Why is pH crucial to health? It is an imbalance of acidity and alkalinity that allows unhealthy organisms to flourish, damages tissues and organs and compromises the immune system.
This is when inflammation begins. Inflammation begins when there is a build up of acidity in the body.
pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of our body’s fluids and tissues. A pH of 7 is neutral. The healthiest pH is one that is slightly alkaline. Optimally, we want a pH of 7.365. This number will fluctuate throughout the day, but the normal range is between 6 and 7.5.
So, what affects pH? Normally, its the kidneys that maintain our electrolyte levels, those of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. When we are exposed to acidic substances, these electrolytes are used to combat acidity.
High degrees of acidity force our bodies to rob minerals from the bones, cells, organs and tissues. Cells end up lacking enough minerals to properly dispose of waste or oxygenate completely.
Vitamin absorption is compromised by mineral loss. Toxins and pathogens accumulate in the body and the immune system becomes suppressed.
Main causes of high acidity in the body include:
- Drug and alcohol use
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Artificial sweeteners
- Chronic stress
- Low fiber diet
- Lack of physical activity
- Excess animal consumption from non grass fed animals
- Hormones from food, beauty and health products and plastics
- Exposure to chemicals, radiation from computers, mobile phones, microwaves, household cleaning products
- Artificial colours and preservatives
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Processed and Refined foods
- Shallow breathing
- Poor chewing and eating habits
- Over exercising
How to achieve good Alkaline ph levels
- Eat more fresh and raw fruits and vegetables containing potassium
- Green leafy vegetables and grasses are high in alkaline especially spinach
- Fruits especially citrus, dates and raisins, grapefruit and tomatoes
- Adding lemon or lime to water