pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity; a substance with a pH measurement of less than 7 is classified as acidic while a pH over 7 would be classed as being alkaline.
The body usually has a pH level of around 7.35-7.45; if the body drops below pH 7.35, this results in a condition known as Acidosis, and can lead to osteoporosis and weight gain, among many other troublesome symptoms.
Generally speaking, a good ratio to aim for is 70% alkaline foods to 30% acidic foods, and this will help to achieve a healthy pH level of around 7.45.
Here are some examples of acidic foods to watch out for:
- Meat and dairy products;
- Wheat and barley;
- Artificial sweeteners; and
- Hydrogenated fats and oils
Rather than completely removing these foods from your diet, you can balance things out by combining something like, say, eggs with a tasty leafy green like spinach.
This way, you can reap the benefits from both foods while maintaining an optimal pH level.
You probably already have some alkaline foods in your diet; however, you can help yourself further by incorporating some of the following:
- Leafy greens;
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower;
- Avocado; and
- Wheat grass
Of course, these foods aren’t always as fun as their acidic counterparts but you have to take the rough with the smooth!
One very potent addition to your diet is lemons.
Lemon juice contains a phytochemical called d-limonene which detoxifies the liver and digestive system, as well as greatly alkalinizing the body and proving antioxidant protection.
Lemon juice taken each morning upon waking will yield the best results, especially when taken in a glass of warm water.
Stress is often a huge factor in acidosis.
When your body is in a state of stress, acidity increases significantly; you should find that applying some of these methods and principles will produce a far more alkaline state in your body which will, in turn, help to reduce the many symptoms of stress.
Furthermore, you can help this process along by participating in relaxing activities such as yoga, meditation, and even gentle exercise such as walking, cycling, and swimming.
There are, of course, various other methods of increasing alkalinity in the body:
- Taking ½ tsp of baking soda or cream of tartar in 8oz of water can actually produce immediate results, including a significant reduction in symptoms such as headache and nausea;
- Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to your water to sip on between meals. This is a great way of alkalinizing the body and further helping to cleanse the body of toxins, particularly the digestive system; and
- Drink more water! If you don’t have a glass of water readily available at all times, you most certainly should; almost every bodily process relies on water so that should be enough to persuade you to drink more fluids