In high school, you probably learnt about the pH scale, but for all of you who forgot most of it as I did, I will go through it quickly. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is, and the scale ranges from 0 to 14. 7 being neutral, 0-7 being acidic and 7-14 being basic.
So what does this have to do with our body?
To have our bodies immune system operating at an optimal level to fight off illness and disease out body needs to have a pH range of 7.35 to 7.45. However, there are so many things that can make our body acidic.
What we eat including meat, fish, poultry, dairy, grains, refined or processed foods, fast food
What we drink including coffee, soft drinks, alcohol, many types of bottled water
What we think including stress, worries, anxiety, negative thoughts
Pollution and toxins that are everywhere in the world we live in
Intense physical exercise that produces lactic acid
Dehydration which slows down the body's ability to cleanse itself through the kidneys
Do you think your western diet and fast-paced lifestyle may be putting a heavy acidic burden on your body?
Sadly the thing is every living cell within our body creates waste. As the nutrients from our food are burnt to provide us with energy, they turn in to mostly acidic waste products. These get eliminated from our body through various elimination channels, which is excellent. However, if our body is not maintained at the correct pH, our bodies ability to eliminate these waste products slow down.
Our body being as amazing as it then tries to protect itself. It converts that acidic waste into solid waste and stores it in less critical of your body. However, this can lead to problems such as:
Weight gain, obesity and diabetes
Joint inflammation, arthritis
Bladder conditions, kidney stones
Cancer, chronic illness
Acceleration of free radical damage
Low energy and chronic fatigue
Slow digestion and elimination
At the point of the blog post, you are probably freaking out wondering what on earth you can do to prevent this, after all, what doesn't make your body more acidic?
But there is a straightforward strategy that you can do. That is to drink alkaline ionized water daily, which is what I do. Helping to neutralize the acid to maintain or restore your bodies optimal pH balance. I am going to go through the health benefits of Alkaline water in another blog post, but that is how simple it can be to reverse the acidity of your body and bring it to the correct pH level.
This water is fantastic, but you will also need to think about a healthy diet as well as depending how many things you eat, drink, do daily that cause the acidity, water alone might not be able to help.
What you should do now
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