On my journey on the road to health and fitness I have come across many things I didn’t know before.
Last week I stumbled along my latest find that I really was not aware of.
Through trying to Eat Clean I had inadvertently caused some new problems by not eating a balanced diet.
How can that be I thought I’m eating the right macro nutrients of carbs/protien/fats how could I be getting this wrong.
Well I was! Obviously in addition to those three essential nutrients I was also adding my fruit and vegetables but not nearly enough.
By eating too much of these and not balancing it out correctly with vegetables etc I caused my body to become too acidic and this came out in my body in the form of being overly tired headaches, shooting/ache feeling in my leg and a small mouth ulcer. At first I thought it was possible a reaction to reducing my sugar intake or lack of iron but someone highlighted to me that it was clear to see that my body was far too acidic and I needed to get it back to the right PH by eating alkaline foods.
Why is it bad for your body to be too acidic?
All of us strive for balance in our daily lives, our emotions, our habits-and yet balance can be difficult to achieve in the modern world. The same is true with the biochemical system in our bodies. Just like every other carbon based life form on the planet, the human bloodstream maintains a PH (potential hydrogen)balance. We like to be slightly alkaline, with a PH of 7-7.5 optimally.
What does this have to do, you ask, with our diet? Well, what we eat intimately effects the acid-alkaline balance in our bodies. This has been known since at least the 1930’s. Unfortunately, our modern diet, high in very acidic foods like meat, white flour, sugar, soft drinks and coffee, not to mention extremely acidic substances like prescription medications and artificial sweeteners, has changed the PH balance of most of our bodies, the results of which, many naturopaths and nutritionists believe, can be seen in higher than average amounts of cancer, chronic yeast infections, diabetes, poor digestion,depression, impaired immunity, joint pain, osteoporosis, weight gain, and even heart disease. Think about it— acid is not healthy for most living things, it tends to eat through things quickly. In our bodies acid leaches minerals from our bones and organs by reducing our inherent buffering system, it kills digestive enzymes in our small intestines, screwing up our metabolic processes, and it increases free radical growth leading to an increase in cancer cells.
Now I’m not suggesting everyone go out and purchase PH testing strips or to be really worried but it is a message to encourage you to eat a more REAL balanced diet not doing so can cause unnecessary problems which can easily be avoided . Why not check the food list below and see if the majority of your diet is in the acidic group or alkaline.