Feeling a little low on energy or having some carbo cravings? It could be an imbalance in your body’s pH level. More so, body pain, soreness, and even headaches may be an indication of pH imbalance. So what exactly is pH balance and why do you need to know about it?
What is pH Balance?
pH is the measure of the alkalinity or acidity of a fluid. pH balance in the body is the level of acids and bases in your blood at which your body functions best. It’s also referred to as acid-base balance. The human body is built to naturally maintain a healthy balance of acidity and alkalinity.
The body’s internal fluids are alkaline and are maintained at a pH close to 7.0, though the exact pH of different fluids varies. Sustaining healthy blood pH (pH 7.35-7.45) is one of the body’s most important tasks since even slight deviations can severely compromise health. For instance, the lungs and kidneys play a key role in this process. If the lungs or kidneys are malfunctioning, your blood’s pH level can become imbalanced and disruption in your acid-base balance can lead to medical conditions known as acidosis and alkalosis.
In general, even slight deviations in the pH balance can severely compromise health.
What is Balanced?
To understand what is “balanced”, take note that the pH scale ranges from 1 to 14 with 7 considered neutral. A pH that is less than 7 is said to be acidic and when it is greater than 7, then it is considered alkaline. As mentioned above, our ideal pH balance is slightly alkaline – 7.30 to 7.45.
What Creates Acidic Waste?
Many factors contribute to the toxic acid load stored up in our bodies, particularly as we age. Along with cellular function, acidic waste can be caused by high-acid foods and beverages, excessive stress, pollution, intensive and prolonged exercise, poor lifestyle habits, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and even negative thinking. However, the human body is very effective at filtering out most of our daily acidic waste, thanks to our lymphatic system.
Regaining Your pH Balance
Here are some ways you can regain balance in your pH:
1.Eat a greener diet by including green superfoods.
Superfoods such as chlorella, spirulina, barley, and wheatgrass are a great way to achieve pH balance. Swap out some acid-forming foods for acid-reducing foods and aim for a diet with a balance of acidic and alkaline foods.
Acid-forming foods include alcohol, meat, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, and grains. If you’re surprised how eggs, milk, cheese, and grains are acid-forming, it’s because it is not so much about the pH of the food itself, but the pH that results once the food is broken down in the body. In the case of grains and milk, they leave behind acidic phosphates and sulfates after we’ve digested them.
When it comes to acid-reducing foods, the rule of thumb is that if a food comes out of the ground, grows on a bush or on a tree, it’s likely alkaline. This means fruits and vegetables are acid-reducing with these few exceptions: corn, squash, green peas, blueberries, cranberries, and prunes. Other alkaline choices include mineral water, almonds, tofu, and cultured dairy products.
For a convenient way to take in superfoods, go for the PHresh Greens®. This green powder superfood is made with 16 raw ingredients that were carefully selected for their highly alkalizing properties. It’s a full spectrum alkalizing superfood blend of energy-rich vegetables, cereal grasses, and sea algae.
2.Mind your breathing.
To ensure adequate pH
buffering, your body needs oxygen, water, acid-buffering minerals, and
bicarbonates. Regular breathing reduces acidity. When oxygen is taken in and
carbon dioxide released, carbonic acid levels are decreased in the blood. Just
as important as breathing is the use of minerals and bicarbonates to neutralize
or buffer acids within the cells, blood, kidneys, and the lymphatic system.
Practice mild exercises, like a 20-minute walk, while mindfully breathing through your nose to improve circulation. Meditation, Tai Chi, and yoga can also be integrated into your routine. Aside from proper breathing, they are great at reducing your stress levels.
3.Detox and Hydrate.
Other factors that contribute to a balanced pH level is detoxification and water consumption. Detox regularly with systemic enzyme therapy. You can also have alkalizing herbal cleansing formulas and lemon drinks. PHresh Greens®, as an organic greens powder, is also great for detoxifying and cleansing. As for hydration, make it a habit to hydrate early in the morning and in between meals and take it up a notch with a lemon-based alkaline drink mix.
How Do You Measure Your pH Level?
You can measure your pH level anytime at home—conveniently and accurately—with the help of our PHresh Strips™ – PH Testing Strips. By determining and analyzing your pH you can see if your body is acidic and it may provide an insight to your susceptibility to sickness and diseases. You can simply determine and compare your results to the pHresh strips® pH chart.