The pH level of the human body needs to be more alkaline and less acidic. When the body is too acidic, its organs don’t function properly and can even shut down completely. It goes without saying that for you to maintain relative good health your pH levels should be anywhere between 7.35 and 7.45.
A pH level higher than this range can be detrimental to your digestive system. It is therefore important to always know where your pH level is in order to maintain good health
If you have a poor pH balance then your body is susceptible to the following health problems;
- Weak immune system
- Lumbago, sciatica and stiff neck
- Premature aging
- Acne and allergies
- Joint pain, lactic acid accumulation and aching muscles
- Cavities and sensitive or inflamed gums
- Vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea
- Heightened risk of free radical damage
- Persistent headaches, sleepiness and confusion
- Chronic fatigue and lack of energy
- Obesity, weight gain and type II diabetes
- Cardiovascular damage, such as decrease in oxygen supply and the tightening of blood vessels
- Heart conditions, tachycardia and arrhythmia
- Kidney and bladder infections
- Yeast infections
- Osteoporosis, brittle bones, bone spurs and hip fractures
- Respiratory problems, coughing and shortness of breath
Balancing pH Levels
The body is an amazing machine and can autonomously balance its own pH level; however, it does so at a heavy cost.
For instance, when the body becomes too acidic, the blood will take alkaline-forming elements from the digestive enzyme systems of the small intestine. This now creates a less than optimal environment for proper digestion.
This is why dietary intake that is highly acidic can result in many disease and disorders. The body steals from one area to balance the pH which inhibits that systems proper function.
Test Your Body’s Acidity or Alkalinity with pH Strips:
It is recommended that you test your pH levels to determine if your body’s pH needs immediate attention. By using pH test strips, you can determine your pH factor quickly and easily in the privacy of your own home.
- If your urinary pH fluctuates between 6.0 to 6.5 in the morning and between 6.5 and 7.0 in the evening, your body is functioning within a healthy range.
- If your saliva stays between 6.5 and 7.5 all day, your body is functioning within a healthy range. The best time to test your pH is about one hour before a meal and two hours after a meal. Test your pH two days a week.
Note: The pH reading you get when you test your urine or saliva is NOT the pH of your internal environment, it is the pH of these fluids that your body is eliminating. Nevertheless the pH of the liquids which your body is eliminating is a useful indicator of what is going on within your internal environment including the status of your alkaline reserves.
Which Foods Are Alkaline?
It is important to understand a few things about the difference between acidic and alkaline foods.
It can be a bit confusing at first. For instance, citric foods such as lemons and oranges are acidic in nature, but they are alkaline forming within the body.
Here’s a general list of foods to eat and avoid:
How To Improve Your Alkalinity
- Check your pH regularly
- Drink lots of water (alkaline water when possible)
- Remove acidic foods
- Replace a traditional lunch with a large green salad.
- Use lettuce leaves and collard greens as wraps.
- Avoid processed foods as much as possible
- Cut out soda, sugars and coffee. Drink herbal tea, herbal coffee and green drinks instead
- Drink coconut or almond milk instead of dairy milks
- Include green juices or smoothies to your diet
What You Eat Matters
Although maintaining normal pH levels asks for a lot of effort, once you begin to feel more energetic and your overall health improves, you’ll appreciate the rewards of what you are doing.
It’s indisputable that the food you eat directly affects your overall health. Or, in the words of Ann Wigmore, founder of the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, “The food you eat can be either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.