Do you feel sluggish? Low in energy? Tired all the time? Perhaps you are lacking concentration and are suffering from brain fog? If you have answered yes to most of these questions the chances are your pH is out of balance.
What is pH and how can we use it to assess our health? You may remember this from Chemistry lessons at school - the pH is a logarithmic scale used to specify how acidic or alkaline a solution is. Basically in the same way we can assess how acid or alkaline our bodies are. The value of pH is generally measured between 0-14 on the pH scale. The values measured between 0 – 6.9 are acid and the values measured between 7.1 -14 are alkaline. Your body works hard to maintain this pH at neutral by supplying energy to your body, breaking down food and controlling your blood sugar levels and mood.
" Ideally you body should be as close to neutral with a pH of 7.4 for your body to be working at its optimal state."
If your body is too acidic you may start to experience feeling's of imbalance, bloating, headaches and constipation. If your diet is high in red meat, cheese, beer, white flower, sugar and processed foods - its likely you are suffering from an over - acidic body.
Your body needs an alkaline environment to function at its best, to maintain a healthy immune function and healthy blood. Disease can not thrive in an alkaline environment
What can you do to re-balance your Ph?
Follow the 80/20 rule. To maintain a healthy pH - aim to eat Alkaline causing foods 80% of the time and acid forming forms 20% of the time.
Try to limit your intake of acidic causing foods such as alcohol, pastry's, diary, gluten, red meat, any kind of processed foods and bottled fruit juice. Add more green leafy vegetables to your diet, eat as much raw foods as possible and add the colour of the rainbow to your diet. The more alkaline rich foods you contain the better.
I also suggest using pH strips every morning - his will help you analyse your findings. You should be able to find them in any local whole food retailer. - you will see the changes in the colour once the shift has been made to your diet.