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Are you too Acidic? Here’s why balancing your pH is important.

Your pH can affect every system in your body

What is the Importance of pH Levels?

You probably know that your body is made up of mostly fluids; water and blood. These fluids have an acid/alkaline balance, which is measured by the pH factor (potential hydrogen). This pH scale is used to determine if the levels are more acidic or more alkaline. Research has shown that it’s important for your body to maintain a neutral pH. For better health and well being there are many reasons why you want your bodies pH to be as close to neutral as possible.

How Does the pH Scale Work?

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14.  A pH of 7 is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic. A pH greater than 7 is basic. The lower the pH number, the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH number, the greater the alkalinity.

An imbalanced pH may affect all your bodies major functions and systems such as breathing, circulation, digestion, hormonal production and proper blood flow. Inversely, when you improve the acid/alkaline balance of the body, you improve every other system in the body at the same time.

How is Your Bodies pH Level Determined?

The biggest contributors to your bodies pH levels is through what you eat and drink and how you react to stress. That’s right, there are certain foods which are alkaline and certain foods which are acidic. It’s important to take note what these foods are and try to balance it out throughout the day. One example that illustrates this is to drink an 8 oz. glass of lemon water first thing in the morning before your daily dose of coffee or tea. The reasoning behind this is that lemon water is very alkaline in the body and coffee and tea are both very acidic. This balances the two out.

How Are the Health Benefits of Maintaining Proper pH Levels?

When we maintain proper pH levels, injuries heal faster and health challenges improve more quickly because the body is oxygenated and therefore can detoxify and heal itself. If cells are energized in this way, we develop a stronger immune system and a lower propensity to develop diseases and cancer. Click here to read what Dr. Axe has to say on how improper pH levels negatively affect your health.

Which Foods are Alkaline and Which are Acidic?

Keep in mind that the foods must be organic because ALL pesticides are very acidic. It’s a good idea to keep acidic foods to a minimum of about 20% of your daily intake. The remaining 80% should be alkaline foods.

Acidic Foods-try to keep these to a minimum

  • All Meats
  • Grains – white flour products,  wheat, corn, barley, oats and rye
  • Dairy – milk, butter, eggs, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, ice cream and milk
  • Fruits – cranberries and pomegranates
  • Veggies – artichokes, asparagus and garbanzo beans
  • Caffeinated drinks –  coffee, chocolate drinks and colas
  • Alcohol
  • Nuts – peanuts, pistachios, walnuts and macadamia nuts
  • Other factors that can effect your bodies acidity are lack of sleep, stress and anxiety

Alkaline Foods-These should make up majority of your daily intake

  • Kefir and minimally processed yogurt products
  • Most fruits
  • Veggies – green beans, lima beans, string beans, sprouts, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard, chicory, chives, collard greens, cucumber, dandelion greens, dill, dulse, eggplant, endive, escarole, kale, garlic, leeks, legumes, lettuce, okra, onions, parsley, parsnips, sweet potato, bell peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, turnips and watercress
  • Seaweed, kelp and sea veggies
  • Quinoa
  • Pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds
  • Nuts –  almonds, chestnuts and coconuts

How Can you Test Your Bodies pH Level?

By using litmus paper you can adjust your diet on a regular basis to continue to maintain your bodies proper pH level.  This easy to do, at home test is taken with your first urine in the morning. The farther from perfect balance your pH travels, the more serious health problems may develop and the more difficult it may be to maintain a strong immune system.

Emmanuel Jal is coming to California

Emmanuel Jal

MASTERPEACE Presents Emmanuel Jal California Tour

For those of you who have been reading our blog posts for some time, you may remember my blog post on November 13, 2013 when I met Emmanuel Jal in San Diego. I was intrigued by him. I couldn’t stop playing the music CD I bought that night; yes, consistently for months on end. I also bought his biographical film,‘War Child’. I showed it many times to informal groups in California and Arizona.  Everyone was ready to make donations to his cause, Lose to Win Donation Program.

