One myth I hear over and over again is that our bodies need to be alkaline - FALSE
AND it actually sounds right, because acidic just sounds really bad, right?
Well, I am going to shed some light on just how much our body needs to be acidic to thrive and function properly.
Ok, let’s get started
You are sitting down to eat your meal.
Once food enters your stomach it takes the bolus of food and breaks down the nutrients contained in our foods that will eventually be absorbed.
So, how does the food get into those tiny particles for absorption?
Our stomachs need to be a PH of 1-1.5, this is very acidic. The acid in our stomach is called hydrochloric acid. If you were to take this acid and drop it on your shoe, it would burn a hole in your shoe. That’s how acidic your stomach needs to be.
The acidic environment of the stomach is not only useful for protein denaturing but also for protection against potentially infectious agents.
Besides the mouth, this is the beginning part of your digestion.
So, imagine, if your stomach was more alkaline………...
The food would just sit in there and ferment, causing you to feel bloated, gassy, burpy, and even experience heartburn.
Not to mention, without this vital acid in your stomach, your body wouldn’t be able to assimilate nutrients like protein, B12 and calcium from your foods.
Eventually your lab work would indicate a deficiency. And you might experience symptoms of malnutrition. Such as fatigue, allergies, skin issues etc.
Once the stomach breaks down protein it will dispel it into the small intestine - here the PH is actually very alkaline. The small intestine will further breakdown the protein into amino acids to pass easily through the walls of the small intestine and into the bloodstream to be utilized throughout the body.
Remember, proteins are the building blocks of our body!
After this, the contents of the intestine must be acidified again to kill the toxic mirco-organisms which are contained in food waste. Without the acidic environment here, the bad bacteria and viruses will thrive in an alkaline environment.
The good bacteria in our guts are “acid loving” - hence the name ACIDophilus. Acidophilus (a probiotic) translates to acid-loving!
We are acid loving beings!!!!
I hope this basic outline helped you understand, a little bit, how our bodies need to be mostly acidic. There is more deep diving we can do here into the subject, just how much how body relies on the Ph being more acidic.
For now here are some things I will leave you with that will start to help balance out your bodies PH
Things that you can do to help balance out the PH for better digestion
So as you can see we are mostly acidic beings!
And I haven’t even touched on the skin and yes that is acidic as well!
Simple Tests I recommend to determine if you PH is balanced
To balance out the body's PH, especially if you have a health concern related to the abnormal PH, I always recommend getting a qualified health care professional to discuss your lab findings and get you on the correct treatment plan.
Remember, when your body is in balance, you are able to fight disease AND thrive to your fullest potential.
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