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Achieving pH Balance in an Acidic Lifestyle- Chiropractor Coogee

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People are living longer today. The reason isn’t due to increased health, but more medical intervention. More than ever before, our bodies are under attack from a variety of cultural shifts, including highly processed foods, increased stress, fast-paced lifestyles, and pollutants.

These threats are creating highly acidic environments within our bodies and killing the cells we need to survive. The human body needs an oxygenated environment to remain healthy. The pH (potential of Hydrogen) measures the ratio of acidity or alkalinity in a solution. Balance occurs when the pH slightly favors the alkalis. Acid excess stresses the organs. Over-acidification, or acidosis, results when there is more acid than the body can neutralize and detoxify. The more acid we have, the harder the organs – like adrenals, thyroid, and liver – have to work, which stresses the systems.

Eating fast and processed foods – and eating them on the run – is a major contributor to excess acid. Diets that are heavy with red meats, caffeine, soda, snacks filled with carbohydrates and sugar, and artificial sweeteners and additives lead to acidosis.

The body is a healing machine by nature, so it fights back when high acidity occurs. To achieve balance, the blood takes alkaline minerals – calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium – from the tissues.

When those reserves are depleted; alkalizes are taken from bones and muscles. Acid surplus is then directed into tissues and organs (heart, colon, liver, and/or pancreas) for storage and the overload is pumped back into the blood – creating a vicious cycle of “robbing Peter to pay Paul”.

With high acidity, the oxygen level drops and vital cells die. Imagine fish trying to survive in an acidic pond. They can’t breathe. The same happens to the cells in the human body, which are living in a liquid environment. As more cells die, the body becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, parasites, fungus, and virus. The immune system weakens and disease results. Relatively mild symptoms of phi balance include:

??? Skin eruptions and acne

??? Headaches

??? Colds and flu

??? Allergies

??? Sinusitis

??? Joint pain and stiffness

??? Nasal drip

???Hot flashes

??? Dizziness and weak spells

??? Weight gain or loss

??? Chronic fatigue

When the pH imbalance continues or worsens the severity of the disease increases. Osteoporosis, arthritis, heart attack, and even cancer have been shown to occur. While some cells die from the excess acidity, others survive but become abnormal. In “The Hidden Truth of Cancer”, Dr. Keiishi Morishita explains, “These abnormal cells are called malignant cells. Malignant cells do not correspond with brain function nor with our own DNS memory code. Therefore, malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order. This is cancer.” With a healthy pH balance, the malignant cells cannot survive, the immune system is strong, and we maintain optimum vitality.

Testing for pH balance

Since the human body is 70 percent water, we have pH levels in saliva, blood, and other fluids-and they’re not necessarily the same. Because different parts of the body have different functions, the balance of acid and alkali will vary. Healthy skin, for example, is slightly acidic (approximately 5.5) to battle such environmental threats as bacteria and toxins, while blood is slightly alkaline (7.35-7.45). The pH of the digestive tract, for example, varies depending on the stage it is undergoing. Overall, it is acidic in order to process the foods we eat. There are various screening tools that can measure the body’s pH:

pH Screening – Litmus strips test pH levels in urine and saliva, but need to be measured daily over a week or so to get an accurate reading.

Urinary Indican test – This simple test measures bacteria levels to identify potential gastrointestinal problems.

Live Blood Analysis – Looking at live blood cells in vitro provides evidence of nutritional deficiencies, organ dysfunction, and various biochemical imbalances, including pH. Screening for pH imbalance is an easy process and should be included in regular check-ups.


Patients can avoid the distress of harboring an acidic environment by first identifying the problem and then making lifestyle adjustments to bring their biological terrain back into a healthy mode. A diet rich with leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, legumes, unprocessed foods, healthy grains (oats, quinoa, wild rice, amaranth), and natural sweeteners (stevia, raw honey) is a great start. Limit highly acidic animal proteins – particularly red meats and shellfish – and beverages such as coffee, black tea, soda, wine, and liquor. Choose fresh (not processed) juices. Snack on hazelnuts, almonds, raisins, grapes, and apples instead of cookies, candy, and crackers. Add a squirt of lemon or lime juice to beverages and vegetables for both flavor and the alkalizing effect of these citrus fruit (yes, even though they are acidic fruits, they process as alkali in the body). Use sea salt, which is richer in minerals than common table salt.

