When it comes to health, our acid-alkaline balance is extremely important. As a specialist for osteoporosis, I am constantly reading about the newest research regarding bone health. And this is true for our overall health.
What is the acid-alkaline balance? It is the acting ph level in our body. The ph level is measured on a scale of 0 to 14. 0 is the most acid and 14 is the most alkaline. 7 is the neutral ph level. For optimum health, our body must be in a specific blood ph of 7.35 to 7.45. This is a minimally alkaline level. What is interesting is that even a very small deviation from that level causes health problems. You may have a shift towards acidity by 0.1 ph unit and the cells lose their ability to function properly. Even though our body has the amazing ability to counterbalance and neutralize high acid ph levels, acid can accumulate in the body. This is the cause for so many of our modern world health problems.
While exercising, getting restorative sleep, and living a balanced life are all essential to maintain a balanced ph level, our diet is extremely important. While our ancestors ate plenty of the "whole" foods that our modern society is lacking as well as many different vegetables, seeds and roots, they also ate meat and fish. Of course, their meats were all from grass eating animals. All the acid-forming high proteins from meat, fish and poultry was counterbalanced by a high alkaline vegetable, fruit and seeds diet.
Today our diet has lost it's balance due to acid forming foods such as processed foods, saturated fats, sugar, and other carbohydrates. Our acid-alkaline balance is out of order, and therefore, so are our ph levels. The result is chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis: too much acid in our body. This chronic acidity causes inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, gastrointestinal conditions, chronic fatigue, autoimmune and heart disease, urinary tract infections, osteoporosis, sagging skin............and the list goes on.
The good news is that we can change our ph level in changing our diet! First of all, give up the bad habits as mentioned above and replace your diet with approximately 70% fresh vegetables or alkaline producing foods (some of that can be fruit) while making the rest of your diet a combination of protein and carbohydrates (acid producing foods). I highly recommend detoxifying regularly. One simple daily detox approach is to drink plenty of water (64 oz) mixed with some lemon juice. It gives your body a nice alkaline rush and helps to remove toxins. To find out more about how to balance your diet, talk to your nutritionist or detox specialist.
How do you know what your ph level is? Get a "ph test kit" (most drug stores have one) and find out. It's super easy.
Enjoy getting back into balance! From a ph level point of view.
For more questions, please contact Marion Kregeloh, CFP, PT at 415.479.1765.
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