Living in A.W.E. (Part 2)

"If we keep our bodies' pH balance of 7.2 to 7.4, we can pretty much fight viruses, germs, and other illnesses. The challenge though is maintaining that pH level."

- April Manger

Before I could even walk, I was fearless of being submerged in the ocean. I love the sound of surf and the smell of salt air. I have always been attracted and drawn to water.

Unless you were born prematurely, we all spent approximately 280 days or 40 weeks in our mother’s womb. The pregnant mother’s womb is filled with the protective liquid called amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid is mainly water with electrolytes (but later the liquid contains proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and phospholipids, and urea, all of which aid in the growth of the fetus). Amniotic fluid typically has a pH of 7.1 to 7.3. Interestingly, if we keep our bodies’ pH balance of 7.2 to 7.4, we can pretty much fight viruses, germs, and other illnesses. The challenge though is maintaining that pH level. The food we eat and the beverages we drink play an important role in our health and maintaining a constant pH level of around 7.2.

Several years ago, I went on a personal challenge of regulating and tracking my pH level. I was surprised when I got started that my pH was slightly below 6.0 which is not bad but could have been better. I documented my pH several times during the day and as my pH began to rise, my health began to improve. I learned the importance of drinking pure water, eating whole foods and vegetables while avoiding processed foods. I also began to understand that we are replicas of the earth, for the human body has approximately 70% water and Earth has approximately 71%. I also realized the importance that plant life has on sustaining our bodies and Earth.

There are many theories about how life began on earth; however, I tend to agree with the theory that life began in water. Water is vital to our survival. Water is sacred to me. When I’m in water whether it’s in the bath, swimming pool, a lake or an ocean, I feel oneness with it as if there is no separation between the water and myself. I suppose that is why I love swimming.

Golden Gate Bridge SwimRespect for water has grown over the years of my life. Because I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, watching powerful waves crash against the rocks off the coast or watching a pod of dolphins playfully swim by the surfers has become a favorite past time for me. Through organized events, I have also enjoyed the challenge of swimming from Alcatraz to Chrissy Field and also to Aquatic Park. However, when I decided to swim the trans Golden Gate Bridge, my open water SF Bay swimming desires changed.

Swimming under the Golden Gate Bridge was the most difficult swim I have ever done. The currents were the strongest I’ve ever encountered. A few days after the swim, I found out that Great White Sharks really do swim into the SF Bay. My feelings changed and I decided that I would never again swim in the bay. I thought, “Maybe we shouldn’t be swimming with the sharks. They don’t bother us in our homes, so why should we bother them in theirs.” What I want to do now is to make sure sharks and all marine life have clean and unpolluted water to live in.

Pollution is killing our marine life and killing our planet. For our planet to survive, everyone needs to start feeling the oneness and connectedness to the Earth’s soul. We can begin by educating children in our homes and schools. Just as we can heal our bodies, the Earth can heal herself but it’s going to take everyone on this planet to help which means we need to change the way we live.

To mindfully change the water conditions on earth, each of us is empowered to:

  • Be an advocate for clean water
  • Be grateful for every glass of water
  • Reuse water
  • Pick up dog waste
  • Participate in clean-up efforts
  • Reduce water usage
  • Dispose of hazardous materials correctly
  • Recycle used items
  • Reduce chemical use
  • Don’t use the sink or toilet to dispose non-degradable or toxic products

If we all work together to mindfully keep our water clean, the benefits will be felt exponentially throughout the Universe.

The third article in this series is about Earth.

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