Where’s my pH at?

Alkalinity and body pH

You have heard it before – alkaline body pH is where it is at.  Have you ever wondered why?  When we talk about pH we are measuring the amount of acidity or alkalinity in our tissues, fluids and organs.  Our bodies are designed to be slightly alkaline (7 is neutral and ideal would be around 7.3).  This pH range will fluctuate throughout the day based on what we eat, do and come in contact with.

Research has shown that disease will not form in an alkaline state.  It is an imbalance of acidity and alkalinity that allows unhealthy organisms to flourish, damages tissues and organs and compromises the immune system.  Increased acidity in the body or acidosis can manifest as conditions such as:

  • Allergies, asthma and congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent colds
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Skin problems
  • Ulcers
  • Weight gain

As we become acidic or enter a state of acidosis, our body will take minerals such as calcium and phosphorus from our cells, organs, tissues and bones to buffer the acidity.  As a result, our cells end up lacking enough minerals to properly dispose of waste or oxygenate completely. This mineral loss compromises our ability to absorb vitamins. Toxins and pathogens accumulate in the body and the immune system becomes suppressed.  Over an extended period of time, acidosis can lead to:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke

While what we eat contributes significantly to our body pH, there are many other factors as well.

  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Chronic stress
  • Declining mineral and trace mineral levels in foods due to industrial farming
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Lack of exercise or over-exercise
  • Excess animal meats in the diet (from non-grass fed sources)
  • Insufficient fiber in the diet
  • Excess hormones from foods, plastics and health and beauty products
  • Exposure to chemicals from household cleaners and building materials
  • Exposure to radiation from computers, cell phones and microwaves
  • Food coloring and artificial preservatives
  • Overuse of antibiotics
  • Pollution

So how can you boost alkalinity?

You are what you eat.  Increasing your vegetable and fruit intake can help greatly.  In addition, consuming these in their raw state preserves the natural mineral content which is ideal for buffering acidity.  Check out some of our previous posts below for more alkalizing tips:

Recipes: all designed to help boost pH and reduce inflammation

Benefits of alkaline water

The top 5 Cancer Fighting Foods

Adaptogens: the stress and anxiety reducers (as well as awesome alkalizers)

 

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