Importance of Balancing Your Body’s pH

The importance balance your body’s pH.

“The level of pH is quantified on a scale of zero to 14. The lower the pH, the more acidic, and the higher, the more alkaline. Neutral pH is 7.0, the pH of water, and your level is in a healthy range between 6.0 to 7.5. According to Merck Manuals Online Medical Library, blood that is slightly alkaline, or 7.35 to 7.45, is optimal for proper body functions. Most people with an imbalance are too acidic, which can cause a variety of health ailments, including cardiovascular disease, complications of diabetes and bone fragility. “[1]

 

Symptoms of Over-Acidity

  • Constant fatigue

  • Easily running out of breath

  • Frequent sighing

  • Muscle pain or cramping after walking short distances

  • Often feeling like you can’t get enough air

I've also found that when people are very acidic, their tissue levels of oxygen are so low that they have difficulty holding their breath for more than 20 seconds. The length of time you can hold your breath is one technique you can use to document the difference that occurs after adapting a more alkaline-producing diet. “[2]

 

What causes acidity in your body?

  • Alcohol and drug use

  • Antibiotic overuse 

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • Chronic Stress

  • Declining nutrient levels in foods due to industrial farming

  • Low levels of fiber in the diet

  • Lack of exercise

  • Excess animal meats in the diet (from non-grass fed sources)

  • Excess hormones from foods, health and beauty products and plastics

  • Exposure to chemicals and radiation from household cleansers, building materials, computers, cell phones and microwaves

  • Food coloring and preservatives

  • Over-exercise

  • Pesticides and herbicides

  • Pollution

  • Poor chewing and eating habits

  • Processed and refined foods

  • Shallow breathing

 

What are the effects of acidity on health?

  • Allergies, asthma and congestion

  • Fatigue

  • Frequent colds

  • Headaches

  • Inflammation

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • Skin problems

  • Ulcers

  • Weight gain

Over the long term, acidosis can lead to:

  • Arthritis

  • Cancer

  • Diabetes

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Heart disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Stroke

 

How Can You Achieve a Proper pH?

Even though there are many sources of acidity and toxicity in our environments, the biggest contributor to unbalanced pH is our diet.

Fruits and vegetables contain potassium, a natural buffer to acidity. The western diet contains little in the way of fresh and raw fruits and vegetables.

 

Processed foods contain tons of sodium chloride–table salt–which constricts blood vessels and creates acidity.

Eating too much animal protein causes sulfuric acid to build up in the blood as amino acids are broken down.

All grains, whole or not, create acidity in the body. Americans ingest most of their plant food quota in the form of processed corn or wheat.

 

Our problem is more a matter of not taking in enough alkaline-promoting foods rather than taking in too much acid.

 

Calcium-rich dairy products cause some of the highest rates of osteoporosis. That’s because they create acidity in the body! When your blood stream becomes too acidic, it will steal calcium (a more alkaline substance) from the bones to try to balance out the pH level. So the best way to prevent osteoporosis is to eat lots of alkaline green leafy veggies!

 

Acid-Forming Foods

  • Cold cuts

  • Corn flakes

  • Eggs

  • Lentils

  • Oats

  • Conventional Meats: beef, chicken and pork

  • Milk

  • Pasta

  • Peanuts and walnuts

  • Rice

  • White bread

  • Whole wheat

 

Certain foods on this list, like eggs and walnuts, might be acidic in your body, but don’t let that scare you away from eating them. They contain a host of health benefits like antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. A healthy balance is what we are shooting for where pH is concerned–it is possible to become too alkaline.

 

Alkaline Foods

Fruits, mushrooms and vegetables (especially citrus, dates, raisins and spinach) promote an alkaline pH.

 

Strangely enough, acidic fruits such as grapefruit and tomatoes don’t create acidity in the body. They do just the opposite and contribute to an alkaline environment.

 

Raw foods

Uncooked fruits and vegetables are said to be biogenic or “life-giving.” Cooking foods depletes alkalinizing minerals. Increase your intake of raw foods, and try juicing or lightly steaming fruits and vegetables.

 

Alkaline Water

Alkaline water has a pH of 9 to 11. Distilled water is just fine to drink. Water filtered with a Reverse Osmosis filter is slightly acidic, but it’s still a far better option than tap water or purified bottled water. Adding pH drops, lemon or lime, or baking soda to your water boosts alkalinity.

 

Green Drinks

Drinks made from green vegetables and grasses in powder form are loaded with alkaline-forming foods and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is structurally similar to our own blood and alkalizes the blood.” [3]

[1] Livestrong Foundation: Why is Ph Balance so Important.

[2] Dr David Williams: Maintaining a slightly alkaline pH is key to preventing disease

[3] Dr Axe: Balancing Act, Why pH is crucial to health