Alkalizing vs Acidic Foods and Why A Balanced pH is Key to Good Health

 

Last week I posted a photo on instagram talking about alkaline vs. acidic foods that garnered a positive response from many of you. I wanted to discuss the imporance in more detail and answer some questions. Its a fun topic in my opinion and SO IMPORTANT! Lets just get to it, ok?

What does pH mean?

The term pH refers to the relative proportions of acidity and alkalinity and stands for potantial hydrogen. Every living system on earth has a pH: your hair, ocean water, the air. Even Draino and lighter fluid has a pH.

Maintaining a proper pH inside our bodies is one of the necessities for good health. When we have a balanced pH we lose weight easily (assming you have weight to lose), we have clearer skin and are less likely to get sick or suffer from chronic illness.

Essentially a balanced pH = healthy af.

Health and an Imbalanaced pH

Addressing an over acidic system is fundamental to bringing the body back to  health. So what can happen if you are overly acidic which many Americans are?

Acidic enviorments are breeding grounds for pathogens that get us sick.

The ratio of celluar pH determines whether bad bacteria and pathogens incuabte or reamin dormant -basically if disease spreads or not. When tissues and organs are loaded down with acidity then the body can’t properly distribute oxygen to cells- this leads to mucus building up in lungs causing infections and viruses. The main forms of arthritis relate to a pH imbalance and accumalation of acid in the joints.

Acidity weakens the nervous system making it harder to manage stress and day to day life.

If you are constantly out of breath you might be suffering from acidosis which means the body is having trouble delivering oxygen to the cells because the blood is too acidc.

Acidic conditions in the body are also associated with cataracts,  gout, migraines, constipation, cancer, acne, skin rashes, stroke, allergies, diabetes, obesity and more. Its a laundry list people.

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ACNE- How I Got to the Bottom of My Breakouts And Cleared Up My Skin

 

Skin- When you its clear and glowing you feel confident. When its covered in pimples you don’t. Its hard to even listen to anyone else talk because you’re so in your head worried if they are staring at your pimples that you can’t hear a word they are saying. At least thats what happens to me.

Often when you switch your diet to a whole foods plant based one your skin clears up. And mine did initially but this last year my skin took a turn for the worst. And it sucked.

I was dealing with all kinds of breakouts. Serious painful breakouts that came to a head this January and I was just over it. 

Read on to see the transformation of my skin with un-edited before and after photos and the changes I made in diet, lifestyle and products that have left me with the clearest skin I’ve had in years.

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5 Non-Toxic Health, Home and Beauty Hacks

Like many I am a sucker for a good DIY but often find that I am too lazy to actually do it. However when it comes to my health, motivation is never in short supply. These little hacks require very minimal effort making, are very approachable and easy to add into your daily routine. On top of that they are actually good for you and your home. Hashtag winning anyone?

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5 Easy Ways to Get More GREEN Vegetables in Your Diet

This may or may not come as a surprise to you but I effing love vegetables. All of them. I havent met one I don’t like and green ones in particular I take a special liking to. Now, I know you have heard it hundreds of times: eating vegetables is vital for your health but studies show that diets higher in plant based foods are linked with lower rates of chronic illness including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Unfortunately for many people vegetables are not enjoyable foods to eat. And we’re not just talking about childern here either. Think about your friends and family for a minute. I bet that you can name at least one adult who struggles to get enough vegetables in their diet simply because they do not like them or don’t know clever ways to sneak them in. Share this list with them and start utilizing them in your daily life to up your vegetable game!

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Coconut Cabbage Salad with Mint Pesto Tofu

Firstly, thank you to all of you who took the time to read my last post and leave such thoughtful comments. I often feel like the internet is so saturated and this blog goes unread (except by my mom and boyfriend lol) but last week fueled some motivation to keep sharing authentically on here. Although it is very theraputic for me and I LOVE creating this blog its also something I do to inspire and connect with others. So thank you. That last post was lengthy and the fact that many of you took the time to read it and comment moves and surprises me in the best way.

You see…, time is the most vaulable resource you have.

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Turmeric Rice Bowls with Golden Cauliflower, Potatoes and Black Beans + Some Thoughts

This is a long winded post where I spill the beans. Ready?

If I told you that exercise caused endorphins and endorphins make you happy you’d probably knod or roll your eyes at me for the obvious-ness of my statement.  Truth be told, I had nearly forgotten about the positive vibe tidal wave that came after a good sweat sesh. You see, the past few months have been strange. Not in the sense that odd things are happening, its just that my life has never looked the way its looked recently.

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5 Ingredient Chocolate Truffles and 5 Freakishly Inspiring Quotes

vegan chocolate truffles caraskitchen.net

I am a quote whore. That might seem extreme but I seriously am. A quote can move me so much that I encorporate it into daily  conversations as if they were my own words. But I always wanna give credit where credit is due hence this list. Few things can impact me so simply then a solid quote. Some rule my life, some help me get a point across and others are mantras for how I approach each day. I have hundreds of them saved… on my desk top, on sticky notes, in my head. Below are 5 quotes I am L-O-V-I-N-G right now. Take one for yourself if one makes you feel something special. I truly hope these quotes inspire you as much as they do me. AND since this is a food blog, lol, below is a recipe for some insanely good vegan chocolate truffles I made for my boyfriend that made him go WOW and that made my heart so full.

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Health Benefits of Red Food – Monochromatic Monday

Monochromatic Monay Red Caras Kitchen

This was started on accident. One afternoon a few weeks back I made myself lunch and without intention behind it, put together a bowl of entirely green fruits and vegetables. It also happened to be Monday and discovered the hashtag  #monochromaticmonday. Thus started to put together monochromatic bowls of different food on Monday and a new series was born. Through doing this I have discovered so many different varieties of produce that in the past had been overlooked. It also helped me discover that I am a massive creature of habit and buy the same produce week after week.

I am no stranger to the importance of eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies for optimum health but after some reflection and a good scroll down my instagram feed it was easy to see I was eating the same things over and over again. In an effort to mix it up and hopefully inspire others to reach for new foods here is a little tid bit on this weeks featured color: RED
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What Happens When You Start Your Day With Lemon Water?

Lemon Water Caras Kitchen

During the month of January I decided to start my day with a glass of lemon water before having my coffee. Like many people, I begin my day with a good old cup o’ joe. I am one of those people who has very little interest in even entertaining the idea of giving up coffee so this was not what this experiment was about. There are several benefits of drinking lemon water including the following:

  1. It Aids in Digestion: acid helps breakdown food hence there being so much in our bellies naturally but as we age we produce less of it so lemon water may help.
  2. Helps get you Hydrated: many of us dont get enough water as is so having a glass first thing in the morning starts you off on the right foot.
  3. Prevents Oxidation: lemons contain phytonutrients that protect out body against disease. These substances have antioxidant properties for the body.
  4. Vitamin C Boost: vitamin C helps protect us from cell damage and repair injury aside from giving us a immunity boost.

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