The pH balance of your blood is an essential element to keep your body healthy. It is critical that your body be balanced between alkaline & acidity in order to keep your internal systems running optimally.
There are a number of systems affected by the pH Balance of your blood, including:
- Your Circulatory System – Acidity is the primary cause of heart disease. The body responds to a high level of acidity in the blood by lining the blood vessels with fatty plaque to prevent leaks – but what this also does is force the heart wo work harder to push blood through narrowing veins. The smaller the veins are, the more the heart strains & the more likely you are to have a heart attack!
- Your Digestive System – Indigestion, nausea, bloating & gastric reflux are all symptoms of the gastric region missing a certain level of alkaline minerals in the intestinal tract. If the alkaline materials are not built up through enzyme rich foods the pancreas wears down & loses the ability to categorise foods & send materials to the correct areas of the body.
- Your Immune System – A healthy pH balance in the gut can help to support positive probiotics, creates immune cells in the lymph system, destroys invading bacteria in the intestines & helps to create white blood cells.
- Your Respiratory System – The transportation of oxygen can be easily hindered by an overload of acidity in the blood. When there is too much acidity, the cells cannot breathe properly & the body cannot clear out carbon dioxide effectively. In this case, as carbon dioxide builds, waste builds up in the form of mucus & infection & can cause viruses in the lungs which can lead to common colds, bronchitis, asthma & a variety of other health problems.
- Your Nervous System – Too much acidity can weaken the nervous system & can drain you physically, mentally & emotionally.
- Your Muscular System – Acidity in muscles can disrupt the metabolism breakdown of glucose & oxygen which the muscles use for energy. In other words, the muscles do not get enough fuel in an acidic environment, leaving you feeling weak, tired & unable to perform. Also, this affects your body’s ability to recover after strenuous exercise leading you to breathe heavily & feel exhausted.
Imbalanced pH can also affect the Reproductive Systems with:
- Decreased arousal
- Decreased sexual enjoyment
- Decreased fertility
- Increased chances of miscarriage
Imbalance can also increase your chances of developing conditions such as:
- Skin problems: pimples, rash, etc.
Acid/Alkalinity of blood…
The pH scale goes from 0-14. A neutral pH is 7.0, greater than 7.0 means that your blood is more alkaline & a number lower than 7.0 means that your blood is more acidic. pH changes throughout your body, for example your saliva will be one pH while urine will be much more acidic.
To keep all of you systems functioning at peak performance it is important that your body maintain a pH between 7.36 & 7.45. While this seems basic enough, even the smallest change can take a great deal of effort to reverse. For example: it takes 10 times the amount of alkalinity to neutralise an acid.
How to Measure Your pH
Your pH can be measured with a simple at-home test. Tests can be purchased online or may be available at your local pharmacy. Some tests read your levels from your saliva while others test your urine.
For more information on testing your pH visit: http://www.betterbones.com/alkalinebalance/phtesting.aspx
How To Correct an Imbalance
How do you manage your pH levels? By what you eat!
In fact, if you are imbalanced it is most likely as a result of eating poorly! As you would expect, foods packed with vitamins & nutrients are helpful in balancing pH while greasy & fried foods help to boost the acidity level in your body. – Just one more reason to eat healthy!
High Alkaline Foods – These foods have an Alkaline level of 10.0 pH:
- Raw Spinach
- Raw Broccoli
- Raw Asparagus
- Red Cabbage
- Raw Celery
- Collard Greens
- Raw Kale
High Acid Foods – These foods have an Acidic level of 3.0:
- Black Tea
- Soy Sauce
- Hard Liquors
- Canned Foods
- Processed Foods
- Microwaved Foods
Other things that can increase your Acid levels include:
- Lack of Sleep
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Tobacco Products
- Carbonated Beverages
The Bottom Line:
As it turns out, all of the things you know you should be doing anyway – has a much greater impact on your body than you may have realised!
Eating correctly, sleeping enough & avoiding processed foods, artificial sweeteners, soda & tobacco products – all affects your body on the most basic chemical levels & can lead to big benefits or big problems depending on how your choices!
As always, follow my regular healthy tips so that you feel great, look great & perform outstandingly.
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