CHLOROPHYLL – Recently called ‘THE ALKALISING MOLECULE OF LIFE’, is an active molecule that absorbs sunlight and uses its energy to synthesise carbohydrates from CO2 and water. This process is known as Photosynthesis and is the basis for sustaining the life processes of all plants.
What interest us, as humans, is that Chlorophyll molecular structure (what gives the green colour to plants) is very similar to that of our red blood cells, but with magnesium at its centre instead of iron. Just as with Haemoglobin, in order to do its job (synthesising carbohydrates) it needs to be attached to the backbone of a very complicated protein. This protein has exactly the correct structure to delocalise the chlorophyll molecules in the optimal position to enable them to react with nearby CO2 and H2O molecules very efficiently.
Also, it has been discovered that there are two types of Chlorophyll molecules present in all plantes: chlorophyll a and b (that in fact, are complimentary). What this discover involves is that it gives the plant a maximum absorption, allowing it to absorb efficiently the energy from sunlight.
Chlorophyll absorbs so strongly that it can mask other less intense colours (from molecules such as carotene and quercetin) are revealed when the chlorophyll molecule decays in the Autumn, and the leaves turn red, orange, and golden brown. Chlorophyll can also be damaged when vegetation is cooked, since the central Magnesium atom is replaced by hydrogen ions. The molecule now altered, cooked leaves change colour to a paler, insipid yellowy green, often alongside with the emanation of strong smell.
When going even deeper, Chlorophyll, it has been explained, has the same molecular structure than Haemoglobin, and considering that blood is made from 75% of Haemoglobin, it makes sense to eat our ‘Greens‘.
SuperGreens such as kale and other vegetables from the brassica family (including broccoli and Collard Greens), spirulina and pre-sprouted cereal grass (especially barley grass) are rich in chlorophyll.
When Chlorophyll is ingested, it takes on the job of haemoglobin – with the help of the vitamin K and C, folic acid, iron, calcium, and protein –, increasing the number of red blood cells, subsequently increasing oxygen utilisation by the body, boosting our internal health as a whole. Therefore, Chlorophyll has the power to regenerate our bodies at the molecular and cellular level.
Chlorophyll is also known to help cleanse the body, fight infection, wound healing and promote the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune, and detoxification systems. Chlorophyll appears to bind with substances such as Aflatoxin (mould found on Corn and Peanuts), Carcinogens found in Tobacco smoke and others found in cooked meat, before they are even absorbed by the digesting system – preventing them from entering the body. If that fails, it also reduces the binding of carcinogens to DNA in the liver and other organs.
Studies have shown that Chlorophyll also rapidly eliminate odours, both body and fecal, such as garlic, alcohol and cigarettes, and may be useful in combating bad breath.
At the beginning of this article, I have written that Chlorophyll was called the alkalising molecule of life. What does that really mean? Why alkalising is important?
“The pH Miracle”, written by Dr. Robert Young, explains in details that intoxication of the body have worse consequences on the body than most people understand. Good and Bad Cholesterol present in the blood; therefore, Fat is a response from the body from an alarming over-acidic environment. In its fight to consistently detoxify itself, our body, especially the liver, creates fat cells (Cholesterol) to carry toxins and toxic waste (acids) away from your vital organs.
The blood in your body, about 8% of total body weight, is the key regulator and indicator of your overall health (no wonder why blood samples are taken when you are unwell), delivering oxygen and other nutrients to each and every cell in your body.
Brain, heart and vein function, in addition to mineral absorption, are all aspects of the human body that can be greatly affected by pH balance.
Achieving and maintaining a proper pH balance in your body is vital to your health and well-being. In its natural state, the pH of the body is slightly alkaline. It must maintain this slightly alkaline state for your very survival, and has developed complex mechanisms to ensure that this balance is maintained.
The body pH range around 7.36-7.44; which is slightly alkaline.
P.H. is measured between 0 and 14, and 7 is where the P.H. is balanced. Lower is acidic and above is called alkaline, the state in which the body thrives.
It is very important to understand that diseases cannot live in an alkaline environment (including all major diseases, including obesity, Diabetes and Cancer. This is not a recent discovery. It has been proven many years ago, but for the reason that people being sick generates more money to medical companies and manufacturers. No one is interested in changing the way people are slowly damaging their health. Healthy people do not spend money on prescribed drugs and medicines).
I cannot stress enough that an acidic body is the result of the presence of toxins in the body. Toxin waste and acidity was clearly explained in the previous article: ‘Detoxification: The Truth’. Furthermore, detoxifying the body is paramount.
What makes a body acidic?
In a previous article: The Difference between Whole Foods and Processed Foods, I have discussed the importance of linking healthy food, including raw food in the diet, and avoiding at any cost processed foods.
Processed foods are what the body, and the blood, acidic, because they are stripped all that was good inside. Therefore, it does not do anything good to the body.
Most processed foods are packed with refined salt and sugars, sometimes, artificial sugars, trans-fat (hydrogenated fats) known to be the worse offenders. Many animal products (high protein foods, including nitrogen, a byproduct of protein digestion), cereals (including wheat and bread), stress, alcohol, drugs, and caffeine are also acid forming.
Imbalance and excessive levels of acidity is often referred to as acidosis. Acidosis can eventually destroy the osmosis process between sodium and magnesium at the cellular level, and kill the cell.
In the worse scenario the DNA of the cell may be modified, opening doors to many diseases – due to free-radical damage, promoting premature ageing; therefore, even minor deviations from a balanced pH can severely affect the brain, arteries, the heart, muscles, and many organs.
Going deeper, an acidic body/blood has many consequences. To keep the pH balanced the blood requires large amount of phosphate ions, and most are calcium phosphate salts, the structural component of teeth and bones. When the body is exposed to high level of toxins, to survive, it will draw upon its reserve; however, overtime, it will lead to structural weakness of the teeth and bones, and to a further array of diseases.
Drawing on calcium phosphate reserves at a high rate can also increase the amount of calcium that is eliminated via your urinary tracks, which is why a predominantly acid-forming diet can increase your risk of developing kidney stones.
To promote an alkaline body, it is crucial to consume alkaline food such as:
List based on the research of the Alkaline Diet pioneer, Dr Young, Author of the P.H. Diet.
In a clearer manner, implementing dietary changes will help your body detoxify naturally and prevent it from becoming acidic:
- Drink alkaline water (filtered water)
- Eat your greens (including celery, cucumber, kale, collard/spring greens, broccoli and other greens of the brassica family)
- Replace cow’s milk with additive-free Organic vegetable/cereal milk (such as almond, oat, rice, or soy Milk)
- Reduce your intake of mass-produced red meat and pork, and replace those by grass-fed free-range meat.
- Ban all artificial and refined foods (such as seed oils, salts and sweeteners, artificial or natural)
- Minimise your intake of processed foods. Cooking a healthy meal is not as time consuming as you may think. It is easy to learn. (www.exquisiteprivatechef.co.uk)
- Reduce your amount of stress (enrol in classes such as Yoga, Pilates), learn about mindfulness and meditation… and move away from stressful sources, and people! Anything to calm you dow and reduce your stress response and favour deep, restful sleep.
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