What is Alkalizing?
When the body is in healthy alkaline balance, germs are less likely to get a foothold. The pH level (the acid-alkaline measurement) of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14. The lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline. Many Americans consume a majority of acid forming foods every day. Commercial foods are acid foods. Acid foods are addictive, causing over-eating and weight management problems. Whole natural foods almost always have a balanced alkaline pH. Live people need live, whole, alkaline, green food.
What pH Should Our Bodies Have? How Much Alkalizing is Needed?
In order for our bodies to maintain the best living environment , the optimal level is close to 7.4. This is at a slightly alkalizing state. Although, 7.36 to 7.44 is also an acceptable range.
In order for blood to effectively, act as a medium for oxygen and other vital nutrients, the pH needs to be close to this specific range. Deviations too far in either over direction of alkalizing or being too acidic can be harmful. However, typically due to the average American diet most individuals are overly acidic and are not concerned or aware of the importance of alkalizing. Really, a balance of these two ends of spectrum (alkalizing and acidic) is key!
Our bodies contain alkaline reserves and will fight to re-balance any deviations of fluctuating levels. However, the reserves are limited and in order to keep them intact it is important to eat the right kinds of foods which are alkalizing. The excess of the alkali from the alkalizing foods can be stored to neutralize acids in the future.
You can check your pH levels at home with paper pH strips which are available in many pharmacies.If you decide to check your alkaline status through a urine sample,it is recommended, first thing in the morning, after you have fasted overnight, to do the testing.Ideally it should be mildly alkaline pH 7.2 or higher.The stripes change color,and are lighter or darker depending on your pH value of the urine.Your doctor can also do a blood pH test for you.Daily pH testing is a key of health check.
Why Do People Become Overly Acidic?
Most tissues in our body are alkaline in nature, but still our bodies create acid which needs to be neutralized. This occurs from using muscles, breathing, and digesting certain foods.
Most individuals in the US do not eat diets that are alkalizing, instead they eat deadly diets high in conventional produced animal products, grains, refined foods, processed foods, carbohydrates, and sugars. Diets containing these foods can produce about 100mEq of acid per day. This amount of acid is nearly twice what the body can handle. Without alkalizing the body needs to take vital minerals in order to neutralize the acid.
Why Alkalizing is Important?
Having too many acid-forming foods and not enough alkalizing foods can cause serious health consequences. When the body does not have sufficient alkalizing substances and is overly acidic, the body will take from the bones or vital tissues . This is very damaging and impairs the body’s ability to repair or detoxify and will cause a person to be more susceptible to disease and illness.
Having acidic conditions and not alkalizing can cause negative effects such as: acne, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, low immune system, weak hair and nails, trouble losing weight, trouble gaining weight, and allergies.
There are also many more serious conditions which can occur from acidic conditions such as yeast and bacteria thriving in the digestive track, cancer cells thriving in acidic environments, yet have been shown to perish when alkalizing. All our organs and glands can be influenced by our pH level including; heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, thyroid, colon, kidneys, etc.
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