The all-important balance of acid and alkaline within your body is termed pH. It is measured on a scale from pH 1 [most acidic] to pH 14 [most alkaline] with 7.35 being an ideal and vital level for health.
Optimal health and peak endurance sports performance rely on maintaining a balanced pH level in your body.
Diet has the most profound effect on your pH balance with stress also an influence. It is impossible to be healthy and consistently flirt with acidosis. Low-grade metabolic acidosis is caused when acid-forming, nutrient-deficient foods are regularly ingested.
The typical diet in North America includes daily consumption of acid-forming foods which creates low-grade metabolic acidosis.
Acidity is categorized as a stressor which elevates cortisol levels, impairs sleep patterns, disrupts immune system function, and so forth. Over-consumption of acid-forming foods is directly linked to obesity – one of North America’s largest health issues – among a sharp rise in several other serious ailments.
Your remarkable body has internal buffers capable of mitigating pH variances – to a point. Prolonged energy production to combat consistent acid-forming food intake will eventually stress your immune system’s ability to thwart the influx of chronic and degenerative diseases.
Low-grade metabolic acidosis is responsible for an increase in oxidative stress and a significant decrease in cellular energy. A drop in pH balance produces an environment in which bacteria and viruses proliferate and opens the door for a plethora of diseases to infiltrate your body’s quest for homeostasis.
Find below a few of the issues linked to acidosis:
~Loss of bone mass;
~Growth hormone levels reduced;
~Lean muscle mass loss;
~Increased body fat;
Modern dietary patterns are predominated by acid-forming foods which trigger a stress response from your body. The degree of alkalinity in the mouth and intestines and the degree of acidity of the stomach are directly linked to the nature of the foods we consume.
There is a difference between acidic foods and acid-forming foods. Citrus fruits, balsamic and apple cider vinegars, for example, are by nature acidic yet have a highly alkaline-forming effect once digested.
The intake of alkaline-forming foods versus acid-forming foods is related to the value you place on your health. Attaining a proper pH balance is quite simple.
Examples include fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and ancient grains while avoiding acid-forming foods predominated by animal sources, dairy, refined and processed foods along with most prescription drugs, artificial sweeteners, synthetic vitamin and mineral supplements.
Chlorophyll levels significantly elevate the pH level of food. Chlorophyll is termed the blood of plants and is responsible for its green pigment. Chlorophyll synthesizes energy similar to hemoglobin in your blood and cleanses our blood from dietary and environmental toxins.
Daily consumption of foods rich in chlorophyll will ensure cellular regeneration, improved oxygen transport, blood cell regeneration, and increased energy levels vital to endurance sports performance.
Improved digestion, enhanced nutrition, and increased energy for improved snowshoeing and trail running performances are reason enough to embrace an alkaline-based dietary pattern.
Regular consumption of nutrient-dense, primary source, whole foods supports cellular regeneration which is vital for every aspect of your health and vitality.
Help your muscles recover faster and lower your cortisol levels by consuming chlorophyll-rich highly-alkalizing foods before, during, and after exertion.
Other benefits include improved bone strength, inflammation reduction, improved muscle efficiency, and a substantially reduced risk of disease.
Find below a small list of alkaline-forming foods:
~All leafy greens;
~Grapefruit [citrus fruit;s]’;
~Flax | hemp | chia | pumpkin seeds;
~Walnuts | almonds;
Life begins at the cellular level – so does the onset of debilitating chronic and degenerative diseases.
Do not underestimate the importance of those microscopic cells in your body in relation to your vibrant health and wellness, endurance sports performance, and your longevity.
It is often stated that it is the little things that matter most in life; your cellular health is no exception.