The Importance of Alkalinity
Support your wellness with a balanced pH!
There are a variety of diets out there — from keto to vegan — in which people implement into their lifestyle for a myriad of reasons including weight loss, but at the end of the day, most of us just want to be healthy, stave off disease, and live a long life. Alkalinity may bring us one step closer to achieving just that!
Nutreevit promotes health and wellness and with a broad range of superfood formulas, you’ll have no problem getting in a little extra greens. Join us in today’s post as we navigate the importance of alkalinity.
Why pH Balance?
Often you hear the term pH balance, but why is it important to our health? Most of us never contemplate our pH as being a part of our wellness regimen when we’re trying to stay healthy. Instead, we reach for vitamin C, zinc, and other supportive vitamins, minerals, and herbs, but, a stable pH can protect us from the inside out.
Not only can a balanced pH support our immune system long term, but disease typically does not thrive in a body with a balanced pH.
What is meant by pH balance?
Our pH balance is the manner in which our body handles acidity and alkalinity — in this case, from the foods we eat — and while our bodies are amazing at keeping us in line, eating a more alkaline diet may help protect our overall wellness.
pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity in our fluids and tissues and ranges from 0 to 14. The more acidic something is, the lower the pH, and the higher the pH the more alkaline it is. Our bodies function best at a pH of roughly 6.4 to 7.3.
What disrupts our pH?
In short, the standard American diet (SAD) greatly impacts our pH balance, thus our health. It’s laden with unhealthy fats and over-processed foods that are high in sugar, in addition to a diet that is notoriously low in fiber, essential vitamins and minerals, and whole foods including fruits and vegetables. The SAD disrupts our health and creates a very acidic environment in our bodies, leading to many health issues and disease.
An influx of acid impacts our body systemically, and while it can keep your pH normalized for the most part, in the end, it’s how hard it has to work to get there. Our kidneys control our pH and electrolyte levels, and when we’re overwhelmed with acid electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, are all used to combat it. As a result, the kidneys begin to eliminate minerals through the urine, and in the process, rob our bodies — bones, cells, tissues, etc. — from these essential minerals that support our health and wellness.
Acidity impacts how our bodies naturally detox because our cells lack enough minerals to dispose of waste and properly oxygenate the body. We’re also left with the inability to absorb vitamins resulting from mineral loss, which suppresses our immune system.
Ultimately, your body is forced to work overtime to maintain a neutral pH while depleting it from nutrients it needs to carry out other basic functions. While you may not be diagnosed with a pH imbalance, you’re constantly forcing your body into overdrive which may alter your immunity and advance the aging process.
Elements That Uphold Acidity
Worried about a more acidic pH? Below are factors that contribute to it.
- Heavy alcohol use
- Drugs (including aspirin, opioids, and sedatives)
- Overuse of antibiotics
- High amounts of processed and refined foods
- Overconsumption of food coloring, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives
- Low levels of dietary fiber
Supporting Healthy Alkaline Levels
Now that we know the dangers of an acidic diet, let’s explore the ways to balance our pH and create a more alkaline environment.
Cut Down Consumption of Acidic Foods
If you’re eating the standard American diet, this is a good place to begin. Be mindful and start to eliminate the following:
- Added sugars
- Processed deli meats
- Foods high in sodium
- Fried foods
- Dairy products
Begin Eating Alkaline Foods
Dark leafy greens
Non-starchy veggies – Avocado, radishes, mushrooms, broccoli, celery, etc..
Superfoods – Spirulina, chlorella, sea veggies, bone broth, etc..
Healthy fats – olive oil, coconut oil, fish, nuts, seeds, etc..
Reduce Drugs, Chemicals, and Toxins
A variety of different drugs, chemicals, toxins, and pollutants all disrupt a balanced pH and can contribute to increased acidity. From alcohol and caffeine to non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, opioids, and sedatives, these all play a role in our pH.
It’s imperative to address any health concerns where relying on drugs becomes an issue because chronic use can lead to acidity.
Support Your Health With Nutreevit!
If you’re concerned that your pH may be too acidic, get things back into balance and more alkaline! Nutreevit has created a collection of superfood greens products to support your health.
From our superfood mix of chlorella, spirulina, and wheatgrass to our spirulina and moringa capsules, we have a large variety of superfood green mixes just for you!
Not only are products from Nutreevit wonderful for pH support, but we also carry a variety of formulas that promote energy, joint support, weight loss, and digestive and emotional wellness.
Looking for something more specific? We carry single nutrients including:
- Ginkgo biloba
- Whole-food vitamin C (from camu camu berries, acerola cherry, and rosehips)
Connect with us today for any questions or concerns you may have about any of our superfood products!