When you hear the term “green power,” what comes to mind? Perhaps visions of solar panels or a hillside dotted with energy-generating windmills? But instead, let’s think about green power in more personal terms. Think about the super concentrated power that green food provides your body. From the veggies that grace your dinner plate to nutrient-dense algae and grasses, greens are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients that scavenge free radicals, help detoxify the body, build blood, and enhance energy. One of the most important ways these green foods foster good health is by balancing the body’s pH.
This is Your Body on “Acid”
Think back to high school chemistry class and you may remember hearing about pH, which is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The pH scale ranges from 0, which is the most acidic, to 14, which is the most alkaline –with 7 considered neutral. In your body, your blood needs to be kept in a slightly alkaline range between 7.35 and 7.45. Normally your blood pH is tightly regulated and shifts only when a person is very sick. However, intercellular acidity, which is measured by urinary or saliva pH testing, can change significantly due to lifestyle, including things like diet, exercise, and sleep. Fortunately, the body has a unique “buffering” system that protects your blood’s pH to keep it in a safe range – but it does so at a cost.
When blood and other bodily fluids become too acidic, the pancreas and kidneys secrete neutralizing bicarbonate. Key alkalizing minerals can also be pulled from bones to aid in this buffering process. But as a result, this extra buffering can deplete the body of alkaline minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. At the same time, cells become less efficient at making energy and they produce more waste (lactic acid), increasing intracellular acidity. In fact, when you are acidic, energy production in the cells is as much as 19 times less! Being acidic lowers the body’s ability to repair damaged cells, and undermines its ability to detoxify heavy metals and other contaminants. Over time, intracellular acidity can contruibute to a host of health problems including osteoporosis (bone loss), muscle wasting, and high blood pressure. It also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cognitive problems.
What causes the acidity? Everything from environmental intoxication, stress, diet, and mineral deficiencies can contribute to an acidic pH. Arguably the most detrimental – and the easiest to fix – is your diet. If you’re eating the typical American diet, filled with overly processed foods high in sugar and carbohydrates, soft drinks, and meat and dairy – especially cheese – you’re on a bad dietary acid trip.
Greens to the Rescue
What can you do to rebalance your pH? All vegetables, but especially leafy greens, top the list. These foods provide potassium and other minerals in a low calorie package that has the net effect of helping to alkalinize the body. Some fruits (but not fruit juice), and healthy fats, like olive or avocado oil, are also alkalizing. Many beans and legumes along with whole grains can be either neutral to moderately acidic. Sprouting beans and grains can change their properties, making them highly alkaline. The bottom line is that there is no substitute for green and sprouted foods to maintain one of the most important aspects of your cellular health.
The goal is to eat about 75 to 80 percent alkalizing foods and about 20 to 25 percent acidifying foods. Including a high quality powdered greens drink as part of your routine can help you reach this goal. Choosing an item from our Kyo-Green® line can help you reach this goal. Kyo-Green Greens Blend, for example, contains barley and wheat grasses, FOS, cooked brown rice, chlorella and kelp, and provides an all-natural boost of energy. Kyo-Green Harvest Blend contains a wholesome blend of organic and naturally-sourced grasses, ancient grains, fruits, vegetable and herbal extracts, combined with nutrient dense Spirulina to support and protect your immune system. Green drinks help increase your consumption of leafy greens, as well as other alkalizing superfoods like chlorella and spirulina. They also improve hydration and deliver essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When used on a regular basis, these drinks can support digestion and immunity while enhancing the body’s natural detoxification capabilities. It is one of the easiest, most convenient ways to support good health every day.
Watch your diet, try and reduce your stress and keep your pH in balance with the help of green powdered drinks. Boost your health with Green Power!
This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.