Your body is made up of about 70 percent water. Every one of your 100 trillion cells is filled with water. And every other chemical in your body, from the stomach acid you need to digest food, to the blood that carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells of all your organs, either contain water or are suspended in water.
Dr Al Sears MD, says that for you to be healthy, that water needs to have a healthy pH balance. The letters “pH” mean “potential of hydrogen” and the measure of how acidic or alkaline your body is ranges on a scale from 0 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline).
You will achieve optimum health much more easily, and avoid getting sick, when your organ tissues stay in a slightly alkaline environment, or about 7.0 to 7.5 as measured by saliva.
So, answer these questions to see if an acidic pH balance is behind your symptoms?
- Do you suffer from high blood pressure?
- Do you suffer other heart problems?
- Do your joints feel stiff, inflamed and painful or do you suffer from bone loss?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Are you finding it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep?
- Do you suffer from constant fatigue or energy crashes after meals?
- Do you frequently endure cramping, constipation, heartburn or other digestive problems?
- Do you sometimes feel depressed, negative and cranky?
- Have you noticed that your ability to solve problems or to remember details is lacking?
- Do you sometimes suffer from shortness of breath or other lung problems?
- Do you experience pain, numbness or tingling in your hands, legs or feet?
- Is your skin or hair aging more rapidly than it should?
- Do you notice that your eyesight or hearing is fading at an alarming rate?
- Do you suffer from low sexual desire or performance problems?
- Do you contract infections, fungal problems or viral problems more often with each passing year?
If you answered “YES” to one or more of these questions, there’s a good chance that you may be suffering from acid overload. Here we are not just talking about stomach acid or acid reflux, but “acid overload” in your blood, fluids, cells and tissues that make up 70 percent of your body. Too much acid, left unchecked, can lead to a cascade of health and aging problems.
What is it that makes you more acidic?
- A typical Western diet of acid-forming foods: Meats, pasta, refined sugar, fast foods, starches, coffee and fizzy drinks will leave an ‘acid ash’
- Prescription drugs
- Not enough exercise
- Too much smog, bad indoor air, poor quality water and other environmental risk
- Artificial sweeteners or table salt.
- Alcohol, coffee and/or smoke.
So what is it that you can do to make you more alkaline?
- Eat lots of green vegetables, other vegetables and fruit.
- Cut out sugar and processed food
- Cut out meat
- Eat oily fish
- Take liquid minerals ……….EASY!