Do you struggle with weight you just can’t seem to lose? Is fatigue or lack of energy an ongoing issue? Do you suffer from acne or other skin conditions? Do you struggle with inflammation?
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Chances are, your acid/alkaline levels are out of balance and acid build up is to blame. Something that often goes unnoticed and overlooked. It wasn’t up until I began to make positive lifestyle changes in my life that my overall health and well-being dramatically improved. I learned to create a healthy, alkaline well-balanced, living environment in which I now thrive in and freed my body from the toxic/acid overload that had been dominating my living space for years.
One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your well-being, is create alkalinity in your body and maintain a healthy pH balance.
So, what is pH?
Your pH is a measurement that determines the acid and alkaline levels in your body with a scale ranging from 0 to 14. Seven being neutral. Anything below 7 becomes highly acidic while anything above 7 is highly alkaline.
The pH range varies throughout your body. While it’s important for some body parts to be slightly acidic in defense of unwelcome bacteria, others have a need for alkalinity. So, not necessarily is acid “bad” or alkaline “good”, the key is balance.
Above all, the most important thing is the blood. The blood must be slightly alkaline with a pH of 7.4. More variance than that, can lead to major challenges in your blood and can wreak havoc on your body and overall health.
You see, your cells require oxygen in order to break down sugar and produce the energy your body requires. When your overall pH is out of balance, your cells receive very little oxygen and the acid levels in the body increases. This creates an environment for disease to thrive in and sets the stage for Acidosis. This is how cancer develops. Cancer cells thrive in an acidic body so the more acidic your living environment (your body) is, the greater the risk.
Testing your pH
The best method to measure your pH is through blood testing but another way you can do this is by using test strips to measure your urine or saliva. Your saliva being the least accurate.
Although a blood test provides the highest form of accuracy, these strips can serve as a guide to give you an indicator as to where your acid/alkaline levels may potentially be. This will allow you to make necessary changes in your eating habits and lifestyle that will aid in maintaining a healthy pH balance.
Causes in pH variance
What you put in your body determines your acid/alkaline levels as well as the variance in your pH. Everyone’s body is different. Some may sustain life longer while others may not. My advice? Don’t gamble with your health.
“We are given one life and one body in which to live. Treasure it, keep it healthy, and you will reap great rewards.” – Sandra Campillo
One of the major issues is diet. The typical Standard American Diet (SAD) is one of the underlying causes for the depletion of energy and excess weight gain with an increasingly growing number of obese Americans throughout the United States.
The SAD is high in fat, and low in much needed healthy carbs. It’s loaded with highly acidic substances and foods including meat, dairy, processed food products, and refined sugar. All of which are major contributing factors of illness and disease.
Environmental factors also play a role in creating acid in your body. Sadly, these are not easy to avoid.
Other factors include…
The people in your life. This includes family, friends, and/or co-workers. Ask yourself the question, are the people you spend most of your time with causing toxicity in your life or do they make you feel good about yourself? Are they inspiring you to be your best self?
Mindset. Your thoughts affect the toxicity levels in your body. What thoughts do you allow in your head… Positive or negative thoughts? Do you complain often? Are you happy or are you making yourself miserable? Are you creating stress for yourself or are you balancing it with a positive, peaceful mindset?
Exercise. The body also works to flush out toxins and acids as much as possible through sweating, urination, and excretion. Daily exercise is important for these healthful processes to take place. At the same time, exercise causes acidity to rise which is why hydration is highly important throughout your workouts. Are you engaging in daily exercise? Are you staying hydrated throughout?
The good thing is, our bodies work for us, not against us and have the ability to keep the body within a normal pH range automatically since even the slightest variance can lead to serious consequences. However, you don’t want to let your body overwork and reach a point of exhaustion where it loses all ability to function in your favor.
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 living fruits and veggies 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.