The Significance of Body pH, How to Test It, and How to Maintain It #phteststrips

What is the significance of body pH?

Our body is designed to be alkaline.
The pH of most of our important cellular and other fluids such as our blood, is designed to be between a pH of 7.35 & 7.45, which is slightly alkaline.
In the same way that our bodies will regulate our temperature to stay within a very small healthy range, it does the same for the pH of our fluids. And while our bodies do create acids naturally through our bodily functions, we have an alkaline buffering system that naturally works to keep us more alkaline.
To do this, your body calls upon its store of alkaline buffers. This store of buffers is very easily depleted because most of us eat and drink a diet high in acid forming foods.
A diet filled with meats, dairy, sweet drinks, alcohol etc quickly depletes these buffers. Stress and lack of exercise also contribute to an acidic environment in our bodies. Our modern lifestyle has created an epidemic. 
And when we deplete these buffers and continue to ingest more acids…what happens?
The body is then forced to draw upon the alkaline minerals in our body to try and buffer the acids, which starts depleting mineral stores. This wrecks havoc in the body. For example, if the body is constantly drawing calcium to neutralize the acids we consume then the symptoms of osteoporosis emerge. Just look up cola & osteoporosis, you'll find studies linking the connection. 

Are you too Acidic?

  • Weight gain, obesity and diabetes
  • Joint inflammation, arthritis
  • Bladder conditions, kidney stones
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Immune deficiency
  • Cancer, chronic illness
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hormone concerns
  • Premature aging
  • Acceleration of free radical damage
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue
  • Slow digestion and elimination
  • Yeast and fungal overgrowth
Most of us will find that we are too acidic.

How can you test to find out if you are?

You can perform a simple test on your urine or saliva to measure body pH at home using pH test strips

We can test the urine. Urine pH reflects the body correcting or buffering. What our body is ridding. 
One of the most efficient ways for our bodies to maintain balance is to through the kidneys. If we become too acidic, our kidneys will eliminate acid through the urine. This elimination of acid helps make the blood more alkaline. So an acidic urine reading is an indicator that our bodies are ridding excess acids.
We can also test the saliva. Saliva pH reflects success in creating an alkaline condition within your body.  It should read 6.5-7.5 all day for someone in a healthy state. pH readings should be taken one hour before or two hours after a meal. A pH below 6.0 indicates that you should pay immediate attention to alkalizing your diet.

One point to remember, is that the pH of the blood is what's important. Testing urine and saliva will give you a general idea of your body's pH. The only accurate way to know your blood's pH is through an analysis ordered by your doctor. Testing urine and saliva, and tracking your results will help you get to know and correct your pH.

How to correct and maintain a proper pH balance.

Taking a look at the alkalizing diet, you will not find any surprises. It's not a radical idea or new program to follow. It's going to be avoiding all the foods you know are bad for you anyway, and replacing them with foods you know are healthy.

  • sugars
  • meats
  • dairy
  • trans-fats
  • grains
  • alcohol
  • processed foods
That means - pizza, colas, ice cream, chips, beer, tobacco, microwavable foods, caffeinated drinks, fatty meats, breads, cheese, sweet yogurts...

And that means the foods that will alkalize you are the ones good for you. Like...
  • fresh foods
  • real foods
  • raw foods
  • whole foods
  • foods with high water content
  • nutrient dense foods
That means - fresh vegetables, salads, some fruit, some lean meats, healthy oils, seeds, nuts, some grains...

In other words, you want a diet high in plant based foods.

But we are human. We don't have to completely deprive ourselves of foods that we like. Keeping a balance is key. 80% of what we eat should be alkaline and 20% should be acid. 

Keeping a general idea of what your diet should look like and using test strips to monitor how diet effects your pH, you can figure out what works best for your own body.

For example, load your plate up with salad and veggies and a chicken breast. Then if you'd like to enjoy a cocktail or dessert, you can do that.

Bringing back balance after imbalance is also key and is just a matter of forming purposeful habits. Ending the night with an avocado and a glass of lemon water or green tea is an excellent way to bring back balance. Starting your morning in the same way is also a good idea. It's a simple practice that will make a huge difference. 

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