We have all heard of acid and alkaline states, but what does it actually mean when it comes to our body? Why is it even important? Why should we be concerned what state our body is in?
Alkaline herbs have a detoxifying effect on the body. You not only balance your pH, but you detoxify your liver, blood, and other major systems of the body. Now if you are anything like me and think, 'Am I going to have to be close to a toilet whilst my body is detoxifying', then the answer is no, you won't be rushing every 5 minutes to use the bathroom!
However if you are feeling sluggish, tired, unmotivated, and not like yourself, it’s time to detoxify your body to get back to your old self! Your body may ell be in overload, stressed and on the acidic side and need some support.
Don't worry though you only need to make small adjustments and your body will love you for it!
The alkaline 'diet' claims to boost the pH level of fluids in the body and reduce acidity, thereby improving your health. But, what is the real benefit of having a more alkaline system?
The theory is that by eating more alkaline foods — fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes — your blood's pH level achieves a more desirable, less inflammatory state. When you're blood is more acid, you're at a greater risk of chronic disease, such as cancer and bone loss. An alkaline level is said to improve health outcomes.
Here is a scientific bit.....
The pH scale measures the two extremes of chemical properties that exist in compounds. If a substance has a pH level of 7, it's considered neutral. Therefore, a pH greater than 7 is basic and a level below 7 is acidic.
Maintaining the pH level around cells and tissues preserves life, including human life. Your blood has a carefully calibrated pH of about 7.4 — consistently hovering between 7.35 and 7.45.
The human diet's acid-base content has shifted over the past 10,000 years, and particularly in the last 200 years, from one of a hunter-gatherer to a farming, industrialized and processed one. The typical diet today is far more acidic than in early times.
The Journal of Environmental and Public Health article notes that the stomach has a pH of 1.35 to 3.5 — quite acidic — and the skin has a pH of 4 to 6.5. Your diet won't change these tightly regulated levels that exist for a reason; higher acidity levels protect the skin from infection, for example, and allow the stomach to digest food. Some acidity has a purpose.
End of scientific bit!
Symptoms of Being Too Acidic
1. Digestive issues
Excess stomach acid
2. Unhealthy Skin, Nails and Hair
Nails are thin and break easily
Cracks at the corners of the lips
Hair is dull with split ends, and falls out
Very pale face
3. Teeth and Mouth Issues
Teeth sensitive to hot, cold, or acidic foods
Teeth have a tendency to crack or chip
Infections in throat and tonsils
Tooth nerve pain
4. Eyes, Head and General Body
Low body temperature (feels cold)
Tendency to get infections
Leg cramps and spasms
Eyes tear easily, conjunctivitis, inflammation of the eyelids and corneas
5. Nerves and Emotions
Low energy; constant fatigue
Being continually depressed with a loss of joy and enthusiasm
Benefits of Having an Alkalized Body pH
Better joint health
Weight loss becomes easier
So what can you do abut it?
Be aware of what you are eating and drinking, attempt to listen and feel into your body. Don't eat for the sake of eating. If you are a grazer, comfort eater, bored or habitual, have a sort out of your cupboards and fridge and get in some good stuff and even make some yummy snacks (my personal go to are energy balls which have dates, oats, cacao, maca nut butter and some mushroom powder - of course!)
We have come up with a herbal blend to support people wishing to bring a more alkaline balance into their lives. It has nettle, dandelion root, lemon balm, burdock root, soursop leaves and sarsaparillla, we've called it alkaline divine! Not yet on the website but coming very soon!