The Secret Ingredient Part 2: All about the PH!

Our bodies are amazing! They are self regulating machines and if given the proper fuel and rest they will perform brilliantly for us.  We have organs and systems in place to keep the body in a state of balance - constantly taking in the nutrients we need and filtering the waste and toxins from our system. It’s incredible when you stop and consider how hard your body is always working to sustain and maintain your overall health.
And while the body includes a number of organ systems that are adept at neutralizing and eliminating excess acid, but there is a limit to how much acid even a healthy body can cope with effectively. 
If you have been anywhere near a juice bar or health food store in the past 10 years you have probably heard the term “alkaline”
Here (via Kriss Karr) is a breakdown of the whole acid-alkaline balance for the uninitiated :
The body maintains a delicate acid-alkaline balance. Everything from healthy cells to cancer cells to soil quality and ocean life is affected by pH. The term pH stands for “potential hydrogen” which is the measure of hydrogen ions in a particular solution. In our case, that “solution” refers to our body’s fluids and tissues. As with most health-related barometers, balance is everything. Proper pH varies throughout your body for many reasons. Saliva is more alkaline, while your urine is normally more acidic, especially in the morning. In addition, your body regularly deals with naturally occurring acids that are the by-products of respiration, metabolism, cellular breakdown and exercise. So clearly the goal is not to think of acid as “bad” and alkaline “good.” 
By far the most important measurement is your blood. For optimal cellular health, your blood pH must be slightly alkaline with a pH between 7.365 and 7.45. Our bodies are programmed to maintain this range no matter what, since even the slightest dip or rise in pH can have seriously dangerous consequences. Now here’s the possible problem: The Standard American Diet (SAD) is rife with acidic substances and foods—meat, dairy, highly processed food products and refined sugar. Environmental toxins can be acidic, too, and sadly, those are pretty hard to avoid. Most folks are shovelin’ in the acid multiple times per day with tons of sugar, processed foods, factory farmed animal products, etc. One of the biggest pitfalls of the SAD is the toll it takes on the body, especially the digestive system, liver, and kidneys. Inflammation, allergies, arthritis, skin problems, constipation, bowel issues, stress (physical & mental) and chronic disease LOVE this diet. Excess acidity also sets the stage for bad bacteria (like yeast and fungus) and even viruses that wreak havoc on our health.
We can potentially tilt the pH scale in the alkaline direction with a diet filled with mineral-rich plant foods. By eating a more alkaline diet (leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, avocados, green juices and smoothies) as opposed to an acidic diet (high in animal products, processed carbs, refined sugar, energy drinks, etc), we flood our bodies with alkalinity, vitamins and other nutrients. Healthy food creates healthy cells. Conversely, junk goes in and junk comes out. 
Rejuice is an alkaline food dispenser. Aside from our cold pressed organic juices, smoothies, and salads, our dressings and sauces are especially formulated to help maintain the healthy acid/alkaline balance you need to be at your best.  
Our motto “Don’t make your body work hard to maintain its pH balance”
 Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
One of our favorite ingredients found in our salad dressings and sauces is Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. This unpasteurized organic apple cider that contains protein enzymes, which give the vinegar a cloudy appearance. These live cultures help alkalize the body, and like probiotics, replenish beneficial bacteria that crowd out yeast. Even though vinegar is acidic, when we take apple cider vinegar it has an alkaline effect in our bodies. The fact that apple cider vinegar causes our pH levels to become more alkaline could play a large part in it’s curative properties. It also reacts to some toxins in our bodies, converting them into less toxic substances. Our bodies need a slightly alkaline pH balance to be healthy 
Apple cider vinegar is said to be a natural remedy for many ailments. In 400 B.C.E Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) knew about apple cider vinegar’s antibiotic properties and recommended it to his patients for its healing properties. Since then it’s been valued by many cultures right up to modern times. 
Tahini
Raw organic Tahini is our dipping sauce of choice for our wraps and it is also the main ingredient in our Tastu sauce that accompanies our dragon bowl. This is because Tahini is easily digestible because its high alkaline mineral content neutralizes the acid end products of the protein. Because of its non-acid nature, tahini is an ideal protein source for people with weak digestive systems, invalids and young children, and is an excellent source of quick energy for active people and athletes. Tahini is also a good source of essential fatty acids (EFA), these EFA’s are used in helping to maintain healthy skin. It is a great source of vitamin E which helps to reduce the rate of ageing in body cells. Tahini is one of the highest sources of methionine, an essential amino acid, and also contains lecithin, which reduces the levels of fat in the blood and also protects against environmental toxins such as nicotine.
 
We like it RAW
There are two main types of tahini, hulled and unhulled. Hulled tahini does not contain as much calcium, protein and vitamins as unhulled. Raw tahini contains more nutrients than roasted tahini. 
Tahini contains all the essential amino acids, making it a high quality protein, plus it is rich in calcium, lecithin and B vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15. B Vitamins play an essential part in the running of the body. They promote healthy cell growth and division, including that of red blood cells, which will help prevent anemia. They also support and increase the rate of metabolism, enhance immune and nervous system function as well as helping to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone. Recent studies have also shown that Vitamin B can help protect against one of the most deadly forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer, but only when consumed in food.
Calcium is an essential mineral for forming and maintaining healthy bones. “Our key finding is that higher total calcium intake is associated with a decreased risk of digestive system cancers,” said Dr. Yikyung Park, a cancer epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute. In fact the findings showed that high calcium intake was associated with a reduced overall cancer risk especially amongst women. Tahini has a higher concentration of calcium than any other food.
A Balanced Diet
Eat a diet of 60-80% alkaline-forming foods and 20-40% acid-forming foods.
 
 
 
In addition to including more raw organic apply cider vinegar and tahini in your diet here are two easy ways you can begin to support pH balance now:
  1. Start your day with a tall glass of lemon water and stay hydrated.
    While lemons are acidic in their natural form, lemon water is alkaline-forming in the body. Drench your cells in alkalinity each morning with two cups of lukewarm, filtered water with ¼ fresh-squeezed lemon. Yes, there are fancy (and expensive) water ionizers out there, but you can also alkalize your water by simply adding lemon.
  2. Eat more raw foods and drink green juices and smoothies.
    Leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, certain fruits, nuts and seeds, certain grains and seaweeds flood our bodies with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and phytonutrients—and alkalinity. Unhealthy cells (like cancer cells) or viruses, bacteria and other nasty microorganisms hate oxygen. They prefer an acidic diet high in animal products, processed and refined foods, and synthetic chemicals.
And most importantly: #behappybehealthy


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