Alkaline vs. Acidic

An acidic body is a magnet for disease, illness, cancer & aging.  The main fear regarding an acidic diet is bone loss from the body releasing minerals from your bones.

However, Alkalinity is also potentially a problem because it is antibacterial, so it could  disrupt the balance of your body’s beneficial bacteria,  which can buffer your stomach’s acidity and impair your ability to digest food.

Understanding the pH scale is from 0-14.  pH is short for “potential of Hydrogen” so what we’re reading is the concentration of hydrogen ions of foods and beverages to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and medical diagnostics.

7 is neutral, Anything less than 7 is an acid, Anything more than 7 is an alkali.  As a point of reference, the pH of battery acid is 1. Water is 7, or should be.

To give you a simple guideline:

Fish, meat, cheese, eggs and grains are considered acidic.

Vegetables & Fruits are considered alkaline

To maintain a balanced pH in your blood and tissues, your diet should consist of at least 70 to 80 percent basic foods – that is, no more than 20 to 30 percent acidifying foods

The typical American diet is loaded w sugar and processed foods, which throws off your body’s ability to optimize your pH.

The idea is to achieve BALANCE and the best way to do that is to ADD vegetables & fruits to your diet. A diet rich in raw, organic, whole foods this will help optimize your body’s pH and achieve homeostasis.

Though clinical research in humans has yet to be proven on alkaline vs. acidic, the truth remains… a diet high in junk food will cause diseases and one in whole unprocessed foods can cure a list of ailments.

More on alkaline water to follow…

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Joycelyn Bejar
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Certified Personal Trainer

Carbs & the Insulin Response

Tim asks “In what way do carbs “hold you until the next meal? Carbs provide an insulin response, which is quick, and wear off quick. This results in your energy going up, then back down quickly, resulting in a feeling of needing more energy sooner, compared to a low carb meal. Protein creates a hormone response that signals a felling of satiety to you brain (feeling of fullness). Mixing some protein with carbs will probably slow this effect somewhat, but it won’t stop the insulin release, and creation of body fat if the energy is not used immediately.”

Yes, indeed they do provide an insulin response, that is exactly why your timing is crucial and the kind of carbs you eat even more so.

Always think whole and unprocessed.

Lower glycemic index carbohydrates tend to enter the bloodstream slowly, they are therefore able to maintain a steady release of insulin that activates the enzyme glycogen synthetase, which is essential for glycogen storage.  This is what gives you long lasting energy.

Not to mention,
for appearance sakes makes your muscles look fuller and you look leaner :D !

Some good  lower glycemic complex carbs are steel- cut, oatmeal, yams, butternut squash.

The protein together with the carb slows down the insulin response so it enters the bloodstream slowly and lasts longer for sustained energy.

Again, there is time and place for these carbs,

•In the morning when your glycogen stores are empty.

•2-2 ½ hours before a workout for optimal performance.

•After a workout to replenish used glycogen stores.

Eaten at these times, the body will use them instead of storing them to then later appear as fat.

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In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer