Most of us haven’t thought about PH levels (acid/alkaline levels) since high school science labs when we inserted little PH strips into a variety of liquids and waited to see what color they would turn. There is a basic understanding of things like lemon and grapefruit juice as acids, but rarely do we think about the acid and alkaline nature of the foods we eat and the subsequent reaction they cause within the body. However, the PH level of your body is actually a crucially important indicator of balance or homeostasis within your body.
The normal or ideal PH level of your bodily fluids is 7.4 (7 being neutral, below being acidic and above being alkaline). As Dr. Gabriel Cousens explains in his book Conscious Eating, at this level “all the enzymes and electrolytes of the different digestive systems, organ systems, and glandular systems function optimally. When the enzymes and electrolytes are optimally functioning, the cells of all the glands and organs also begin to work at maximum function. Consequently, the body begins to reorganize back to a stable, healthy homeostasis.”
There are, unfortunately, many ways our body PH can be sent out of balance, especially with our modern diet and lifestyle the way it is. Some of the most prominent imbalancing factors include:
Bringing your body PH back into balance can have significant benefits for your overall health and is possible through a conscious lifestyle and diet. Naturally fermented foods are especially beneficial in balancing body PH for many reasons, including:
Acid buildup in the body, which is much more common than a too-alkaline system because of today’s diet and lifestyle habits, can result in cardiovascular damage, bone loss, weight gain, immune deficiency, free radical damage, hormone imbalance, accelerated aging, joint pain, muscle aches, decreased energy and slow digestion and metabolism.
Working toward a balanced PH will help you achieve more balanced health and, when consumed on a regular basis, Firefly fermented foods will help you achieve that balance while also boosting your immune system, digestive health, skin and tissue health and overall vitality. Visit our product page to learn more about Firefly’s lineup of fermented foods and the health benefits that accompany each bite!