Everyday Acid and Alkaline Triggers

Here are some common acid and alkaline triggers.

Barley GrassChlorophyll: The green alkaliser
Chlorophyll is a green pigment that is made by plants via photosynthesis.  Chlorophyll is exceptionally alkalising and is one of the main phytonutrients (plant nutrients) needed to maintain an alkaline body.  It is richly supplied by all green vegetables and grasses, which should form the basis of an alkalising diet.

Minerals – potent alkalisers…
The main alkalising minerals are potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium and zinc.  These minerals can bind to acids in the body, neutralising them.  However when these minerals are deficient in the diet, they are stolen from the tissues and bones.

Are you absorbing the minerals you eat?
Poor digestion and absorption can affect the amount of the minerals that you get from your foods. If you suffer from indigestion, bowel problems, take ant-acids or don’t chew your food properly, nutrients may not be adequately absorbed from your foods.  Secondly, some foods contain plant chemicals such as phytic acid and tannins, which can inhibit mineral absorption from foods.  Phytic acid is found in spinach and legumes, such as soy and chickpeas, whilst tea is rich in tannins. However, adequate cooking or pre-soaking can usually neutralise the phytic acid in these foods.

Stress – the modern acid…
The hormones that are produced during a stress response can deplete alkaline minerals such as magnesium and potassium.  Prolonged stress, which is common in today’s fast paced environment, can therefore be a factor contributing to mineral depletion[1],[2].

Water – the acid cleanser….
Most people simply do not drink enough water!  Water is needed for our body to be able to eliminate wastes, such as acids, through the kidneys as well as many other essential functions.  In fact our bodies are over 70% water, so it is easy to see why it is so important to our health.  From an acid detoxification viewpoint, if you are dehydrated, there is simply not enough water to allow complete elimination of waste products.  These wastes can then build up in other organs and tissues, eventually decreasing their function and consequently, your overall health and vitality.

Organ Function
Age-related decreases in organ function can make it more difficult to eliminate acids. If you have decreased kidney or lung function this will significantly affect your body’s ability to get rid of excess acids.

Alkalising Superfoods
Barley grass, Wheat Grass, Spirulina and Chlorella are exceptionally alkalising due to their extremely high levels of chlorophyll and nutrients. Green vegetables are a great source of chlorophyll and alkalising minerals, making them the most important foods to include in an alkaline diet.

So when your mum said ‘eat your greens’ maybe she didn’t really know why. The reality is we do know now, and this knowledge gives us confidence, we’re on the right road to true wellness.

 

[1] Joborn H, Hjemdahl P, Larsson T, et al (1990) Effects of prolonged adrenaline infusion and of mental stress on plasma minerals and parathyroid hormone. Clinical Physiology; 10(1): 37–53. 

[2] Wegner T and Stott G (1972) Serum Minerals, Leukocyte Profiles, and Plasma Corticoids in Dairy Heifers after an Injection of Corticotropin. J. Dairy Sci.; 55(10): 1464-1469.
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