16 Dec Its all to do with the pH
pH is the term you might have heard or studied as a chemistry student. As a student, it was simply confined to H and the OH molecules in a reaction. But this term holds much more importance in our day to day lives right from the water that we drink to the soil the food grow into the air we breathe to the food we eat to the body we live in.
pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline an element is. It ranges between 0-14, with 7 being neutral. pH of less than 7 denotes acidity while pH more than 7 denotes alkalinity. The human body should ideally be slightly alkaline i.e. 7.4. This is the pH when the body has a strong immune system to fight illness, diseases or infections and have optimum health.
A very common complaint we all have is feeling acidic or getting a terrible headache or a migraine. Is it only because you have long gaps between your meals or something else? Most of the research done prove that small symptoms like catching a cold, falling sick, low immunity, headaches are ways of your body signaling you that the body is finding it difficult to maintain the homeostasis and if not dealt with could lead to grave problems.
Every disease, every illness will be the result of an acidic pH. Let me name a few of them for you:
- Weight Gain
- Immune deficiency
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Kidney stones
You may now wonder what are you doing that led to this pH shift in the first place?
- What and how we breathe: No one can really escape the polluted air. But even when we are away from pollution in a clean environment do we really use our sense of breathing to 100%. No, we don’t. We breathe but unconsciously. We breathe but just for sustenance not to stay healthy. The oxygen that we inhale helps us keep the blood’s pH alkaline by removing the carbon dioxide.
- What we eat: Various food ingredients have variable pH levels. For e.g. protein based foods especial meats fall in the range of acidic pH due to the sulphuric acid formed in the body, fruits and vegetables usually in alkaline pH, processed foods and baked items in acidic. No wonder you will hear health practitioners tell you to include fresh foods in packaged, refined and processed items. In order to maintain the ideal pH, it is suggested to include at least 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables in the diet.
- What we drink: There is a common misconception that citrus or sour foods are acidic but you will be shocked to know that your stomach itself is highly acidic(pH 1.6) as opposed to lemons whose pH is 2 which on entering the body turns alkaline due to its content while the milk, on the other hand, might have a pH of 6 but due to its property of donating Hydrogen it is more acidic on entering the body.
- How you feel: Stress and lack of sleep along with unhealthy food contribute to the buildup of a large amount of toxins leading to the acidic environment. Insufficient rest causes acid buildup in the body. It also prevents the remaining body organs to get enough rest which could be a reason for added stress and digestive dysfunction.
The philosophy of health is not only looking healthy but also feeling healthy. pH does just that. It all comes to you, what would you choose food that is good for you or food that makes you crave for more?