Understanding Acid and Alkaline and How the Body Detoxifies Itself through the Key Organs

Green smoothie to help body detox

With the Autumn Equinox rapidly approaching many people’s thoughts turn to eating and drinking alkalising foods to prepare the body for the winter months ahead and support the detoxifying organs.

Top Ten Alkalising Foods:

Lemons, Cucumbers, Celery, Avocado, Spinach, Garlic, Kale, Broccoli, Bell Peppers, Wheatgrass

The body is designed to be alkaline and functions optimally in this state. The optimum pH for our blood and body tissues is around 7.35-7.45. This is slightly above the neutral pH level of 7 which is between a pH of 0 (totally acidic), and a pH of 14 (totally alkaline). However, a lot of our everyday foods cause our body to be in a constant state of acidity. A constant state of acidity may trigger longterm chronic diseases. An alkaline diet helps to balance the pH levels of fluids in the body, including blood and urine.


acid alkaline food chartThe body naturally detoxifies itself through the following key organs:-

The Skin

One of the largest organs in the body, it is estimated that it covers 20 square metres. The body uses the skin to eliminate wastes in sweat. Strong smelling sweat whilst detoxifying may indicate a high level of toxins.

The Lymphatic System

This is part of the circulatory system and has immune functions. There are many lymphatic vessels and glands throughout the body and they filter out unwanted wastes, toxins and foreign organisms like bacteria before returning them to the circulation to be eliminated by other organs.

The Lungs

The lungs are responsible not only for the intake of oxygen but also for exhaling the waste gas carbon dioxide. During times of irritation and infection the lungs may allow excretion of other wastes carried in the blood from the liver.

The Digestive Tract

Toxins and wastes are deposited in bile by the liver. Bile is stored in the gall bladder and is released into the intestines where it travels down the digestive tract to the colon. The colon is responsible for absorbing any useful compounds and water from the stool and the remainder is eliminated during a bowel movement.

The Liver

This is the main detoxification organ and is responsible for the manufacture of several enzymes and detoxification pathways designed to breakdown and enhance elimination of toxins and wastes. Once blood flows through the liver and toxins and wastes have been dealt with they are sent for elimination through the bowel or kidney.

Kidneys and Urinary Tract

The kidneys contain many tiny structures that filter out wastes and toxins from blood and these are transported to the bladder ready for elimination. The kidneys are vital for elimination and if they are unable to filter out toxins effectively it can seriously affect health.

Try And Reduce Your Exposure To Toxins

Toxins are literally all around us! We breathe them in, we eat them, we put them on our skin and we make toxins during normal day-to-day bodily functions. Common sources of toxins come from:-

Food

  • Dioxins and mercury in certain types of fish
  • BPA in canned foods and water bottles
  • PAHs when grilling red meat at high temperatures (forming smoke)
  • BHA and BHT in processed foods
  • Sodium Nitrite/Nitrate in processed meats like ham and salami
  • Pesticides and fertilisers

Cosmetics

  • Phthalates in nail polish, perfume, shampoo, soaps and deodorant
  • Parabens in make-up, hair products, body washes and moisturisers
  • Fluoride in toothpaste

Environment

  • Heavy metals
  • Chlorine in swimming pools
  • PCBs in tap water and soil
A 3-5 day light fruit and vegetable diet may help alkalise the body and is something which can be safely done at home. It may be enhanced by booking a colonic with your Colon Hydrotherapist.

The diet can be a mixture of juices, smoothies and soups. A temporary liquid diet allows for better digestion and absorption but by including some fibre supports bowel function.

For ideas on how to make your own go to some of the UK juice delivery sites as they are very informative.

There are various options and if you would rather include some food, you could do a three-day juice, soup and food diet.

A few recipe suggestions using organic produce:-

Fennel and Mint Juice

  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 1 small green apple
  • quarter of a large cucumber
  • 20g unpeeled fresh root ginger
  • half a small lime
  • 4 sprigs of fresh mint leaves
  1. Wash vegetables and fruit, chop to fit juicer.
  2. Juice all ingredients and stir well

Broccoli and Ginger Juice

  • a handful of broccoli (about 150g)
  • a small green apple
  • 1 piece of fresh root ginger unpeeled (40g)
  • quarter of a large cucumber
  • half a small lemon
  • 4 sprigs of fresh mint
  1. Wash vegetables and fruit, chop to fit juicer.
  2. Juice all ingredients and stir well.

Carrot and Cayenne Juice

  • Small piece of fresh root ginger unpeeled (5g)
  • 1.5 large carrots
  • half a small lime
  • 1 stick of celery
  • quarter tsp of ground turmeric
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. Wash vegetables and fruit, chop to fit juicer.
  2. Juice, then stir through ground turmeric and cayenne.

Green Smoothie

  • Quarter large cucumber
  • 1 green apple cored
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 30g spinach or kale, stalks removed
  • half a small avocado peeled
  • small handful of watercress
  • small piece of unpeeled fresh root ginger (5g)
  • 5 sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 3 tblsp lemon juice
  1. Wash fruit, veg and herbs and chop to fit into blender.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, pulse a few times and then blend until smooth.

Brothy Vegetable Soup

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric root or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced (3–4 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced or ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • ½ of 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 2 cups kale, stems removed, chopped
  • Fresh coriander, chopped for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat ghee in a large soup pot over medium-low.
  2. Add onion, stir. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until the onions begin to brown.
  3. Add carrots and celery, cook for 3-5 more minutes, until the vegetables soften.
  4. Add turmeric, garlic and ginger; stir until the vegetables are coated.
  5. Cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  6. Add broth or water, salt, and pepper; stir. Bring to a boil.
  7. Add cauliflower. Cover and reduce heat.
  8. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until cauliflower is tender.
  9. When the cauliflower is fork tender, add beans and kale.
  10. Cook until the kale is slightly wilted, 2-3 minutes.
  11. Serve hot garnished with coriander.
Green Soup

Fiona's recipe for Green Soup can be found in the recipe collection.

Ref: University of California San Fransisco Toxic Exposures