MIGRAINE IS ONE OF THE SYMPTOMS OF YOUR BODY BEING TOO ACIDIC.
However, you can change your pH (a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of your body) through what you Eat, Drink and how you respond to situations. This will take you a long way toward migraine prevention.
What Does Being Acidic Mean?
(It Is NOT About Stomach Acid)
Your body contains about ten gallons of fluid, so all your cells are swimming in a ‘sea’ that can be alkaline, neutral, or acid. However, the systems in your body (enzyme, immune, and repair mechanisms) work best when their environment is very slightly alkaline. (Note: on the pH scale of 0 to 14, 7 is neutral; below 7 is acid; above 7 is alkaline.) Migraine prevention is a by-product of your body operating at an optimal pH.
How do we get Acidic?
Acid comes from cell metabolism and from food metabolism. Cell metabolism (cells convert into energy the small food units produced by your digestion system) produces a weak acid, which can be eliminated by breathing.
Food metabolism results in a residue (often called an ‘ash’) which can be alkaline or acid, depending on the minerals in the residue. (When the residue is predominantly calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, the food is considered alkaline-forming. Acid-forming foods leave residues that are predominantly sulfur, phosphorous, and chlorine.) The acid from food metabolism is strong and needs to be buffered (combined with something alkaline) before it is eliminated. Clearly, migraine prevention would include increasing the amount of alkaline-forming foods in your diet.
The Body Needs To Be Alkaline On Balance
The problem with most people in our culture today is being overly acidic. Most of the food eaten every day and Water consumed is acid-forming — pizza, burgers, french fries, soft drinks, fried chicken, donuts, potato chips, polished rice, Maida etc.
Where Do The Buffering Alkaline Minerals Come From?
Alkaline Minerals come from the Water we drink and from the food we eat, but nowadays the quality and quantity of both these factors has depleted. If you are healthy, you have an alkaline reserve in your tissues. If you don’t have these reserves, your body will take alkaline minerals from your bones or muscles.
How Bad Can It Get?
If your body can’t excrete all the acid it needs to get rid of, it will store the acid in your tissues. Acid will get stored everywhere from the heart to the brain. (Sometimes your body will produce fat in which to store the acid. This is why, as you become acid-alkaline balanced, you often lose weight.)
High acid levels in tissues lead to irritation and inflammation, which your body translates into pain. Like a migraine. Low acid levels in your tissues equate to migraine prevention.
Eat more alkaline-forming foods. You can check online for detailed charts of these foods, but in general: fruits and vegetables are alkaline forming; grains, grain products, and all meats and fishes are acid-forming.
Note: Acid-forming foods are not necessarily ‘bad.’ Many contain nutrients that you must have for migraine prevention. The point is to strike the right balance — usually about 70% to 80% alkaline-forming foods and 30% to 20% acid-forming foods — so that your body stays alkaline.
Acid-Alkaline balance helps you to feel more comfortable, physically and emotionally.