Alkaline & Your Health

Alkaline Living and Your Health

There's some early evidence that a diet low in acid-producing foods like animal protein (such as meat and cheese) and bread and high in fruits and veggies could help prevent kidney stones, keep bones and muscles strong, improve heart health and brain function, reduce low back pain, and lower risk for colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.

The average American diet, which is high in protein and low in fruits and vegetables, generates a large amount of acid, mainly as sulfates and phosphates.

In a literary review found in the Journal of Environment and public health,  Schwalfenberg, discovered as we age, there is a loss of muscle mass, which may predispose to falls and fractures. A three-year study looking at a diet rich in potassium, such as fruits and vegetables, as well as a reduced acid load, resulted in preservation of muscle mass in older men and women . Conditions such as chronic renal failure that result in chronic metabolic acidosis result in accelerated breakdown in skeletal muscle. Correction of acidosis may preserve muscle mass in conditions where muscle wasting is common such as diabetic ketosis, trauma, sepsis, chronic obstructive lung disease, and renal failure. In situations that result in acute acidosis, supplementing younger patients with sodium bicarbonate prior to exhaustive exercise resulted in significantly less acidosis in the blood than those that were not supplemented with sodium bicarbonate [J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 727630.].

It has also been found that high acidic diets in youth has led to decreased growth hormone and short stature.  And that correction of such may lead to increased growth hormone.  Improving growth hormone levels may improve quality of life, reduce cardiovascular risk factors, improve body composition, and even improve memory and cognition. (J Endocrinol. 2010 Nov; 207(2):125-6)

There is some evidence that chronic low back pain improves with the supplementation of alkaline minerals. With supplementation there was a slight but significant increase in blood pH and intracellular magnesium. Ensuring that there is enough intracellular magnesium allows for the proper function of enzyme systems and also allows for activation of vitamin D. This in turn has been shown to improve back pain. (J Am Board Fam Med. 2009 Jan-Feb; 22(1):69-74)

Barzel and Massey, in the Journal of Nutrition, concluded that consumption of acidic foods in excess adversely affects bone, unless buffered by the consumption of alkali-rich foods or supplements.( J Nutr. 1998 Jun;128(6):1051-3)

Why supplement?

In a research review published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (287, 23:3116-26, 2002), two Harvard researchers reported finding a link between inadequate intakes of certain vitamins and the increased risk for chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.

In addition, they said most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins through diet alone. "Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements," the authors wrote.

The produce that is grown commercially today contains 75% less nutrition than it did in the 1950's (source: Health Canada).

Therefore the use of supplements to counteract the American diet that has been shown in research to be high in acidic nature helps to improve health as well as weight loss.  As we continue to strive for improved health and wellbeing it is necessary to change our pH and improve the alkalinity in our bodies.  Phuel nutritional supplements aim at providing supplementation for the body that aids in increased alkalinity and providing the nutrients that your body is missing through general dietary consumption.

Phuel up today!