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There is increasing evidence that a link exists between depression and inflammation, or inflammatory disease.
Although it is not known whether inflammation causes depression, it is a possibility that researchers continue to study.
Inflammation occurs when our pH balance is skewed. Too much acid in our system can inflame the body’s tissues. Our blood needs to be a bit more alkaline (7.365) than acidic if we are to enjoy good health. Diet, stress, environmental toxins, and medications all influence our pH balance.
We have the most influence over our blood’s pH levels through our choice of food.
All foods that go through our digestive system and metabolize are transformed into a substance that is either acidic or alkaline. What makes food primarily acidic or alkaline is its makeup of inorganic material such as potassium, sulfur, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium.
If our body does not receive enough alkaline nutrition, it takes what it needs from tissues and bones. This interferes with the body’s ability to repair itself and dispose of toxic heavy metals. The result is a higher risk for fatigue and a variety of illnesses, which may include depression.
If you are concerned that your diet might be too acidic, the easiest solution is to eat more alkaline foods.
The common-sense thing to do, especially if you eat a typical American diet high in processed foods, is to add alkaline foods to your daily intake. If you have depression, this may or may not help relieve it, but you will be healthier for doing it anyway.
If you are worried about your pH balance, have your doctor check your pH by measuring the level of C-reactive proteins in your body, which increase as the body becomes more acidic.
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