Wow! We’re already three weeks into the New Year and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be recovering from the festive period and all the delicious indulgences it brings. For many, Christmas is a time of spending time with your family and friends; relaxing, celebrating and enjoying life. But, it can also be a time where we over-indulge and unintentionally upset our bodies with our food choices. Does this sound like you? Below is some information and a few tips to help flush your body of excesses you’ve ingested and help you feel better and set you up for a most fantastic 2015!
Did you know that the body has a natural pH of 7.4? The foods we eat, changes our pH in an instant to choose wisely! A pH of 7.4 is slightly alkaline and interestingly, this pH level can be affected by the foods we eat. Food commonly eaten in Australia (a western style diet) typically increases acidity in the body, which if not balanced by the body can lead to problems such as inflammation, gout, skin issues, headaches and in the long term possibly arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. Who wants them? I know I don’t!
So you’re probably asking yourself,as I did, what foods have an acidifying effect on the body & what can I do reverse these effects? Below are some of the most common acidifying foods, check how many of these foods and drinks you regularly have!
So, how many did you tick off? I know I consume most of these on a daily basis; however, carefully selecting certain types of these foods or swapping these foods for other choices can have a positive effect on our body!
If we have too much acid within the body then it can have a harmful effect on our bones, our heart and our liver, kidney & pancreas. Too much acid and the Calcium in our bones is pulled out, which in the long term can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Acidic foods also have a lower absorption rate than alkaline foods, which leads to an increase in the amount of acidic waste, and type of wastes entering the bloodstream. Slower digestion or transit time increases the time waste is in contact with the intestinal wall, slowly contaminating these cells, increasing the chance of colonic cancer as well.
All blood from the gut goes to the liver for processing. So, if the liver isn’t coping, or working at optimal potential, the overload will go to the rest of the body. The result of this overload on the body can be quite severe! It can cause arterial inflammation, an increased risk of plaque formation within our arteries and veins that leads to arthrosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes.
When our body becomes too acidic it is the result of the types of foods we consume, stress we carry, and not enough movement to get the oxygen around our body. It also means our organs; the parts that make our body work, become stressed. If this happens, then, the chemical overload irritates the very parts that make us up and look after us. The end result – symptoms, then disease, then who know what!!
Eat foods that have an alkalizing effect on the body, as they can neutralize the acidity levels. Some common foods you might already be eating include:
Back to base-ics! (ha! get it?)
Some quick and easy tips you can use that will help you alkalize your body after indulging from the festive season include:
Amazing Alkaline Pizza: don’t be afraid to use a base you can buy at the supermarket, however making them yourself is incredibly fun & easy! Also, try new things or mix and match certain ingredients to meet your tastes! (http://lexisgreenguide.com/2013/08/01/the-alkaline-pizza/)
One Pan Mexican Quinoa: a fun, healthy, Mexican salad chock-full of goodness. It has a tangy hit from the lime juice and a nice spicy punch from the chili power, cumin and jalapeño!
Sensationally Simple Tomato & Avocado Salad: an extraordinary, healthy salad in under 5minutes? If that doesn’t appeal to you in this time-stricken age then I don’t know what will. Guaranteed to be a hit with all the family! (http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-tomato-and-avocado-salad-94520)
So if you’re still feeling the effects from the festive season, try some of the ideas outlined here and you’ll be well on your way to alkalizing your body and flushing those toxins from your system.
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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