Monday, June 19, 2017

Ump, Ump Good!

Most people enjoy holidays, celebrations, anniversaries, parties, festivities, etc. and the reason they enjoy them is not just for the fellowship associated with it, but for the food. Usually, it is ump, ump good!

Well, as we introduce our next item, on the “Big Eight” list, nutrition – understand that it is more important to consume the correct foods into the body, and to maintain a healthy PH balance than it is to satisfy the palate, only! However, as you seek to obtain or maintain this balance, you will find that you won’t necessarily need to change all of your foods, but rather to consume them differently.

The PH chart to which I am referring has a scale from 0-14, which measures acid and alkaline; the most important numbers for us to remember range from 6.0 – 8.0 – 7.0 being neutral. Our stomachs are slightly acid and range around 6.5. However, most of the foods that we eat should range between the 6.0 – 8.0 levels, so that our bodies can average a 7.2 – 7.4 range.

I was interested to learn that sickness cannot abide in an alkaline state; it only exits when we allow our bodies to become acidic. When that happens, we develop acidosis: a condition in which there is too much acid in the body fluids. Metabolic acidosis happens when a problem in your cells throws off the chemical balance in your blood, making it more acidic. (Bing)

When we overdo our alkaline intake, we develop alkalosis, which is just as bad as acidosis, only on the opposite end. We need to be careful and try to maintain this delicate balance. In order to be sure, there are PH test strips that you can buy to test your urine or your saliva; two indicators that will show you your body’s PH balance.

Rather than try and list the do’s and don’ts of what to eat, here are some links you can check out, to see the acid/alkaline state of foods, then you can choose those that you like. Roughly 70% of your daily diet needs to be alkaline. If you keep that in mind, you can make good nutritional choices.

We will discuss this further in the next post.