Optimize your health by becoming more alkaline

I am always trying to learn more about ways in which we can become healthier and live disease free.  Recently, I have been studying a lot about the pH of our bodies and how they effect health.

The pH of your body is the acid-base balance that the body likes to maintain. Alkalinity means that the body has pH higher that 7. The human body is sightly alkaline with a blood pH around 7.4.Why our Body needs to be Alkaline.

If the body drops to a more acidic pH and is not returned to homeostasis through processes in the body, the cells of the body have a decreased ability to produce energy in the mitochondria.

Even a small shift towards being more acidic results in the impaired function of the electron transport chain which results in less energy production. This state of the body also results in a decreased supply of oxygen available which impairs the cells ability to repair and replenish themselves.

The low- oxygen environment associated with acidosis (a lower pH in the body)  promotes growth of harmful microorganisms! The body’s immune system works the best in a narrow pH range. Acid- alkaline imbalances can weaken the body’s ability to ward off infectious microorganisms. The decreases oxygen state enables microorganisms that previously would not cause harm to become pathogenic.

As you can see, the body works the best in an alkaline state. Here are ways to promote this state and optimize your health.

1.Reduce Stress 

Stress in the body results in an increased production of acid. This hyper-acidic environment results in many detrimental things: one of them being inflammation. Our bodies are so strong and can maintain homeostasis if the stress is managed and not too excessive. However, unmanaged, chronic stress is extremely detrimental. The hyper-acidic environment that too much stress causes, allows microorganisms to thrive.

To reduce stress I recommend removing tension from the body. Here are some tips to reduce stress:

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My last tip to reduce stress is to truly only focus on things you can control. Focusing all of your attention on becoming the healthiest person you can is one of the things you have a lot of control over. Quieting down your external environment will in return quiet down your internal environment.

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2. Eating

While we have evolved several buffering systems to balance our pH when we consume acid-producing foods, eating too many and not enough alkaline-producing foods makes it even harder to achieve pH homeostasis. A quote from one of my favorite books, The Primal Blueprint , ” As you might guess, heavily processed foods, sugars, grains, deep-fried foods, alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, carbonated drinks and artificial sweeteners are acid-forming in the body, a precursor to many health problems and diseases. In contrast, by eating sufficient amounts of alkaline-forming foods- vegetables, local fruits, nuts, and seeds- you optimize your acid/base balance and improve metabolism to burn fat, build muscle, and reduce your susceptibility to environmental and dietary toxins.”

3. Appropriate exercise

Exercise impacts the body’s pH levels in various changes that can often be buffered by systems in the body. However, exercising at extremely high heart rate zones for extended periods of time results in a flood of stress hormones in to the bloodstream.  I am not saying that high intensity exercise is bad, I think there is a time and place for it. However, if the goal is to reduce all stress and inflammation in the body and keep our bodies more alkaline, then optimal heart rate zones are 55-75% HR max. To make this easier, to ensure you are not in too high of a heart rate zone, make sure you can still speak sentences when you are exercising.  I would suggest walking, hiking, cycling or just finding ways to move more often. Low-level exercise for longer duration promotes stronger capillaries (blood vessels) which provide oxygen and fuel to each muscle cell.

All in all, find things that make your body feel good and do more of those things. Most humans intuitively know that eating 10 cookies and drinking 3 beers does not make them feel good. Be smart with your decisions and focus on promoting optimal health!

Reach out if you would like a more personalized approach to this topic!

Stay fit, strong, healthy and happy !

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Em ❤

 

 

 

 

References:

http://mrhawkeyeviews966.blogspot.com/2018/03/why-our-body-needs-to-be-alkaline.html

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324271

https://alkalineforlife.com/

Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

 

Top 3 hikes in the world

The past couple of years I have been blessed to hike in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Each hike is special to me for a different reason. I enjoy hiking alone because I feel free and connected with the world, however all of my top three hikes were completed with people close to my heart. The first hike that I will always remember was a hike in Sequoia National Park.

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This was a long hike but did not seem too challenging because of the amazing landscape. Completing the whole hike you pass by three breathtaking lakes.

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I completed this hike with one of my close friends. This hike was so special to me because I was going through a challenging time in my life, it was so refreshing to just be outside with nature and see the beauty this world has to offer.

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If you are ever in Sequoia National Park, I highly recommend this hike!

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To find more information on the trail search it on All Trails.

The next hike that I put on my top three is in Chamonix, France. The hike is to Lac Blanc.

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The route I took for this hike was actually 12 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain. It was HARD! But, it was so pretty and had unbelievable views of the peaks in Chamonix. I started from the base of the mountain so had to hike through trees before reaching mainly rocks.

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Half of the hike was shaded by trees, but I was hot and tired from the steep inclines! After 4 miles of climbing up through the tree line, it was mainly rocky paths to the lake.

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I was so exhausted by the time I reached the lakes but the view made it all worth it.

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The water was freezing so no swimming for me!

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After resting and refueling we hiked the long trek down. We went down a different way than we climbed up and ended up having to go down steep ladders!

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I was so scared but it was also really amazing and a good adrenaline rush!

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This hike was pretty challenging and I would recommend having poles, good shoes, and a lot of water and snacks! The views were amazing and the climb was worth it in the end!

The final hike on my list is a 14er in Colorado. This hike was special to me because I completed it with a good friend of mine and it signified the last day of my summer in Colorado. This hike is beautiful and if you complete it early enough, has an amazing sunrise!

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We started this hike at 5:30am. When you climb 14ers, you want to start early so that you can get up and down before the afternoon storms hit!

The sunrise hit when we were about halfway through this hike.

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This was one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen in my life. The world was so quiet and peaceful that this moment was very spiritual for me.

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There is a lake below Mt.Evans that you can see from the top that just adds to the beauty. This hike is challenging due to the high elevation of 14,264, however, as far as 14ers go, this is one of the easiest ones I have done.

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If you venture to Colorado and want to complete a 14er, make sure you have good shoes, warm gear, a lot of water, snacks, and are acclimated to the elevation.

A few of my other favorite hikes are Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Reservoir Canyon in San Luis Obispo, part of Eiger in Grindelwald, Cinque Terre in Italy, and the Dolomites (read my post on that). Every hike I do is special to me and I hope to keep on climbing mountains for the rest of my life!

What is your favorite hike? Let me know so I can go climb it!

XOXO

EM