3. Optimize Nutrition
Food is the third essential fuel required for survival.
Just like hydration, suitable nutrition is different for everybody. However, there are some interesting ideas that I use to guide my eating habits that help me sustain an alkaline-rich diet.
The reason I stress an alkaline-rich diet is that most of us are already eating enough acidic foods while being unaware of their effects on the balance of alkalis and acids in our bodies. Like yin and yang, acids and alkalis are linked in polarity and work synergistically to uphold our health and vitality. Finding balance within our own digestive systems is a major key to enriching the quality of life.
I was always a picky eater—you know, the kid who is disgusted by vegetables. Reading about alkalization in the body led me to check my eating habits. While an overly acidic body is very supportive of almost every ailment known to humankind, a properly alkalized body is more energized and less supportive of bacteria, viruses, and disease. In other words, everything—known and unknown—that we put in our bodies either supports or hinders our health.
Determining how acidic or alkaline our food truly is would require a science project for every meal. But there are few decent indicators. Processed, preserved, and modified plant-based foods tend to be highly acidic. Sugar is considered a neutral compound when it comes to litmus paper tests, but its reactions with our bodies, especially when extremely concentrated, are very acidic. Meat and dairy products are often acidic. Any perishable food that we let spoil is so acidic that it becomes toxic.
On the flip side, fresh, organic, living, alkalized foods are packed with macro- and micro-nutrients. We can feel these foods improve our whole being as soon as we eat them. These “superfoods” help maintain a sensible pH. Why don’t we check our pH levels constantly? Though one day we’ll most likely have Smart Toilets to confirm our data, rest assured we already have the technology within us. Recent science has shown that there is indeed a specific relationship between the lining of the stomach and the brain, as well as constant communication between them. Some doctors even call the stomach the “second brain.”
Our stomachs may be just as susceptible as our brains to food addictions and toxic pattern development. I only stopped craving convenient, delicious, but artificial foods after years of eliminating them from my diet. Once I found ways to sneak in more alkaline foods, I felt the difference an optimal pH really makes. After prioritizing this feeling and trusting my second brain to adapt, I assessed my nutritional imbalances based on my gut cravings to and rectified them with disciplined, self-prepared meals. Of course, there are times when I lack discipline. At other times, resources may be limited. One great thing about being human is that we are predominantly omnivorous, which allows us each to acclimate to our environment and find nutrition one way or another.