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Arthritis and Alkalinity

Maintaining a balanced pH ratio between acidity and alkalinity is vital for health as pH controls the speed of the body’s biochemical reactions.

At a very basic level, regulatory mechanisms within the body — digestion and hormonal production, among others — removes acidic residues from the body. A healthy and balanced pH will not deviate far from acidity or alkalinity; otherwise, the body’s cells would be poisoned with their own toxins.

Acidosis, a pH tilted towards the acidic, is the beginning of many chronic degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. As a body tilts towards the overly acidic, cells begin to weaken and the breakdown of defensive systems begins and ailments like rheumatoid arthritis can develop.

Part of the blame for over-acidity is the shift towards industrialization of the food supply. People no longer eat ‘live’ foods but instead stuff themselves with processed grains and food products geared towards long shelf life. Foods missing essential nutritional components are known as ‘dead’ foods.  Likewise, people are increasing consumption of high protein foods and eating less fresh fruits and vegetables. High protein diets have a high acid load and skew a person’s acidic levels.

When the pH level is out of balance, the excess acid decreases the ability of oxygen hemoglobin in the blood to absorb oxygen and increase cellular mutations which leads to cancer and free radical damage.

Restoring Optimal Alkalinity Through DietArthritis2

A very strict diet regimen that completely removes animal fats and many grains can help a sufferer feel energized. A diet that includes no red meat, chicken, seafood, wheat, and oats or sugary foods such as ice cream is needed.

The best diet for sufferers is a diet that includes cruciferous vegetables, the essential greens along with whole fruits. The ideal balance would be 70/30 of alkaline foods to acidic foods. A key ingredient to a healthy and recovering diet is alkaline water.

Alkaline Water

Tips about producing alkaline water for consumption include:

  • Buying an alkaline water production unit for the home. A good machine will produce high pH levels, antioxidant content and smaller molecular clusters.
  • Adding 1/4 tsp of aluminum-free baking soda with a tiny bit of sea salt in daily drinking water.
  • Putting lemon in the water with a touch of sea salt and drink the mixture throughout the day.
  • Drinking one to four ounces of wheatgrass daily.
  • Occasionally enjoying a fresh smoothie made of vegetable juice.

 

Cooking Tips

Arthritis can make it painful to cook, even when healthy ingredients are involved. Armed with healthy ingredients, here are a few tips to help make your cooking a little easier — and a little more pain-free.

Toaster Oven

When it’s possible, bake, broil and reheat in a toaster oven or a countertop microwave. This will spare your joints the pain of stooping to use a traditional oven.

Hang Those Pots and Pans

Keep from bending over by storing the items most often used at arm level. Instead of bending to find pots and pans in cabinets, hang them on wall hooks or a ceiling rack.

Store Within Reach

Store cooking oil, seasonings and other frequent ingredients on the counter top so they’re within easy, comfortable reach. Keep sugar, flour and tea on the counter in cannisters with easy-to-remove lids.

Ergonomic Utensils

Well-designed utensils will make all the difference. An ergonomic knife with a large handle will allow you to use body weight to slice instead of just the hand. Padded handles on spatulas are more comfortable to grip and two-handled pots and pans are a must have.

Go Electric

Repetitive motions such as chopping, mincing or mixing will be hard on joints. Use small electric appliances to pick up some of the workload. An immersion blender can get the whisking done quickly and a food processor is perfect for mincing and shredding.

Put the Refrigerator on a Leash

Having trouble opening the fridge door? Tie a scarf or leash around the handle and use it to pull the door open.

Cook Once, Eat Twice

Whenever you cook, double the ingredients, and you’ll have a second meal to freeze. This makes for a great solution for those days when joints are especially achy — or you’re just not in the mood for cooking.

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