WELL BEING: pH Balance

19 Feb

“Diseases cannot survive in an alkaline body.”  Dr Otto Warburg

Dr. Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1931 for his scientific findings of pH balance related to our health.

In chemistry, pH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity.  On a scale of 5.0 to 9.0, pure water is said to be neutral, with a pH close to 7.0.

Solutions with a pH less than 7 are more acidic while solutions with a pH higher than 7 are alkaline.  Ideal alkaline conditions for our body should fall somewhere between 7.35 and 7.45 on the pH scale.

Dr. Warburg came to the conclusion that too much acidity in the body is the main cause of cancer.  Not to say all acid is bad but that his research demonstrated that cancer thrives in acidic conditions.

Too much acidity in the body can also lead to a myriad of pains and illnesses; such as weight gain, bloating, a burning sensation inside and out, diarrhea, constipation, acne, fibromyalgia symptoms, heart problems, blood sugar imbalance, metabolic resistance, dried out skin, hair, and nails, tooth sensitivity, irritated eyes, anxiety and the list goes on.

There are two main causes for acidity in the body.  The first is our dietary habits.  What we eat and drink on a daily basis can sooth our system with alkalizing benefits or literally inflame us with too much acid.  The worst offenders are caffeine, alcohol, soda, sugar, fried, fatty and processed foods.  The second cause for pH imbalance is emotional.  Stress, anxiety, and fear can create an acidic environment inside our body even if we are eating perfectly.  That is why we should put as much attention upon our emotional well being as we do on the nutrition we put into our bodies.

What can we do to balance pH?

Let’s eat consciously.

Leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, beet greens, mustard greens and watercress are all powerfully alkalizing.  As are cauliflower, broccoli, brown rice, citrus fruits, melons and berries.  And since pure water is pH neutral, it only makes sense to drink plenty of water each day so as to hydrate and flush our systems of excess acid frequently.

Minerals help to alkalize the body, so an easy to digest, liquid multi-mineral is an excellent building block for our health.  Aloe Vera is also very soothing and pH balancing.  It can be taken in a gel-tab form, calming stomach acid and making digestion easier.

Let’s feel consciously.

One of the main reasons for over-eating is a self-soothing technique that blocks our emotions.  They call it “comfort food” because, in the moment, it feels soothing and nostalgic to eat certain things that may not be ideal for us.  All this “comfort eating” and denying our true feelings can be problematic, affecting our lives negatively in a number of ways, including creating too much acid in our bodies.  Allowing ourselves to truly “feel” what we are feeling, instead of repressing our emotions and blocking our deepest sensations, will no doubt bring about peace of mind and hopefully more of a balance within, affecting our pH in a positive way.

Track your body’s alkaline and acid balance with a pH testing kit.  Your local health food store has a variety to of pH tests to choose from, or simply ask them to do a free, quick saliva test on pH test strip litmus paper.  The two color matched pH scale chart allows you to easily, accurately, and immediately determine your body’s pH level.

One Response to “WELL BEING: pH Balance”

  1. Nathanial Gittleman February 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    I don’t normally comment but I gotta tell thanks for the post on this one : D.


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