Did You Know?
There is not doubt our internal system is more delicate than we could imagine especially when it comes to the pH of our blood. Most are not aware that above or below the recommended pH range could lead to problematic symptoms and even disease. Maintaining a slightly alkaline state between 7.35 – 7.45 is just the right pH to keep our systems operating at an optimum level. When blood is below a neutral pH (7.0) it is considered that the blood is acidic, above neutral (7.0) blood is considered to be alkaline.
What Causes Acidity?
Due to the Standard American Diet (SAD), our bodies are more apt to be acidic. Acid-forming foods are red meat, poultry, grains and dairy –the American diet has plenty of this, am I right? However, when our blood leans toward acidity our immune system weakens, fatigue increases, our body becomes less apt to detoxify organs making your body a potential environment for bad bacteria and disease to thrive.
Stress will also increase acidity! When you experience emotional stress your body releases acid-forming hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline that is released into the body and creates inflammation. Inflammation in the body signals that your body is working to repair something. When your system is in a constant state of repair you become rundown and your immune system suffers greatly. Lack of exercise and bad habits will also form acid in the blood.
The very first step, take it day by day and make small changes in your routine. Start your day with an intention. It will help you in eliminating the chatter in your head and focus on the purpose you are putting on your day. Introduce a 5-minute meditation practice, science suggests that even 1-minute is beneficial to your body. Move your body! It will help reduce stress and increase endorphins in your brain helping to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Focus on self-care by getting a restful night sleep and slowing down, especially as the holidays approach. Most importantly, make small shifts in your diet. Increase alkaline-forming foods including most fruits, greens and vegetables, spices and herbs, beans, seeds and nuts. And drink plenty of water!
Our favorite alkalizing juice is Wheatgrass. It’s high concentration of chlorophyll helps deliver oxygen to the blood. It cleanses and repairs your system while providing numerous benefits.
Now that you’re more equipped, get out there an alkalize! We’d love to hear if you have something that works for you, share with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love + Light,
Amanda, Angelo + Ben