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Getting Back to Basics in Health and Nutrition

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Real Nutrition News

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on April 22, 2008

I have this impressive catalog/magazine here on my table and I just found it online so now I can share it with my online friends. 🙂

Real Nutrition News

It has some very interesting information in it related to nutrition and health that I’ve been reading elsewhere: in books, news articles, other magazines, etc. Because of this, I consider the information in it valid.

Remember, we were created to eat food – not to take vitamins. Eating whole foods and ensuring that we get our daily 5 to 9 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables is important. Vitamins just aren’t being absorbed by our bodies and we’d be better off to flush our money down the toilet than to buy synthetic vitamins. G-d created us to eat food, real food.

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pH Balance and Health

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on October 16, 2007

According to studies, most of the world’s population has an acidic pH level and this contributes to disease, illness, and a detioration of general health. This holds true in North America as well. According to the the Acid Alkaline Balance and Health site site there are numerous problems associated with a pH imbalance:

A few (just a few) of these include lack of energy; constant fatigue; loss of drive, joy, and enthusiasm; high irritability; headaches; problems in the mouth, acid reflux, gastritis, intestinal disorders, kidney problems, skin problems, bone loss, poor circulation, thyroid issues, insomnia, and the list goes on and on.

Correcting your body’s pH balance will result in your feeling better and your body being able to work as it was intended to by our Creator. If your saliva or urine pH is alkaline, disease and sickness virtually can not exist.  Remember, most serious medical conditions did not develop overnight.

The Body and pH Balance
The acronym pH stands for “Potential Hydrogen” and it has to do with hydrogen ions and the ability to absorb more hydrogen ions. The scale which pH is measured is in numbers between 0 and 14. A lower number means that the substance is acidic and a higher number means that the substance is more alkaline. Neutral is in the middle, a number 7. Generally water has a pH of 7 and is a neutral substance.
Acidosis and alkalosis are terms that are used to describe the abnormal conditions when a persons pH does not fall within a healthy range. The pH of human blood should be maintained between 7.35 and 7.45 according to an article titled Acidosis/Alkalosis. We want to maintain a good balance for optimal health and that balance means that our bodies need to be slightly alkaline.

From the pH Ionic website I found this information:

The body becomes imbalanced and overly acidic primarily as a result of three things:

1. Ingesting acids. Eating too many acidifying foods like processed sugar, meats, dairy, coffee, alcohol, etc. create an acid ash in the body. These acids can overload the body’s ability to neutralize them.

2. Creation of acids. Pathogens and microforms create acidifying toxins in the body. As the body becomes more and more acidic, bad bacteria, yeasts and other microforms proliferate in the body. Since these organisms are living, they eat as well as create resulting toxins. These toxins are often very acidifying.

3. Improper elimination of acids. Not all acids are the same; some are weak and some are strong. Weak acids like citric acid are much easier to neutralize than strong acids like uric acid. The body uses many systems in order to buffer acids including breath, mineral reserves, and fat. When the body’s buffering systems become compromised, excess acids build up.

And from pH Regulatory System of the Body:

Our body pH is very important because pH controls the speed of our body’s biochemical reactions. It does this by controlling the speed of enzyme activity as well as the speed that electricity moves through our body.

How To Adjust Your pH

The best way to adjust the pH of your body is through your diet. Most people in America have an acidic pH. Think about what we consume: coffee, soda, pizza, burgers, etc. When we give our bodies the proper building blocks to work with, we will discover that our bodies will be better able to do what they were created to do: heal from injury or illness, fight disease, properly metablolize, etc. Simply put, our bodies will be better able to work to the best of their created abilities. Using these products regularly will aid in restoring you to a balanced pH.

My Experience

Even after giving up fast food and most ready-to-eat boxed meals I was still a cola junkie. I would have at least two cans of cola every day. I would justify it by saying “I don’t like coffee so when everyone else drinks their coffee with all the added sugar and sweeteners, I drink cola.” But over the past few years our family has become more and more health conscious. Is it because our kids are now old enough to hear the conversations about what is good for you and what is bad – and then question why we continued to consume some of the ‘bad’ products? Is it because as adults we are becoming more and more health conscious when we hear of friends and loved ones who are being diagnosed with illnesses and disease? Is it because we, ourselves, are fighting aches and pains and a general loss of “youthfulness”? It could be any of these or all of these, and more. Whatever the primary reason for our attention to health and wellness in recent years, we have worked to eliminate some things and add others. But I didn’t discover that part of the health equation was our pH levels until recently.

Since we have started eating more healthy and whole foods we have noticed a marked difference. We feel better. When everyone else has a cold or a flu, we don’t seem to get it. The few times we’ve been ill it lasts a very short time. A cold that hung on in a friends house for weeks only lasted 2 or 3 days in ours, and wasn’t nearly as bad. When others are tired at the end of the “work day”, DH and I still find energy to work on the farm and do various odd jobs necessary for our construction business, on the rental house, or for aging parents and grandparents.

Several months ago we tested our pH levels and discovered that while we were close to where we needed to be, we still weren’t as close as we wanted to be. It was after this that we quit the cola (though this wasn’t why we quit cola). Then we tested our pH levels again earlier this week to discover that between the two of us, our average pH levels were 6.5 and 6.75. So now we’re not too far away from where we should be. Knowing about our pH levels is just a piece of the health puzzle.

In recent weeks we’ve started a new program on top of our healthy habits. It only makes sense that when the pH piece was placed in the health puzzle, along with the rest of the pieces that we’re finding and putting together, that we would notice a difference in our general health and energy levels.

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