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by: Marna Coetzee

The term “pH” refers to the potential of hydrogen within substances. The scale ranges from 0-14. The optimal ph for your body is 7.4, which is slightly alkaline.

Why would a person want a more alkaline body?

3 simple reasons:

  • to have more energy
  • to minimize your chances of getting cancer 
  • to reduce inflammation

And there is a lot more to say about that…

The main thing that makes you either alkaline or acidic is your diet!

Yes, what you eat and drink plays a vital role in the pH level of your body. 

Refined food, sugar, juice, sweets, fizzy drinks… The stuff we crave. The stuff we are addicted to. The stuff that you can buy, rip open, and consume immediately. Processed foods, keeping us away from fresh and wholesome food.

Shifts in pH will have differing effects on health, depending on the location in the body, and the foods mentioned above can negatively affect your body, moving it toward an acidic level. Acidosis, the presence of access acid in the body’s fluids, is a major factor in stroke, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.

We are mostly unaware of the fact that we are poisoning ourselves and our loved ones. We often let ourselves go and indulge with the mindset that “life is short”, but the truth is, there is no joy in being sick, no joy in pain, no joy in having so much energy to enjoy and live life. It is absolutely worth investing in an overall balanced diet to encourage a slightly alkaline pH level for optimal health in your bodily systems.

We must not forget that the underlying common thread in health issues is the inflammation that may accompany unbalanced pH levels, and it is also worth exploring stress levels and pathogens. A holistic view takes us the furthest. 

Here’s how to move towards restoring pH balance in the body:

  • Including 60% alkaline forming foods to 40% acid forming foods in the diet will assist in
  • Achieving a proper pH balance in the body.
  • Add chlorophyll-based foods and drinks
  • Use lemons
  • Consume root vegetables
  • Stay away from sugar based products
  • Combine protein with alkaline vegetables to reduce acidity
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid smoking

Get a list of food to help you make shifts with your body pH here: AlkalineFoodChart.pdf

Empower yourself!

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