Part II: Continuation from last week’s post…
So, what happens when the body is overworked and can no longer support its pH?
When your kidneys and lungs are no longer able to keep your body’s pH in balance, as a result of excess acid accumulation, it produces acidosis. Acidosis develops when the body’s pH ranges anywhere below 7.35. Alkalosis occurs when the pH ranges anywhere above 7.45. Both are highly dangerous.
Some risk factors that contribute to acidosis are:
- Kidney failure
- Kidney stones
These are issues that arise from a highly acidic body leading up to acidosis in the blood. Not a good thing in the least!
Keeping your acid/alkaline levels in check are extremely important to maintain optimal cellular health as well as in preventing excessive weight gain, the depletion of your energy reserves, and the development of illness and disease.
Acidity and Weight Loss
A highly acidic body results in an increase of fat storage which creates a buffer for the excess acid and toxic build up. So, the more acidic your body becomes the more fat storage (fat cells) it requires to store the toxins and acids in.
Although this can be a good thing, as fat is one of the body’s primary defenses and necessary to protect and neutralize the pH levels in your blood when it is out of balance, the more your body must work to produce more and more fat cells to store the excess toxins and acids, resulting in excess weight gain and a greater risk of developing disease.
Furthermore, when your body is extremely acidic, your cells don’t get enough oxygen and when your cells don’t get enough oxygen, everything begins to slow down, including your metabolism. So, no matter how much you work out, if your body’s acidity levels are high, losing healthy weight is going to be extremely challenging.
What you can do to maintain a healthy acid/alkaline balance
There are several ways to create a healthy acid/alkaline balance in your body. One of the easiest ways to get started is to go green!
Incorporating raw, whole, living, plant-based foods into your life is the best way for you to begin bringing your body back to homeostasis and increase alkalinity in the blood. Consuming raw fruits and living greens such as spinach, broccoli, kale, Brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, and cauliflower which are highly alkalizing, can help your body maintain a healthy acid/alkaline balance.
Bottom line, eating a well-balanced diet of raw living fruits and veggies is the way to go for optimal health and longevity.
Hope this article has helped shed some light on the critical functions of the body and how you can work toward creating a healthy, balanced, living environment for you and your body to thrive in.
Your Turn: What is your favorite go to veggie green? Post it in the comments below!
Until the next one!
Peace and healthy balance,