Why is PH important?
Taking your PH levels is an inexpensive yet vital way to gauge the overall health of the body. PH ranges from 1-14 with 7 being the ideal middle ground, with anything below that number being acidic, and where most people find themselves. I recommend that one take the PH with the first morning urination before food and/or water, as this gives a true reading of the body’s PH. In an ideal world, your PH should be in the 6.4-7.0 range. Any number above or below that level needs to be corrected, either by nutritional changes, or finding out as to why the urine is out of range. PH reading strips are available in most drug stores and cost little.
Health Risks of Being Over-Acidic
Most people with unbalanced pH are acidic. When the body is over acidic, the body takes minerals from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid and remove it from the body. Because of this, the body’s mineral reserves such as calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium can run dangerously low and cause damage that can go undetected for years, until it reaches dangerous levels. An over-acid system creates the opportunity for pathogens to thrive in your body, as the lack of oxygen makes for a friendly environment, and also increases body-wide inflammation.
- Mild acidosis can cause problems such as:
- Inflames sensitive gums, cavities
- Immune deficiency
- Sciatica, lumbago, stiff neck
- Respiratory problems, shortness of breath, coughing
- Yeast fungal overgrowth
- Low energy and chronic fatigue
- Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and reduction in oxygen
- Heart problems, arrhythmias, increased heart rate
- Weight gain, obesity and diabetes
- Bladder and kidney infections
- Accelerated free radical damage
- Premature aging
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Osteoporosis, weak brittle bones, hip fractures, bone spurs
- Headaches, confusion, sleepiness
- Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup
- Allergies, acne
What is a natural alternative to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants?
Most deodorants and antiperspirants contain toxic elements that prevent the underarm pores from breathing and expelling toxins. Although effective, it isn’t worth compromising your health when easily available alternatives exist. One such alternative is baking soda. Baking soda kills underarm bacteria and is effective for up to 3 days for most people. Apply a little nickel sized amount on your underarms and apply a little water to help spread the baking soda effectively. You can use the Arm and Hammer brand, but it is chemically made whereas Bob’s Red Mill brand is mined from the earth. Both work fine, however, some people get a rash from the Arm and Hammer, so if you do, just switch brands.
Is there a natural treatment for sunburn?
DIY sunburn remedy: It’s inevitable that sometime this summer someone in the house is going to get a sunburn. Ease their pain by freezing store-bought aloe into ice cube trays and then placing one on the sunburned skin. As the aloe melts, it will cool the skin. Creating the cubes helps make first aid fun, keeping children engaged while healing them.
Is there a natural treatment for sinus problems?
There are many alternatives available to help with sinus conditions that don’t always call for antibiotics or an allergy tablet. It all comes down to pushing your tongue against the roof of your mouth and placing the thumb in between your eyebrows.
You need to pressure the area you are holding with your thumb for 20 seconds. You should feel results almost immediately, followed by sinus drainage.
The ingredient that can also help you to kill sinus infection is apple cider vinegar! Viruses are usually responsible for causing sinus infection, and tend to stay inside the organism even after the lungs are cleared. Basically, the sinus linings becomes inflamed, and this occurrence leads to chronic headaches, discomfort and pain.
How to use ACV for sinus conditions:
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 lemon, juiced
First boil water and then combine it with apple cider vinegar in a glass. Add 1 tsp honey, some cayenne pepper and stir well. Finally, add lemon juice. Consume remedy until you feel sinus pain relief.
Why does inflammation play such an important role in all disease
Almost every disease has an inflammatory component and can go from an acute to a chronic state very quickly. The foods we eat are a major contributor to either health or disease. If you are relying on the standard American diet, then you are promoting disease inducing inflammation. This diet is full of sugar, salt, unhealthy fat, refined flour and animal proteins. Not exactly the building blocks of a strong and healthy body. The major contributors to inflammation, besides diet, are environmental factors such as smoking, alcohol, chemicals, stress, pollutants, infections and injuries. The standard American diet is acidic, a fact which promotes inflammation. Therefore, the best ways you can help yourself is by avoiding the injurious toxic elements in the food and environment. Inflammation is a condition marked as an “itis” such as arthritis/sinusitis and there are some 200 different types of “itis”. As such you can see how controlling your body’s intake of nutrients becomes the major factor in mediating inflammation.