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Why Too Much Acid Gives your Body a Bad Trip

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Why Too Much Acid Gives your Body a Bad Trip

Okay, so we’re not talking about the kind of acid you’d pop if you took a “trip” back in time to Woodstock where Jim Morrison serenades you with ‘Riders in the Storm’ as you caterwaul to the moon in your birthday suit. Nevertheless, the kind of acid you find in your body could give you a much longer and more harmful trip than you would have with your Woodstock friends (think about this for a second, what acid could be worse than Acid?!) What we’re talking about here is the connection between your body’s: pHat scale; diet; and inflammation. The...

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What the Hell are Free Radicals and Antioxidants, Yo?

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What the Hell are Free Radicals and Antioxidants, Yo?

While its name might conjure up images out of Oliver Stone’s ‘Born on the Fourth of July’, free radicals en masse aren’t so cool. In fact, if they were people, they wouldn’t be progressive or radical at all…they’d be interested in maintaining the status quo “1984” style…and they’d have a lot of wrinkles. And smoke. And eat shit food. And be body snatchers (we’ll get to this). Step One: Know your Nemesis Free radicals are molecules in our bodies that have lost one of their electrons and, as a result, have become unstable. Because the free radical is unstable, and...

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What the Hell is Melatonin, Yo?

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What the Hell is Melatonin, Yo?

When everything is good in your body-clock’s hood, it controls the release of certain chemicals into your body over a 24 hour cycle. Melatonin is a hormone produced by your brain’s pineal gland and it is made from an amino acid called tryptophan (see: foods rich in tryptophan). Melatonin helps to regulate your sweet-sweet sleeping cycles by causing drowsiness and lowering your hot-bod’s temperature at night. The release of melatonin is prevented as long as your retina is exposed to light. As soon as it starts getting dark, your brain instructs your pineal gland to produce melatonin, which is then...

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The Skinny on the pHat Scale

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The Skinny on the pHat Scale

The pH scale is pretty damn important and is applicable in a ton of fields such as medicine, chemistry, agriculture and oceanography, to name few. In short, its purpose is to measure how alkaline or acidic a substance is. The pH abbreviation stands for “potential hydrogen”; a scientific measure of the amount of hydrogen ions in any particular solution. Simple right? Ahem. Before you smile blankly and cuss silently in your head, we know that this definition does little to clarify things – unless you have a science background (and no, watching all five seasons of Breaking Bad doesn’t count)...

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How Your Diet Throws Out your pHat Levels

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How Your Diet Throws Out your pHat Levels

In order for your body to function at its kickass-best, the pH of your blood should fall in a very narrow range of about 7.35 to 7.45. What you put into your body (internal stressors) and what you put your body through (external stressors), affect how acidic or alkaline your tissues and fluids (including blood) are, and can end up throwing out this fine-tuned balance in a big way. You know how acid rain falls on soil and messes up the composition so that nothing can grow there and it ends up looking like some barren post-apocalyptic wasteland from one...

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