Tip for the day: To fight midday fatigue drink WATER! Weird concept I know 😉
Facts Facts Facts:
To understand how water can help give you a midday boost…all you have to do is understand how your body’s pH level works.
What is pH?
PH is a scale that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The scale ranges from 1 to 14 with 1 being very acid, 7 neutral and 14 very alkaline.
So what does pH have to do with you and your blood?
Well, the pH of your blood is extremely important. The ideal pH level for your blood is right around 7.35 and your body goes to enormous lengths to maintain this level. Why?
Because if your blood pH were to vary 1 or 2 points in either direction, it would change the electrical chemistry in your body, there would be no electrical power and in short order you would drop dead (YIKES!). As you can see, maintaining the right pH level in your blood is pretty important!!
The point is that aside from the acid that is secreted into your stomach to aid digestion, acid in your body is bad- it messes up the red blood cell flow which is critical for a healthy body. In regards to producing energy in the body, if over time their system becomes more and more acid, their biochemical balance is disrupted and their red blood cells can’t deliver oxygen and nutrients as efficiently to all their cells their energy level drops. Dramatically.
What exactly causes acid in the body?
The primary cause of an acidic condition in your body is from what you put in your mouth.
In other words, what you eat and what you drink. And it isn’t how “acid” something may seem when you eat or drink it. It has to do with what is left over when you digest it. Specifically, does eating or drinking something leave behind an acid or alkaline “ash”. Unfortunately, a lot of the things people put in their mouths create an acid ash– alcohol, coffee and a lot of flesh protein in your diet. Interestingly enough, stress also tends to create an acid condition in the body.
So how do we improve our pH levels?
Drink more water!! Helps clean out the acid and rejuvenate the system. Also, understand which of the foods you are eating and the drinks you are drinking are acid and which are alkaline. There are a number of other simple causes of fatigue. In addition to drinking more water, if we eliminate these, fatigue will usually disappear.
A rarely understood cause of fatigue is overeating. It would seem that a snack, or between meal eating would be the very thing to help cure fatigue, but the reverse is actually the case. Do not overeat, use between meal snacks or heavy suppers. While a heavy supper may enable some to sleep the sleep of the drugged, it does not cause refreshment. Next morning the person awakens in a partial stupor. Chronic dehydration is often caused by diuretics such as coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate. Eating concentrated, rich, or heavy foods promotes chronic dehydration. Protein food supplements can also cause chronic dehydration. Too little exercise is another common cause of fatigue. Again it would appear that exercise would cause fatigue in itself. Not so! As the out-of-condition person begins to exercise, chronic fatigue may disappear like magic.
So drink up buttercups and have más energía!!