Of all the various steps you can take to safeguard and improve your health, including proper eating habits, exercise, food supplementation and getting enough sleep, learning to alkalize your body is incredibly important. Anyone who has ever grown a garden realizes the importance of achieving a proper pH balance in the soil to ensure optimum plant growth. Ensuring optimum human growth is no less dependent on maintaining a proper pH level, although this may be a factor that has escaped your consideration or application. Reading this may help explain the importance of maintaining a healthy body pH level.
In chemistry, pH is a basic measurement of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution which, in this case, is the blood flowing throughout your body. The pH scale runs from 0-14, with 7 being neutral. Anything below 7 is considered acidic and above 7 alkaline. Pure water is generally at 7, or neutral. According to health experts, optimum pH for the human body is about 7.4, which is slightly alkaline. Unfortunately, with most people's diet of processed foods, animal/dairy products and fast-food meals, all high in acid, their blood pH levels fall in the acidic portion of the scale.
Why pH Levels are Important
The primary reason you should strive to alkalize your body out of its current acid state is because disease cannot easily exist in an alkaline state. Studies have shown that viruses and bacteria cannot reproduce in an alkaline body. Simply stated, when blood pH is properly balanced the body remains healthy. The goal here, then, should be to take steps to reduce your intake of acid-producing foods/drinks and to increase consumption of those that will help alkalize your body. This is actually easy to do, following these guidelines:
- Reduce your intake of all meats, including fowl. Protein consumption should be no more than about 40-50 grams per day.
- Curb your intake of products that contain flour and refined sugars.
- Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, which are known to be high in alkaline. Add these to your meals where meats are being consumed to achieve a better balance of acid/alkaline intake.
- Drink lots of water, especially alkaline water, which you can buy or make yourself by adding baking soda and lemon or lime juice to the water. You should make it a goal to drink one-half ounce of water for every pound of body weight. This means a 190-pound person should consume 95 ounces (about three quarts) of water daily.
- Eat foods that are high in potassium content such as honey, bananas and lemons.
- Curb your consumption of all sodas. The acid in one single can of soda requires the intake of 30 glasses of water for the acid it contains to be neutralized. If you're a soda drinker, following just this one tip can have huge benefits.
It's interesting to note that a food's ability to promote an alkaline state in your body has nothing to do with the actual pH level of the food itself but, rather, its effect. Citrus fruits are a perfect example. While high in citric acid, lemons, limes and oranges have a definite alkalizing effect when consumed. Other fruits that will work to help alkalize your system include cantaloupe, berries, bananas, apples, peaches and pears, grapes and melons.
Proteins that will have an alkalizing effect include raw almonds, chestnuts and tofu. Beneficial spices include mustard, ginger, curry, cinnamon and sea salt. Most vegetables will have a positive alkalizing effect when consumed, especially green, leafy ones. If you have trouble consuming the needed fruit and veg, a good quality alkalizing drink powder is a great substitute!