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DidYou Know Your Blood pH Levels Could be Keeping You in Pain?

Muchlike the litmus tests we might remember from high school chemistrylabs, where we got to stick a stip of litmus paper into a solution and wait for the reaction's results to show whether it was acidic orbasic, our bodies have got similar mechanisms (called the pH level)of measuring the level of acid in one's body.

Manydoctors think of this pH (Potential Hydrogen) level as a criticalfactor to a person's medical well-being. The pH level of a human bodymay vary from 0 (acidity) to 14 (alkalinity). A figure of 7.35 isconsidered an ideal pH level.


Thehuman body is not very good at tolerating a pH imbalance. A prolonged pH imbalance may lead to: skin eruptions, headaches,allergies, colds and flu and sinus problems. Eventually, if the pHlevel leans towards the acid side, oxygen levels decrease, and cellsbegin to die.

Becausedisease-producing organisms thrive on pH imbalance, a person with afairly balanced pH level (7.0-7.4) has a much tighter immune system.That is also a strong point behind why some people catch bacteriawhen there is a pandemic going on, whilst others don't.

Whenthere is a pH imbalance, acidic conditions may cause muscleconstriction, whilst also prevent the exchange of nutrients. Theseconditions manifest themselves via: pain, fatigue and soreness.Because the body's pH level affects all cellular activity in one'sbody, it is the trigger to a variety of degenerative diseases amongother things.

Howit Happens

Thecauses to a pH imbalance may vary from an unhealthy diet to astressful lifestyle – consequentially leading to a crippled immunesystem. Having high acid also allows for "the bad cholesterol"to build up in one's body. The main sources of high acid are:processed foods, pre-packaged foods, sugary foods, pastas, milk,cheese, ice cream, alcoholic beverages, drugs, table salt and meat.

Themain causes to a pH imbalance are stressful situations, the lack ofsleep or exercise. Type A personalities are most prone to an acidicimbalance.

Restoringthe Balance

Thefirst thing one should think of while restoring one's pH balance isthe diet. One should incorporate more fruit, vegetables, yogurt andalmondsinto one's diet. Cutting on the cheeses,soft drinks, alcohol, processed foods, and sweeteners is also a must.The most of your diet (roughly 75%) should be alkaline-producingfood.

Ifsuch a diet is too tough on you, alkaline supplements are a perfectlysuitable substitute.

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