Cellular Foresight ~ Part Five

Alkaline/Acid Values

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. Y2LAkix thumb The [W]holistic Snowshoer & Yoga

Find below a few of the issues linked to acidosis:

~Chronic fatigue;
~Kidney stones;
~Loss of bone mass;
~Growth hormone levels reduced;
~Rheumatoid arthritis;
~Lean muscle mass loss;
~Increased body fat;
~Digestive disorders;
~And more.

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.

OrganicFruit thumb Nutrient DensityFoods with a greater micronutrient level [nutrient density] will inherently possess a greater alkaline-forming result.

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:

~Carrots; SMMeditation11.161 thumb Nutrify to Thrive
~All leafy greens;
~Sea Vegetables;
~All sprouts;
~Sweet potatoes/yams;
~Grapefruit [citrus fruit;s]’;
~Flax | hemp | chia | pumpkin seeds;
~Walnuts | almonds;
~Green tea

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.

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About the author

Jeff Kildahl, Wellness Editor

Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, wellness consultant and philanthropist advancing preventive health care by synthesizing primary source nutrition and fitness as the principal components of the practice of medicine.

Kildahl is a sponsored vegan ultra-endurance athlete credentialed in bioenergetics, biomechanics, metabolic efficiency™ testing, sport nutrition, and natural medicine. He is a dynamic member of CUBE™ ~ a professional speakers group ~ empowering others to harmonize the "Keys to Living in the Song of Life."

He is the wellness editor at Snowshoe Magazine, United States Snowshoe Association columnist, and contributor to health, fitness and wellness sites, blogs and publications. He is a US-based ultra-endurance athlete and philanthropist for the 100 FOR 100 Movement ~ https://100for100.me.

Kildahl is the creator and president of The Wholistic Edge® ~ a visionary firm providing synergistic solutions to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport from the inside out via the principles of Performance Medicine™ ~ http://thewholisticedge.com.

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