Testing Your pH for Optimum Health

Ever wonder if your body is acidic or alkaline? Well what’s the difference? Why should you care? How do you test yourself?  In today’s blog we will be giving you a brief introduction on the importance of pH balance and how to test yourself to see what your pH is.

pH (potential of hydrogen) is the measurement of acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured using a scale of 0 to 14.  The lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acidic or alkaline and is right in the middle it is called a neutral solution or a pH of 7.   A healthy body should have a pH range between 6.0  and 7.5.

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Typically the body tends to always go towards the acidic side because of the diet that most people are eating these days.  Products like meat, coffee, potatoes, wheat, white flour, pasta, pastries, sugar etc. cause the body to become more acidic.  In order for the body to keep it’s pH level optimum it uses up minerals such as calcium from it’s bones.   The calcium neutralizes the acid and brings the pH level to a healthier range.

So what happens if you stay in the acidic zone too long.  Well you could get a whole bunch of problems happening such as:

  • Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
  • Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
  • Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
  • Immune deficiency.
  • Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
  • Hormone concerns.
  • Premature aging.
  • Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
  • Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue.
  • Slow digestion and elimination.
  • Yeast/fungal overgrowth

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As you can see, we should really be aware of the issues that may arise from being too acidic.  Many people however don’t have an idea about how important it is to keep their body’s pH in check.

So how do we check our pH?  First off we will need some pH Strips or Roll which you can purchase here.   In order to test your pH cut a small strip from the roll and simply urinate on it.    The paper will change colour.  You then compare the colour to the colour chart that comes with the pH test kit.HydrionWe recommend taking your urinary pH twice a day and monitoring it for a week to see what the average is.   We recommend testing it first thing in the morning when you first urinate.  Make sure to test it mid-stream and not at the beginning of your urination.   Another great test is in the evening a couple hours before your meal.   Keep the times consistent every day for more accurate results.

So you’ve tested yourself and you are acidic.  Now what?

Below is a chart of acidic vs alkalizing foods.   Simply stick to the alkaline food, eat more greens, take calcium and mineral  supplements.  You can also do a juice fast or cleanse…..  but first, consult your health care practitioner for a full diagnosis and recommendations.

After following the recommendations keep checking your pH daily to see if there are any changes.   It may take days to several weeks depending on each individual to see it go up.

We are interested in your feedback.  Let us know what you experienced while testing your pH.  What is steady all the time.  Did it jump up and down?  Are you making improvements?

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not make any health claims.   Consult your health care professional before taking any supplements or starting any new programs.

 

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Instant Noodles: The Bad, The Good and the Tasty.

At a recent trade show that we were participating in people were lined up for 10 -1 5 minutes in order to get a small sample of instant noodles to try as well as a  free bag to take home.  There must have been about a few thousand people that grabbed a free sample bag of instant noodles that weekend thinking that they were making a healthy choice since the product was vegan, had no trans fats and no added MSG.   Little did they know what they were actually ingesting with every spoon full.

After seeing all this commotion over some instant noodles we decided to do a bit of digging to see what was actually in the bag of noodles.   We went to the manufacturer’s website but we could not find the ingredients listed.  Only the nutritional info was listed, which had staggering 920mg of sodium per serving.

We finally found the ingredients listing from a picture of the back of the pack of the noodles.   We are not going to go through the entire list but anyone with a little bit of knowledge can easily see how this food contains nothing but enriched flour, cheap oils, starches, high fructose corn syrup and preservatives oh yeah and some dehydrated vegetables (less than 2%).  Not only that, but most instant noodles are coated in wax to prevent them from sticking together.  Yuck. We definitely would not consider this a health food.

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So why would people want to consume this?  Well the salt and the flavorings make it taste good –  never mind what else you are getting with it.  Plus, it’s convenient – right?  Just throw it in a microwave for a few minutes and you have an instant meal.

That being said, let’s compare these to the mung bean fettuccine noodles we carry.  Mind you these are not an instant meal since they don’t have the broth and sauce that comes with them, but why not create your own.   So the ingredients are: Organic Mung Beans and water.   Simple and effective.   Take them out of the bag and if you want to cook them, you can boil them and add your favorite veggies and sauce or broth .  Quick and easy.

We like eating them raw.  So we just let them soak in warm water overnight until they soften and make a cashew based Alfredo sauce and mix in our favourite veggies.   Yummy.

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So next time you are lined up waiting for a sample, don’t just go in blindly.  Find out what you are actually going to be eating.  Take those few minutes and inform yourself.

 

Coconut Oil Facts That Most People Don’t Know.

We get asked questions about our coconut oil a lot. Ever notice that some coconut oils have a very strong coconut flavour and taste while others are a bit milder? Well, when you open up a fresh coconut or even open a bag of coconut shreds is there a strong coconut smell and taste or is it more of a mild thing? So think about it, when you have a raw coconut, it does not have a strong coconut taste – it’s more mild, right?  UPA-075-1

So why do some coconut oils have a very strong coconut taste and smell? Well this is because they are not actually raw. They are cold pressed but processed at high temperatures. The term ‘Cold pressed’ doesn’t really mean what it reads. Many people believe this term meaQFI-003-1ns there is no heat involved. Whenever you press something in a hydraulic press there is heat generated. The faster you press it the more heat. It’s this heat that makes the coconut oil taste more coco-nutty. Actual raw coconut oil will not have a strong nutty smell or taste compared to some other oils on the market that are cold pressed at high temperatures. Just try heating some coconut shreds and you will see what we mean. That’s why coconut macaroons that are heated have a more nutty flavour.

Also, do you ever notice that some coconut oils say they are ‘extra virgin’? Well in the coconut industry there is no such thing. It’s a marketing tool used to deceive consumers to think they are purchasing a superior product. All coconut oil is always made from the first pressing. Canada is now cracking down on this mislabeling and not allowing companies to use the term “Extra Virgin” on coconut oil labels.

Check out all our coconut products online.  We have coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut nectar, coconut seasoning sauce, coconut sugar, shredded coconut, coconut vinegar, coconut water, coconut meat, coconut wraps  and more.

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