In all of my research I’m finding LOTS of information on body PH…something I never really ever considered. If anyone has ever had a swimming pool or a hot tub, you know that there is a delicate PH balance (or else you wind up with green stuff — ick– or cloudy water). So, let’s consider what might be happening inside our bodies if our PH is off –hmmm.
The body is in it’s best health when it’s a little bit alkaline vs. acidic.
In your body, you have a pH balance that is determined by the amount of acidity and alkalinity that is present. On a scale that goes from 0 to 14, 7.4 is considered ideal. If you are way below 7.4, then your body is acidic and you can experience symptoms such as indigestion, pain in the chest, nausea, feelings of hunger and belching.
Growing research is proving that an acidic body sets us up for inflammation, and well… inflammation on the skin, in the heart, in the brain, in the joints, etc. etc. spells disaster. And, to connect to my previous article about bone health: when the body is to acidic, the bones begin to break down to release calcium to make it more alkaline. The most interesting thing to me was that dairy, especially cow’s milk, is acidic. We think that drinking lots of milk (as the ad campaigns will have you believe) is good for your bones, when in fact, it may be breaking our bones down. Better sources of calcium to make our body more basic/alkaline are green leafy veggies, beans, nuts/seeds. There’s also of course the good ‘ol calcium supplement … but let us all remember that supplements are to be in addition to, not instead of
Other acid producers are: Stress, Alcohol, Red Meats, Sweets and Processed Foods, Soda, Sweet Tea, Caffeine
Alkaline foods include: Collards, Spinach, Apples, Cucumbers, Apricots, Sprouts and Fermented foods (think sour kraut or tempeh).
As with anything, little changes can make a big impact … every little bit counts. A green salad is cheaper than prescriptions anyday