Optimal pH: Healing and Performance
Normal and healthy blood pH is slightly alkaline at between 7.3 – 7.4, with the first morning urine measuring between 6.4 and 7.0. When the urine or saliva pH falls and stays in the acidic range (below 6.0), this reflects an overall acidic pH and the body does not heal properly, leading to injuries, pain, anxiety, depression, infection, and a host of other illnesses.
Achieving A Healthy pH For Optimal Healing and Performance
When you are chronically acidic:
- You leach minerals from the bone to buffer the acidic blood, leading to osteopenia / osteoporosis, bone spurs, soft tissue and joint disorders.
- You are more susceptible to heavy metal toxicity. Calcium lines the brush border cells of the gut to prevent absorption of heavy metals. Also, when you are acidic, you have lower levels of minerals available, free radicals increase, causing damage to the mitochondrial DNA.
- You have a lowered immune response. Bacteria and viruses flourish in an acidic environment, leading to chronic illness such as autoimmune issues and cancers.
- The cells of the body do not detox efficiently, leading to slow healing, slow recovery from exercise, chronic injury and degenerative disease.
There are three main organ and glands which MUST be functioning properly in order to maintain an optimal pH.
Kidneys – Regulate pH, blood pressure, salt and potassium levels, D3 for calcium utilization. Exposure to environmental toxins, viral, bacterial or fungal infections, over the counter or prescription medications, and low back or tailbone injuries can suppress the function of the kidneys.
Parathyroid Gland – Maintains body’s calcium levels and thyroid function. Exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, and radiation from x-rays or from cell phones, WiFi and other wireless technologies can damage the parathyroid gland and suppress its function.
Digestive System (Stomach, Large and Small Intestines) – Proper absorption of minerals and vitamins. The stomach MUST be acidic so the body can be alkaline!! Acid reducing medications, chronic stress and age can be contributing factors in hypochlorhydria or low stomach acid.
Optimizing the function of these three organs / glands can make it much easier for the body to maintain a healthy pH, promote healing and healthy tissue and bone repair, ultimately increasing performance and overall health.
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Dr. Kathy Veon, DOM, AP, CCN is a graduate of Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida. She is a board certified Licensed Acupuncturist, Clinical Nutritionist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine and is currently serving as Chairman of the Florida Board of Acupuncture. She holds a private practice in Lake Mary, Florida at Central Florida Preventive Medicine where she specializes in functional medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, herbology, and helping her patients overcome chronic and debilitating illnesses through finding and correcting the root causes of disease.
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