One healthy body should always be a little bit alkaline. Many people nowadays tend to be more acidic (if not highly acidic). This is caused by stress, environmental factors and the food they eat.
Why it this important? It’s simple. The more acidic your body is, the more likely you are to experience fatigue, digestive issues and weight gain.
So, if the environment in our bodies is too acidic for a long time, our otherwise healthy cells become toxic and in the worst case scenario, they can become cancerous.
How This Works?
The pH scale goes from 0 to 14 (0 is the most acidic, 14 the most alkaline and 7 neutral).
Our bodies are designed to thrive in a slightly alkaline environment of 7.4.
Nevertheless, various organs and systems thrive with different pH levels. For example, your saliva has a pH range from 6.5-7.0 (more acidic in order to help digest foods), your skin typically has a pH of 5 (although, according to a 2006 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, it should actually be lower – 4-4.5 – as this allows the bacteria required to help heal and fight off infections, live on your skin).
The pH of your digestive tract can vary anywhere from 1.5-7.0 which depends on many things, especially the food you eat.
Why Is Alkaline So Important?
We know for centuries that food can determine our overall pH levels and of course our overall health. In 1931, d-r Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in Psychology or Medicine for his discovery that 90-95% of all types of cancer are caused by an acidic environment and that cancer simply cannot grow or survive in an alkaline environment (your body) when your pH is around 7.36.
Since then, studies have been trying to determine the various pH levels of food and drinks and how they react inside the human body, either contributing to its alkalinity or acidity. As Warburg said 100 years ago, acidosis (over-acidity) is linked not only to the formation of cancer but heart disease as well, diabetes and osteoporosis and almost every chronic disease people typically suffer from today.
How Can You Know If Your Body Is Too Acidic?
There are two simple ways to help you determine this: you can use regular pH paper to do a saliva test or if you have any of these chronic symptoms:
- Muscle pain or cramps after walking short distances
- Constant fatigue
- Easily running out of breath
- Often feeling like you can’t get enough air
When your pH level falls, your body attempts to regulate itself in a natural way (to create homeostasis) by capturing and storing some excessively acidic substances in your organs such as your kidneys, liver and lungs, thereby maintaining an optimal pH of between 7.35-7.45.
These acidic substances ultimately begin to attack your healthy cells, causing them to be toxic, damaged and sick. In time, if the issue isn’t addressed these cells can metastasize – grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts or organs in your body.
Your Diet Is Too Acidic
One of the biggest reasons for chronic acidosis is the 21-st century diet consisting of sugar, caffeine, highly processed food and alcohol. Additives, pesticides and growth hormones used to make and grow our food are also highly acidic to our bodies.
One of the best ways for this, besides changing your diet is to flush your body with alkaline water. Your body is 70% water, so when you ensure that this water is alkaline, you are helping it to create homeostasis.
How To Make Alkaline Water?
- 1 organic lemon (they are pesticide-free)
- 2 liters of purified water (it’s good to have an osmosis filter)
- 1 tablespoon of Himalayan salt (you can find it at most health food stores)
- 1 large glass jar (it must be glass because plastic contains chemicals and impurities that are acidic to your body).
Fill the glass with water. Slice the lemon and add it inside the water (don’t squeeze the juice). Add the salt. Cover the jar and leave it at room temperature for 12-24 hours. After that time passes, take 3 glasses of this alkaline water on an empty stomach. It’s always best to do this first thing in the morning before you start your day or put anything else inside your body. You can also drink alkaline water throughout the day. In time, you’ll see a difference in how you feel (more energetic), your skin will become clearer and your brain more alert, so you’ll generally feel more alive.
Combined with a healthier diet, where you’ll avoid processed food, sugar and additives, it won’t be long before you begin to see a healthier (more alkaline) you!