Inflammation, pH, and Cancer
We now are finding out that people with chronic problems- from Fibromyalgia to heart disease – all have one thing in common. Their body’s environment is in an acidic state. What does that actually mean?
For those of us who are unfamiliar with the pH scale, it stands for potential hydrogen. Hydrogen itself is considered an acidic ion, based on its charge. The more hydrogen in the system the more acidic the environment. The pH scale runs from 1-14, with the 1 being most acidic and the 14 being the most basic or alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. Our blood should normally be around a pH of 7.3.
A lot of processed foods, whether they be natural or unnatural, cause our body to dive into an acidic state. Why you ask? because they contain toxins the human body cannot handle. Let’s define what I mean by toxin: A substance, synthetic or natural, that is foreign to the human body’s evolutionary system and cannot be properly digested or disposed of. So yea that includes tar and the other 598 chemicals found in cigarettes, but it also includes:
Pesticides used on conventionally grown vegetables and fruits
Any medication that is not a direct form of natural herbs (ibuprofen, aspirin, lipitor etc)
Mercury found in amalgam fillings and fish
Aluminum in cookware, sodas, toothpaste, deodorant, canned foods etc.
Environment pollutants in the air we breathe i.e. exhaust, smoke, fumes, plastics, industrial chemicals etc.
Water – chemicals, synthetic fluoride, chlorine, polluted lakes, rivers, streams, often bottled water absorbs toxins from the plastic bottle itself!Most bottled water is ACIDIC!!
Food – herbicides, pesticides, food additives, preservatives, hydrologized vegetable protein (aka msg, vegetable oil, canola oil, sunflower oil,) etc.
Pesticides and fertilizers we use at home
any foods you can be allergic too-Dairy, gluten, etc.
YES, toxins are all around us. These substances are difficult to impossible for our bodies to digest or process. What typically happens is they put stress on the liver (the organ responsible for your body’s detoxification) then the liver will typically store those toxins into our FAT CELLS! This is the reason, if you have ever tried losing fat, you start to bloat and feel even worse at the beginning of a new diet or exercise regimen. When you start to take those fat cells and burn them as energy, you release those toxins back into the system which then leads to inflammation.