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Let's-First-Look-At-Ph-And-The-Relationship-It-Has85 Let's-First-Look-At-Ph-And-The-Relationship-It-Has85 Document Transcript

  • Lets first look at pH and the relationship it has with the Fibromyalgia patient. Our bodies are living laboratories. We are alive and breathing right now because of our complex nervous system in addition to the foods we eat and drink. This fuel we take in along with the oxygen from our lungs is "burned" in our cells, causing numerous chemical reactions to occur. The productsthat are left are carbon dioxide (CO2), water (H2O) and an ash residue. This is similar to how our automobiles and fireplaces work, except their food is gasoline and firewood respectively. The question is�how does our ash residue measure up, and how doesit affect our health? The answer depends on whether this ash residue is acid or alkaline.reduce lag now
  • So what does it mean to be acid or alkaline? What is pH?? No, we are nottalking about the pH of your swimming pool In the scientific world, pH standsfor "potential of Hydrogen " Instead, well just say that, in your body, pH standsfor your potential for Health The pH scale runs from 0 to 14 The low end, 0indicates really strong, complete acidity and the high end, 14 indicates reallystrong, complete alkalinity In the middle of the scale, pH 7 0 indicates that thesubstance is neither acid nor alkaline - its neutral When we talk about the pHof your body, we mean the pH of the fluids inside and outside your cells, your"internal environment" So look at pH representing the "potential for health" ofthe fluids in and around your cells The pH of saliva offers a general window
  • through which you can see the overall pH balance in your body Studies haveshown that healthy peoples body fluids are slightly alkaline while the samefluids of those who are sick are acidic, ranging from slightly acidic to extremelyacidic In Dr Mark Cochrans book "The Secrets of pH reduce lag nowConcerning Health and Disease" he states the body should remain in a slightlyalkaline condition in order to avoid disease and premature aging I recommendusing pH test strips (litmus paper) to test your overall pH in your body This isthe easiest and quickest way you can test your pH These test strips areinexpensive and are available at most reputable nutrition companies Thispaper can be used to test saliva or urine, and the color of the paper willchange to reflect your pH level You simply compare the color of the paper tothe color scale on the side of the package to reveal your pH So what doesyour pH have to do with Fibromyalgia? Your salivary pH should stay in a rangeof 7 0-7 5 for healthy body function When saliva pH falls below 7 0 or urine pHfalls below 6 0, your nutrients are not being absorbed, your body becomestoxic and your bodys cells are bathing in acid
  • Fatigue and body aches are the major symptoms of an overly acidic bodyAnd the most common complaints of fibromyalgia are fatigue and all over bodyachiness How do you keep your pH at a healthy range of 7 0 - 7 5? Well, oneof the best ways to correct an overly acid body is to correct your diet andlifestyle! If you are very healthy and have no chronic health problems, in orderto maintain your health, your diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foodsand 40% acid forming foods If you already have fibromyalgia and want torestore your health, your diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and20% acid forming foods Dr Edlunds 80/20 Rule for Better Health� Now askyourself, "Is my diet 60-80% fruits and vegetables and 20-40% meat, breads,dairy, pastas and grains?" Probably NOT In fact, most of our patients whenthey first see us are backwards eaters They eat about 80% meat, breads,dairy, pastas/grains and only 20% fruits and vegetables Modern medicine hasprolonged our lives, but the quality is terrible! Americans are the unhealthiestpeople in the world Most people think that their health issues are a result ofaging and genetics, however, diet and lifestyle are the main culpritsresponsible for poor health Backwards eating people are guaranteed to havemore chronic problems as they age (fibromyalgia, arthritis, osteoporosis, gallbladder dysfunction, headaches, heart disease, joint pain etc ) Following the80/20 Rule, that is 80% fruit and vegetables and 20% meat, breads, dairypasta and grains will significantly increase the alkalinity in your tissues whichwill lead to a substantial improvement in your fibromyalgia symptoms It is
