The A-Z of Health Concerns
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The human body is naturally mildly acidic in order to resist infection – its natural pH is between 6.0 and 6.8. Both acidity and alkalinity are measured according to the pH (this stands for potential of hydrogen) scale and acidosis is the medical term for an imbalance, where the body chemistry has become over-acidic. Acidosis is in fact linked to premature ageing because it affects the performance of most of the functions of our glands. Symptoms include indigestion, hunger, burning sensation and pain in the pharynx, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, headaches and joint pains.
Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages with varying degrees of severity. The most common cause for acne is a hormonal imbalance such as during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and at times of stress. The skin of sufferers has been found to show greater activity of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, which converts excesses of the male hormone, testosterone, to a more potent, spot-triggering form called dihydrotestosterone but this is not the only cause. Blood tests, for instance, reveal higher levels of toxins from the gut flora of acne sufferers so improving digestion can also help. In addition, vitamins A and D play a key role which is why exposure to sunlight can help clear an acne infection. Read More…