Certified health coach Sarah Finkbeiner will speak at Moonflower Market [Courtesy photo]

Eating too many acid-forming foods can create an imbalance in the body’s pH. This can disrupt the body’s ability to detoxify, repair, and maintain a healthy internal environment can lead to disease, an impaired immune system, disrupted hormones and more, says local certified health coach Sarah Finkbeiner said.

“My goals are to inspire people to take responsibility for their health and for their life by raising awareness around some misinformation that’s out there,” she said. “Not everyone is into the same thing, but most people would like to know how to feel better.”

Finkbeiner will be giving a presentation on the implications of too much acid in the body and how to neutralize the body’s acidity at Moonflower Community Coop’s library on Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m. The presentation will last about an hour and everyone is invited.

The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is. The terms “acidic” and “basic” describe the chemical properties of that substance. The pH scale goes from zero to 14. If a substance has a pH in the range of zero to seven, it is acidic. If a substance has a pH of seven it is considered neutral. Any substance with a pH balance more than seven is basic. If a substance is basic, it means that is has a higher alkalinity (alkalinity is the opposite of acidity).

“The standard american diet is made up of a lot of acidic foods: meat, dairy, eggs and chemically altered and artificially flavored foods,” Finkbeiner said. “I eat meat, dairy and eggs too, but too much of anything can lead to problems and imbalances, which can lead to unpleasant symptoms.”

Finkbeiner will address what kinds of problems an imbalanced body can have and what kinds of alkalizing foods will help re-balance the body. Maintaining a balanced internal environment optimizes cellular functions and metabolic processes, she said.

“Moonflower has always been great to work with,” Finkbeiner said. “It has a beautiful little library for classes and is equally passionate about educating the community on how to take care of itself.”

Finkbeiner said she and Moonflower Community Coop share the same goal of promoting a healthy and happy community. Moonflower sponsors many health related classes and presentations free to the public. The store provides organic, non-GMO whole foods and everything in the store is held to a strict ingredients policy.

“We are proud to sponsor an educational lecture that will promote health for our community,” said Eula Gonzales, Moonflower Community Coop’s community outreach coordinator Eula Gonzales said. “I believe that most people are unaware of the importance of balance in the body and Sarah’s topic of discussion will offer insight to those that are unaware of proper pH in the body.”

When Finkbeiner graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she did not know her studies would lead her into a profession. She wanted to start taking better care of herself and enrolled to learn more about food. When she graduated, not only was she able to be healthier, but help others with their health too. She values being able to inspire people to take care of themselves.

“That really feeds me deep,” she said. “That’s the kind of food that doesn’t come on a plate.”

For more information about Finkbeiner’s approach to holistic health, visit her website www.sarahfinkbeiner.com or email her to make an appointment at info@sarahfinkbeiner.com. To find out more about Moonflower Community Coop’s free classes and presentations, go to moonflower.coop and click on events, or check out the “food for thought” board in the store.

The Standard American Diet is made up of a lot of acidic foods: meat, dairy, eggs and chemically altered and artificially flavored foods. ”

What: “Alkalizing your body” presentation by Sarah Finkbeiner

When: Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m.

Where: Moonflower Community Coop’s library (39 East, 100 North)

Cost: Free

Certified health coach to give presentation on pH balance in the body