Acid/Alkaline Balance in the Body – By Sara Wagget

 

Sara has been passionate about health and fitness since her days as a personal trainer in Sydney. She’s a devotee of everything raw, sprouted & fermented and grows an impressive array of vegetables. More recently, she offers 2hr workshops for those looking to improve their diet and health.

Defining acidity

A pH level measures how acid or alkaline something is. A pH of 0 is totally acidic, while a pH of 14 is completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. Those levels vary throughout your body. Your blood is slightly alkaline, with a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. The stomach is typically at a pH of 3.5, which helps food break down properly.

Research supporting the connection between foods like animal protein and dairy and chronic disease due to a change in the body’s pH is limited. New research may shed more light on this connection, or expose other reasons why reducing animal products is beneficial for health.

Effects of eating too many acid-producing foods

A diet that includes too many acid-producing foods, such as protein or sugar, can cause acidity in your urine as well as other negative health effects. This may cause a type of kidney stone called uric acid stones to form.  It’s been speculated that too much acidity can also cause bone and muscle deterioration. This is because bones contain calcium, which your body uses to restore your blood’s pH balance when it becomes too acidic. Some evidence suggests that phosphoric acid, commonly found in darker sodas, is linked to lower bone density. Too much acidity can also increase your risk for cancer, liver problems, and heart disease. Some foods and beverages produce less acid than sodas or protein, but they still don’t provide the major alkalizing effect of most fruits and vegetables.

 

 

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The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) controls homeostasis and the body at rest and is responsible for the body’s “rest and digest” function. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) controls the body’s responses to a perceived threat and is responsible for the “fight or flight” response.

 

 

In conclusion, a balanced lifestyle including mindfulness, meditation, a diet including plenty of fruit & vegetables, quality sleep and supportive relationships will produce an alkalising effect on the body. As and when you feel a cold or a negative change of health coming on ask yourself, “Am I leading a Parasympathetic or Sympathetic lifestyle?”.  It’s that simple. The choice is yours…..

Miso Soup-for-One
A couple of handfuls of vermicelli rice noodles (I find it enough without the noodles)
1 spring onion or some chives, sliced thinly
1 sliverbeet leaf and stalk sliced or handful of spinach leaves
some fresh chopped coriander, parsley & mint
1/4 wedge of lemon
a few button mushrooms sliced thinly (optional)
grated carrot
a handful of snow peas, sliced thinly or some Edameme soybeans steamed
1 tbsp brown miso paste
some diced tofu / tempe (optional)
Some sushi ginger sprinkled over the top (optional)
tamari to serve
 
Place the noodles in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover and leave for 2-3 minutes until noodles soften.  Meanwhile, chop you veggies, herbs and remaining ingredients and put into a bowl.   Pour roughly 2 cups of boiling water on top and stir to combine. Leave for 5/10 minute to soften and infuse.  Once noodles are soft, drain and place in serving bowl. Pour the vegetable mixture over the noodles, top with ginger, a splash of tamari and enjoy!  So nourishing and warming for these cool spring days.

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