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Body Check: How to Balance your pH, if You are Acidic

Have you recently heard people talking about being over-acidic, measuring their pH and eating alkalizing foods - emphasising the importance of body’s pH might seem like a new fashion. 

But the science and art of pH balancing has had a long tradition and, unlike some other trendy theories, it has successfully overcome the test of time.

What is PH?
In terms of chemical understanding, pH is a measurement of hydrogen ion (H+) concentration in a solution. Solutions with low hydrogen concentrations have high pH values. 

And solutions with high hydrogen concentrations have low pH values. As you probably remember from school, the pH scale runs from 1 to 14, with 7 representing the pH of pure water – neutral.

Above 7 is alkaline, below is acidic.
Feeling Sleepy is a Sign of Being too Acidic 

In optimal circumstances, your body should have a pH of between 7.0 and 7.4, so slightly alkaline. This refers to the pH of the body’s main fluids: blood, lymph and cerebrospinal fluid. 

Why does pH matter?
In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in physiology. He was the first to describe the correlation between the acidic environment and cancer cell growth. We know now that an acidic body is more susceptible to different diseases, including arthritis, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.

What’s more, if your pH is out of balance, digestive problems can occur and your body can’t assimilate the goodness from food, which can make you feel constantly tired.

Blood pressure, insulin levels and cholesterol, as well as body weight and immune system function, are all influenced by changes in pH levels. As every one-point decrease on the pH scale means 10 times increased acidity, going from pH 7 to 5 makes your insides 100 times more acidic!

This is not a good sign if you’re planning on living a long and healthy life. The bottom line is that you want to keep your body’s pH as close as possible to what nature intended it to be.

Also, if you are aiming to cure a disease, you might want to start by looking at the pH of your body. When doing that, most people discover that they’re too acidic.

What Causes pH Imbalances?
The main culprits of over-acidity are improper diet (fast food, high consumption of sugars, animal products and processed foods), stress and lifestyle choices, for example sedentary life style.

Interestingly, over-exercising, especially too much cardio workout, can lead to a drop in your pH levels as well, as it contributes to stress. At first, the body tries to compensate and bring the pH back to its optimum levels.

For example, minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium are taken from our vital organs and bones to counteract the acid. But this cannot go on indefinitely, and sooner or later the acidic environment starts to attract all sorts of ailments.

Warning signs your body is too acidic

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Feeling tired
  • Tremors
  • Sleepiness
  • Flapping tremor
  • Dysfunction of the cerebrum of the brain - may progress to coma if there is no intervention
How to Test your PH Level
It might be a good idea to test your pH and find out where you stand. You can do this at home. All you need is litmus paper, which can be bought at a pharmacy or a health food store, and a bit of discipline. - Online Sources 

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