Acidic foods vs. Alkaline foods for the wakeboard body

Darin Shapiro

Feeling alkaline in the barrel.

Written by Jimmy Tiblier, inspired by the Shapiro’s dinner table.

Healthy eating has become a trend in America, but most people are unclear about what foods are truly healthy and what foods are not. Obesity, heart disease, cancer, chronic inflammation and other modern day illnesses have created a demand for knowledge about the human diet. Most of these illnesses are linked to a diet high in acidic foods, and low in foods that are alkaline. Wakeboarding places harsh demands on the human body, namely, inflammation from the heavy wear and tear. These five facts about alkaline foods will should help clarify most questions one may have about alkaline foods.

1.) As a general rule of thumb, acidic foods consist mainly of processed food products. Meat and dairy products, processed grains, fast food, and almost anything on the inner aisles at grocery stores is usually processed in some form. Try to buy foods found along the outer shelves such as fresh produce consisting mainly of veggies, fruit, and nuts. Most fish species tend to be highly alkaline, allowing humans to satisfy their carnivorous desires safely.

1.) The blood in our bodies has a pH level. The neutral pH level is 7 and foods considered acidic are below 7 while alkaline foods are above level 7. An ideal pH level is between 7.35 and 7.45. When our blood is too acidic, it cannot fight inflammation and infection efficiently. If we bring the ph of our blood to a more balanced state, the body functions optimally.

2.) Not all alkaline foods are created equal. Some foods have a very small effect on alkaline levels while others have a large effect on alkaline levels. We cannot offset highly acidic foods with foods that are barely considered to be alkaline.

3.) Stick with organic and non GMO foods. Most alkaline foods are from the ground and are very close to their natural state. Adding harmful chemicals through modern farming techniques defeats the purpose when trying to achieve a more alkaline blood level. Even though you may be eating a piece of fruit that has a high alkaline content, if the fruit was not grown organically, there may be other substances in that piece of fruit that raise acid levels in the blood. Pesticides and chemicals tend to be acid forming.

4.) Don’t overcook your veggies. Cooking leeches nutrients from the food source. The longer the produce is cooked, the less nutrients will be in the vegetable. Heating certain cooking oils can cause them to become more acidic. Look into cooking with coconut oil, which has a much higher burn off temperature than other oils.

5.) Watch what you drink as well. Studies have shown that soft drinks, colas, artificial sweeteners and other additives are highly acidic, leading to extensive tumor growth and high cancer levels. Also consider using a water filter designed to eliminate acid from the water we drink. Our water sources are highly polluted, creating “acidic water.” I add lemon to my water to help offset the amount of acid introduced to my body.
These tips should help you figure out how to go about changing your diet in order to achieve a more harmonious balance in our body. Alkaline foods are known to present a positive emotional response while acidic foods can create negative feelings.  To be on top of your game physically and mentally, look into eating a diet consisting of more alkaline foods. Quinoa and wild rice are good alkaline food substitutes for our traditional rices and pastas that tend to be acidic. Try eating more fish instead of poultry and red meat. Vegetables and fruits usually help our bodies the most. Eat well, ride well!

Thank you Darin for the opportunity and thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey.