I remember as a child visiting my grandmother’s house almost every weekend and asking for “green” juice long before it ever became popular. Little did I know that grandma was following her instincts and probably the wisdom of her own mother, by providing me with a wide variety of foods that helped make my body more alkaline. Celery, spinach, and parsley were just a few of the greens that I can remember her using. Fast forward twenty-five years, and now I am giving “monster,” a.k.a. “green” juice to my little ones.
In my business, in which I train and educate women about fitness, nutrition is a subject that is always being brought to my attention. After recommending my “monster” juice concoctions to many other fellow moms looking for a healthy and quick way to get greens in their children, I started to do a little research on how to reduce inflammation within the body. That is when I first stumbled across pH balances in food as well as acidic versus alkaline. Discovering that different foods were more of one or the other, it quickly became apparent that the human body functions best at a more alkaline level. Let me break it down in a brief chemistry lesson. Expressed as pH, which ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral and the lower the level, the more acidic a substance is. Conversely, the higher the pH, the greater the alkalinity will be. Research has proven that the human body best functions at a pH level above a 7. This means that there is a greater level of alkalinity, which allows more oxygen to be absorbed by the blood. How and why does this matter?
With the diminished capacity of our blood to absorb oxygen also comes a myriad of health conditions and diseases such as heart disorders, cancer and diabetes. To naturally raise your pH levels to that of the alkaline range, you want to consume the following: raw and leafy greens, wheatgrass, herbs and spices. Foods that are in the high acidic range are those foods derived from animals. These include meat, dairy products, as well as all processed and man-made foods. It seems that our grandmothers and their grandmothers were early advocates of what we now know is an “alkaline rich” diet. They were led by instinct or better yet, common sense. It is as simple today as it was back then – eat what nature grows, not what man creates. It is only then that we can give our bodies the chance to naturally fight off the offenders and invaders barraging us. I guess grandma did know best!