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.
- 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.