This meeting was followed by an interview with Jal on December 5th, 2013. I was intrigued by him. He was a child soldier from the war in South Sudan, a freedom fighter at the age of 12, and now he was a soldier of peace, rapper and musician artist, having a profound effect on everyone, teenagers and adults alike, who hear his music. Most importantly for me was learning how he was able to take care of his own health challenges, as he travels all over the world, by paying attention to the pH acid alkaline balance of his body.

Now I’m thrilled to tell you that Emmanuel Jal will soon be performing in California. Here is is his tour schedule and a link to his most recent music. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to see him live.

You can book tickets here for his San Diego performance.
Event is for 21 years and older.

Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon BLvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
Doors: 8:30pm 

Acid Alkaline pH Balance in the Gut is So Important

Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal

I had the honor of meeting Emmanuel Jal in person on Friday night. It was one those serendipitous evenings – they don’t happen often, but, when they do, wow, they’re very powerful indeed. What an amazing human he is. For whatever the reason, watching the documentary that outlines is life experience as a child soldier surviving in the midst of chaos of South Sudan touched my heart. A young kid, no parents, no family, his gun his best friend because that’s what kept him alive and able survive.

I went directly to my car to get the $50 that I was going to spend on a massage the following day and instantly signed up for his Lose To Win donation program and committed to do same next month – I felt happy to ‘lose’ the money, for the kids in Leer, South Sudan to ‘win’. It felt so good to feel like a global citizen, conscious and paying attention to world suffering, instead of focusing solely on the life of ‘luxury’ that only 2% percentage of the world population experience, as we do in the US, with clean, running water, a bed to sleep on, electricity and the list goes on.

Emanuel Jal & Pamela Nathan

Pamela Nathan & Emmanuel Jal

But the most exhilarating and unexpected part of the whole experience was the time that he and I got to chat while he signed my copy of his rap CD called ‘War Crimes’. Not even sure how the conversation steered in that direction, however, he started to tell me how his people in South Sudan are more prone to chronic disease patterns today than they used to be because they don’t live according to the seasons any more. One of the examples he used was that now milk is available to them all year round which has resulted in their digestive systems being more ‘acidic’ than before when it was only available in ‘dairy season’. He discussed the importance of the acid alkaline pH balance in depth.

My face lit up instantly. This is what I am constantly reminding clients about. Our usual Western diets are loaded with acidic foods and unless we make a concerted effort to do it differently, we too, are prone to many chronic conditions as a result of a constant acidic digestive system. The acid alkaline pH balance of the gut is so important. And in reality it is very easy for anyone to keep an eye on that acid alkaline pH balance on a regular basis.

I am always encouraging them to make use of a simple litmus paper test, just one time per day, the first urine stream in the a.m. This way they have a rough idea how their pH acid alkaline balance is doing, i.e. does the litmus paper show an acidic reading and if so they can make the appropriate changes to the food they eat that day, as well as the type of supplements they take so as to encourage alkalinity, which allows the ecology of the gut to be healthy and be a perfect breeding ground for probiotics to thrive. I find that, unless there is a severe dysbiosis present, most people are able to change a more acidic pH merely by using Perfect Food Caps by Garden of Life, starting with one and then increasing by one each day, until you get to the amount that keeps the pH stable on a daily basis.

Kuoth Wiel, actress + Tanya Campbell, Emmanuel Jal's manager

Kuoth Wiel, actress + Tanya Campbell, Emmanuel Jal’s manager

Needless to say, the two of us went off at a tangent about these nutritional issues that were so important to both of us, enjoying each other’s version of the same principles – I laughed when he said to his manager, “Tania, now this lady knows exactly what I have been telling you!”

So he’s off to Toronto now, after a few days in Los Angeles, and then Ireland. We agreed that our paths would meet again and laid out a plan to do an interview with him in the near future. Watch the blog for when I do!

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