We talk a lot about the effect of acidifying foods on this website, and the alkaline diet.
Cassie and I and the AlkaWay team have benefited greatly by modifying our diet to include far more greens and other alkalinizing foods, and intentionally cutting our sugars and carbs, both of which are acidifying. I can say that I enjoy my food more than ever, eat less, and have a far more balanced mood variation than I’ve ever had. If you know someone with varying ‘upsandowns‘ through the day I can guarantee they are over-acidic. But there’s something more that can undo all our good alkalizing food effects. It’s stress.
So.. why is stress so damaging?
Stress And Alkalinity
Stress acidifies your body by stimulating production of the hormone cortisol.
But that’s not all. There are other side effects of stress.
We craves sugary foods when we are stressed, according to a Brazilian study. We have all experienced this. That’s why we call our ‘sweetie treats’ “comfort food”!
In the study, 31 of the 57 participants exhibited symptoms of stress, while the remaining 26 had no symptoms. The study concluded that “Stressed women are more prone to [sweet cravings]…” Why? Most likely due to the effect of stress on the endocrine system – levels of leptin, the “hunger hormone,” were higher in participants who were stressed and craving sugar.
Sugar is a super acidifier, and – get this – it actually destroys bone cartilage by combining with protein and creating degenerative compounds known as AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products).Sugar definitely ‘AGEs” our bones.
And that’s not all. Sugar increases calcium excretion in the urine.
You know that stressed and anxious feeling? Those stomach pains have a source. It’s stress affecting your thyroid, And… the hormones regulating your metabolism also get thrown off. Your digestion takes the effects of this disruption, making it difficult to ‘get things moving’.
In that situation, our body’s regular toxin removal process is ‘out of whack’. When we can’t absorb waste, poisons begin reabsorbing via the intestinal wall creating an acid tide beyond the colon.
Feeling sluggish is a drag. Stress can contribute to this feeling of exhaustion for a number of reasons.
Stress precipitates worry and anxiety, keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep. But you won’t rest for another reason.And it’s cortisol as the culprit once more. Stress triggers the production cortisol. This is what gives your body what it needs to respond in its ‘fight or flight’ response: increased heartbeat, dilated pupils to see more dangerous dinosaurs, tight muscles that are ready to run if need be, and more O2 to your brain for lightning reactions.
We can’t remain in this state, so the cortisol eases off, and we crash.
here’s a super obvious fact that we hear over and over and amazingly, IGNORE.
Regular exercise iWILL keep our energy levels up and cortisol levels regulated. It’s weird. You may be tired out, but the answer is right in front of you. Regular exercising several days a week will actually keep cortisol levels stable, so you have more energy in the end.
I know this one! Before I gave up gluten I’d have a bad back every six months, and every time it got worse! At the time, in my ignorance, it seemed not to have anything to do with strenuous activity or “throwing my back out.” Now I realise that beyond my diet remedy, it could simply be stress.
Stress tightens your muscles in the flight or fight response, and our muscles react by aches or pain. I sat at my computer for long periods each day, and my back and neck got very bad. Now as I write I’m standing and do so most of the day with a special computer stand. If I hadn’t done something about it, poor posture and spinal misalignment would be the result. I also make sure I stop, take a brisk walk and periodically stretch.
If stress causes sugar cravings, then reducing stress – and reducing sugar – would help weight loss.
Stress = Sugar = Weight = Stress = Sugar = Fat
In one study 61 women ate the same basic diet (high in sugar and fat).
After a year, they were evaluated for weight gain. It was discovered that those in the highest stress group gained more weight – especially abdominal fat – than those with less stress.
A recent study of obese men that changed nothing in their diet except the water they drank showed that just drinking hydrogen rich water allowed them to lose weight. The perfect diet supplement; Water!
6. Poor Memory
We all know that stress affects your brain, even more so traumatic stress. Your memory zone – the hippocampus –may actually decrease in size under prolonged stress. Unfortunately reduced brain function can or does often lead to reduced cognitive and analytic abilities – which translates into a depressed frame of mind. As we all know from the many people who have preached it to us, a positive attitude makes for a better life, but when you understand that stress actually shrinks your brain this becomes more than a theory. You can see the mechanics of the problem.
You have to beat it before you lose it.
7. Hair Loss
It’s not only cortisol that gives us our stress response. There’s another group of hormones that spike: androgens. Stress itself will cause one particular androgens, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to spike, and this one, can affect your hair follicles and even induce hair loss. Ever notice how some people’s hair always looks lifeless?
Luckily it can be reversed. Eating and drinking a pH-balanced diet and exercising daily can certainly help rebalance these hormones.
Alkalizing = Bone Renewal and involves our whole body
Go to your local doctor. Ask him or her about your osteoporosis, but don’t wait for your doctor tor ask you about your stress levels.
Believe me, I know this from personal experience.His or her job is to identify and treat symptoms, and to target a particular body part or system – such as the bones and bone turnover – with drugs. A bit like applying weed killer to improve your lettuces in the garden!
So.. what is your alkalizing strategy? Do you have one? Do you even know you need one? Don’t feel bad about not knowing. You are still in the majority, but take comfort in the fact that you now know that you can do something…. NOW!
You can begin with simple alkaline electrolytes.
You can add some alkaline sachets to your water bottle.
You can take on an alkaline diet weight loss challenge.
You can buy an alkalizing jug.
You can order alkaline greens shake in powder form.
You can order powdered green alkalizer.
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You can stop eating sugar.. and carbs.. and wheat.. and.. and!
Or you can do nothing and wonder.. has my brain already changed?
Whatever you do, let us know about your own alkalizing story. We share stories because we help people like you by sharing!