Following on from my last article on Inflammation in my December Newsletter.
Let’s have a look at the body for a moment. One of the reasons our body becomes inflamed is the high level of acidity of our system.
Acidity gives us the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs.
Acidity gives us only 10% oxygenated blood, so we want to sleep all the time; hence, we are always saying “I don’t have the energy.”
Acidity makes a difference to every illness in our life.
Alkaline gives you sustained energy.
It takes 20 parts of alkaline to neutralize 1 part of acid. We are creating a society that is basically acid. The average person is 80% acid to 20% alkaline.
The mind-body connection is when you carry negative emotions, thereby increasing the acid levels in your body.
So what should we do to increase our alkalinity?
- Minerals. According to Dr. Ross Walker, minerals neutralize the body, while giving us great nutritional levels and anti-oxidants. Terrie Beresford says it’s acidity that sticks our blood cells together. Blood cells should be moving freely, so that you can be moving freely.
- Water is Vital. (Note: a kilogram is 2.2 pounds. A liter is close to 2 pints or 1 quart.) Divide your weight by 25 or 30 to work out how much water you require every day. 130 pounds = 4 pints of water (60kg = 2 liters of water), 200 pounds = 5 pints of water, (90kg = 3 liters of water), etc. Herbal tea is considered water intake.
- Herbs and Spices. They lift the anti-oxidant level of food way up to 50%-60% greater, as well as tantalizing the taste buds.
- Exercise. The most powerful thing you can do for your body is exercise it. The mitochondria in the cells are increased in weight and strength training. This also increases your metabolic weight. We become energized by laughter, music, and dance.
- Calories = how much heat/energy food generates in our body.
- The more Alkaline you are, the more energy you will have.
In her article on ‘Magnesium, Energy and Metabolism,’ Sandy Sanderson from Elektralife writes:
“Maintenance of the right pH is so important that the body will take calcium out of the bones if there are no other buffering agents available, and use it to balance pH elsewhere in the body – i.e. in the soft tissue, arterial linings, joints and ligaments. The calcium then precipitates and hardens, causing stiffness, grinding, injury and swelling (inflammatory response). If the calcium deposits on the endothelial lining of the arteries, it causes lesions as the vessel tries to stretch due to blood pumping through. The body then has to send cholesterol bandages to stop the lesions from leaking. Cholesterol is there because it is addressing an emergency, not because it is the culprit. Ultimately, cellular pollution and low nutrient status are the culprits in heart disease – and, in fact, in all inflammatory conditions.
“Acidity (low pH) in cells also creates the ideal environment for pathogenic infestation. Candida is a very common, opportunistic fungus that morphs into another form called hyphae, which pierce and corrupt cells to feed off them when the acidic environment of the cell drops low enough. Low pH means not enough oxygen can dissolve in the cytoplasm or blood plasma. Pathogens thrive in low-oxygen environments. When cells have a healthy, slightly-alkaline environment (pH 7.35-7.45), candida just sleeps, because its spores can’t do anything. It’s the acid pH that wakes them up and turns them into a dangerous parasite. This system is prevalent in all of Nature, otherwise we wouldn’t have anything in the environment breaking down to be recycled and grow more organisms. That’s what fungus does: It decomposes organic matter in a low-oxygen acidic environment. Just take a good long look at your compost heap. It gets acidic, the fungus grows, eats up the mulch and you get back nice soil which you turn over to aerate for more oxygen, attracting beneficial microbes, which need more water and sunshine to activate seeds and grow new plants in a sustainable cycle of life. Our cells are no different, except we don’t want to decompose whilst we are still alive! Our cells, with the help of our gut microbiome and nutrients, need to ‘take out the garbage’ and make new cells. To restore proper electrical balance and cellular metabolism, the cellular environment must be changed so that it promotes the life force and electron flow of energy (bio-electricity)”.
ENERGY also comes from other sources. SUCCESS has a great number of energies around it. Everything is energy. You are energy, as is the food you eat and the thoughts you have. To build up our mental energy, we engage our thoughts toward positive outcomes. We ignite the positive cells in us. There is a lot more on this in Section 4 of this book.
How do we build up our physical energy? Naturally neutrally dense (NND) foods give us the most energy.
- Fruits and vegetables. Go for color. If you get a range of color, you get a range of energies. We are wired to look for color.
- Carbohydrates. Vegetables are also the best carbohydrates.
- Protein. Lentils, fish, eggs, omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9.
(Check out some of our cool recipes in Section 3 of my NEW Book ‘Life After Lupus.. Healing Your Immune Disease!)