Everyone knows that the key to a healthy lifestyle is eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise on a daily basis. However, did you know that the pH value of your body plays a very important role in your overall health?
In order to keep ourselves in good health, we must keep our bodies properly alkalized with a healthy, balanced pH level. Our pH levels – pH standing for ‘potential of hydrogen’ – are measurements that are based on hydrogen ions that are present in certain solutions. Usually, the more ions that are present in a solution, the more acidic it will be (source).
On average, our bodies function on a narrow pH range that is near 7.365–slightly alkaline. Anything over 7.7 and anything under 7 on the pH scale can be detrimental to our bodies. This includes our blood supply. The most important part of our body that needs special attention to pH levels is our blood. Even the slightest change in our blood’s pH levels can cause a variety of complications. Doctors can’t stress enough the importance of properly alkalizing the body in order to promote a healthy body and a healthy lifestyle.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of properly alkalizing the body:
Acidosis–high levels of acid in the tissues–is a very serious problem that can sometimes be fatal. Acidosis is commonly found in those who are obese and this is due to the number of toxins that are collected–through unhealthy eating habits–and stored in fat tissue.
Even though acid is commonly produced through the metabolic process, our bodies have the ability to bring our pH levels back into a normal range. However, the high levels of acid through acidosis make it very difficult for our bodies to process, so, in turn, our bodies use weight gain as a way to deal with the access acid. To reverse this sometimes deadly process, one must reduce the amount of acid they put in their bodies, namely, the food they eat. Eat foods with less acid content can help the journey of weight loss by preventing the storage of acid in the fat tissue.
Those who have a properly balanced pH system tend to have excellent gastrointestinal health. With a diet that promotes too much acid, episodes of acid reflux tend to occur and it can severely damage one’s esophageal walls and even cause certain cancers to develop.
Additionally, with high levels of acidity, your body can experience nausea, vomiting, bloating, indigestion, and even bloody stool (source).
High acid levels can also negatively impact the digestive system resulting in nutritional deficiencies. Avoid overeating , overindulging with alcoholic beverages, consuming a lot of spicy foods, and eating high amounts of protein.
High levels of stress can cause a disturbance in acidity level, so, if you struggle with stress on a daily basis, look up different techniques that will help in better managing it. To keep your gastrointestinal system in good health and free from high levels of acid, be sure to consume plenty of alkalizing foods.
BETTER IMMUNE SYSTEM
An acidic body tends to have a lower functioning immune system than a properly alkalized body. A body that promotes proper alkaline levels tends to have better resistance to diseases and illnesses. Too much acid can negatively affect our white blood cell count, which in turn leaves us more susceptible to a variety of bacteria and viruses. A body that is healthy and alkalized properly will have the ability to be more resistant to diseases and can even prevent certain cancers from forming.
High body acid levels can contribute to a number of oral problems such as sensitivity to hot and colds foods, mouth ulcers, brittle teeth, bleeding gums, infections, and so much more. However, to avoid these painful outcomes, many doctors and dentists recommend alkalizing oral care products, regimens and life style changes to buffer against the negative effects of oral acidity.
As you can see, a properly alkalized body can provide one with a variety of benefits; however, the benefits of proper alkalization doesn’t end there. In addition to a better immune system, weight loss, a healthy gastrointestinal system, and excellent dental health, having a diet that boasts proper levels of alkaline can produce the following:
- Anti-aging benefits
- Better hair, skin, and nails
- Reduces the development of arthritis
- More energy
- Better sleep habits
The key to a properly alkalized body is the foods you eat. So, if you want to practice proper alkalization, be sure to eat plenty of leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, lemon juice, and water with natural levels of alkaline.
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