I am one of those people who doesn't deal well with pain. It bothers me. I know some people have an ability to simply shut it off, and ignore it and continue with what they want to get done, me, not so much. This is in some ways a contributing factor to why I do what I do. I really needed to learn how to clear out the root cause, because pain can really stop me in my tracks.
Somewhere along my journey, I discovered the topic of body pH. From the reading I have done, I would guess that almost every human being is more acidic than their body would like. I have had 2 fairly profound experiences in the regions of body pH (acid/alkaline balance) and if you do a little research on the topic there is plenty of science to explain what I experienced.
About 3 years ago, after having lost a lot of weight, I hit a plateau. I couldn't seem to drop any more no matter what I tried, and I had successfully dropped of 20kg (around 45lbs), and, to attain a healthy weight meant dropping the same again, but it just wouldn't budge. So I started doing more research. And that is when I got really interested in pH (I had heard of it but paid little attention before). The first of the 2 profound experiences I mentioned occurred at this point. I started taking "green powders" .
Green Powders, are a vegetable and algae based whole food supplement. Some contain only a handful of ingredients, some nearly 100 ingredients. Being me, I researched and found what seemed to be the 3 best brands, working with a combination of looking at ingredient quality, ingredient sourcing, company community and environmental policies and such like things. I then ordered, and started taking the green powders.
The results were pretty amazing. Many of my food cravings disappeared - what has this to do with pain, well it does have a round-about connection. Over a few weeks, I started really enjoying the taste of the powder stirred into water. What was possibly most impressive for me, and totally not what I was aiming for, my joints didn't hurt as much when I went form still to moving, and I was less achey if I did a lot of activity in one day. My knees and hips hurt less, I was less stiff and "tight". I did loose a bit more weight, not everything, but some. The green powders are very alkaline, and help the body to alkalise and balance some of the acid that most aspects of our lives create.
Much more recently, I knew had some other health problems, and I know from past experience, that juice cleansing agrees with my body. So I embarked on a pretty big juice feast with the help of a wonderful coach, Courtney. About 3 weeks into my juice feast, it became clear that I needed to be on 100% green juices, with nothing sweet, no fruits, nothing! A pretty scary thing for me, but I did it. The 2nd amazing and profound experience occurred 2 days after going green. My feet stopped aching. In the months leading up to this cleanse, I had even woken up in the night in tears my right foot was so sore with no apparent cause. I had days I could barely walk, and would limp around because life needed to keep going. It was a wonderful realisation that, I wasn't sore, I hadn't sworn in discomfort and complained I was in pain, or begged my husband to gently massage my feet because of how much they were bothering me, I simply was going about life. The green juices, that are made from a LOT of fresh green leaves, fresh celery and fresh cucumber, are incredibly alkaline.
Both of these stories are about helping my body move to an alkaline state (and some of the tangible results). A completely neutral substance has a pH of 7, lower than that is acid, higher alkaline. Ideally the human body is a little over 7 which is just a tiny bit alkaline. Unfortunately, most of us are a bit or a lot acidic. And Acidic means among other things, usually means SORE. I will not go into detail of all the problems acidity of the body causes, as that is enough to write multiple books on, and I don't have all the science qualifications to back me up, but other people do and have written a number of helpful books on the topic. (a good one to start with is The pH Miracle by Dr Robert Young)
I will suggest that if you suffer any illness, chronic, or recurring acute, or pain and soreness, maybe doing a little research into acid/alkaline balance and what you can do to help your body move a to healthier balance.
A few quick tips to get you started on helping your body alkalise:
Please use common sense, you are fully responsible for any actions you take, and any results you experience, I have no medical qualification, I simply share my experience in hope of helping people to help themselves.
I suggest always using good quality ingredients to get good results.
1. Drink at least 2-3 litres (quartz) of water a day - warm is best
2. 1 Tbs apple cider* in warm water when you wake up in the morning.
3. add fresh lemon* to your water
4. get a good quality green powder and follow the instructions on the packaging (I find they are best absorbed on an empty stomach and most effective stirred into plain water, but if using a fresh fruit juice or having it with a meal means you are more likely to use it, do that)
5. reduce the quantity of sugars (particularly processed, and hidden) that you consume - eating more cinnamon can really help here
6. reduce the quantity of animal origin products you consume, they have an acidic response in the body.
*interesting fact - lemon juice and apple cider vinegar are acidic on their own, but create an alkaline response in the body
Written by Caroline Rasmussen