Beauty starts at the cellular level. There are trillions of cells in your body, and each and every cell performs functions that are triggered by enzymes. Enzymes flourish in a very specific environment. When the body has an unbalanced pH, it affects the function of enzymes dramatically. Most enzymes function in a small range of pH between 7.35 to 7.45,which is slightly alkaline. In an acidic environment, cells and enzymes are unable to perform optimally, and the following situations can result:
- Reduced production of ATP, or energy, at a cellular level
- Increased cellular calcium levels, which can lead to abnormal cell division and, ultimately, cancer. In fact, Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his discovery that cancer cells cannot survive in an alkaline environment, yet flourish in an acidic environment.
- Impairment of the immune system, specifically lymphocyte proliferation and cytotoxicity, which leads to an increase in inflammation and infection
- Reduce insulin sensitivity
- Weak bones and muscles (Acidosis is a main contributor to osteoporosis and sarcopenia)
- Increased free radicals due to glutathione depletion
- Kidney stone formation
From a beauty perspective, an acidic environment affects the skin by causing acne, reduced collagen production, gauntness, compromised blood flow and nutrition to the skin, a reduction of the action of exfoliating enzymes, and skin infections. This results in a loss of elasticity, premature wrinkles, dullness, sagging, and an uneven skin tone. Conversely, allowing your body to become more alkaline will result in a glowing, radiant complexion with reduced lines and wrinkles, and an even skin tone with increased firmness.
How do you maintain a pH balanced body and beautiful skin? Here are some important tips.
1. Remove excess salt from the diet. Salt (NaCl) can contribute to 50 – 100% of the acid-producing effect of the diet.
2. Start the day with the juice of half a lemon in a cup of warm water. Not only is this alkalinizng, but it also helps to mildly detoxify the body.
3. Have a breakfast smoothie incorporating a green food supplement.
4. Eat a minimum of 1 cup of alkalinizing greens daily (kale, collard greens, mustard greens, rapini) and have at least one raw green salad per day.
5. Each meal should consist of at least 2/3 alkalinizing foods
6. Eat millet and quinoa as an option to the acid forming grains (wheat, brown rice)
7. Choose fish and lamb over beef and chicken for less acid forming animal protein.
8. Learn to make a miso broth (1 tsp. of miso dissolved in one cup of hot, not boiling, water). Experiment with adding cooked daikon radish rounds and a small amount of cooked wakame seaweed to the miso broth.
9. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Most are alkalinizing
10.Use olive oil as it is less acid forming than other vegetable oils.
11.Use buffered Vitamin C to alkalinize the system.
12. Do not consume sugar, sodas, and limit animal protein to less than 8 oz per day.
13. Take probiotics
14. Practice deep breathing daily
Take a look at the following food chart and make sure to incorporate lots of alkaline foods into your diet for optimal health and beauty!
Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Celery, Garlic, Barley Grass, Cucumber, Cilantro, Oriental Greens, Onions, Kale, Sea Vegetables, Green Supplements
Carrots, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Lettuce, Zucchini, Carob, Bell peppers, Cauliflower, Parsnip, Endive, Ginger, Sweet Potato, Cabbage, Celery, Aspargus
Brussel Sprouts, Tomatoes, Squash, Rhubarb, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Peas, Turnip, Beetroot, Potato, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu
Corn, lentils, peanuts, Edaname, Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans
Pinto Beans, Navy Beans
Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Nectarine, Raspberry, Watermelon, Cherries, black olives, Dried Figs, Raisins
Dates, Blackcurrant, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Avocados, Pink Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Peach
Coconut, Sour Cherries, Oranges, Cherries, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Strawberries, Papayas
Blueberries, Cranberries, Bananas, Plums, Processed Fruit Juices
Whole oats, quinoa, wild rice, millet, spelt, hemp
Rice, wheat, buckwheat, kasha, amaranth, whole wheat bread
Rolled oats, rye, white bread, white rice
Barley, pastries, cakes, cookies, tarts
Fish, Turkey, venison, wild duck, seafood
Chicken, lamb, pork, veal
Breast Milk, Probiotic Cultures
Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Buttermilk, Whey
Whole Milk, Butter, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Cream, Ice Cream
Eggs, Camembert, Hard Cheese
Parmasan, Processed Cheese
Pumpkin seeds, almonds, sprouts, wheat grass, alfalfa grass, barley grass
Chesnuts, brazil nuts, flaxseeds, macadamia nuts
Hazelnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower Seeds
Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios
Extra Virgin Olive oil, borage oil, Evening primrose oil
Apple cider vinegar
Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Coconut oil
Corn Oil, Sunflower Oil, Margarine, Lard
Herb Teas, Lemon Water
Green Tea, Herb Teas, Water
Ginger Tea, Dry red wine, almond milk
Rice milk, black tea, black coffee, soy milk
Tea (black), Coffee, Beer, Liquor
Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup, Black Strap Molasses (unsulfured)
Raw Honey, Raw Sugar
White Sugar, Processed Honey
Corn syrup, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup