Your Body pH Could Dictate Your Health – Here’s What You Should Know!
Digestive issues, gastric reflux, heartburn, chronic fatigue – do any of these symptoms ring a bell?
If yes, then you should start connecting the dots between these symptoms, to what you eat and the body’s pH balance!
pH! You probably paid attention to in your high school for the sake of your grades and later forgot about it. But guess what, we are bringing back the good old science topic! This time for improving your health grades!
What does pH mean and how it impacts your health?
pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of a medium ( soil, blood ). If you are into gardening, you may know how critical pH is for a plant. When the pH level is out of its optimal range, the plant suffers a host of diseases. The same goes for humans too!
The value ranges from a scale of 0 to 14. A low pH is a result of an acidic medium, and a high pH indicates an alkaline medium. A pH of 7 is neutral.
0-7 is Acidic
7-14 is Alkaline
Seven is neutral
The ideal range for the human body is between 7.35 – 7.45; we tend to tip to the alkaline side of 7.4. Staying at this optimal range keeps you healthy. You need this optimal range so digestion, absorption, and elimination (detoxification) can take place efficiently. However, if the pH levels tip to the acidic side, it can create a host of issues. So, if you are wondering what is causing that fatigue or chronic ache, it could be your pH.
What happens when the pH goes out of whack?
Increased risk for osteoporosis
Low energy levels
High blood pressure
Low levels of healthy gut bacteria
These are some common issues of pH imbalance. Studies also link severe conditions like the chronic renal failure, obstructive lung diseases, loss of muscle mass to pH imbalances.
What causes a pH imbalance?
Research shows that acidity and alkalinity of foods affect your body’s pH balance. So what you eat is a big deal on your body’s pH and your health!
A look at the pH and net acid load in the diet of hunter-gatherers and the modern man shows a considerable change. Researchers find the following changes, compared to the foods of the past.
Less potassium, and magnesium ( alkaline-forming foods).
More sodium, and refined sugar ( acid forming foods).
Low fiber, high intake of refined fats.
We take three times as much sodium as potassium.
These changes alter the pH levels. As a result, many do not maintain an optimal pH range. It results in a condition called metabolic acidosis, which leads to a host of health issues.
How to maintain an optimal pH balance?
The good news is that restoring your optimal pH balance isn’t as hard as you may think. It is simple, here’s what you need to do.
Seven smart things you can do for optimal pH balance
1. Take plenty of fresh produce -greens, veggies, and fruits.
2. Choose organic over conventional produce, to avoid fertilizers and pesticides.
3. Increase your fiber intake in the form of beans, seeds, and nuts. They are also fantastic inflammation-fighters.
3. Ensure you take clean filtered water (free of chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals)
4. Include a variety of herbs that can help cleanse your body to promote healthy pH balance
5. Decrease your meat intake since it is acid-forming.
6. Cut back on caffeine and dairy intake
7. Quit smoking
Keep in mind; you can alter the pH levels in your favor by including plenty of alkaline- rich foods and following the seven smart rules listed above.
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