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Freedom From Acidity
Many foods you may consume regularly will be having a negative effect on your body’s pH balance. Our body secretes or maintains many different kinds of fluids and their pH factors are different. The most important of these fluids is blood, which has to be slightly alkaline all the time.
What is pH
The scale by which we measure the acidity or alkalinity of a substance is called the pH (potential hydrogen) scale. It relates to the concentration of acidic hydrogen ions in the substance being tested. This scale ranges from 0 to 14 with 0 being extremely acid and 14 very alkaline. A pH of 7 is considered neutral. Ideally you want to keep enough alkaline forming elements in your body fluid to maintain an alkalinity level of pH 7.4.
The Dangers of most Western Diets
Most western diets nowadays promote a very acidic environment in the body. The mass consumption of meat, grains, sugars and processed foods causes the body to become overly acidic, which strips it of minerals. It is often said that one of the causes of cancer and other degenerative diseases is the cumulative effect of the acidic condition of body fluid.
Some of the Health Problems Associated with body acidity
Cancer – Studies have shown that in the test tube, cancer cells and tumors thrive and grow in a more acidic environment.
Loss of muscle mass
Frequent colds and nasal congestion
Signs of premature aging
What is an Alkaline Diet?
Many people become confused in regards to alkaline and acid diets because they think that it refers to the actual pH level of the food itself. However there are 2 types of acid and alkaline foods. One is acid or alkaline foods; the other is acid or alkaline forming foods. So for instance lemons and limes are very acidic in their natural form, and yet after they have been metabolised in the body it will cause the blood to become alkaline and so they are alkaline forming. So in nutrition terms you want to aim to eat plenty of alkaline forming foods.
An alkaline diet usually involves eating minimal amounts of meats, dairy products, white flour and white sugar, because these foods have a very acidic reaction on the body’s pH level. Instead, the diet usually focuses heavily on vegetables, superfoods (such as wheatgrass, barleygrass, chlorella and spirulina), some fruits and nuts, seeds and pulses. These all leave an alkaline ash within the body.
Examples of Alkaline Foods:
Vegetables: fresh herbs, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, courgette, cucumber, carrot, garlic, ginger, pepper, green beans, kale, lettuce, leeks, onion, peas, pumpkin, spinach, turnip, watercress,
Fruits: avocado, coconut, grapefruit, lemon, lime, tomato
Seeds, Nuts & Grains: almonds, any sprouted seed, buckwheat groats, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, spelt, millet, quinoa
Pulses: chick peas, lentils
Oils: flax, hemp, avocado, olive, coconut
Drinks: almond milk, fresh vegetable juice, herbal teas, lemon water, non-sweetened soy milk, vegetable broth, filtered water
Juices & Smoothies
Himalayan Rock Salt
This salt contains over 40 minerals which assist in promoting a healthy pH balance in the cells.
Calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, silicon, iron, manganese
High Alkaline Emotions and Activities
Peace, gratitude, forgiveness, love, joy, laughter
Meat, cheese, processed foods, sugar, table salt (use sea salt or Himalayan rock salt instead as the minerals help to alkalising the body), alcohol.
Phosphorus, chlorine, iodine, nitrogen, sulphur
High acidic emotions and activities
STRESS!, anger, jealousy, fear, hate, lack of rest and sleep, drug use, smoking, radiation exposure – e.g. mobile phones, television, computer
Stress is particularly acid forming so try to incorporate practices such as walking in nature, yoga, qi gong, tai chi and meditation into your daily routine. Check out Chiray’s beautiful range of relaxation CD’s created by experienced yoga instructor Manjula Coté.
Track Your Ideal pH
Health improvements will give you a good indication that you are becoming more alkaline; however it is also beneficial to regularly check your pH, especially when first working toward the ideal body pH. A simple way of doing this is using pH strips, which you can purchase via our shop. These strips are dipped in a urine or saliva sample and use color to indicate pH levels. As you become more in tune to these changes, you should be able to detect when your body is in balance without the strips.
Chiray Health Programme
The recipes in the Chiray Health & Weight Loss Programme have been devised to promote an alkaline environment. So if you would like to follow a more structured programme this is a great place to start. Once you subscribe you will receive on-going on-line support to help to stay on track.
Alka-Lize – this offers a gentle way to help restore the body’s tissue pH to a healthy level. We recommend supplementing with this until your body pH has stabilised at about pH7.4
Chiray Alkalising Pack
This can be purchased from our website and contains everything you need to start rebalancing your pH. The pack includes – Supergreens, Barley Grass Powder, Liquid Chlorophyll, Himalayan Rock Salt, Alka-Lize and pH Strips.
There are so many benefits of eating a high alkaline diet. Eating to support a healthy alkaline body balance will help you lose weight, prevent disease, and support great overall health.
For more information or to order your Alkalising Pack, please contact us via our website – www.chiray.co.uk