  • important to remember that changing the bodys pH does not cure disease,however, it allows the body to heal itself by ridding it of toxins Learning aboutthe alkaline-acid connection will give you the knowledge to create an internalenvironment that not only fights fibromyalgia but functions at a higher levelNext, lets explore how hormones can influence the symptoms of fibromyalgiaIt is our opinion that Adrenal Fatigue is one of the most missed conditions inmedicine today Fatigue, poor sleep, aches and pains, unexplained weightgain, memory loss, anxiety and depression�sound familiar? Every challengeto the mind and body creates a demand on the adrenal glands (your bodysstress glands) Today, these challenges are endless: the threat of losing yourjob, lack of sleep, a demanding boss, financial pressures, yo-yo dieting,relationship problems, death or illness of a loved one, skipping meals, relianceon stimulants like caffeine and sugar, digestive issues, over-exercise, illness orinfection The result�adrenals that are over producing and are constantly onhigh alert The over worked adrenal glands eventually wear out�resulting inthis commonly missed condition�ADRENAL FATIGUE The Cortisol -Fibromyalgia Connection The hormone cortisol is produced by the adrenals inresponse to physical, psychological and environmental stress
  • Cortisol is necessary for the action of almost every function of your body! Thiscritical hormone regulates other hormones, glucose metabolism and theimmune system It affects the heart, blood pressure, water excretion, the eyes,the GI tract and reproductive function Cortisol is also needed to combatinflammation in the body! The anti-inflammatory effect cortisol has on the bodyis crucial to control the symptoms of Fibromyalgia If you are not producingenough cortisol (Adrenal Fatigue), your body will be raging with inflammationleading to Fibromyalgia and a multitude of other chronic health problems HowDo I Test For Adrenal Fatigue? Conventional medicine examines cortisollevels via blood testing This type of testing measures you against pathologicalranges and therefore will detect only the extremes of these conditions whenthe damage to the adrenals has already occurred Any cortisol level within thisvery broad range is considered normal, and anything outside that rangeindicates disease This means that your doctor will tell you that you are"normal" if you dont have Addisons Disease or Cushings Syndrome Howmany times have you been told your blood tests came back "normal" only towonder� "then why do I feel this way?" Within those extremes, you may feelmiserable and still be told your cortisol levels are normal But by responding toearly-stage symptoms of adrenal fatigue, you can reverse the developingdysfunction and restore the function of your adrenal glands In our practice, wetest for adrenal malfunction before the disease sets in This is done with veryspecific salivary hormone testing and questionnaires The adrenal profileconsists of four saliva samples taken throughout the course of a typical day sothat the cortisol circadian rhythm can be determined This profile can helpidentify the stage of adrenal exhaustion and give an accurate assessment ofadrenal dysfunction for each patient Normal test results should show cortisolelevated in the morning to help you get going, lower but steady throughout theday to sustain energy, and a decline in the evening to support restful sleep Insummary, if your energy lags during the day, you experience chronic achesand pains, you feel emotionally unbalanced, you sleep poorly or less thanseven hours a night, you frequently use caffeine or carbohydrates as"pick-me-ups" and you cant lose weight even while dieting and exercising, --then I highly recommend you get your adrenals tested Most likely you havesome level of adrenal dysfunction What Are Some Steps I Can Take ToImprove My Fibromyalgia? The first step is to have a full physical exam to findout what is truly causing your Fibromyalgia It is important that your health careprofessional investigates the CAUSE of your condition As we spoke of in ourprevious articles, is a very complex condition with many different causesChasing the symptoms with medications is only temporary and comes with a
  • multitude of side effects In our experience, people with mild to moderatecases of Fibromyalgia can see significant improvement through following thesesimple steps: 1 Dietary changes to improve your nutrition�reducecarbohydrates, stimulant and increase your pH Firstly, I encourage you tofocus on balance
