The pH of your body affects every aspect of your health. pH levels regulate, affect and control practically everything in nature, including your body. When your body is pH balanced, it's full of vitality, you'll have increased energy, mental clarity and you'll even notice that your skin has regained that healthy glow.
Everything living on Mother Earth must remain in a pH balanced state for the ecosystem to function as designed. Science proves that fish in our oceans and lakes can only survive in properly balanced environments; trees in our forests can only grow in properly balanced soils; and people can only stay healthy if the body has a balance between its levels of Acid and Alkaline.
We know that pH balance is important for overall health, but how does it affect flexibility?
It's pretty simple, actually. The lower (more acid) your body's pH balance, the more inflammation (hence rigidity) you have in your body. You can improve your flexibility almost immediately by choosing to eat the right foods. If you're interested in gaining flexibility, don't take my word for it, try it!
Not everyone strives to be an ultra-bendy Yogi, of course, but most of us would like to have a bit more flexibility just so we could spend more time playing with our kids and grandkids. Or maybe you're a runner who's hamstrings have gotten really tight and those monthly massage sessions are helpful, but you're not quite where you want to be.
Let's go back to diet to see how else what you eat affects who you are:
Most people get their fat from animal-based foods like milk, ghee, cheese, butter, and meat. In animals' bodies (and yours), built up toxins like pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and pollutants are most-often deposited in fat cells. Eating cilantro helps the body to detox from many pollutants, but if you reduce the acidic foods you eat, you reduce the amount of inflammation in your body and you reduce the number of the toxin loving fat cells.
Do I have to become vegetarian?
Of course not. I'm not a vegetarian (close, but no cigars, thank you), and have no plans on becoming one. Besides, you can no more live a healthy life eating just alkaline foods than you can eating only acidic foods. Like life, eating for your health is a balancing act of making the proper choices. People vary, but for the most part, the ideal diet is made up of 75% alkalizing and 25% acidifying foods by volume.
To help you make the proper choices, I'm incorporating a food chart below.
Please remember, I am not a nutritionist, and cannot advise you in specifics for you individually. Also remember, there are levels of acidity and alkalinity in the various foods; for instance, pumpkins seeds are the most alkaline of the nuts/seeds while walnuts, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts are the most acidic.
Eat more leafy, green vegetables, more fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Try to obtain more of the fats you need from the vegetable kingdom rather than the animal kingdom and see the difference in your health, your skin, your vitality, your energy levels and your flexibility.