Ever heard the term pH and wonder what it actually means? It’s a chemistry term that stands for potential hydrogen; a logarithm for a water-based solution’s ability to attract hydrogen ions. Okay, but what’s that mean? To simplify it, pH is a reference to the relative proportions of acidity and alkalinity in your body. The foods you eat, the beverages you drink, and other things you ingest, or come in contact with, all affect your body’s pH balance in either a positive (alkaline) way, or a negative (acidic) way. Maintaining the proper pH in your body is one of the basic necessities of good health—your life literally depends on it.
When your pH is balanced you can lose weight easily, or maintain your optimal healthy weight efficiently. But, if your body’s main fat-burning and detoxifying organ (your liver) is overwhelmed with food additives, pesticides, medications, and other toxins, it becomes sluggish in its ability to detoxify and it can’t burn fat efficiently leading to weight gain and other health issues.
The liver is the largest internal and most metabolically complex organ in the human body. Its workload is immense—performing over 500 different functions including fighting off infection, neutralizing toxins, manufacturing proteins and hormones, controlling blood sugar and helping to clot the blood. To say that maintaining liver health is important is an understatement. At any one time, the liver contains about 10% of the blood in your body and it pumps about 1.4 liters through per minute. (Source: WebMD, LLC)
To better manage your body’s pH levels, it’s key to understand that the normal functions of your body create small amounts of acid. For instance, when you exercise your muscles create lactic acid. Breathing, cell building, and burning calories to fuel the metabolism are all ways your body generates acid. To keep your blood pH in the ideal range, your body has a number of systems that are adept at neutralizing and eliminating excess acid from your blood.
A healthy body stores adequate amounts of minerals in our bones, muscles, tissues, and teeth that can be drawn upon to neutralize the acidity created by normal body functions. These minerals, called the “alkaline reserve”, include calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and sodium. The minerals in your body’s alkaline reserve are not infinite. Therefore, these minerals need to be replaced regularly through the foods you eat that contain them.
One of the best ways to take care of your liver health is to eat foods in their closest-to-natural form, as to provide your body with the nutrients needed to balance its pH, cleanse the liver of toxins, and easily restore the body to its natural state of health. Maintaining proper pH balance requires that your diet consist mainly of alkaline foods—fruits and vegetables.
If you need to lose weight and restore your health, the goal of your daily food intake is to eat 80 percent alkaline forming foods and 20 percent acid-forming foods. Don’t worry about trying to figure it out; the Processed-Free Eating Plan in The Science of Skinny book, by Dee McCaffrey, is designed to help you achieve this—beginning with a gentle two-week cleansing and alkalizing phase.
Once you’ve achieved your optimal health, your diet should consist of 60 percent alkaline-forming foods and 40 percent acid forming foods. As you become familiar with the various types of foods, you will naturally gravitate to eating these percentages without having to measure and count. It’s not that complicated, thank goodness.
We hope you will join us MONDAY NIGHT for our Processed Free Living Class & Support Group! This is Faith & Food’s action plan! If you want to lose (or maintain) weight or just get healthier this class is for you! Our topic and discussion this month is: Clean and Balanced Body Chemistry Simplified: Alkalize and Liver-ize How-Tos. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Beyond Faith & Food: Living a Processed Free Life
September 28th 6:30-7:30
Cornerstone Chandler Campus – Room A103