Many common conditions such as headaches, difficulty concentrating, cramps, joint and muscle pain, nausea, hypertension, osteoporosis, and halitosis may have a common cause like a PH imbalance of our body, also known as metabolic acidosis.
Orienting our body towards a slightly alkaline tendency can help to balance its state of well-being.
Our PH reflects the diet we follow. Ideally it should be just above 7.
AN UNHEALTHY DIET RICH IN ACIDIC FOODS HAS A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OUR BODY THAT WILL CONTINUALLY WORK TO MAINTAIN A HOMEOSTASIS LEVEL AS IT WILL TRY TO EXTRACT ALKALIZING NUTRIENTS FROM THE ORGANS AND BONES THUS IMPOVERISHING THEM.
What happens to our body when we consume too many foods with an acidic PH?
Long-term diet rich in acidifying foods, such as meat, refined sugars and carbohydrates, can provide the ideal environment for the proliferation of certain types of bacteria and related pathologies.
In particular, some immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis are often favoured by an excessively acidic diet and can therefore benefit greatly from an alkaline-based diet.
Alkalinity also creates an unfavourable environment for the development and proliferation of tumour cells [link to scientific study].
So what do we eat?
Raw vegetables (excluding tomatoes and a few others), whenever possible, or, if cooked, preferably in steam, fresh seasonal fruit (with the exception of dried fruits and others like plums, blueberries, etc).
To helps us optimize the alkalinizing properties of raw fruit and vegetables it is advisable to consume part of them as fresh juices using a good juice extractor.
If our body is into a healing state is a good idea to consume about 80% of alkaline foods and 20% of acidifying foods and avoiding as always, refined sugars, additives, coffee, spirits and carbonated drinks.
Also consuming slightly alkaline mineral water can help optimize body functions and detoxify us.
Stress and negativity unfortunately also have an effect on our body, favouring metabolic acidosis.
YOGA AND MEDITATION ARE TWO USEFUL WEAPONS TO HELP US REDUCE THESE EMOTIONAL TOXINS.
It’s important to remember that in any situation of stress or depression the cure is within ourselves, as is the ability and strength to orient our body towards healing.
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THE ULTIMATE ALKALINE JUICE
- 3 carrots
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 handful of cabbage leaves
- 1 handful of curly kale
- 3 cm of ginger root
Cut the carrots into strips
Cut the cucumbers lengthwise
Peel the ginger
Alternate the ingredients in the juice extractor
Start with the curly kale, cabbage and then all the other ingredients, leaving the carrots last. In this way the carrots will help to push out the fibres accumulated in the extractor, thus facilitating the cleaning. Mix the juice well and drink immediately.
BENEFITS OF THE INGREDIENTS USED IN THIS RECIPE AND LINKS TO THE STUDIES
Carrots provide high vitamin A content and a number of other beneficial health benefits, particularly for the skin, the prevention of certain cancers and even acts as a natural anti-aging.
Benefits to the eyes
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene that converts into vitamin A in our liver.
Vitamin A, also known as “retinol”, acts on the retina and its deficiency can cause visual disturbances and reduced night vision. [Link to scientific study]
Studies on beta-carotene have been performed on the protection against macular degeneration and senile cataracts.
Some studies have shown that carrots reduce the risk of lung, breast and colon cancer.
Falcarinol is a natural pesticide produced by the carrot that serves to protect its roots from fungal diseases. One study observed a reduced risk of cancer in rats that consume carrots, thanks to this element.
Betacarotene has also been associated with a protective and anti-tumour effect for the ovaries.
Benefits to our hormones
Recent studies have shown that cucumbers contain powerful lignans that bind with oestrogen-related bacteria in the digestive tract, thereby helping to reduce the risk of various cancers, such as breast, uterine, ovary and prostate cancer.
Researchers at the University of Valencia in Spain have discovered that they contain phytonutrients called “cucurbitacine” that studies demonstrate to have anti-cancer properties as they can lead to the death of cancerous cells.
Cucumbers consist of 95% water, they promote diuretic action and help dissolve uric acid deposits that favour the formation of kidney stones.
Cucumbers have a detoxifying and soothing action on the intestinal tract, so it is indicated for conditions such as gastritis and indigestion.
Curly kale is a precious food containing a lot of fibre important for the health of our intestinal tract. It is rich in nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium, also rich in vitamin C, iron, calcium and vitamin A, essential for the health of the eyes and skin. This important nutritional profile makes this food an essential ingredient for our immune system and our metabolism.
Natural Anti-cancer Properties
Another precious substance contained in curly kale, as well as in other plants belonging to the cruciferous family, is sulforaphane. Studies have shown that this valuable phytochemical helps to fight the formation of tumours at molecular level. [Find study1 here] [Find study2 here]
Ginger is one of the oldest and most widely used medicinal spices in the world.
This root is known not only for its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties, but it is also used to prevent colds, flu and nausea.
Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds called gingeroli and exerts an analgesic action useful for those who suffer from joint and muscular pain.
Studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in fighting Escherichia coli, Staphylococcal and Candida albicans infections.
Anti-tumor properties, beneficial effects on vascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal health
In addition, as noted in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine study entitled “Anti-inflammatory Ginger Antioxidant Effects in Health and Physical Activity: An Up-to-Date Review of Evidence”, it is cited:
“Ginger anticancer potential is well-documented and its functional components such as gingerols and shogaols are the precious ingredients that can prevent different types of cancer, angiogenesis and metastasis, induction of apoptosis and inhibition of progression of the cell cycle.
It also improves cardiovascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal health. ”