So what does exercise have to do with pH?

Our cells work best in an alkaline environment. They also give off acid as a biproduct of metabolism. The natural buffering ability for our daily metabolic processes comes from our bicarbonate buffering system. That system uses your lungs, breathing, to balance the acid. This buffering system can be easily overcome by an acidic lifestyle.

When our body becomes acidic, the challenge of dealing with the acid from our metabolic processes becomes more and more taxing on our body. When we exercise we produce even more acid that our body has to deal with.

So what does this exactly mean?

Did you ever know someone who is more or less sedentary, and they decided to go on an exercise program. They possibly felt good for part of that day or so but by the end of the day/week they felt like a truck hit them. This is where pH comes into play for exercise.

If you have an acidic lifestyle and want to start an exercise program here are a couple things that may help you:

Start very slow: walking is not considered exercise in my book. But if that is more activity than you are currently getting then it works very well to start off.

Change your diet: begin making choices that are positive for your health. Add one serving of lightly cooked vegetables to one meal per day. Increase to two meals a day when you get that down.

Relax: stress can push our physiology into an acidic environment, so do things that are relaxing to you, or help you relax. Some examples: EFT, massage, chiropractic, meditation, yoga, dance…

Live Well
Dr. Joseph