Ask Stephie: 'The Acid-Alkaline Concept' Are you balanced?

Did you know that the pH (a measure of acidity and alkalinity) of your body can directly affect your well-being? This topic may be unfamiliar for some of you, so let me take this opportunity to share with you the importance of having balanced body chemistry.

According to Dr. Robert Young, microbiologist and health expert, the proper state of your body’s alkalinity is imperative for optimal health. When your body becomes chronically acidic, your health becomes vulnerable. You become more susceptible to unfavorable conditions such as disease, illness, fatigue, allergies, depression, weight gain, digestive problems, joint pain, etc. Your body becomes unbalanced and chaotic. Conversely, when you are able to balance and maintain the ideal alkaline state, your body is better prepared to ward off disease and can even heal itself in times of illness. In addition, your metabolism will start to work optimally, which will lead to healthful weight loss and improved energy levels.

How do you know if you’re acidic? Chances are that you are, and lifestyle will dictate how acidic your body really is. Here is a short list to determine if your way of life is promoting too much acid. Answering “yes” to one or more of the questions could mean you are too acidic.

Do you drink coffee or soda?

uDo you drink less than a gallon of water per day?

Do you smoke?

Do you lead a sedentary life?

Do you consume sugar or artificial sweeteners?

Do you encounter stress daily and are unable to handle it well?

Do you consume refined grains daily (pasta, rice, cereal, and bread made from white flour)?

Do you consume alcohol?

You can test your pH by purchasing test strips at your local pharmacy, which is the easiest and cheapest way for testing your urine. Optimal pH of your urine is 6.5-7.5 and is best tested in the morning after rising but before eating breakfast. Keep in mind that when the body is working properly, the pH of your urine will fluctuate within the range indicated above. However, if your readings are consistently in the 5.0-6.4 range, then your body is in a state of acidity.

Here are some ways to start increasing the alkalinity of your body. Drink purified or distilled water with freshly squeezed lemon or lime in it. Consume more alkaline-forming foods such as fresh raw vegetables, and low-sugar fruits, such as grapefruits, tomatoes and avocados. Reduce your intake of saturated fats like fried foods, high-fat meats and dairy products. Reduce your sugar intake, and if you salt your foods, switch to Celtic or sea salt.

No matter what your health and fitness goals are (more energy, weight loss, feel better, etc.), the balance of acidity and alkalinity within your body’s tissues will have a profound impact on whether you succeed. Now, start alkalizing and energizing your body today!

From the Sept. 27-Oct.3, 2006, issue

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