Kaniche wah, Goji Man here. Welcome back to my channel. Today I am going to be talking about the acid/alkaline balance in the body. Now this is probably one of the most misunderstood areas of nutrition, so today I will clear up many of the myths surrounding it.
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Now you will often hear through social media that if you want to avoid cancer and many other diseases then you have to get the body more alkaline through nutrition.
So I am sure most of you are aware that your blood needs to be in the range of 7.3-7.4 on the PH scale. So it is slightly more alkaline than acidic. And the body is very clever in this area. It has a number of buffering systems that help regulate and control the PH level of the blood.
So if you consume a lot of very acidic foods the bodies buffering systems will kick in and the blood acidity will be neutralised and the PH will come back down. And this works the other way too. If you eat too many alkaline rich foods, the buffering systems will kick in and the acidity levels will be brought back up.
So the first thing that I want to clear up surrounding this subject is that despite what you hear online and through the media, it is virtually impossible to make your blood too acidic. Where the problem actually resides is that you can cause severe stress on the buffering systems which in turn can cause knock on effects elsewhere in the body.
Now the buffering systems in the body operates in the main by using minerals which helps bring the acidity down. So if you eat lots of acidic foods, the buffering systems are kick-started, minerals are dumped into the blood and everything is tightly controlled.
The problem for many today is their diets are severely lacking in a lot of these essential minerals. So what do you think is going to happen? The buffering systems still need to function, but as there is insufficient minerals from the diet the body robs minerals from the bones to ensure that an equilibrium is maintained in its PH levels.
So generally speaking, for those who eat very acidic diets, they will more than likely experience high amounts of bone and joint problems and degradation as they go through life as their bodies counteract the of acidity.
Now one of the other big misconceptions surrounding alkalinity etc that you will hear is that cancer can only grow in an acidic environment. How many times have you heard nutrition experts say that if you throw cancer cells in a petre dish and increase the acidity in the dish the cancer will grow exponentially? This is great but remember its in a petre dish.
What I am getting at here is that people assume that the cancer is the disease. But for me the cancer isnt the disease its the result of the disease that has been triggered downstream in the body that facilitated the growth of cancer. Cancer growth is simply a result of what happened elsewhere.
So the main question we should be asking is what are we doing fundamentally wrong through diet and lifestyle that enables the metastasis and metabolism of cancer in the body. Only 5-10% of cancers are genetic so what are we doing thats so fundamentally wrong that is causing a tidal wave of cancer diagnosis today.
Now me personally, I think acidity in the body has little to do with cancer formation, simply because the body is never allowed to get in an acidic state because of its highly effective buffering systems.
So now we have looked at some of the main myths surrounding acidity and alkalinity, lets have a look at some of the foods that will hinder the buffering systems and also those that will help support the buffering systems so that that body doesnt need to rob minerals from the bones.
So firstly lets look at some of the worst culprits for putting on the bodies buffering systems.
Now all processed and refined sugars are acid forming (funnily enough). So be mindful of the amount of refined sugars in your diet. I personally dont consume refined sugars so make a call based you your own set of circumstances.
All nuts are acidic, so better choices on a regular basis would be chestnuts, almonds and coconuts. Now I am not for one minute saying that nuts are bad. I am simply saying that you need to be sensible about the amount of nuts you are consuming. If you are eating a pot of nut butter a day then clearly this is too much.
Now most grains are acid forming in the body, with the exception of quinoa, millet and buckwheat. Again, just to reiterate, I am not saying grains are bad, you just need to balance the amount of acid/alkaline foods in your body so that you are not stressing those buffering systems.
The worst beverages are alcohols, tea, coffee and refined and processed fruit juices..