It was a dear friend of mine who first introduced the concept of alkalising to me. I soon learned that the human body is naturally an alkaline environment meaning that it is only at peak performance when the alkaline environment remains so. What does this all mean? Well take a look at this pH scale.
You may recognise this from science class (if you’re anything like me this will be a distant recollection) except this one highlights some foods that fall into the acid and alkaline categories so hopefully it’s a tad more interesting. At the bottom of the scale we have all the acid forming foods such as refined sugar, alcohol, bread, cheese – the list goes on. When the body’s pH level is too acidic it becomes subject to a whole variety of illness and disease including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and many more.
At the top of the scale we have all the alkalising foods which, if consumed appropriately, should keep the body in its natural alkaline state meaning disease cells, such as those of cancer, can no longer survive and thrive which means it is crucial to a healthy existence and a long life to maintain an alkaline diet.
As you can see the most highly alkalising foods on the scale pretty much all share a beautiful green colour and this is derivative of their high levels of Chlorophyll and Chlorophyll is the beautiful component in plants that gives us oxygen and, therefore, life!
Now Chlorophyll is also actually identical to the biological composition of human blood with one slight difference – the central element is magnesium as opposed to, in human blood, being iron.
Some research has found, however, that chlorophyll is able to absorb iron and actually become hemoglobin as a result. So what does this mean for our bodies and what benefits do green foods provide us with?
- More blood = increased oxygen levels
- Increased oxygen levels = more energy/mental clarity
- Blood detoxification which helps prevent illness and disease
- High in nutrients and enzymes such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamins K, C, E and many of the B vitamins which are all vital to optimum bodily function
- Packed with phytonutrients such as betacarotene and lutein which protect cell damage and eyes from age-related problems
- Powerful antioxidants helping you keep your organs, eyes, skin and hair young and healthy!
If you’re not much of a fan of all things green, however, this might not be an easy task. So what better way to flood your body with nutrients than with a green juice or smoothie? That way you can cover any tastes you dislike with fruit and fruit juices PLUS this provides a much quicker route for absorption of all the goodness.
‘Here’s one I made earlier’
3 x apples
½ a cucumber
2 x handfuls of spinach
Method: Wash ALL ingredients thoroughly. Chop the apples, and cucumber and put through a juicer along with the spinach.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!