Diabetes is a completely manageable disease… but there are some days that are just rough.

Nick Jonas

I did a two-part series on Managing Type 2 Diabetes and Type 1 Diabetes, and in the first part we looked at high blood sugar levels and the complications they cause and why. In Part 2, I shared about the glycemic index of foods and which foods you can use to help normalize your blood sugars. In this blog post, we will look at the second cause of complications, and that is acid in the body and how to lower it.

What is the Body’s Normal PH Level?

If you are looking to treat type 2 diabetes, it’s important to understand PH levels. A Ph level of 7 is neutral. Those levels vary throughout your body. Your blood is slightly alkaline, with a ph between 7.35 and 7.45. Your stomach is very acidic with a ph of 3.5 or below , so it can break food down.  When blood sugar levels are higher than normal, this produces an acid environment beyond your normal ph levels and that causes internal inflammation and the silent yet consistent damage to your body. This contributes to all of the complications of diabetes. The goal is to integrate simple alkalizing tips and tools into your daily life so that you support your body to prevent, repair and yes even reverse damage .

Treating Diabetes By Refreshing and Recharging Your Body. How to go Alkaline and Lower Acid Levels

  1. More than just a diet. Did you know that medications are one of the most acid forming things you can take? By exploring a more natural approach and looking at alternatives such as herbs, essential oils,  homeopathy solutions, and acupuncture to name a few, these are all friendly options that support your body giving it a break from digesting and breaking down chemicals which is stressful to the body
  2. Eat green and eat raw as often as possible. The more processed the foods, the less value meaning all nutritional value has been removed and the more acid they are. Trying to choose 70 % alkaline foods ( fruits, vegetables, soybeans and legumes) and 30 % acidic foods(meat and carbs) is the way to go. The most alkalizing food you can eat is an avocado . Even just a third or half portion is a great start.
  3. Reduce acidic foods such as  beef, chicken, pork, fish, eggs, dairy, and most grains including white refined flour and sugar.
  4. Limit alcohol consumption
  5. Drink Alkaline water (see previous article). Most tap water is 6.5- 7.Ph while alkaline water is a ph of 9 , making it better at re-balancing the acid-alkaline levels in your body. Because alkaline water molecules are smaller than those of tap water this means they permeate your body more thoroughly and leave you more hydrated than regular water.
  6. Another alkalizing remedy is to dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink the mixture slowly. This is often used to treat heartburn know as acid reflux. It is also used in place of mouthwash to freshen breath and provide antibacterial and anti microbial properties. It is also used to treat canker sores, There are many uses for Baking soda
  7. Choose natural energy boosting beverages such as lemon water, peppermint tea, yerba mate tea and green powder supplements that cleanse the digestive system and buffer excess acids. Smoothies with vegs are excellent.
  8. Break a sweat and get moving. Doing 20-30 minutes of movement 3-4 times per week has many benefits including counteracting acidity in our bodies.
  9. Seek Balance by finding ways to distress . This can include long walks, mediation, yoga, tai chi, qui gong and hypnotherapy to name a few.

By just taking a rest from some of the acid producing foods, and by integrating even just one of the alkaline forming practices in this blog, who can start to experience a more balanced internal environment supporting your body for healing. When treating your type 2 diabetes, you can start slow with just one thing and then try another until you find one that resonates with you.