While writing my previous blog post about healthy skin diet, I thought that throwing a few lines about the alkaline diet would be a fair and a natural continuation.
Have you tried tackling symptoms of a skin problem, only to find out that, not long after, the symptoms appear again?
The ancient Chinese believed that the symptom of the illness itself is not, necessarily, the illness, but the sign of an imbalance elsewhere in the body. Therefore addressing the cause can do a lot more for your skin concern and thus keep the symptoms away.
When nutritionists talk about acid- or alkaline-forming foods, they are referring to the effects of the foods we consume on our body and especially on our blood. In fact, signs that your blood is too acidic could be acne, eczema, breaking out.
"What you put in your body is a lot more important than what you put on your face." Ain't that the truth!
Want to learn how an alkaline diet can help you get healthier skin? Read on!
Alkaline vs. Acidic?
Do you have an acidic or an alkaline diet?
The food we consume is what creates an acidic or alkaline body.
So if the food you consume is high in acid-forming foods (meat, grains, dairy, sugar & processed foods), your body will more likely be acidic.
Most proteins contain sulfur, as well as phosphorus, within their chemical structures. When digested, these substances are broken down into acids, which need to neutralize in the body.
You can help this neutralization process if you consume alkaline foods. These include dark, leafy greens, beetroot, aubergine, sweet potatoes, avocado, quinoa, lentils, etc.
Did you know that disease cannot exist in an alkaline environment?
I am not a physician or an alkaline diet specialist. So, instead of sharing opinions, I would like to quote Dr. Otto Warburg. He spent a significant part of his life studying the matter.
He concluded, "No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment." For this work of his, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1931).
Now knowing that all inner diseases including dermatitis, allergies, cancer, candida, heart disease, bowel diseases, diabetes, inflammation of joints and skin are associated with acidic environment in the body, let's dig a bit deeper.
Blood pH and The Skin
What is pH?
Ph is the measurement for alkaline and acid. It goes from a scale from 1 to 14, being neutral at 7 (that will be distilled water).
When the pH goes down, it becomes acid; respectively, when it goes higher than 7, it becomes alkaline. When you go from 7 to 8, it's magnified by 100.
The reference point we use for the pH is the blood, and it has a very narrow range from 7.34 to 7.45. The body will do whatever it can to keep the blood pH at that level.
If the blood pH drops by 1 degree (from 7.34 to 6.34), the body won't function; it will be in a coma.
If you want to really dig into the matter, I found this awesome video by Dr. Eric Berg. He explains the concepts of acid, alkaline, and pH in depth.
What happens with your skin when your pH is acidic?
It is easy to think of a skin condition as just a skin condition. But often, the facial skin is the first place in the body to show there is imbalance elsewhere.
The body doesn't like imbalances so whenever its tissues become too acidic, it will activate its natural mechanisms to get rid of the acids itself. Unfortunately, it is our diet that keeps adding more and more acids to our bodies.
Sometimes the body's mechanisms can't work fast enough to restore the balance and get your blood pH alkaline again. When this happens, the blood pH becomes somewhat acidic, and the whole body starts to suffer - the lungs, the kidneys, the skin.
It is out of balance, and therefore, sends signals (symptoms) to let you know something is amiss; breaking out can definitely be one of those symptoms.
Foods To Reverse the Trend
Luckily you can put the brakes on too much acid by adopting a more alkaline diet. The following are fantastic foods, but you don't need to introduce them all at once.
Start implementing one at a time. I am listing some of the best alkaline foods, but if you want me to cover more — just shoot me a message.
I know, you've probably heard countless times how excellent greens are.
And here I am to tell you once again how important they are for your blood pH and respectively for your skin.
Spinach and kale should be the first guests to your alkaline diet party. Both are highly alkaline, where spinach is rich in calcium and kale offers plant iron, calcium, and vitamin K.
Bananas are another highly alkaline food that you won't want to leave out of your alkaline diet. They are rich in potassium and a great source of fiber, which helps promote digestive regularity and sweep toxins out.
Some people tend to avoid bananas to prevent weight gain due to their high sugar content which is a myth. Snacking on a banana is far better for you than eating a protein bar or a granola bar.
Sweet potatoes are an alkalizing food that provides your body with plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Because they are so high in fiber, they have less of a negative impact on blood sugar levels, since fiber helps slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream.
Therefore, sweet potatoes are an excellent food when it comes to foods keeping your energy levels stable. And to keep your skin youthful and clean, you should definitely introduce them to your alkaline diet.
Carrots are another excellent, highly alkaline food. They contain vitamin A content, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.
Beta-carotene also helps to promote a more vibrant, younger-looking skin. I love them as a side dish — roasted carrots, yum!
Strawberries are an extremely rich source of manganese, which is a mineral that facilitates metabolic function. They also contain vitamin C. Vitamin C are antioxidants, which our skin will benefit immensely.
The ways to enjoy strawberries are endless! You can add them to your smoothie, oatmeal, or in a DIY ice cream.
The skin is a significant warning system for all of us. If we pay attention to it, we can create and keep the acid/base balance.
If you suspect your skin is sending you signals, you can measure what is happening in your body. You can use pH strips and test your urine or your saliva.
I hope my research and experience with an alkaline diet will help you get brighter and more glowing skin.
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