Oct 01 , 2021
The human body has an ideal acid / alkaline balance that helps to maintain good health and immunity. Unfortunately it is becoming more and more common for people to have an imbalance. An imbalance can be caused by a number of factors including illness, trauma, the abundance of processed foods, and even anxiety and stress.
Over acidity weakens all systems and organs within the body and can present itself in many different ways. Some acute symptoms that may result from an over acidic environment are candida, chronic fatigue, constipation, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, joint pain, kidney stones, and premature ageing, to name a few. The reason for this is that many illness, diseases and bad bacteria thrive in an acidic environment, meaning you are more likely to be unwell if the body is overly acidic.
But don’t fret – there are many things you can do to restore the balance. The first thing to look at would be diet, to begin to restore or maintain balance you want to eat a diet which is high in alkaline producing foods such as fresh vegetables and most fruits, while reducing the intake of acid forming foods, such as processed foods, sugar, gluten, eggs, meat and dairy. You can also take supplements such as Lifestream Super Alkalise for additional support.
Managing stress levels is another factor to consider as this can greatly impact the acid / alkaline balance. We stock a huge range of supplements in store which supports the body’s response to stress, come and talk to us to see what your options are. Practising yoga and meditation is another great way to calm the nervous system. Breathing deep into the belly activates the parasympathetic nervous system; this means we move from our flight or flight mode into our rest and digest mode; a much better place to be.
Something for you to try at home: sit still for a moment, close the eyes and inhale deeply through the nose, allow the breath to travel all the way down into the belly and feel the belly expand, hold a moment and then slowly allow the breath to escape back out the nose as you feel the belly draw in. Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed take a moment to breathe deep – five breaths is all it takes to reset and calm the nervous system.
If you think you may have an acid / alkaline imbalance remember to look at your diet, breathe deep to manage any stress and pop in store to talk to one of our highly trained staff members to find out what products could be right for you.