Nutritional supplements are also helpful for maintaining pH balance, but patients need to remember the key word here: “supplement”. They are not substitutes to a healthy diet, nor are all vitamins created equal. Look for a natural supplement – without dyes, allergens, and artificial preservatives – that is bio-available, meaning that the contents are readily absorbed into the body.

PH imbalance presents an ongoing threat to the health of your patients. Educate them as to the importance of making the right lifestyle choices and give them the tools to manage their pH levels. It’s easy to ignore pH levels, but the consequences can be harsh, if not deadly.


Michelle Thomas is an accredited Nutritionist who recently completed over five years with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, a world leader in biomedical research. She joined Chirosports in Coogee in 2011. With particular interest in detoxification, weight loss, pre-conception care, and mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression, Michelle keeps up to date with current research, and uses the latest screening tools to bring bodies, back into balance.

Touring London

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Everyone has to visit London at some point during their lifetime. It has so much to offer from its rich history to its vibrant present, a melting pot of cultures. There is so much to do and see in this bustling city that a visitor will never be at a loss for entertainment.

Of course a visit to London has to start with visits to the very famous landmarks. Starting with Buckingham Palace the royal residence, which was recently very much in the news due to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. If timed correctly you will be able to see the much written about changing of the guard and no matter how corny it may seem it is worth checking out.

The obvious place to visit next is Big Ben and the House of Parliament. This was built in 1840 after the previous building was destroyed by fire and is now a place much visited by tourists. Big Ben enjoys popularity all of its own and is world known even by those who have never visited London. The Tower of London with its macabre past of imprisonment and executions is another popular attraction. It has a colourful past at some point in time being a mint, an armoury, a royal residence and of course housing the Crown Jewels. Trafalgar Square with its thousands of pigeons though now mostly known for these hordes of pigeons is actually a popular venue for political rallies and has a statue of Admiral Lord Nelson to commemorate his naval victory in 1805.

For a more modern attraction which will give you a bird’s eye view of London go to the London Eye. It gives you a half hour all round view of the city in its observation wheel and is an experience not to be missed.

A visit to London is not limited to just the very popular sights alone. Depending on your interests you can visit such places like Abbey Road Studios synonymous with the Beatles fame. The British Library has to be visited by any true book worm, while being prepared to be stunned by the sheer number of books available or go to China Town with its knick knacks ideal for picking up some souvenirs. After all this wandering around London how about some pampering? Enjoy a massage, London has many affordable but quality options available to ease the aches and pains and rejuvenate you for the rest of your trip in London.

Do You Know The Benefits of Getting a Massage For Any Businessman?

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Whenever you are in a location for business, you may find yourself in need of a way to unwind. This is usually very important if your business engagements are particularly draining. It has long been known that for any business person to be able to perform adequately, they should have enough energy and should also be rested enough for it. However, when you are in a new area such as Powai for business, chances are that you may not have much time to go indulge in some of the local tourist attractions in order to relax. Instead, you can just get a Thai massage in Powai.

This is because a massage is a very good way to relax, and it does not take much time. For instance, if you are between meetings, you can take a few minutes to find a good massage parlor. The fact that it is also possible to choose how long you need the massage to be means that you can tailor the whole experience to your needs. If you only have a few minutes to spare, you can go for quick one in order to freshen up. The result of this activity is that it leaves you feeling refreshed, which means that you would be able to go through your day with more energy. This also means that you would get more done as well.

Whenever you are in Powai as a foreigner, you may find it difficult to identify the massage parlors that you can use for such an activity. If you are not careful about which one you choose, you may end up getting very low quality services which may do nothing to relax you or increase your energy levels. In other cases, unscrupulous companies may realize that you are a foreigner and then try to charge you more than necessary for the massage.

This means that before you can get a good parlor you can use, it is advisable to get some background information first. For instance, if you stay at a hotel, you can ask the concierge or any other employees for tips on how to get a good massage. Most of them may recommend the in house massage parlors. However, if you need to have a massage that uses authentic Thai massage strokes, you should try and avoid these and instead ask for information about some of the other good parlors. Getting a Thai massage in Powai in this manner also gives you the opportunity to tour the area as well.

At the end of the day, getting a massage in Powai can give you more benefits than you would imagine, especially if you are a businessman and need to be in top condition throughout your visit. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that in order to get value for money, you have to get some guidance on some of the quality massage parlors you can use for the same. By talking to some of the natives or even your tour organizer, you can get reliable information about this.