pH Basics

 

            The body is a very complex environment with a variance of acid and alkaline systems to make it function properly.  It is natural for us to eat when we are hungry, maybe some chips, a burger . . .after all, we’re on the run.  Our doctor might say it’s “normal” for us have heartburn, too much acid in our stomach and maybe he gives us a purple pill to help remedy the matter.  Our bodies are uniquely complex and devilishly intuitive.  The body knows we need acid to breakdown food to digest it, so it will produce acid, hence, the little purple pill. 

            To complicate things further we add in the ever present factor of stress, perhaps because of work, our hectic daily schedule, personal matters, etc.  Unfortunately, this brings our body into an even more acidic state.  If we are not eating right, it will stay this way.  When the body is under stress it will not digest food because it is in a “fight or flight state.”  The body is prepared to run from the T-Rex to stay alive.  When this happens, the body cannot function properly unless it can get back into balance.  So the question is, how does this happen?  How can we stave off the T-Rex, put the purple pill out of the picture and stay grounded instead of taking flight? 

            The solution is understanding pH Basics.  Our bodies use minerals to balance its pH levels.  These principle minerals are calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium.  When your body has too much acid in it, the body uses its reserve of alkaline minerals to balance your pH.

First sodium is drained, then calcium begins to deplete.  The body becomes compromised  leading to acidic blood.  Acidic blood weakens the immune system, affects the heart (high blood pressure), thickens the blood, lung capacity weakens, hormones get out of whack and you become fatigued.

            “Detoxifiction” is the primary component in bringing your body back into alignment.  By cleansing toxins out of our system, our body can communicate and flow properly.  A healthy gut is the foundation for a healthy body.  By clearing the intestinal tract, along with the organs, the body can flow freely to live naturally instead of in a state of constant defense. 

            While acid producing foods deplete the reserves of minerals in your system, “Fruits and Veggies” build up your reserve of organic minerals.    By adding more raw fruits and vegetables to our eating, we allow our bodies to get more trace minerals in our system.  The best source of calcium in this respect can be found in dark leafy green vegetables, especially collards.  Celery, bananas and kiwi provide us with a great source of organic sodium.  To take the process one step further, removing food antagonists from the picture (wheat, gluten, dairy) can only serve to benefit your balance further.

            By supplementing our eating with “Digestive Enzymes,” our body doesn’t have to work twice as hard to break down foods and can work on its other important metabolic functions.  Enzymes, more specifically plant based enzymes, also help the gut in assimilating nutrients since the food is broken down properly.  My enzyme of choice for over the counter is Enzymedica’s Digest Gold, which can be found online and at your favorite vitamin center.  “Trace Minerals” also play an important role in this transformation.  They help assist the body in alkalizing and help to free the body to better perform its natural, normal and necessary functions.

            As with any healthy regimen, “Exercise” plays an important role.  It provides stimuli to our senses, providing a natural sense of wellbeing and helps keep our bodies in tune.  Simply enough “Breathing” itself is an important part to staying healthy.  Deep belly-breaths actually put more oxygen into our system than shallow chest breathing.  And, everyone needs to breathe after all! 

           

You have to keep your pool at a proper pH.  Our bodies are over 80% water.  Isn’t it good to know how to keep our bodies in proper pH balance, just by what we eat?

 

Adrienne Falcone Godsell is you Favorite Foodie.  Her mission in life is to assist people who are sick and tired of being sick and tired by educating them that what they put into their bodies directly effect their health.

 

Published by Adrienne Falcone Godsell

As a Holistic Chef and foodie, I am in continual search of practical, tasty, healthy options to help people with when they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Seeing changes in my life from the food I eat (I was hypoglycemic in high school and found that by I could control my sugar by what I ate) I approach health from a food aspect first. As Hippocrates said "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". Food has the power of life and healing inside of it. I am here to provide you with the keys to unlock that power inside of you.

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