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.
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
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.We 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?
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.