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Last updated: Sat 11 Jan 2014

The pH of food and why it matters

Getting your protein only from meat, fish or dairy sources is counter-intuitive and puts you at risk of slowing your progress.

SpinachA lot of people who have just started a strength training or conditioning programme will do some preliminary research. This leads them to the conclusion their protein requirements are now higher, therefore they should consume more protein.

While this is true, it is the sources of protein that are often overlooked. Typical bodybuilders or fitness enthusiasts will consume protein from red and white meat, fish, dairy, protein supplements and obtain trace amounts through carbohydrates – such as pasta.

One of the problems with these sources is that they are very acidic; their pH causes an acidic environment in the body. The ironic thing here is they are eating protein to build muscle or get stronger, but an acidic environment is actually catabolic to our muscles!

In other words getting your protein only from meat, fish or dairy sources is counter-intuitive and puts you at risk of slowing your progress.

So what’s the answer? Well, to eat foods high in alkalines. The easy way to do this is to eat a good amount of pretty much any fruit or vegetables as they are typically very high in alkaline content – particularly leafy greens.

Foods with a great alkaline level, as well as plenty of micro-nutrients and other phytochemicals include, but are not limited to:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Red Pepper
  • Figs
  • Apples

Interestingly most grains are actually acid-forming also. So limiting your intake of refined grains such as pasta and bread would certainly help as well.

If you’re worried about protein, don’t be – leafy greens contain around 5 grams of protein per cooked cup. A few cups along with the rest of your meal will easily provide you with enough protein for one sitting.

As a vegan bodybuilder I have used this method of obtaining protein for years and it has worked for me and many others I know!

If you want your own tailor-made diet and exercise programme written for you, as well as expert advice on hand 24/7 – check out the link below.

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Power-Plant Personal Training & Nutrition
Telephone 07865 654 472
Email marlon@power-plant.co.uk
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