Dec 252014

As a wellness coach, I look at health from a holistic perspective. Our Western medicine divides the human body into many sub-systems as evidenced by the existence of medical specialties. We go to a general practitioner to complain about an issue, if it’s difficult to define, we’re told “it’s nothing to worry about”; if it is symptom- or area- specific, we get referred to a specialist. The specialist in turn devotes his or her attention exclusively to his or her area of expertise.

Older cultures than our own have a different take on human health. They perceive the human body as an integrated whole (think of acupuncture or acupressure, for instance). I take this view one step further, but before we go there, let’s take a slight detour.

If you’ve ever had a pet fish you know that there are various types of fish and as such they have different needs when it comes to their environment. Fresh water and salt water fish require distinctly different type of water in the aquarium.

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Now, to stay with the example: a freshwater fish usually doesn’t survive in salty water and vice versa: ocean fish won’t make it in fresh water. Logical, right?
Similar principle is true of the human body which consists mostly of water. This “watery” inner environment – depending on its acidity level – can foster either health, strong immune system and slower than normal aging OR disease and accelerated degeneration. The pH balance of the “watery” environment within doesn’t affect this or that body organ, body part or body system but the overall wellness of the whole body. (Think of the fish: it’s true for them, it’s true when it comes to humans. A different environment supports different type of organisms.) Amazing? There’s more!

The way you eat determines the acidity level within your body. In other words, creating a disease-resistant, lean, well-functioning body is mostly up to you. That’s just one secret to a healthy life. It’s holistic because it approaches the body as a whole, not a piecemeal. By altering the pH balance of only one component of the body, you have the power to protect it in its entirety! Why a “secret”? Because your doctor didn’t tell you about this most elementary step in maintaining good health.

Yes, drinking alkaline water is a good idea. But do YOU know what foods are responsible for creating acidic environment and which ones make it alkaline? (A hint: sour-tasting foods rarely contribute to internal acidity.) If not, you might need a good wellness coach, just saying.