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.
You can install your own alkaline UltraStream.
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!
From Cassie Bond,
I’d like to talk about two of the most important reasons I believe people give up using the program. It’s often those of us with health challenges that do give up before we even get to see the benefits.
I want to talk about the problems I have had, and have seen other people encounter in the first stages of this program. I will talk about the changes that we go through as our bodies adjust from a glucose burning body to a fat burning body. The other important thing I am going to talk about today are the “healing reactions” we encounter on our journey to good health. These healing reactions are another reason why we give up and go back to a high carbohydrate diet.
In the first few weeks to 2 months of starting the alkaline paleo program, we will encounter an uncomfortable period of change over, from a glucose burning body to a fat burning body. This period of change over is inevitable as the body changes from using one fuel as a source of energy to using another. The length of time this change will last depends on our personal genetics and our health history.
These changeover symptoms are usually just plain tiredness and sometimes there are flu like symptoms also which may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. There are those of of us who will hardly even notice the difference but most us will have a sense of real tiredness, we will urinate a lot, have cramps and we will have foggy thinking.
One of the most important things to do to ease the symptoms in this adjustment period is to make sure we are getting plenty of Celtic sea Salt. This will make the process so much easier. The salt will help with the excess urination, tiredness and muscle cramping.
The changeover of the bodies fuels can also cause some depression. This is because the chemicals in the brain are readjusting as they are no longer receiving the opioid like reactions from the wheat and the dairy we have been eating, nor are we getting the blood sugar level highs from the high carbohydrates foods.
But don’t worry, I can guarantee these highs, and of course the inevitable lows that follow, will be replaced by a much more calm and stable mind when you have gone through the initial adjustments.
We need to make sure we can get plenty of rest in this changeover period as the body is doing a lot of work to get us well. It’s a good idea at this stage to start nurturing ourselves in ways that don’t include the old habits of eating high carb comfort foods. We can start doing really nice things for ourselves like taking a walk, reading a great book, having an Epsom salt bath, keeping a journal, meditating, watching a funny movie or just taking a nap.
Now the other reason we may give up the alkaline paleo diet is this. We all believe that when we start eating better we should start getting progressively better from our health challenges. This seems to make total sense right?
No, it’s not like this and I will tell you why.
Many of us who try the alkaline paleo program do so to heal from chronic health challenges that could have been present in the body anywhere from 6 months to many many years to even a lifetime.
When the body is chronically unwell it’s only option for our survival will mean putting some not imminently life threatening health challenges into deeper levels of our body. It leaves them there, till hopefully one day, it will be strong enough to deal with them.
As the body gets the nutrition and cleansing it needs it begins unwinding the deeper layer issues and with this unwinding we may feel ‘sick’ with different symptoms which can be confusing if we don’t understand what is happening.
I call these symptoms ‘healing reactions’ . Healing reactions occur because the body is finally able to deal with these deeper layer issues. Healing Reactions show us that we are now capable of deep healing and they are a great sign.
How can we tell whether what is happening to us is a ‘Healing Reaction’ or that we are just plain getting sicker?
First it is important to know that we must stay on the diet and not cheat to really know if these reaction are healing reactions If we cheat there will be reactions in the body to the cheat foods and these are not healing reactions. These reactions can be quite strong as your body says absolutely “no” to the cheat food and lets you know it. Cheat reactions can last for days after the cheat.
This is how to tell the difference between a ‘healing reaction’ or just plain getter sicker.
Just before we get healing reactions we will start to feel much better and will have more energy. Then in the next day or couple of days, we will find a ‘healing reaction ‘ will occur and we won’t feel good or we will even feel downright awful. Then after maybe a few day to a week we will start feeling good again. This will repeat until all our health challenges are gone.
At this point I would like to say, if you are at all worried about any reactions then it is important that you check with your doctor as it might be something that needs quick attention.
I have heard some people say that they aren’t doing well on a low carb diet and so they start to eat potato or white rice to get more carbs and then say they start to feel a lot better.
Watch out for this, as what is happening is that the healing reactions are actually being halted from the high carb intake and these people are also getting a blood sugar high.
If you do feel the need for more carbs eat some more vegetables, such as cauliflower, zucchini or eggplant as these are carbohydrates but they will not spike your blood sugar nor stop the healing reactions. Spiked blood sugar causes an ageing cascade in the body and is counter productive to healing and longevity.
I hope this helps to bring some reassurance that its ok to have healing reactions . I can honestly say I have now observed enough absolute healing in people from chronic ill health to know that these ‘healing reactions’ are a normal part of the process of total healing
If you let me know of your healing reactions I can help you with ways you can ease some of the discomfort. We really don’t want to resort to drugs if we can help it as this would be counter productive to the healing process.
Contact Cassie at http://www.alkalinepaleodiet.com