Acidic vs Alkaline Foods: What You Need to Know About Detoxing

Are you familiar with the benefits of detoxing? If not, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Detoxing can help improve your overall health by flushing toxins from your body and promoting better digestion. But what are the best foods to eat during a detox? And is there a difference between acidic and alkaline foods? Keep reading to find out.

 

Do you have any idea what effects are seen when we clean up our liver with the detox? The worst day of your guts life is due to eating foods that are not helping your liver get rid of toxins. Our liver is responsible for a lot of processes, including filtering out toxins from the body. By detoxifying it, we can improve our overall health and wellbeing.

Just to be very clear detoxification or doing a detox doesn’t mean sitting in the park for three days or eating a “weird” diet. Today, let’s talk about how an alkaline diet would help you, your liver, and your other organs. 

What does it mean when we eat alkaline foods? 

Alkaline foods are those that will not cause your blood pH to go into an acidic rate. This happens when we eat too many acidic foods. Our pH balance gets imbalanced and then your body has to work harder to get it back to alkaline pH. We function best in an alkaline atmosphere. 

An alkaline diet means eating foods that will keep your blood alkaline. This diet is composed mostly of vegetables. This can also include leaner meats like chicken, fish, and turkey that are less acidic than red meats. Some fruits are also on the list, however, they may contain too much sugar and can cause acidity too. Most nuts are borderline acidic, except almond almonds. Almonds are one of those nuts that are highly alkaline. 

When you eat an alkaline diet, what happens?

Your body maintains a good pH when you eat an alkaline diet. If you’re considering an alkaline diet, there’s one important thing to keep in mind: every organ in your body can function better in an alkaline environment. That includes your kidneys. They don’t have to work harder to create an alkaline environment, which means they can function more efficiently overall. And that’s good news for your health! 

We cannot survive in an acidic atmosphere. Just imagine using an acidic substance when you clean things. It is very corrosive. The same can be said about the human body when it is completely acidic. In order for us to function properly, we need that alkaline atmosphere inside of us. When the body is too acidic, it leads to a number of health problems. For example, inflammation, fatigue, and even sickness can result from an overly acidic body. That’s why it’s so important to maintain a healthy pH balance. By eating alkalizing foods and avoiding acid-forming foods, we can help keep our bodies operating at peak efficiency.

How does the human body work to maintain a balance for optimal gut health? 

This has a number of features that can be summarized in a 5 R Technique. 

  • Removing 

You have to get rid of foods that are toxic or could be sensitive to you. This includes things like processed foods, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats. You should also get rid of any foods that you’re allergic to, and those trigger inflammatory responses in your body.

  • Replace 

You have to replace digestive enzymes. Sometimes when the digestive enzymes are low, the acid in your stomach can get low as well. You want that acid level to be optimal because acid digests the protein in your stomach. It also gets rid of many bacteria that enter your system along with your food. It also helps to absorb vitamins, especially Vitamin B12. Much of the vitamins are absorbed in the stomach. 

  • Repopulate

You can repopulate good gut bacteria by eating fermented foods. You would need fermented food for optimal gut bacteria presence. There has to be a right balance between the good and the bad so that you are producing those short-chain fatty acids that are important for gut health, skin health, brain, and wound health. 

  • Rebalance

Rebalance your body so that you will be less stressed. I know one cannot help having stress in his or her life. Nonetheless. you can achieve balance by doing meditation and mindfulness. Most people know the importance of eating well and sleeping on time for maintaining good health. However, few people realize that these are just two of the many healthy habits that we should all be following. 

In addition to eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep, there are a number of other habits that can help to improve our health. For example, regular exercise is important for maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress levels, and improving overall fitness. 

  • Repair 

Your gut keeps trying to repair your body even while you sleep. However,  if you don’t give it an optimal atmosphere, it’s not going to repair instead, it will cause you more problems. If you don’t give your car the right fuel, it’s not going to run well. The same goes for our bodies. If we don’t give it the right environment – plenty of sleep, healthy food, and exercise – it’s not going to repair properly either. 

Acidic stomach? What steps can be taken to reduce it? 

When happens when you have too much acidity in your stomach is that you will experience symptoms as an effect. You can get a little bit of acid reflux and get a burning sensation in your stomach. To counter that, you can eat more alkaline foods and keep the body hydrated properly.  

Remember, acid reflux is not due to a high acid level in your stomach. It’s due to low acid levels. It’s a myth that when you have high acid, you can take this PPI (proton pump inhibitors) then it’s going to get better.

The main thing that counters it is maintaining an optimal diet. An excess of acid happens only when your diet is not optimal. You probably are eating too many carbohydrates or the stomach is not getting enough time to work that acid out. 

A healthy gut means you experience:

  • no bloating, 
  • no gassy stomach
  • passing well-formed stools. (check out a Bristol stool chart to help you with assessing stool consistency)
  • no constipation or diarrhea 
  • No feeling of brain fog or memory issues 
  • Not being tired all the time 
  • not lethargic

The best practice is the aforementioned 5R Program. This includes removing the sensitive foods, replacing digestive enzymes and acids, repopulating good gut bacteria and repairing the gut lining. You can help your body achieve these by taking glutamine, slippery elm, omega 3 and Vitamin D. Don’t forget to rebalance your body by doing right practices like meditation, mindfulness and yoga. These will balance your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. When your sympathetic system is, overacting, and you’re not relaxed, it causes high cortisol levels. Consequently, this damages your gut lining and gut health. 

And part of the advantage is your fat lining as well as your fat. So I hope this video was okay. I look forward to speaking with you again, if you’re looking to improve your gut health on you for having issues, then you can always book a strategy session with us. We’d be happy to talk to you and see if it is a good fit that we can work together.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the benefits of liver detox and how to create an optimal environment for gut health. If you’d like to discuss your specific situation and see how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team would be happy to schedule a free discovery call with you so that we can get started on improving your health and wellbeing today. Thanks for making your health a priority!

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