How to Maintain a Healthy pH
The pH balance plays an important role in the chemical makeup of the human body.
While your system has certain mechanisms in place to help with the balancing of pH in the body, your dietary and lifestyle choices are the ultimate determinant in whether you have a proper pH level. There are many different factors that can cause acidity in the body, diet (the most controllable), chronic stress, drugs and alcohol, exposure to chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, pollutants and radiation, excess animal protein from processed foods and artificial and natural sweeteners like Saccharine and honey, just to name a few.
There are different pH levels in the body that protect and stimulate our organs and evacuation systems. The pH scale runs from 1 to 14. One is the most acidic, 7 is neutral and 14 is the most alkaline. Saliva is between 6.2-7.6 (6.5 is best), a little acidic to protect the mouth from bacterial infections, and the stomach is between 1.5-2.5, creating an acidic environment that breaks down foods and stimulates the liver to produce bile for the gallbladder, so it can tackle fats and proteins. The blood and tissues are between 7.2-7.4, neutral because they are an open system that is used to transport and hold many constituents of the body. Urine is between 4.8-7.8 (5-6 best) and is most acidic first thing in the morning because your body works while you sleep to balance your pH and get the extra acid/alkaline out in the morning through the urine, so you wouldn’t want to measure your urine pH then.
The best time and way to measure your pH is between meals and by testing the urine. You want to do this 3 days in a row to get an average and about once a month to keep track. For accuracy get a pH strip that is designed for urine [click here]. This kind of strip will give you very accurate measures and is extremely easy to use.
If your system is too alkaline, you need to eat more protein and fats.
If your system is too acidic, you need to eat more vegetables and eliminate carbs. A helpful trick is drinking the juice of ½ a lemon in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning or you could try our Rise and Shine drink mix [click here]. This is my go-to. It also supports your adrenals and is very refreshing.
Having the correct pH is crucial to maintaining your health and is a good indicator of your overall health. It’s worth the effort to track it and make the changes necessary for proper pH.
This is not medical advice. All this information is available in the public domain.