Find your balance

June 2017

By Naini Setalvad

The right acid-alkaline balance can determine your health and peace of mind, says Naini Setalvad

Most of us are unaware of how important it is to maintain an alkaline and acid balance, also known as pH levels. Eating the right foods, deep breathing, keeping a calm mind and a healthy environment plays a significant role in restoring and maintaining the pH levels in our body. Our body functions at optimum levels depending on the balance of alkaline and acid levels in our system. The pH scale measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is and ranges from zero to 14. Seven is neutral. Below 7 becomes increasingly acidic, above 7 increasingly alkaline.

Unfortunately, today’s food messes this balance, causes stress and plays havoc with the acid-alkaline balance. A slight dip or rise can cause mayhem and have dangerous repercussions, especially an acidic state. This is one of the root causes of diseases. It takes a toll on the skin, lungs, liver, kidney, and digestive system causing constipation, allergies, inflammation, and arthritis, while multiplying cancer cells. They grow in an acidic state where the carbon dioxide in our body increases and oxygen depletes. Having said that, some parts of the body like the vagina, bowel and skin need a slightly acidic state, to keep unfriendly bacteria away. That’s why the acid-alkaline balance is vital.

Good food is the key to balance your ph levels leading to better health, energy, and stronger immune system, bringing about optimum weight and an absence of diseases. Unfortunately, we have forgotten how important it is to feed the body nourishing foods and not highly processed foods packed with chemicals, preservatives, and colours, or sugary and fried food. Smoking and alcohol too can disturb the ph levels in our body turning it acidic.

Generally speaking, our diet is protein- and grainintensive, and very low on vegetables. All we need to do is to amplify our vegetable intake and reduce the proteins and grains. It’s really easy to do the shift, and the benefits reaped are multiple. Add green juices, lemon juice, coconut water and vegetables to your diet. Partake minimally of fried food, sugared drinks, pastries, mithais, factory-farmed animals and their products, whether it is fish, chicken or dairy. Prefer fresh seasonal foods cooked in good quality fat. Of course, a
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