“What the heck is pH?” is a question I have been asked more than once by a patient in our East West Essentials clinics. Therefore, let me explain exactly what it is and why it is important!
To explain pH balance I’m going to use the “Chinese Medicine Model” – after all, that’s my gig! It’s always helpful to try and understand anything complex by presenting it in the simple, basic scope of nature. In nature and Chinese Medicine there are two basic forces called Yin and Yang that exist in in everything. It is this relationship that allows thing to function and be alive. This includes all parts of the body chemistry.
One of the most important yin-yang relationships is that of acidity of the body (the yin) versus the alkaline of the body (the yang). To put this into perspective, if we become too acidic we check-out ( i.e. the heart stops beating!).
The yin of life is the quiet, the night, the winter and moon, and substantial foods (meat, breads, fats). The yang of life is singing, activity, the day and sun, the light foods (vegetables and fruits) that are usually more plentiful in the spring and summer. And for thousands of years people have naturally known that you eat more yin foods in the cold winter because the body needs more calories to keep warm and eat more yang foods in the summer to balance the heat the body will be subjected to.
Now… let’s continue with this approach and move along into the 21st Century and how this affects us today:
In the winter we heat our cars, houses and buildings. In the summer we refrigerate our foods and homes as well as buildings and cars. Now think about this for a moment… what might this alone do to our natural, environmental acid/alkaline balance and its relationship to our foods? We eat fast food, sugars and sodas, which are all acidic, all year round. Most people do not not eat with the seasons. Its all a little too crazy, too fast, and confusing for our body chemistry to naturally keep up. So what can you do?
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