Your body’s measure of acidity and alkalinity (or simply pH) matters. There are a number of health ramifications that come with your pH level.
The pH meter is simple to understand. It has 0 to 14 values, 0 means acidic and 14 basic (alkaline). Your pH depends on when the sample came from, but generally it should be close to 7, the neutral value with a few exceptions.
So why is it important? Aside from obvious disorders that come with high body acidity (like acid reflux), there is a correlation between acidic environment and cancer cell growth. Acidic body doesn’t equate to well being and suggests that you have a number of diseases. Take your pick: arthritis, obesity, cancer, digestive and cardiovascular disease.
Extremely high pH levels and you may have arrhythmia, breathing problems and other respiratory issues. But for this we’re concentrating on the first condition, being too acidic (acidosis).
First, let’s test your pH levels. You can easily buy pH strips from local drug store of online. You can use either your saliva or urine as samples.
Before brushing your teeth, fill your mouth with saliva and swallow; repeat and then spit directly on the pH test strip. This three-step process will ensure a clean saliva sample. To be normal it should be between 6.5 and 7.0
Collect a small sample of your first morning urine in a clean glass container; dip the ph strip in the container. It should be between 7.2 and 7.4.
If you are too acidic follow these tips:
1. Include more magnesium in your diet
Magnesium is an important nutrient for your body. It helps you, especially women absorb calcium and prevent osteoporosis – one of the most dreaded diseases that can hit aging women. Magnesium also acts as a buffering system to help raise your pH level to a more appropriate level. Supplements with magnesium are readily available but we recommend eating natural foods that are rich in magnesium such as cashews, almonds, avocados, and spinach.
2. Cut your sugar intake
Sugar is acidic. We know it’s sweet so how can it be an acid? The chemistry behind it is quite complex and it all starts once you take sugar into your body. It can be tackled with a separate article.
You can replace your white sugar with more alkaline alternatives like stevia, agave nectar, and maple syrup. You might be surprised because its effects can be instant. It can improve your pH level as well as your blood sugar level immediately.
3. Add PP to your diet
PP or pineapple and papaya are two of the healthiest fruits you can buy in the market. They are rich in bromelein and papain respectively. These are enzymes that can help your body in digestion. You see when you are acidic you also have enzyme imbalance. They often go hand in hand. If you add enzymes back into the diet your digestive system will absorb more nutrients from highly alkaline fruits and vegetables for better pH balancing.
4. Drink water spiced with lemon
Lemon is an acidic fruit. It’s sour, but it turns alkaline when it reacts with digestive enzymes. That’s the magic of chemistry at work. Water as you may already know can also cut down acidic effects of coffee, soft drinks, and tea, plus it helps cleaning your kidneys. If you mix that two together you get a healthy elixir that is perfect to start your day with.