Do you struggle with weight you just can’t seem to lose? Is fatigue or lack of energy and ongoing issue? Do you suffer from acne or other skin conditions? Do you struggle with inflammation?
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 had 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.
Creating balance in your life is one of the most important things you can do for yourself starting with making alkalinity and maintaining a healthy pH balance a major focus.
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 highly alkaline.
Like with anything, balance is key.
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 is the blood. The blood must be slightly alkaline with a pH of 7.4. Much 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 breakdown 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.
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 has 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.
Until next week!
Peace and love,