One of the primary goals after intense exercise is to reduce the acidity of body fluids. During exercise, body fluids shift increasingly toward an acidic state. There is also evidence indicating that as we age, our blood and other body fluids become increasingly acidic. The total effect is a significant lowered pH (increased acidity). But regardless of age, if this acid state following exercise is allowed to persist for some period of time, the risk of nitrogen and calcium loss is greatly increased. The reason for this is that the body attempts to reduce the acidity by releasing minerals into the blood and other body fluids that have a net alkaline-enhancing effect, which counteracts the increased acidity. Calcium from the bones and nitrogen from the muscles meet this need.
The problem is that in neutralizing the acid this way, we give up valuable structural resources. You’re essentially peeling off bone and muscle as the acidity of your blood stays high. While cannibalizing tissue is necessary from a strictly biological perspective, this is an expensive solution from an athletic perspective. While body fluids may be chemically balanced by the process, future performance and even health may well be jeopardized as muscle and bone are compromised.
Imagine that as we live in an ever increasingly busy lifestyle, as we attempt to accomplish more in a tone day then ever before, you get up do all the right things setting up your day. Have a great day at the office. Make your way to the gym and just crush a workout and then go home and not address some key post-workout issues, while you feel accomplished and like you’re doing the right stuff, your body actually gets weaker because it has to buffer the by-products of the intense exercise you just put it through.
So the research shows that fruits and vegetables are the ONLY foods that have a net alkaline-enhancing effect and they are all graded for which has the most benefit through to the least beneficial. Now most people with the old school thought would pay no attention to what foods are acid-producing and which are alkaline-producing, head home after a tough workout, and stock up on foods are actually do more harm than good.
The fruit with the highest alkaline-enhancing effect is Raisins. Raisins are really to be used ONLY after workouts. They are just a PART of the recovery meal. The vegetable with the highest alkaline-enhancing effect is spinach. So if you are preparing a recovery drink, blended with fruits and juices that have a net alkaline-enhancing effect (they reduce acidity) add some spinach as well and you are doing more than merely replacing carbohydrate stores; you’re also potentially sparing bone and muscle.