Balance pH with Alkaline Foods

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Various health concerns can be addressed through a shift to eating more alkaline, rather than acidic, foods.

Your body is intended to function with an internal alkaline environment. Many body processes only function at peak performance with a proper body pH. Poor eating and health practices turn the body’s internal environment into an acidic one. Ailments such as weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, eczema, ulcers, chronic fatigue, arthritis, osteoporosis, and depression are only a partial list of results from an acidic body. Unless your eating practices are extremely tragic in nature, it is easy to move to an intake of a majority of alkaline foods, rather than acidic, without making the harsh changes normally associated with the word “diet.”

Here is a quote to help you understand the pH’s effect in the body from the Price-Pottenger Foundation for Nutrition:

First, let us define the terms acidity and alkalinity and get familiar with some basic chemistry. In terms of chemistry, when one talks about acidity or alkalinity, one is talking about hydrogen. An acid is a substance that releases hydrogen into a solution and an alkali or base is one that removes hydrogen from a solution. Inside the human body, the acid-alkaline balance is important since many functions in the body occur only at a certain level of acidity or alkalinity. Many enzymes and chemical reactions in the body work best at a particular pH. A small change in pH can have a profound effect on body function. For example, muscle contractibility declines and hormones like adrenaline and aldosterone increase as the body becomes slightly more acid. In addition, different parts of the body have different levels of acidity and alkalinity.

You can easily and inexpensively test your body’s pH level on a daily basis.

To get your body back to a proper pH level, you can easily test your body’s pH with a urine test strip and have the result in 15 seconds. The test strip will also work with saliva, though I have read that saliva results are less accurate. Though many companies grossly overcharge for test strips, we found a health company with a great price on the test strips, good instructions, and easy-to-read color charts. One of people’s usual complaints with test strips is being unable to match the colors to the chart. These are supposed to be the most accurate test strips on the market, with 2 color readings on each strip and a chart of 14 variations with which to match it. A pH value below 7 is considered acid and above 7 alkaline. The optimum health range is 7.0 to 7.5. A range of 6.5 to 6.75 needs minor dietary adjustments. A range of 6.0 to 6.25 needs significant dietary adjustments. A level below 6.0 suggests seeing your physician.

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What appears to be only a slightly lower than optimum PH can be misleading.

Often people think that if their pH level is a 6 on a pH scale of 1 to 14 that 1 point low cannot be significant. However, the levels are on what is called an exponential scale. Every point drop means that your body is 10 times more acidic. So a second point drop would be 100 times more acidic —10 x 10. For a more detailed description, here is a biologist’s explanation:

Unfortunately, the simplicity of the pH scale is somewhat misleading. Most folks tend to think that each unit change in pH is equal. If this were so, then a 2- unit change in pH would equal twice the amount of acid/base difference as that of a 1-unit change. Thus, it would take twice as much acid to drop from pH 7 to 5 as that needed to drop from pH 7 to 6.

However, pH is actually an exponential scale. Every unit change in pH equals a 10-fold increase or decrease in acidity (or basicity). Thus, dropping from pH 7 to 6 is a 10-fold increase in acidity. However, dropping further to pH 5 is another 10-fold increase, or a 100-fold increase (10 x 10 = 100) in acidity from pH 7. For this reason, even minor deviations in pH around the more extreme values constitute much greater changes in acidity (or basicity) than seemingly major changes around the neutral mark. For example, merely dropping from pH 3.1 to 3.0 equals an increase in acidity more than 238 times greater than dropping from pH 7 to 6.

An easy-to-read food chart of alkaline and acidic foods will readily assist you in adjusting your food intake.

There is a wonderful chart of alkaline and acidic foods provided by Essence of Life. Take note of the last page of the chart which lists the alkaline foods from the most alkalizing to the least alkalizing. That way you can focus on the foods with the higher alkaline levels and make few changes in your eating habits. However, you need to go to their site at Essence-of-Life.com and print out the full chart because the remainder of the chart on their site lists over 4 pages of alkaline and acidic foods.

You don’t need to keep testing you pH every day for the rest of your life to be healthy.

In the beginning, you will want to test your pH every day while you are adding more alkaline foods to your diet. Once you have figured out what types and amounts of foods appear to keep your pH at the optimum level on a daily basis, switch to testing once a week. After a month, if you are staying consistent in your pH and holding to the food changes you decided were necessary, you probably can feel comfortable with only testing your pH once a month.

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