A Crucial Health Factor
Something something diet, fitness and sleep. We have heard it all and from many sources but one huge health factor that should be on the forefront of everybody’s mind is alkalinity. Seriously, why does no one talk about this? It is something everyone should be aware of and thanks to your man SamboLM, you are now.
So What The Heck Is Alkalinity?
Alkalinity is the angel on the shoulders of the pH spectrum whereas acidity represents the demon. Your overall pH greatly determines your health and ability to operate your body effectively and you affect it with what you consume daily. “Knowledge Is Power.” – Francis Bacon, presumably . Knowing the acidity or alkalinity of what you are consuming is crucial. If worrying about your food and liquid intake isn’t enough there are other factors that can cause acidity in your body. From the pollution we breathe to lack of excercise, over-excercise, radiation produced by technology we use daily such as microwaves, cell phones, household cleaners and more. Don’t panic, your kidneys do a good job of using electrolytes to combat acidity and if you diet properly, you will be okay.
The human body’s ideal pH level is slightly above neutral at about 7.4. The easiest way to maintain a good balance is in your diet. Potassium acts as a countermeasure to acid and can be found in many fruits and vegetables, especially if they are uncooked (Raw Foods). Green drinks with vegetables and grasses are great too and contain chlorophyll which is structurally similar to our blood and can alkalize it.
Why Should I Care?
Not only can cancer cells and other diseases thrive in an acidic environment, acidity in the body can cause:
- Muscle and Joint pain
- Weight Gain
- And more…
Dang, right? The long-term effects are even more concerning and they include:
- Heart Disease
- And more…
All of the above suck but you can help avoid it by simply being a little more proactive in your food and liquid consumption. A cheap and simple way you can test the alkalinity of your water is with iodine strips or drops. Dip a strip or drip a drop of iodine into a glass of your tap water or which ever source you drink from and it will change its color. A green or blue is more alkaline.
Now that you are a little more informed, next time someone wants to talk health or fitness you can ask “do you even alkalize?”
Independent Writer & Certified Personal Trainer