  • Nourishing your body with balanced meals and snacks can do wonders foryour energy and feed your overall health at the same time I always tell mypatients to eat their best 80% of the time The other 20% is up to them Neverallow yourself to get too hungry Low blood sugar by itself puts stress on yourbody and can tax your adrenals Eating meals and snacks that are made offresh whole foods, preferably organic or locally grown, without chemicals,preservatives or added hormones are the best to strive for Including someprotein in all your meals (especially in the morning) will have a stabilizing effecton your blood sugar, which in turn can help you overcome caffeine and sugarcravings Following the alkalizing pH diet of 70-80% fruits and vegetables and20-30% protein and fat is a great start to restoring your biochemical healthInclude these alkaline foods in your daily diet: Lemons, watermelon,cantaloupe, cayenne celery, dates, figs, kelp, limes, mango, melons, papaya,parsley, seaweeds, seedless grapes, watercress, asparagus, fruit juices,grapes, kiwifruit, passionfruit, pears (sweet), pineapple, raisins, plums,vegetable juices, apples, alfalfa sprouts, apricots, avocados, bananas (ripe),currants, dates, figs (fresh), garlic, grapefruit, herbs (leafy green), lettuce (leafygreen), nectarine, peaches, pears, peas (fresh, sweet), pumpkin, sea salt,beans (fresh, green), beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carob,cauliflower, ginger (fresh), oranges, potatoes (with skin), raspberries,strawberries, squash, sweet corn (fresh), turnip, vinegar (apple cider) Avoidprocessed foods! These are loaded with chemicals that are not only toxic toour system but are also very acidic to our body Its interesting to note that toneutralize a glass of cola with a pH of 2 5, it would take 32 glasses of alkalinewater with a pH of 10! 2 Stress reduction This includes moderate exerciseand taking more time for yourself Its helpful to make a list of your stressors,especially those that are constant Yoga and meditation are very effective forstress reduction Instead of reaching for that coffee mid afternoon, take 15-20minutes to relax with herbal teas that contain chamomile, passionflower andSiberian ginseng Herbal teas support your adrenals while caffeine drains them 3 Get your spine checked regularly The thoracic spinal nerves especially atthe T9 and T10 level control and support the function of the adrenal glands Ifthere are subluxations (spinal misalignments) at these levels, you will haveinterference of these nerve pathways, resulting in suboptimal adrenal functionIn fact, your nerve system controls every organ, tissue and system in yourbody Misalignments in your spine result from poor posture, old injuries andevery day stress! If left uncorrected, misalignments at any level in the spine will
  • affect the nerve supply to different organs, muscles and cells
  • Chiropractic adjustments correct subluxations which remove the nerveinterference and therefore allow your body to function at a higher level whichwill lead to overall better health! 4 Medical-grade nutritional supplementsNutraceuticals ensure your body has the rich nutrients it needs to make andbalance its hormones and support your adrenal glands Fibromyalgia patientsare usually lacking B vitamins, magnesium and greens in their diet A highquality "Greens Drink" and adrenal adaptogen will generally help support theadrenal glands and alkalize the body 5 Get more rest Your body needs timeto heal You should be sleeping 7-8 hours every night! In our many years ofpractice, we have found that the key to longevity and wellness is to center yourhealth around self care and health care which will significantly reduce yourchances of experiencing a crisis It is time for the people to fix the brokenhealth care system Remember, statistics show that most of us are going tolive to 100 years of age The question is�Do you want to live these yearshealthy or unhealthy? The choice is yours At some point in your life you aregoing to have to make this choice The secret is to make it because you wantto, and not because you have no choice If you approach your healthproactively, you will experience the quality of life you deserve In conclusion,we hope you enjoyed our Fibromyalgia Series these past few months Ourintent is to educate the public on the different causes of this complex conditionand to inform you on the many advanced options available to you to improveyour overall quality of life Remember, knowledge is power It will allow you tomake the best decisions for better health I advise you to continue to educateyourself, your family and your friends about how to enhance your overall health We will never have "Health Care Reform" until we have "Self Care Reform"!Although is a complex, multifaceted combination of symptoms that stem froma wide variety of systems in your body that have gone haywire, it can beunderstood, if you take the time to look at and assemble the pieces of thepuzzle "The first thought of any doctor who treats any kind of disease shouldbe, what is the pH of this patient?"- Dr Carson E Pierce
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