Testing Your Diet with Pee & Purple Cabbage

Testing Your Diet with Pee & Purple Cabbage

September 14, 2019 100 By Ewald Bahringer


“Testing Your Diet with Pee & Purple Cabbage” If our body isn’t buffering the acid
formed from our diet with our bones, how is it neutralizing the acid? Maybe with our muscles! Our blood gets more acidic as we age,
as our kidney function declines, and this may be a reason we lose
muscle mass as we get older. The modern Western diet
based on animal products generates an acid
load that may cause “a lifespan state of unnoticed
and growing metabolic acidosis” and this chronic low-level diet-
dependent metabolic acidosis might contribute to
the progressive shrinking of our muscle mass
as we age. See muscle wasting appears to be
an adaptive response to acidosis. When our muscles break down, amino acids are released
into the bloodstream. Our liver can then take
these amino acids and make something
called glutamine, which our kidneys can use to
get rid of the excess acid. And indeed, in this
3 year study, those over age 65
eating alkaline diets were better able to
preserve their muscle mass, which they think
may be because the alkaline-producing
fruits and vegetables helped relieve the mild
acidosis that occurs with the ingestion of the
standard American diet. But show me a study in which
fruits and vegetables aren’t associated
with health benefits. So when the latest
review asks does an alkaline
diet benefit health? If you’re asking does a diet low
in meat, eggs, and dairy— all acid producing, and high in fruits and vegetables
with lots of dark green leafies, well then of course
the answer is YES! An alkaline diet
benefits health. But if you’re asking does it matter
what the pH of your pee is, (whether your urine
is acid or alkaline) regardless of what actually
goes into your mouth? Then the answer is… actually
still yes, it does matter. But the accepted benefits
of having alkaline urine appear limited to two areas: lower risk of kidney stones
and better uric acid clearance. We knew about kidney stones,
but the uric acid data is new. Researchers found that
alkalization of the urine is effective for removing
uric acid from the body. And if you remember
uric acid is bad stuff, potentially increasing one’s risk of
fatal stroke, heart disease, and death. So, those eating plant-based
diets are at an advantage. The average vegetarian diet
is alkaline producing, and the average meat-eating
diet is acid producing. Even though there are some
acid-forming meat-substitutes, like some of
the quorn products, they’re not as bad as
something like, tuna, and they’re typically consumed
in smaller quantities than meat consumers
consume meat. As the protein in plants is usually
accompanied by much more potassium, which is alkalinizing, there is good reason to meet protein needs
preferably from plant sources. And if you actually
measure urine pH, those eating strictly plant-based diets
have the greatest advantage, significantly more alkaline
urine than omnivores. How can you tell what
your urine pH is? Well, you can be all boring and order
some pH paper strips to pee on— or, you can use what you should
have right now in your crisper, a purple cabbage. Everyone should have a red or
purple cabbage in their fridge since it’s one of the best
nutrition bangs for our buck, but you can also do science with it! You either boil some until
the water turns deep purple, or a quicker safer way (since then
you’re not dealing with hot liquids) is to just blend some raw in
your blender with some water for that gorgeous purple and
then just strain out the solids. Then what do you do with
that royal purple liquid is you pour it in the
toilet bowl after you pee. (You can imagine how much
fun kids have with this). If it stays purple,
your urine is acidic and you should eat more
dark green leafy vegetables. If the toilet bowl turns pink
your urine is really acidic and you should eat more
dark green leafy vegetables. You’re looking for blue. If it turns blue that means
your urine is neutral or even alkaline,
if it’s sky blue, and that means you should… continue to eat more
dark green leafy vegetables.