Our brave new world of the 21st century bombards us with so much information and way too many choices. How do you make sense of it all and put into action what’s right for you as an individual?
In this post modern area we are cruising through at lightening speed, switching to an intuitive-based system of living is your best option for navigating smoothly through all the seeming chaos.
Many of you may already be ‘somewhat’ listening to your intuition for how to live, including what to eat. Maybe you just need encouragement to help you fine tune the intuitive gifts you were born with?
While for some of you, using your intuition to live your daily life may be completely new territory.
The secret, if there if one, to shifting to an intuitive based system of living is by tuning into your intuition more often.
The tricky part to switching to an intuitive or heart based lifestyle is learning to tune out the chatter of your psychological mind.
Let’s dive right into the practice of living intuitively. We’ll start with your body’s pH balance.
What is pH balance and why is it important?
A pH (potential hydrogen) level measures how acidic or alkaline something is. A pH of 0 is totally acidic, while a pH of 14 is completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is considered neutral.
For optimal functioning each of your body’s fluids, organs and membranes have their own unique pH levels. For example: A healthy blood pH is slightly alkaline, between 7.35 and 7.45. Your stomach pH is very acidic, 3.5 or below, so it can break down food. And your urine’s pH changes, depending on what you eat.
When an imbalance in pH occurs, bad bacteria can grow and you can develop irritation, odor, and infections. An example of imbalanced vaginal pH is bacterial vaginosis, the most common vaginal infection for menstruating women.
Your lungs and kidneys can usually compensate for slight pH imbalances. However, when your body fluids contain too much acid then acidosis can results.
Your life depends upon a tightly controlled pH level for your blood serum. In the past an alkaline diet to maintain balanced pH levels for the blood was a controversial subject. What you ate was not seen as relevant determinant of your body’s pH levels. Today, however, there are studies indicating that an alkaline diet may be beneficial to your health.
It was noted in the study that in the past 100 years, the pH of the ocean has dropped from 8.2 to 8.1 because of increasing CO2 emissions. Just this very slight decrease in pH has resulted in a negative impact on ocean life, including possible collapse of the coral reefs.
It was also noted in the study that soil pH influences the mineral content of foods we eat. Minerals are important for many reasons, including buffering and maintain pH levels. Soils with a pH of 6 or lower can have reduced calcium and magnesium. While soil above pH 7 can result in chemically unavailable iron, manganese, copper and zinc.
The study noted that the net acid load in the human diet has changed considerably from our hunter gather ancestors. “It is generally accepted that agricultural humans today have a diet poor in magnesium and potassium as well as fiber and rich in saturated fat, simple sugars, sodium, and chloride as compared to the preagricultural period.”
In other words, our modern diet induces metabolic acidosis which is counter to our genetic nutritional requirements.
The study went on to show that an alkaline diet improves:
- Muscle mass
- Increases levels of growth hormone
- Aids back pain
- Can be helpful in some cancer treatments
The study concluded that, “An alkaline diet can reduce morbidity and mortality of chronic disease that are plaguing our aging population.”
Many essential oils have antioxidant properties. In fact, the food industry is so impressed by essential oil’s antioxidant properties that they are now interested in using them as natural antioxidants to replace synthetic antioxidants like BHA and BHT. Both BHA and BHT are known to be harmful to human health. Essential oil’s antioxidant properties prevent oxidation and prolong shelf life.
Combining the antioxidant properties of essential oils to prevent oxidative stress and prolong life, along with an alkaline diet are two of the most powerful strategies you can use to:
- Enjoy optimal health
- Increase your energy
- Slow down aging
- Reduce any likelihood of disease
Click link to view and download pH Food Chart
Test Your Capacity for Intuitive Eating
Use the pH food chart to assess where you’re at with eating intuitively. For example:
- Which foods are you naturally drawn to and want to eat more of?
- Which foods when you eat them make you feel energetic and alive?
- Which foods when you eat them make you feel low energy?
Please note: Because only aqueous (water-based) solutions have pH levels, essential oils have no pH value.
READ next article in this series, Intuitive Living Using Essential Oils & Food As Medicine.