My years of extensive gardening and research of horticulture made me realize several years ago that plants only flourish when the soil is at the right pH level. You can have the best seeds, best soil, best fertilizer, and none of that matters if the pH is off. Just as the water my pet fish swim in must be at a certain pH for them to live. Life only exists where there’s balance, and our bodies are regulated by pH! It got me thinking, is my body too acidic?
That question got me doing some research about our bodies and the necessary balance needed to be healthy and happy. I found that acid/alkaline imbalance causing disease is not a new concept. Doctors have been researching this for years.
In 1933, Dr. William Howard Hay from New York published A New Health Era in which he maintains that all disease is caused by “self-poisoning” due to acid accumulation in the body.
An overly acidic condition weakens the body and can become dangerous. Our body requires a slightly alkaline condition to function well. Blood, for example, needs to be 7.4 pH. A shift in blood pH of just 0.2 could result in death. Obviously, the body does not want to die so it is forced to borrow minerals (calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium) from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid. A condition of high acidity may go undetected for years, causing the body to suffer prolonged damage.
I found studies showing 6 out of 10 American adults overweight and acidic, most people are not aware that many of the foods they regularly consume negatively affect their alkaline body balance. The human body is a natural alkaline environment but eating an overly acidic processed diet affects the body’s healthy pH balance making it susceptible for illness and disease.
The body has a normal pH level at 7.35 to 7.45 and when the acidity is high, it results to sickness and diseases. You will notice that people who have high acidity levels also have dry skin and develop colds and flu symptoms often. High acidity is caused by factors such as eating acidic foods like processed foods and meat, drinking soda, excessive amounts of alcohol, stressful environments and lack of oxygen.
Symptoms to look for is you are concerned your body might be too acidic:
1. Digestive issues:
• Excess stomach acid
• Acid reflux
• Saliva acidic
2. Unhealthy Skin, Nails and Hair:
• Nails are thin and break easily
• Dry skin
• Cracks at the corners of the lips
• Hair is dull with split ends, and falls out
• Very pale face
3. Teeth and Mouth Issues:
• Loose teeth
• Teeth sensitive to hot, cold, or acidic foods
• Teeth have a tendency to crack or chip
• Sensitive gums
• Mouth ulcers
• 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
• Excessive nervousness
All of this can be pretty overwhelming, and you might not know where to even start. Changing your diet to be rich in organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains is a good start. Limiting red meats and eating more fish. Limiting stress levels in your life and off-setting it with exercise or meditation can also help. But one easy way to help is by taking long hot detoxing alkazing baths at least once a week.
Soaking in the Theis Raiford alkalizing bath soaks help to pull excess acid from your body, remove toxins and relive stress. The other added benefits include relieving sore muscles/arthritis and helping rejuvenate your spirt!
We use all natural sea salt, ancient mineral rich salts mined in Utah and the Himalayas, sodium bicarbonate, and magnesium sulfate to give a well rounded approach to health and relaxation. The different blends contain pure and organic essential oils to further help your wellness.