pH…What does it mean?
pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. the “p” is short for the German word for power, potenz and H is the element symbol for hydrogen.
The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the body is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the body is.
pH ranges from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic.
An optimum healthy body is slightly alkaline measuring approximately 7.4
If you have a health problem, most likely you are acidic. Research shows that unless the body’s pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot heal itself. So, no matter what you choose to use to take care of your health problem, it won’t be as effective until the pH level is up. If your body’s pH is not balanced, you cannot effectively absorb vitamins, minerals and food supplements. Basically our body pH affects everything!
So what can you do to get your body to an alkaline state?
It is basically going to be all about your diet. A good rule is to strive to eat 80% Alkaline foods & 20% Acidic foods.
Knowing which foods are acid-promoting and which are alkaline-promoting is the first step to balancing your diet.
Here are some tips I found while researching the subject:
Start your day with a large glass of water with fresh lemon. While lemons may seem acidic, they have the opposite effect on your body.
Eat lots of green leafy vegetables, sprouts Those are the most alkalizing, so load up on the salads!
Drink a smoothie with added green powder like spirulina, chlorella, or other greens. Choose almond milk over cow’s milk, since cow’s mild can be acid-forming.
Try cooking with alkaline spices & herbs, for example paprika, chili powder, parsley, ginger & curry!
Get rid of the added sugar in your diet! Sugar is one of the most acidic foods we consume. Did you know you need over 30 glasses of neutral water just to neutralize the acidity of ONE can of soda, thats crazy! This includes sweetened teas, processed fruit juices and sports drinks. Also remove deep fried foods and processed foods and limit meats, corn, eggs, dairy products, and fish.