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Always Feel Tired? It’s Probably Because Your Body Is Too Acidic

Always Feel Tired? It’s Probably Because Your Body Is Too Acidic

Do you constantly feel tired and worn down? Do you find you need stimulants like coffee to get you through the morning or even generally throughout the day? Your first go-to solution may well be to get more sleep but what if you get your 8 hours a night and still feel fatigued when your alarm goes off?

The answer could be a condition that many people suffer from but are unaware of, and it’s called adrenal fatigue. It can be easily misdiagnosed by doctors due to the different ways it can manifest usually as general irritability, feelings of unhappiness and depression. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly 80% of people experience adrenal fatigue in their lifetime but never have it diagnosed.

Adrenal fatigue is caused by a number of things including prolonged stress that activates the adrenal glands that get overworked and consequently affecting the natural chemical balance within the body. However, there is one major cause that often gets overlooked and that’s the important pH levels within our blood.

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How Does Blood pH Levels Cause Adrenal Fatigue?

Everyone has an ideal pH level for their blood and it sits around 7.35. A drop or increase can have a huge affect on how we function day-to-day so our bodies go to great lengths to keep the pH balance just right!

The main problem comes when the acid levels increase too much – this is called acidosis and can be caused by what you eat and drink. The red blood cells in your body happily move around transporting oxygen to each cell and to do this they need to have a negative charge in order to repel each other and keep separate.

This helps them move through tiny capillaries easily and efficiently but when there is too much acid present, it starts messing with this important negative charge resulting in blood not flowing easily and oxygen not being delivered to a consistent standard.

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This also weakens the red blood cells meaning they can die off, which in turn produces more acid. The point of all this is that your energy levels decrease more and more over time, resulting in chronic fatigue that sleep just can’t solve.

How Does What You Eat Affect Your Blood pH Levels?

You’ll be surprised to know that it’s not always obvious foods and drinks that cause your pH levels to become acidic. There are many unassuming foods we put into our bodies that can have a bad affect on our blood so don’t think the acidic orange juice you drink is a direct cause. Here’s why.

Whatever we eat, the acid secreted into our stomachs that helps breakdown food is important. However, once digestion is over, it’s the residual acid or alkaline from the food that is passed into the blood. Foods and beverages such as coffee, alcohol and animal protein all leave an acidic residue that the body absorbs. Even some seafood such as scallops can be one of the most acidic foods you can eat – something you didn’t attribute your tiredness to!

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What Ways Can I Increase My Alkaline pH Levels?

The most effective way to combat high acidic pH levels is to eat foods that are highly alkaline. It’s important to understand what kinds of foods and drinks provide the alkaline residue needed to lower acid levels. This doesn’t mean banning acidic foods altogether from your diet but gradually eliminating one or two types of food at a time to see how much of a difference it makes to your overall tiredness.

Learning the different pH levels of food is key to tweaking your diet.

  • Food groups that increase acidity: meat and poultry (animal protein), fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol.
  • Foods that increase alkalinity levels: fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables (plant proteins).
  • Foods that have neutral pH levels: natural fats, starches and sugars.

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    Drinking plenty of water is crucial to help combat general fatigue – it works a bit like watering a wilting flower. Water is naturally neither acidic nor alkaline as it sits around 7.0 on the pH scale but there are ways to make your water more alkaline and these are adding baking soda to your water or even lemon juice (again seems counterintuitive but the acidic nature of lemons changes once in the body). Also, it might be worthwhile testing the pH value of your water using a simple litmus test to see where exactly it lies on the scale first.

    When experiencing chronic fatigue, it’s important to visit your doctor to eliminate any serious conditions that could be causing it. Getting plenty of sleep and exercising regularly is always an important part of a healthy lifestyle and can help towards lessening any tiredness you experience.

    However, if all other means of understanding your fatigue are literally exhausted, then start eliminating the acidic foods and introducing the more alkaline varieties to see if it makes a world of difference.

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    Last Updated on January 3, 2020

    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

    Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

    The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

    1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

    Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

     I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

    To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

    And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

     2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

    Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

    3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

    Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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    4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

    The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

    5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

    Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

    6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

    Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

    7. Positive people smile a lot!

    When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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    8. People who are positive are great communicators.

    They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

    9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

    One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

    10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

    Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

    How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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    I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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