Have you tried combating symptoms of a skin problem, only to find out that not long after the symptoms will appear again? Annoying, I know. Today I am sharing what I learned about blood pH and how it affects your skin health. Read on for the best alkaline foods for skin glow.
Tackle the symptoms or the cause?
The ancient Chinese believed that the symptom of an illness itself is not, necessarily, the illness, but the sign of a 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.'' - so true!
Want to learn how an alkaline diet can help you get healthier skin? Keep Reading!
Do you eat more acidic or more alkaline foods?
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 sulphur, as well as phosphorus, within their chemical structures.
When digested, these substances are broken down into acids, which need to neutralized in the body.
You can help this neutralization process if you consume alkaline foods like dark, leafy greens, beetroot, aubergine, sweet potatoes, avocado, quinoa, lentils, etc.
Diseases 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, who 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).
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, we are ready to dig a bit deeper.
What does you blood pH have to do with your skin health?
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 a 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 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 does balanced skin pH mean?
Healthy skin is slightly acidic (can vary between 4.5 and 6.5).
This acid forms protective oil barrier, keeping the skin moisturized and healthy.
Don't let this concept fool you though. Your skin will keep it natural acidity as long as you don't use bar soap, foam cleansers with sulfates, harsh exfoliants and peelings.
If you make sure you clean your face both morning and evening and apply moisturizer right after and gently exfoliate on a regular basis, your skin will keep its acidity in the health norms.
When talking about alkaline foods for skin and their effect on the pH, we talk about the blood pH and not on the skin pH.
With this being said, let's look at the blood pH and what happens with it when we eat acidic diet.
What happens with your skin when you consume acidic foods?
It is easy to think of a skin condition as just a skin condition, but often the facial skin is 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 the body.
And sometimes its mechanisms can't work fast enough to restore the balance and get your blood pH alkaline again.
When this happens, the blood pH becomes rather acidic and the whole body starts to suffer - the lungs, the kidneys, the skin.
It is out of balance and therefore it sends signals (symptoms) to let you know something is amiss; breaking out can definitely be one of those symptoms.
Now you are probably asking 'How do I reverse this trend?'. And of course, you cannot eat only alkaline foods and never eat out or treat yourself wine, chocolate and coffee. Like with everything in life, we should seek balance in our diet.
You can put the brakes on too much acid by adopting a more balanced diet, meaning more alkaline foods and less junk.
The list of awesome alkaline foods is very long, so I am listing only a fraction of the whole. Do you want me to cover more? Just shoot me a message or comment down below 🙂
Alkaline Foods For Skin Glow
I know, you've probably heard countless times how awesome the greens.
But I can't stress enough 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 help 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.
In fact 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 in you alkaline diet.
Carrots are another awesome highly alkaline food. They contain vitamin A content, beta-carotene and antioxidants.
Beta-carotene also helps to promote more vibrant, younger looking skin. I love them as a side dish - roasted.. Mmmmm
Strawberries are extremely rich source of manganese, which a mineral creating facilitate metabolic function.
They also contain vitamin C and antioxidants vitamin vitamin C. The ways to enjoy strawberries are endless - you can add them to your smoothie, oatmeal or in a DIY icecream
Our skin acts like a great warning system and if we actually pay attention to it, we can keep the acid/base balance.
If you suspect that your skin is sending you signals, you can measure what is happening in your body by using pH strips and testing your urine or your saliva.
Making a big change in your diet could be overwhelming. Don't try to introduce all foods, instead try implementing them one at a time.
Hope my research and experience with alkaline diet will help you get brighter and more glowing skin.
Looking forward to hear about your skin diet and any skin foods you love. Share your wisdom and verdict in the comments below.
Stay healthy and take skin care
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