One of the most important prerequisites to enjoying good health and sound well-being is having an effective immune system. Without an immune system operating at the top of its game, you will fall foul of many diseases and illnesses, from the common cold to cancer. So how can you ensure that your own immune system is firing on all cylinders? Well, the answer is that you must first create the right environment within your body – an environment that gives it everything that it needs to prosper.
The human body is an extremely complex organism, and during its natural day to day function it manufactures lots of different chemicals to support the major life functions. But if we eat an unhealthy diet, a diet that is too high in fatty foods for example, then our body chemistry can become too acidic, and an acidic environment is just the right sort of atmosphere to promote a whole host of illnesses including cancer.
The acidic state of your body is referred to as its pH balance, rather like a swimming pool, and in actual fact, given that our bodies are made of 80% water, it’s quite a good analogy to draw. To have a balanced or neutral pH, your body pH level should register 7.4 pH; anything lower than that, and your body environment will be too acidic, and anything above that, it will be too alkaline. Do you remember at school when you used Litmus paper to measure for acidity? If so you will probably remember that blue Litmus paper turns red when exposed to acidic solutions, and red Litmus turns blue when exposed to alkaline solutions. It is this same balance of acid or alkaline that is important to your body and its immune system.
The reason that having too much acid in your body’s chemistry is bad for you is that it makes your body go in search of certain minerals, which, when it finds them in your organs, your bones, and your teeth, it then proceeds to rob them thereby weakening the hosts from which they have been taken. In reality, this is quite a common situation and many people accordingly suffer from a mineral deficiency which can go on for years before it is finally spotted.
The name given to this condition of excess acidity is Acidosis, and as well as impairing the efficiency of your immune system, it also manifests itself in other ways. For example, it lessens the body’s capability to ingest various nutrients and minerals. It can also increase your chances of becoming susceptible to illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, tuberculosis, osteoporosis (brittle bone disease), hypertension, and cancers. In addition, Acidosis decreases the amount of cellular energy in your body as well as interfering with its ability to reproduce new cells. In other words, as old cells die, (and they will do so in increasing numbers because of the low energy) they will not be replaced.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Prolonged Acidosis also means that you will tire more easily; you may also suffer from headaches, insomnia, breathing difficulties, heart palpitations, and the skin on both your hands and your feet may feel hot and dry. But one of the most dangerous things that Acidosis does is to create an environment that encourages and supports the growth of abnormal cells.
So, all in all, it is plain to see how undesirable it is to have a low body pH count or Acidosis. Given the serious nature of the problem, you should prioritize establishing your body’s pH level; it is not difficult to do. The easiest way is to measure the pH levels of either your saliva or your urine. You can buy pH test strips which you simply dip into one substance or the other. They are generally available in many health and wellness stores, but if you have any difficulty you can track them down very easily on the web. They are not wildly accurate, but they will give you a good indication of where your pH level is at. For a more accurate reading, you should visit your doctor and he/she can run a simple blood test for you.
The most effective way of influencing your body’s cell and tissue pH level is through your diet. To rid yourself of chronic Acidosis may not, however, be quite as simple as it sounds. There are many natural foods that are recommended for Alkalizing your body system, things like avocados, chickpeas, potatoes, lemon juice and red capsicums; but one of the problems is that when ingested, many of these foods lose their alkaline properties.
In our next blog post, we will be discussing the different ways in which you can check your pH balance.
For a list of alkalizing foods, please see our list of alkaline foods post.
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