Monday, June 4, 2012

Getting Started

Life is all about balance.  This is especially true when it comes to your body.  Our bodies have a pH level that is trying to stabilize between alkalinity and acidity.  So if put on a scale from 0-14, 0 would be the maximum acidity and 14 the maximum alkalinity.  And 7 would be neutral between the two.  Our body's normal blood pH usually sits around 7.4, which is in fact slightly alkaline.  Now let me clarify,  although striving for a more alkaline blood pH is the goal, being highly alkaline or even highly acidic is life threatening.  However, this will not have to be something you have to worry about if you keep the word "balance" in mind. 

Maybe you are wondering why we even want to lean towards a more alkaline body.  How does this affect me? Why do I care?   As a girl plagued with constant colds, sickness, UTI's, other bladder conditions, anxiety, pre-arthritic... (I could go on and on and on)  I realized this was not normal. After seeing many doctors over the years, that were basically a waste of my time and money, I did meet with one doctor that diagnosed me with a bladder condition and mentioned a more alkaline diet.  This was a completely new concept.  He gave me a pamplet that had a very brief description but intrigued me enough to do more research.  Basically the idea behind it was this...  All foods after being digested, absorbed, processed in our bodies create either an alkaline or acidic waste or "ash" (Refer to the tab, Alkaline vs Acidic Food List).  The more acidic the environment the more likely you are to get sick. 

So why was my body so acidic?  Well I was eating crappy, processed foods that were creating havoc on my body.  I was endulging on fast food, white breads, and lots of sugar.   The theory some doctors have on why America is the way it is today, with more sickness and disease than ever, is because our diets are full of acidity.  Back in the day they did not have as much obesity, cancer, and other life threatening illnesses, because they were eating a diet full of greens, fruits, and other alkaline producing foods that were natural, without the use of pesticides and herbicides and were also not high processed foods. 

Common signs that you might need to switch up your diet:
  • fatigue
  • colds
  • sickness in general
  •  low energy
  • achey body or pain
  • bad digestion
  • overweight
  • foggy brain

As a person who has really benefited from this new lifestyle and is a walking example of how it has helped me please consider doing this for yourselves and I encourage you to do research on your own.  I will be making posts often and would love to try to answer any questions you have.

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