Food and health

Healing around food – acid and alkaline blood pH and Green Smoothies

I hadn’t paid as much attention to balancing acid and alkaline until I had to last year, when suffering from acid reflux and feeling unwell with health concerns.

Also for over a year I had been hearing and seeing, green smoothies. Not just from other people, the thoughts and words would pop into my head, particularly after waking from sleep. Even a friend had urged me to start them, but at the time I had many other things to think about and it stayed on the back burner.

I remember the situation came to a tipping point where I was worried about my health and the reflux had become uncomfortable. One afternoon a lovely person who came for a reading and quietly said as they were leaving that they heard my body is acidic and I needed to balance with alkaline foods, such as green smoothies with coconut water, light stir fries and a little salmon.

So I began making smoothies with the blender where I was staying. In fact, all of those months it was waiting for me on top of a Kenwood mixer and I had not known it would be an ideal smoothie maker. It worked fine for a while but the machine was very old and the daily use may have been too much. Then I found that large department stores like Kmart (Australia) have affordable smoothie makers for around $15 and now and then Aldi have them for similar price. I have used both and they work quite well to reach the very smooth texture. The place I am living now has a NutriBullet and is good as well.

In my experiences smoothies mostly taste good. I have had some that didn’t work for me and a look online brings new ideas. I love feeling the immediate good feelings of being energised and nourished and nice feelings from self-care.

Finding now that smoothies have become a habit and usually have them 5-6 days out of 7, always including a leafy green. My beliefs about green are that it’s vital for us to absorb daily and multiple times daily if possible. We have the ability to absorb energy around us, as well as what we touch and ingest. Everything is energy and we feel so good in places that are predominately nature and green. We feel green energy becoming a part of us and it feels wholesomely nurturing, nourishing, and uplifting. Grass eating animals become strong eating and living on green and although they have differently built bodies for digesting grass, we can eat leafy greens and blending them helps us to digest them in the raw state before some nutrients may be lost when heating. According to research, having some boiled or steamed plant food is beneficial as well.

If you would like to know more about blood pH balance and how to support it Dr. Ben Kim’s article is easy to read. I will also quote from a newsletter I received from him today that explains how physical movement also helps to maintain a sightly alkaline blood, which is our normal balance.

“…there are two main forces at
play that can affect the pH of our body fluids: the acid
or alkaline-forming effects of foods and liquids that we
ingest, and the acids that we generate through regular
metabolic activities.

Fortunately, the body has three major buffering mechanisms
at work at all times to prevent these forces from shifting
the pH of our blood outside of the 7.35 to 7.45 range.

So exercise itself doesn’t take blood pH out of the 7.35 to
7.45 range. But being physically active does promote healthy
blood and lymph circulation, as well as release of hormones
that keep all of our organ systems healthy; these effects
support our natural buffering systems, thereby helping to
maintain a slightly alkaline blood pH.

…[regardless of what type of activity we do] the body does not
allow any activity to take its blood pH out of a slightly
alkaline range.

The take home is this: Generally speaking, most vegetables
and fruits have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids.
Most grains, animal foods, and highly processed foods have an
acid-forming effect on your body fluids.

Your health is best served by a good mix of nutrient-dense,
alkaline and acid-forming foods; ideally, you want to eat more
alkaline-forming foods than acid-forming foods to have the net
acid and alkaline-forming effects of your diet match the slightly
alkaline pH of your blood.”

It’s interesting to read that our body is very geared to maintaining the balance of pH (normal blood is 7.4, below this is acidic and above is alkaline) and when we eat a balance of alkaline and acid foods that are slightly more alkaline, we are naturally supporting our body to maintain our wellbeing. Interestingly breathing also supports our pH balance.

Blessings x

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