WHAT IS pH?
Within our body, our blood has a pH, anywhere from alkaline, neutral to acidic. pH means the potential of hydrogen. It is a measure of the hydrogen ion concentration of a solution. An acid is a substance that donates hydrogen ions, while an alkali takes up hydrogen ions and neutralizes them. A normal pH score for our body is 7.4, and the body has to work to maintain this balanced level. If you eat too much acidic food and not enough alkaline, the body has to find alkaline substances within its own tissues to neutralize the acid. Some of these substances are calcium and minerals that can be found in the bones. When the body is working overtime to balance our pH, there is also a loss of calcium and other minerals such as magnesium that are released from the bones. This release results in nutrient deficiencies and potentially loss of bone density, both which wreak havoc on the immune system. Thus an acidic pH disrupts the immune system. The more the body has to work, the worse it is for our health. The more alkaline our blood pH is, the less likely we are able to grow bacteria. In an acidic environment, is is easier for bacteria and infections to grow. Let’s talk about food choices and how they affect our pH.
FOODS CHOICES And pH
Fruits and vegetables are the least acidic foods that you can eat. A plant based diet can alkalize the urine in just a week. The Standard American Diet with a high intake of certain proteins, including meat, dairy and grains, will raise the blood’s acidity.
More acidic: Coffee, sugar, grains, dairy, processed foods, meats, soda, protein supplements, citrus fruits, grapefruits, blueberries, pineapples, apples, tomatoes, peaches, refined sugar and flour products
More alkaline: most vegetables including leafy greens, most fruits, herbs, most spices, beans, millet, quinoa, amaranth, healthy fats, nuts
For a more extensive list, check out this chart.
How to test your pH
You can test your pH through the urine or saliva. One way is using test strips for your second urine of the day. Another one is using saliva, just do not brush your teeth, eat or drink before testing. You can rinse with water and spit it out.
Check out these pH strips for urine or saliva. Once you select urine or saliva, you can only compare the numbers using the same method. Urine typically contains more acid than saliva. Another way is a DIY using purple cabbage. Cut up and boil the cabbage until it is a deep purple, pee in the toilet and add in the cabbage juice. Check what color the water is. If the water remains the same color or turns pink, you have an acidic pH. If the water turns blue – you have a neutral pH, which is the goal. You can measure your pH every other day or twice a week and keep track of your numbers over time, along with a food journal to see how different foods affect it.
ways to neutralize your body ph level
Drink alkaline water.
Use an alkaline water pitcher.
Drink your weight divided in half daily in water. Water helps flush out toxins.
Drink green tea instead of coffee. Coffee is acidic, and green tea is alkaline.
Reduce sugar consumption.
Exercise and sweat it out. While exercise does produce lactic acid, it also keeps the lymph system clear.
Drink green smoothies or alkaline greens powders.
Do you monitor your pH? What kind of alkalizing foods do you eat? Comment below!
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