Research shows that pH balance--the ratio of alkalinity to acidity in the body--is crucial to good health. The body should be more alkaline than acid, although balance is key. Higher alkaline means more oxygen is available in the blood to be circulated throughout the body. An acidic pH means less oxygen in the blood and is associated with fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, depression and many diseases, even cancer. The pH range is from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. Above 7.0 is alkaline; below 7.0 is acidic. Human blood should be slightly alkaline from 7.35 to 7.45. However, studies show most people today fall into the acidic range.
You can test your pH balance with in-home test strips available at health food stores. If you find your body is too acidic, you can follow some easy steps to make yourself more alkaline. It may take a month or two to find your balance, but the added energy, well-being and health will be worth it.
Eat more alkaline-producing foods. These include many fruits and vegetables, some nuts, green tea and many more. Go to AcidAlkalineDiet.com to download a free comprehensive alkaline/acid food list you can take shopping and to restaurants. Optimally, your diet should be 60 percent alkaline.2
Limit acid-producing foods. Red meat and pork are the big culprits, as are artificial sweeteners, colas and processed foods. Again, consult your food list. If your pH test shows you to be extremely acidic, avoid the worst offenders until your pH levels are more balanced. Then, include your favorite acidic foods as long as they are only 30 percent of your diet.3
Drink alkaline water. Alkaline water helps the body filter out toxins and reduces acid. Water is made alkaline three ways: distill it, ionize it or add alkaline ingredients to it. For step-by-step instructions on how to make your water more alkaline, check out: energiseforlife.com/wordpress/1904/alkaline-water-the-benefits-of-alkaline-drinking-water.4
Take a quality mineral supplement every day. Minerals, such as magnesium and potassium, are important for every function of the body, but especially in keeping the adrenal glands healthy. The adrenal glands help control the body's pH. Mineral deficiency means an acidic body.5
Don't worry, be happy. Practice gratitude every day. Meditate, play sports, do yoga. Or invest in binaural beat brainwave entrainment technology, such as Holosync, which has been proven to reduce stress by altering brain waves. Stress and the resulting release of excess cortisol into the blood play a major role in increasing acidity.