Food and drink are the 2 things we constantly put into our bodies, often without thinking twice about it. We’ve looked at food, but how do the drinks we have affect us?
The Problem: lack of energy
From the research I have done, acidity is a big reason for lack of energy. What seems to have happened, is that our lifestyle, the food and what we drink create an increasing amount of acid in our body. Drinking, smoking, stress and the diet all leads to be acidic.
This builds up over the years and seems to be one of the factors that gradually rob you of energy in your late 20’s. Acidity in the body has also been linked to cancer (what hasn’t really, but check out the research of Dr Warburg that won him 2 Nobel Prizes almost 75 years ago, that suggests that alkaline environment help prevent this. Read from “Cancer hypothesis” section). Now, I’m only looking at acidity from an energy perspective only here, but that was an interesting read anyway.
The Plan: minimise acid in my body
Going on the rather simple concept that acid must be bad for me and thus avoiding putting acid in my body is good, I thought I’d look at the acidity in drinks. Bearing in mind PH 7 is neutral and PH 1 is like battery acid, here’s a few notable examples according to this site:
- Lemon juice c. pH 2.3
- Gatorade pH 2.4
- Coca Cola pH 2.5
- Orange juice c. pH 3.75
- Beer c. pH 3.9
- Coffee pH 5.5
- Milk c. pH 6.6
- Pure water c. pH 7
- Tea pH 7.2
Apparently as living things, humans, are extremely sensitive to pH. Blood plasma and other fluids that surround the cells in the body have a pH of 7.2 to 7.45.
“A blood pH of 6.9 can induce coma and death. That is why all bodily systems are secondary in importance to the system of pH balancing. Your body will willingly shut down digestion, alter temperature, rob your bones of calcium, deprive your pancreas, just to maintain adequate fluid buffers of alkalinity to balance the `acid tide` we inflict upon ourselves through diet and stress etc.” Source: ionizers.org
That sounds like an incentive to minimise acid in the body!
So my plan is to
- increase Alkaline food in my body (opposite of acid food, with PH higher than 7). Here’s a list of alkaline foods to help you make the right choices
- On top of that I figure that we drink so much water, maybe having more alkaline water would help. There’s many options on the market, some of which cost a lot, but I thought I’d try an ionizer stick as a cheap introduction, you basically add it to your water bottle and it brings the pH towards 8, nicely alkaline.
The Result: more energy and a self righteous slightly smug feeling
- The food I was eating was relatively good already on the alkaline stakes, so it is difficult to understand if there was a direct impact from that, but good to understand what type of food I’m putting in my body.
- The water with Ionizer stick I started about 1 week after changing some of the foods, and I genuinely feel I have a lot more energy during the day, and when I get home I have energy for a lot more than a TV dinner! There may be a placebo effect there, but it feels good and if it works, then why not. Water goes to a pH c.8, easily tested using pH testing kits.