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Balancing Your PH

What is PH balancing?

  • The measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance is its pH, which stands for potential hydrogen.

  • The pH scale runs from 0 (acid) to 14 (alkaline)

  • A lower number indicates high acidity, and a higher number indicates more alkalinity.

  • A solution is considered neutral, neither acid nor alkaline, when it has a pH of 7.

  • In the human body, about 7.4 is a normal pH for blood.

Things to avoid:

  • What you don't consume is as important as what you do. To help keep your pH in check, reduce or eliminate:

  • Alcohol

  • Coffee

  • Drugs

  • Excessive stress

  • Processed foods

  • Sugar

  • Tabacco

  • Moderate exercise helps to control the acid- alkaline balance, but excessive exercise contributes to an imbalance.

What are Alkaline Foods?

An alkaline diet emphasizes foods such as whole fruits and vegetables as well as certain whole grains, all of which are naturally low in caloric density. Dairy, eggs, meat, most grains, and processed foods like canned or packaged snacks and convenience foods- fall on the acid side on the continuum. Here are some alkalizing foods.
  • Cayenne pepper

  • Certain nuts

  • Garlic

  • Herbs

  • Onions

  • Fresh beans and corn

  • Sprouts

  • Sea Vegetables

  • Green and leafy vegetables

  • Vine- ripened vegetables

Benefits of Balance

When the blood pH is lower than the optimal range, you often don't feel well and may experience fatigue, weight gain, poor digestion and aches and pain. A diet low in acid-producing foods and high in fruits and high in fruits and veggies could:

  • Help prevent kidney stones

  • Keep bones and muscles strong

  • Improve heart health and brain function

  • Reduce lower back pain

  • Lower risk for colon cancer and type 2 diabetes

  • When your body struggles to maintain the blood pH required for survival, it can result in inflammation

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