Why Ph Balancing is Important

2:14 PM Posted by Jo Pedranti



What is often  overlooked in our quest for health is the importance of pH balancing. When I first became involved in health I had no idea how important the acid-alkaline balance is for the body. I didn't realize the importance it made for someone's health to focus on keeping the pH in balance. pH is an important matter for optimal health, and it can affect the all the major body systems if the body's pH is out of balance. A pH balanced body allows the body to function properly, and maintains proper metabolic functions.

pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of  a solution.  The body has an acid-alkaline ratio which is an balance between positively charged ions that are acid forming, and negatively charged ions that are alkaline forming. The body uses hydrochloric acid to break down foods and nutrients, so the optimal pH for saliva and urine is slightly acidic, around 6.4-6.5 If your urinary pH  fluctuates between 6.0-6.4 in the morning and 6.4 -7.0 in the evening you are within normal range. The best is to test one hour before meal or two hours after a meal.

The body constantly tries to maintain the balance, once there is an imbalance the body systems can become weakened. The body needs to be balanced in order to properly assimilate minerals and nutrients. The ideal ratio is 80% alkaline food and 20% acid forming food in the diet, and this make  the strongest resistance against disease.

Acidic
It is more common for people to be acidic than be alkaline today. An acidic condition forces the body to borrow minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium from bones and vital organs in the body to buffer the acid and safely remove it from the body. Over time it weakens the bones and the organs. A high acidity prevents the absorption of many vitamins and minerals, and the body is constant deficient even with supplements. This is one reason why supplements don't work as they should. Acidosis, high acidity level, may lead to cardiovascular weakness, weight gain, bladder and kidney concerns, immune deficiency, joint discomfort, low energy and lower bone density.

Avoid canned, frozen, and processed foods. Dairy, sodas, most grains and nuts are also acidic, and so is meat, It is also important to avoid refined sugar, rice and  flour.  Artificial sweeteners are the worse by all means.

Alkalinity
It is fairly uncommon to be alkaline. It causes several of the same kind of mineral problems as acidity. It takes longer for someone who is alkaline to normalize the pH balance than an acidic person. Alkalinity may lead to digestive sluggishness, immune system concerns, urinary weakness, nervous system exhaustion, respiratory concerns and intestinal system concerns.

How do I deal with an acidic body?
Well, first of all, start focusing on balancing the pH ratio, 80% alkaline* and 20% acidity** by changing your diet. Sometimes the body needs additional supplements in order to restore the balance. 

  • Alkaline minerals are essential when acidic, alfalfa has a high amount of minerals and may alkalize the body. A variety of green powders are available that are alkalizing, and they can be added to protein shakes or freshly squeezed juices. 
  • Freshly squeezed juices are a great way to obtain nutrients that are alkalizing, it is easy for the body to absorb the nutrients. It is also a great way to hide things with less desirable taste. I like to add Swiss chard or kale to my juice.  Carrots, beets, celery, and barley grass can easily be added. I also add supplements like spirulina and alfalfa. To make it simple, an great alkalizing juice is a mixture of celery, beets and carrot.
  • Whey protein isolate is alkalizing, and we use it first thing in the morning. Adding berries, flax seed oil and banana increase the alkalizing effect. We often add green super food supplements as well.
  • Digestive enzymes can also be added to the daily regimen, especially if the diet consist of mostly cooked food.
  • It is advisable to perform a liver and kidney cleanse twice a year.
  • Drinking liquid chlorophyll and colloidal minerals are essential.
  • Remember anything green is alkaline.
  • Correct calcium is needed since the minerals work in synergy. We use Skeletal Strength which contains very absorbable calcium/magnesium to buffer ph.
  • Make a lemon/maple syrup drink. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup to 8 oz. of water.
  • Add 2-3 teaspoons of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar to a glass of water. Or, mix 1-2 tsps of Bragg Organic ACV and  pure maple syrup in 8 oz. distilled or purified water. Take glass upon arising, hour before lunch and dinner.
  • Make an alkalizing bath: Mix 1 cup of Epsom salt, 1 box of baking soda and 10 capsules of ginger. Soak for 20 minutes.




    How do I deal with an alkaline body?
    • Enzymes are essential.
    • Correct calcium is needed. We use NSP  Liquid Calcium, Skeletal Strength, or Herbal CA.
    • Increase the Vitamin C Ascorbates.
    • Cleanse is important
    • Eat more acid forming food, especially those that contain phosphorus, sulfur and chlorine, including whole grains, beans and other proteins.
    • Eat high fiber food with acidophilus.

*Alkaline foods
Garlic, Asparagus, Fermented Veggies, Watercress, Beets Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Chlorella, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Kohlrabi,Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Dulce, Dandelions Edible Flowers, Onions, Parsnips, (high glycemic)
Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Sea Veggies, Spirulina, Sprouts, Squashes, Alfalfa, Barley Grass,
Wheat Grass, Wild Greens, Nightshade Veggies

Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Currants, Dates/Figs, Grapes,
Grapefruit, Lime, Honeydew, Melon, Nectarine, Orange, Lemon, Peach, Pear ,Pineapple, All Berries, Tangerine, Tomato, Tropical Fruits, Watermelon
Eggs, Whey Protein Powder, Chicken Breast, Yogurt, Almonds, Chestnuts ,
Tofu (fermented), Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Tempeh (fermented), Squash, Seeds, Sunflower Seeds,
Millet ,Sprouted Seed

Apple Cider Vinegar, Bee Pollen, Lecithin Granules, Probiotic Cultures, Green Juices,
Veggies Juices, Fresh Fruit Juice, Organic Milk (unpasteurized), Mineral Water,
Alkaline Antioxidant Water, Green Tea, Herbal Tea, Dandelion Tea, Ginseng Tea,
Stevia
Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Chili Pepper, Sea Salt, Miso, Tamari , All Herbs
Almonds roasted Chestnuts, dried Coconut, Peanut

Agar, Alfafa products, dried, unsweetend Ginger, Honey, Kelp,  UnsweetenedTeas, Yeast Cakes


**Acid forming foods
All fruit that is All preserved or jellied Canned: sugared Dried, sulphured Glazed Fruits Raw with sugar Bananas if green tipped Cranberries Olives, pickled, green

Asparagus tips, white Beans, all dried Brussel Sprouts Garbanzos Lentils Rhubarb

Butter Cheese, all Cottage Cheese, Cream, Custards, Ice Cream, ices
Milk, boiled, cooked, dried

All meats, fowl & fish, Beef Tea, Fish, Shellfish,  Gelatine, Gravies

All flour product, Buckwheat, Barley Bread, all kinds Cakes, Corn, Cornmeal, corn flakes
starch and hominy Crackers, all Doughnuts

Because a fruit is "acid" doesn't mean it will be acid in the body, the reaction may be alkaline instead.

Honey and raw sugar shows as  alkaline, but in a higher sugar concentration makes it acid. Also, there are several lists and some food are listed as acidic on one but alkaline on another. Just remember that greens and most fruits are considered alkaline, especially those high in potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium. (Plant based, not salt). Processed food is acidic.

Thanks for visiting!

 


Johanna is an aromatherapist and an independent distributor of Young Living Essential Oils.  She is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. She received her aromatherapy education at the American College of Health Care Sciences.

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