seeds

Millet

Nuts

Sprouted Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Other

ACIDIC FOODS

Alkaline Antioxidant Water

Apple Cider Vinegar

Banchi Tea

Bee Pollen

Dandelion Tea

Daikon

Dandelion Root

Kombu

Maitake

Nori

Reishi

Sea Veggies

Shitake

Umeboshi

Wakame

All Herbs

Chilli Pepper

Cinnamon

Curry

Ginger

Miso

Mustard

Sea Salt

Tamari

Stevia

Ki Sweet

Oriental

Vegetables

Fats & Oils

Grains

Animal Protein

Spices/

Seasonings

Sweeteners

Fresh Fruit Juice

Ginseng Tea

Green Juices

Green Tea

Herbal Tea

Kombucha

Lecithin Granules

Mineral Water

Organic Milk (unpasteurized)

Probiotic Cultures

Veggies Juices

Beef

Carp

Clams

Fish

Lamb

Lobster

Mussels/Oyster

Pork

Rabbit

Salmon

Shrimp

Scallops

Tuna

Turkey

Venison

Amaranth

Barley

Buckwheat

Corn

Hemp Seed Flour

Kamut

Oats (rolled)

Quinoa

Rice (all)

Rice Cakes

Rye

Spelt

Wheat

Wheat Cakes

Avocado Oil

Canola Oil

Corn Oil

Flax Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Lard

Olive Oil

Safflower Oil

Sesame Oil

Sunflower Oil

Fruits

Cranberries

Dairy

Nuts & Butters

Drugs & Chemicals

Butter

Cheese, Cow

Cheese, Goat

Cheese, Processed

Cheese, Sheep

Milk

Brazil Nuts

Cashews

Peanut Butter

Peanuts

Pecans

Tahini

Walnuts

Aspartame

Chemicals

Drugs, Medicinal

Drugs, Psychedelic

Herbicides

Pesticides

Beans & Legumes

Pasta (White)

Other

Almond Milk

Black Beans

Chick Peas

Green Peas

Kidney Beans

Lentils

Lima Beans

Pinto Beans

Red Beans

Rice Milk

Soy Beans

Soy Milk

White Beans

Macaroni

Noodles

Spaghetti

Alcohol

Beer

Hard Liquor

Spirits

Wine

Distilled Vinegar

Potatoes

Wheat Germ

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