Time to Alkalise and get energized for Summer!
Are you still finding it difficult to drag yourself out from bed? Your body still seems to be in winter hibernation? In our previous blog entry, we mentioned that our body’s acid level increases in winter as we have a tendency to consume more hot soups, creamy meals and reduce our energy expenditure so that we can keep our body warm. But as summer draws closer, we need to start prepping our energy levels to ensure we’re pumped and ready to enjoy the nice, warm days ahead.
One of the simplest ways to generating high energy levels is maintaining our body’s alkalinity. Our body seems to function more effectively when it is slightly alkaline- between a pH of 7.35 to 7.45. Unfortunately, this is not an easy feat as a regular person tends to consume more highly-acidic foods such as dairy, cheese, grains, meat and processed foods, and not enough alkalising foods like leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds in their daily diet. We need acid in the body to maintain certain cellular functions, however when in excess this can be detrimental to the body and more effort is required to remove the excess acid and balance our pH levels so we can function effectively.
Whilst protein is an essential macronutrient for our body’s metabolism, high protein sources produce an acidic residue as proteins are made from building blocks of amino acids. If our kidneys and liver are unable to filter and excrete the residual uric acid produced, this can cause a build-up of excess acid. In addition, only 10-15% of our energy is obtained from protein oxidation, whilst the rest of our intake is produced from fat and carbohydrate metabolism1. We can help our body operate with more ease by ensuring our diet is filled with 60- 80% alkalising foods and 20-40% acidic foods. Leafy green vegetables have one of the highest source of nutrients, vitamins and alkalising minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. By having sufficient levels of minerals contributed from our diet, it prevents the minerals in our bones from leaching out to balance our body’s pH levels, therefore protecting our bone density and health. Creating an alkaline body can simply be done through simple meal changes to support the body and increase energy levels, as your body isn’t working as hard excreting toxins.
Alkalising can start by including green juices rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants such as wheatgrass and barley grass juice every morning when you start your day. You can even super-charge yourself with an alkalising boosting powder for that extra energy punch. If you’re tired and in need of a snack, why not enjoy vegetable sticks with a low-fat hummus or avocado spread. Alternate your energy snack bars between high-protein bars (we know you still need that added energy boost) and alkalising greens bars filled with super greens powder and alkalising ingredients just to jazz it up a little and still keep your body alkaline.
- Campbell I, 2010, ‘Macronutrients, minerals and vitamins and energy’, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, 12: 4, pp. 170- 175