Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How to correct imbalances

When we eat we rarely consider the effects of food on our bodies, thinking all foods are equally nutritious and none cause harm to our bodies. Little do we know that quantity and quality of what we consume can create a health balance, homeostasis, which maintains good health or an imbalance, which lays the foundation for disease. To a certain extent, we can control the outcome of our health by practicing awareness; making good food choices: and embracing hygienic lifestyle habits.

Our immune systems and the core of our bodies try to maintain an inner balance with a nutritious diet, moderate exercise and mental and emotional stability. Overeating in large quantities causes obesity, which in turn results in excesses, lethargy, immobility, inflammation, strained organs, low metabolism and disease. Under-eating, too, leads to undernourishment, which precipitates nutrient deficiencies, low energy and immunity, irritability, organ failures, depression and disease. Moreover, suboptimal quality and choices of foods invite myriads of inexplicable disorders and misery. How to maintain this delicate equilibrium and how you plan for it require attentiveness to the types of foods consumed.

The health state of the human body can be gauged by the pH balance of the blood. This scale has a range, starting from 0, which is extremely acid, to 14, which are very alkaline, making 7 neutral. This balance is seen in water, which is a neutral 7. Either end of the spectrum means a tipped balance, which results in physical, mental, or emotional disorder. However, the perfect pH level is a measure of 7.2 up to 7.4, which is more on the alkaline side and called a state of homeostasis. This desired median is a predictor of balanced health, energy and wellness, whereas both extremes lead to a selection of disorders and suffering.

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