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Heal Your Body with the Proper Ph Balance

Why is Ph Balance So Important?

When your body has the proper pH levels, your systems cells are oxygenated and better prepared to heal any health concerns on their own. If cells are energized, you have a stronger immune system, can fight disease and squash cancer cells and able to detoxify and illuminate waste in a more productive way.

How Does Ph Work?

The pH of your blood is between 7.25-7.45, if your blood’s pH falls below or above that range, you will use a large amount of energy in trying trying to maintain pH levels. This leads to deficiencies and health disorders. It’s really easy to test your bodies Ph levels.

Litmus Paper is the best and most convenient way to test your bodies Ph level on a daily or weekly basis. It’s sold in a package of 15 feet, you will use about 1/2 inch – 1 inch per test. Each Litmus paper dispenser is good for 150 – 200 tests.

 

Check your Ph with Litmus paper

What’s Your Ph? Find Out Today

The best way to maintain optimal pH levels is through the foods you eat and the liquids you drink.  For your diet, if you follow an 75/25 rule, 75% alkaline foods and 25% acid, you should experience an equilibrium. Perfect body pH is 6.4, above is alkaline and below is acidic. It is important that your daily dietary intake of food naturally balances your body pH.

Click here to see which foods are more acidic and which increase your alkaline.

Keep in mind that the foods must be organic because ALL pesticides are very acidic.

Are you too Acidic? Here’s why balancing your pH is important.

Your pH can affect every system in your body

What is the Importance of pH Levels?

You probably know that your body is made up of mostly fluids; water and blood. These fluids have an acid/alkaline balance, which is measured by the pH factor (potential hydrogen). This pH scale is used to determine if the levels are more acidic or more alkaline. Research has shown that it’s important for your body to maintain a neutral pH. For better health and well being there are many reasons why you want your bodies pH to be as close to neutral as possible.

How Does the pH Scale Work?

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14.  A pH of 7 is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic. A pH greater than 7 is basic. The lower the pH number, the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH number, the greater the alkalinity.

An imbalanced pH may affect all your bodies major functions and systems such as breathing, circulation, digestion, hormonal production and proper blood flow. Inversely, when you improve the acid/alkaline balance of the body, you improve every other system in the body at the same time.

How is Your Bodies pH Level Determined?

The biggest contributors to your bodies pH levels is through what you eat and drink and how you react to stress. That’s right, there are certain foods which are alkaline and certain foods which are acidic. It’s important to take note what these foods are and try to balance it out throughout the day. One example that illustrates this is to drink an 8 oz. glass of lemon water first thing in the morning before your daily dose of coffee or tea. The reasoning behind this is that lemon water is very alkaline in the body and coffee and tea are both very acidic. This balances the two out.

How Are the Health Benefits of Maintaining Proper pH Levels?

When we maintain proper pH levels, injuries heal faster and health challenges improve more quickly because the body is oxygenated and therefore can detoxify and heal itself. If cells are energized in this way, we develop a stronger immune system and a lower propensity to develop diseases and cancer. Click here to read what Dr. Axe has to say on how improper pH levels negatively affect your health.

Which Foods are Alkaline and Which are Acidic?

Keep in mind that the foods must be organic because ALL pesticides are very acidic. It’s a good idea to keep acidic foods to a minimum of about 20% of your daily intake. The remaining 80% should be alkaline foods.

Acidic Foods-try to keep these to a minimum

  • All Meats
  • Grains – white flour products,  wheat, corn, barley, oats and rye
  • Dairy – milk, butter, eggs, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, ice cream and milk
  • Fruits – cranberries and pomegranates
  • Veggies – artichokes, asparagus and garbanzo beans
  • Caffeinated drinks –  coffee, chocolate drinks and colas
  • Alcohol
  • Nuts – peanuts, pistachios, walnuts and macadamia nuts
  • Other factors that can effect your bodies acidity are lack of sleep, stress and anxiety
     

Alkaline Foods-These should make up majority of your daily intake

  • Kefir and minimally processed yogurt products
  • Most fruits
  • Veggies – green beans, lima beans, string beans, sprouts, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cauliflower, chard, chicory, chives, collard greens, cucumber, dandelion greens, dill, dulse, eggplant, endive, escarole, kale, garlic, leeks, legumes, lettuce, okra, onions, parsley, parsnips, sweet potato, bell peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, turnips and watercress
  • Seaweed, kelp and sea veggies
  • Quinoa
  • Pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds
  • Nuts –  almonds, chestnuts and coconuts

How Can you Test Your Bodies pH Level?

By using litmus paper you can adjust your diet on a regular basis to continue to maintain your bodies proper pH level.  This easy to do, at home test is taken with your first urine in the morning. The farther from perfect balance your pH travels, the more serious health problems may develop and the more difficult it may be to maintain a strong immune system.

Fermentation – It’s Good For the Gut

Fermented foods are all the rage these days. Just go to any farmer’s market and you’ll find at a least a few vendors selling fermented vegetables, pickled kimchi’s, kombucha and gut ciders.

How do these fermented foods help improve your gut health?

It helps to think of the process used to create fermented foods as the same process your gut uses to digest foods. Think of your digestion as your internal fermentation system.

Historically the fermentation process was used as a method to preserve foods. It’s history goes back thousands of years and across many cultures.  The fermentation process works by producing short chain fatty-acids which prohibit harmful bacteria from growing.

At the same time these short-chain fatty acids produce the ideal pH to encourage good bacteria to grow.

This is the reason adding fermented foods and probiotics to your diet is a great way to improve the environment in your gut.

One probiotic on the market, Dr. Ohhira’s Professional Formula, takes this fermentation process a step further by feeding their 12 strains of bacteria for five years.

We talked with Ross Pelton, the scientist for Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics, about the fermentation process and how it works in our digestive system.

 

He says that the first step in changing your ‘pathobiome’ (unhealthy microbiome) into a healthy microbiome is to change the environment.

You need to replace the environment by changing the acid balance so it’s no longer favorable to bad bacteria.

Listen to more of Dr. Ross Pelton’s interviews on the microbiome by clicking here.

Stay tuned for our next segment in a few weeks.

 

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