What is Alkalinization?
Alkalinization is the opposite of acidification. An Acid is a compound that donates a proton, or has a Hydrogen Ion that it donates to a relative base. Now the deprotonated acid is a conjugate base and the recipient of that proton is a conjugate acid. The relative pKa’s of different compounds determine how they will interact with each other.
The pH of the solution is a measurement of the free Hydrogen concentration, the lower the number the more acidic a solution is. A neutral solution is 7. A pH of 5 is 100 times more acidic than a pH7 and a pH 9 is 100 times as ALKALINE as a pH 7.
What Was The Point Of That?
Here is one of the most important things you can ever know about your body: Your blood has to be a pH of 7.4 or you start dying.
You see, the enzymes in your body only work in a very narrow pH range and narrow temperature range. Having a 7.3 pH is like having a fever. Our american lifestyle is acidifying our blood and that is partly how so many people are sickly and dying. Processed foods and artificial additives drive down the pH. Poor cardiovascular health causes us to retain CO2 and not breath it out and the increase in blood CO2 causes the pH to drop as well. Ever workout till you puke?
That’s your body dumping your Hydrochloric acid so your pH can raise back up to a survivable level. You know why you feel like you’re going to die before you puke but feel much better a few minutes later? Because you were dying, but puking normalized your blood and your pH is back to at least 7.3 after vomiting.
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Alkalinizing Your Blood Through Food
It used to drive me nuts in school when the teacher would give us a super clear table and then read to us, slowly, what the table said. I am a visual learner and a top down and bottom up thinker so I would much prefer charts, graphs, and data to a human voice. But not everyone is like me so Im going to explain this table.
The center column is the categories column. Counterintuitively the Alkaline foods are on the left and the acidic foods are on the right, it should be the other way around. Now you may say “Lemon juice is a ph of 2 and is mostly citric acid WTF?” you’re right, but because the purpose of the table is to represent what the food does to your blood its more complicated than just what the food is in a test tube (in vitro) its about what effects it has in your body (in vivo).
Vegetables and Nuts:
Avoid your Rice, beans, Lentils, soy, and peanuts, those are acidic.
Use almonds, almond butter, sweet potato, and green vegetables instead.
Avoid canola oil and butter
Use macadamia, coconut, and olive oil for cooking.
Avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup, commercial honey, aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin.
Use calorie free Stevia, or organic honey and organic maple syrup if you want empty calories.
Pretty much all meat is acidic, so if you want to have any muscle at all you’re going to have to just deal with it. The only protein source that isn’t acidic is whey protein, which is Alkaline. CLA and Omega 3 are also alkaline.
Incase I wasn’t clear: Fish, chicken, Beef, lobster, and eggs are acidic. If you eat a ton of protein then make sure everything else in your diet is alkaline.
Avoid dairy from cows.
Use human breast milk, or goats milk.
Avoid table salt, soy sauce, cocoa, black pepper, ketchup
Use Celtic Sea salt, tamari (gluten free soy sauce), cinnamon, cayenne pepper, mustard
Special Benefits of Alkailne Foods To The Bodybuilder
Some of the more astute audience have noticed that a lot of the standard themes to bodybuilding food selection are on the Alkaline side of the table, and the primary protein choices are whey, fish, egg whites, and chicken in that order of preference. That’s because NOBODY knows the human body better than bodybuilders. Science is now catching up with the bodybuilding community and pretending these are their original ideas. Bottom line; most scientists, doctors, nurses, and even nutritionists look very unhealthy.
Any competitive athlete in the NPC or IFBB is likely to know more about fitness and nutrition than 3 or 4 of those “Health Care Professionals” combined. Use your eyes and common sense, if someone looks overweight and giving out diet tips who cares what piece of paper they payed for? You can’t fake results. The opinions of the fit out weigh the opinions of the unfit every time. The unfit are unfit to give fitness advice. Ever.
Why Did The Bodybuilders Figure This Out First?
Bodybuilding is art and science, using science to artistically craft a human to approach asthetic perfection. Like a human sculpture where your tools are hot food and cold Iron. The human body performs best at a 7.4 pH. Considering how much protein bodybuilders eat its reasonable that through experimentation it was discovered more muscle could be grown and more fat could be burned by consuming Ideal foods over suboptimal foods. The proposed reason is the enzymes function in an optimal way when your blood is in the optimal pH 7.4 state.
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