Proper pH balance is critical to your health. Medical doctors and other health experts cannot overstate the importance of lowering your body acidity and increasing your alkalinity by virtue of strategized diet.
Why? Because pH helps protect you silently, as they say no disease can survive a body with balanced pH.
But what is a balanced pH? It doesn’t mean a pH value of 7.0 – that isn’t balanced, that’s just neutral.
Balanced means you have a proper balance between acidity and alkalinity. Your body can maintain this balance easily, but if you eat a large volume of certain types of foods, pH disruption might occur – unhealthy microbes in your gut, tissue damage and mineral and nutrient depletion are just some of the things you have to worry next.
As explained earlier, a pH of 7 is neutral, not balanced. It means you equal acidity and alkalinity – that is not good for the body. Your body tissues should have pH of around 7.365, your stomach around 2 and your urine between 6.4-6.8.
Overall, your body needs to lean towards alkalinity for it to have a good pH – balanced so to speak.
Why? Check these advantages of having a good pH:
- Prevents certain types of heart disease s
- Prevents calcium formation in urine
- Prevents kidney stones and other kidney disorders
- Prevents inflammation
- Help maintains proper bone density
- Lowers risk of diabetes
- Prevents muscle spasms
- Helps prevents vitamin D deficiency
- Reduces lower back pain
How to achieve the best pH balance for your body?
1. Minimize eating acidic foods
Chances are, your current standard diet isn’t helping you. Researches have shown that the Standard American Diet, which is very popular not only in the United States of America but the rest of the world, makes you acidic. If that doesn’t convince you, check the list of popular foods that make your pH acidic below:
- Processed food like meats, hot dogs, ham, cure meats etc.
- Foods high in sodium, like many junk foods and instant noodles
- Added sugar, especially found in many fruit juices
- Processed cereals and wheats
- Traditional meat including beef, chicken and pork
- Fried foods including French fries
- Milk and dairy products
- Peanuts and other grains
- Caffeine in any form
- Refined white rice, pasta, bread
You might say that’s practically everything you eat. While that may be true this list doesn’t want to you to completely avoid them – the keyword is moderation. As they say, too much of anything is a bad thing.
2. Maintain an alkaline diet
An alkaline diet includes lots of green vegetables and fruits. But not just ordinary green vegetables and fruits but prefer the organic ones. Why? Because organic fruits and vegetables contain more minerals and therefore are more alkalinizing compared to their non-organic counterparts.
Check the list below of what you should eat:
- Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, beet greens, broccoli and others
- Non-starchy vegetables like radishes, tomatoes, cucumber, oregano, garlic, ginger, cabbage, asparagus and zucchini
- Mushroom, most kinds available in the market
- Raw or lightly steamed foods
- Superfoods, we’ve covered them a lot in our website, spirulina, bone broth, chlorophyll to name a few
- Healthy non-saturated fats, coconut oi, virgin olive oil, fish oil, range-free eggs
- Starchy plants like potato, turnip and beets
- Plant proteins like almond and beans
- Most fruits, even the sour tasting ones. They don’t create acidity in the body, that’s the irony of nature. So you’re welcome to eat citrus, grapefruit and even tomatoes.
- Apple cider vinegar, it can do wonders even in maintaining a balance pH level
3. Drink alkaline water
This is a simple and easy to do practice that many seem to forget.
Alkaline water is simply water that has high alkalinity. It should have a pH of between 9 and 11. The water freely available in the market is NOT alkaline for it has a pH range of 6-8, including distilled water which has a pH of 7. Water that has undergone filtration can be slightly acidic, especially those that underwent reverse osmosis.
What you should do is to put a drop of baking soda in your water. Baking soda will make your water alkaline.
4. Reduce exposure to drugs and toxins
There are many external factors that can disturb your body’s perfect pH balance. This may include but not limited to alcohol, caffeine, opioids, sedatives, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and even aspirin. Avoiding these can reduce your body acidity.
Of course, you could be taking some of these drugs and chemicals due to some health condition. So do not stop taking them just for the sake of lowering your body acidity. Treat first the underlying reason why you need to take these drugs in the first place.
As always, it’s always best to consult your doctor.
Always remember that the healthiest pH level of human body is more alkaline instead of acidic.
Too much acidity in your body, also known as acidosis can be brought by improper diet, stress, poor gut health, certain drugs, failing kidney and general unhealthy lifestyle.
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