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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 September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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