The concept of pH was first introduced by Danish chemist S. P. L. Sørensen at the Carlsberg Laboratory in 1909. The name, pH, has been purported to come from a variety of places including: pondus hydrogenii, potentia hydrogenii (Latin), potentiel hydrogène (French), and potential of hydrogen (English).
Why is pH important?
Understanding that your pH balance is one of many useful health indicators and no the sole measure of health, pH plays an essential role in the breakdown of food and in providing an optimal environment for the microbes that colonize in the intestinal tract.
Lack of proper pH balance can be linked to many degenerative diseases. Often problems of feeling fatigued, low energy, chronic sinus problems, sore throats and swollen glands, yeast infections and a general lack of zest for life are improved when proper body pH is restored. When we start to address these concerns, we often see improvement.
pH and Immunity
In addition to mineral depletion, many researchers believe that blood and intestinal acidity can be linked to disease through fungus and yeast overgrowth. When the intestinal tract is highly acidic, the unfriendly bacteria and fungi that live in that environment thrive. These organisms secrete mycotoxins, poisonous waste products which must be neutralized by our immune systems. If our bodies become overwhelmed by large quantities of these toxins our health can be compromised. Read about how Alergies are Acquired.
pH and Bone Loss
The relationship between bone loss and blood acidity is an emerging area of study. It is thought that as the body is digesting acid producing foods such as red meat, poultry, and eggs the net dietary acid load increases as pH drops, and the body looks for a way to bring the balance back. Calcium and other elements in short supply can be borrowed from the bone to restore balance. Resulting in bone density loss.
Balance pH for Better Health
Many in the field say that restoring our health takes a minimum of 90 days for cells to rejuvenate and achieve optimal pH balance. So make sure whatever health endeavor you take on you give it enough time.
The Alkaline Diet, built around moderate protein, low to moderate carbs and fats in a 4 to 1 alkaline ratio, is a mirror image of the high-protein, high-fat, low-carb Atkins diet. The Alkaline Diet is for people who feel unwell on a high-fat, low-carb diet. It’s also for those leading stressful lives and who consume large amounts of acidifying foods – protein, sugar, processed foods, cereals, starches and caffeine with few alkalinizing vegetables.
Improving Your pH Naturally
Our bodies will find balance if we give them what they need through diet and nutritional supplements. Young Living has created supplements to address this health issue, they can be found here.
First, consider boosting your diet by consuming more “green foods” which contain chlorophyll in abundance.
To achieve a good pH balance the following Young Living supplements may be helpful:
MegaCal (#3280) – has a 1:1 ratio of Calcium to Magnesium (Natural Health Researchers say that 2 out of 3 American children are deficient in Calcium and Magnesium, which may contribute to ADD and ADHD. Magnesium is responsible for regulating calcium, sodium, and potassium in the body.
MultiGreens (#3248) – a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems to relieve stress, and promote energy metabolism and glucose utilization.
Mineral Essence (#3222) – a balanced, full-spectrum ionic mineral complex enhanced with therapeutic-grade essential oils. According to two time Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling, PhD, “you can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” Ionic minerals are the most fully and quickly absorbed forms of minerals available.
NingXia Red (#3003) – a great tasting, excellent antioxidant drink that is also acid-binding. Learn more about NingXia Red.
AlkaLime (#3199) – a precisely balanced alkaline mineral and therapeutic-grade essential oil powder formulated to safely balance the acidity of the digestive system. This formula helps counteract overconsumption of processed sugars and foods that may turn to sugar in the body, such as pasta, bread, and processed corn products. Read more, Acid Reflux, Yeast and Fungus – a way to create an Alkaline system
JuvaSpice (#3279) and JuvaPower (#3276) – are powders used to season vegetable juices, soups, and other foods. High in antioxidants and one of the richest sources of acid-binding foods. JuvaPower is rich in liver-supporting nutrients and has intestinal cleansing benefits. JuvaSpice supplies extra fiber to support proper digestion.
Life 5 (#3099) – is a hi-potency probiotic, restores intestinal health by providing three of the most health-promoting super strains of probiotics ever prepared in a supplement.
Sulfurzyme capsules (#3243), or powder (#3241) – combines wolfberry with MSM (a naturally occurring organic dietary sulfur that helps maintain the structure of proteins, protects cells and membranes, preserve the molecular framework of connective tissue, supports the immune system, liver, circulation, and proper intestinal function, and scavenges free radicals. Wolfberries contain minerals and coenzymes that support the assimilation and metabolism of sulfur.
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Therapeutic-grade essential oils are also more effective in a person whose body is closer to optimal healthy pH. Often when individuals do not like the smell of essential oils, it is a sign of too much internal acidity. When the body is too acid it holds onto toxins and we tend to have less oxygen in our cells. Less cell oxygen may set us up for a host of degenerative health conditions.
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Young Living’s therapeutic-grade lemon essential oil, a couple drops in a “glass” of water, for example will help to create a more alkaline system in conjunction with other healthy supplement and dietary practices. Lemon essential oil comes from the rind, not the inside fruit part we typically make lemonade-aide from. Lemon essential oil has an alkalizing effect.
Reduce Acid Foods
It’s essential to remove high acid sources from the diet, as no amount of alkalizing supplements or personal care products can balance a very acidic environment without changes being made to minimize acidic causing foods. The more acidic a body is the more detoxification will be required.
• Manage meat intake to keep acidifying proteins down to 4 ounces per meal. Preferably grass-fed, free range, organically raised animal products.
• Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars (particularly artificial sweeteners) – opt for whole grains in moderate amounts and use Stevia or Blue Agave as a sweeter.
• Avoid all processed foods (if it comes in a can, bottle, box or plastic bag – it’s processed. These foods have little if any nutrition and have zero vibrational frequency, which means they have no life-force).
• Opt for fresh locally grown organic fruits and vegetables.
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