Optimal health, balance system

Michelle Trawick

MARQUETTE — Today, we are seeing more and more concerns for our health and wellness, as well as an increase in disease. Many factors contribute to this such as toxins, pesticides, stress, heavy metals, GMO’s, lack of sleep, mineral deficiency and on and on.

An interesting factor many wouldn’t consider, concerning health and wellness, is how pH balanced our systems are. Our blood pH must be maintained at a very narrow window of 7.35-7.45. Our other body systems have a wider pH range, partly to help maintain the rigid blood pH. If this becomes disrupted, the blood will take alkalizing elements from the rest of the body systems. Even though the blood can regulate pH on its own, it does so at a price to other systems in the body, which can lead to additional health problems.

Some signs of poor pH balance are immune deficiency, candida overgrowth, bladder and kidney infections, osteoporosis, digestive issues, headaches, brain fog, fatigue, allergies, joint pain, skin conditions and so many more.

There are many ways to help support a proper pH. You can avoid certain foods such as meat, dairy, sugars and grains. Consuming other foods, such as leafy greens, grasses, nuts and seeds can be beneficial. Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are known to be alkalizing. Avoiding stressful situations and engaging in stress relieving activities like meditation, yoga and exercise can be beneficial. Even using certain essential oils regularly can help maintain a balanced pH.

It is important to check your pH regularly. Acidic conditions create an environment where we can become vulnerable to disease. Yeast and fungus in our body thrive in an acidic environment. They secrete mycotoxins, a poisonous byproduct of their life cycles. When these become too abundant, it can have a significant impact on our health. Avoiding antibiotics, when possible, increasing intake of alkaline minerals, certain essential oils and boosting gut flora can all help combat candida once established.

There are many ways to increase wellness and I find it’s easiest to start with one area of correction at a time. When you see results, you are encouraged to make better choices in other areas. Getting a balanced pH would be a great place to start your journey. Cheers to good health in the new year!