There is a good reason for the popularity of the subject of alkalizing! Even though the emphasis on the importance of the pH value of the bodies might seem like something new, the truth is that the science and the art of pH balancing have successfully withstood the test of time.
If you try and remember the science or chemistry class, you might recall the importance of pH balance or the comparing of the acid versus the base. PH is the measure of the alkalinity or acidity of a substance. The pH scale goes from 0 14 and a lower number means that there is a high level of acidity, and high number means that a higher level of alkalinity is present. When the pH is 7, it is considered neutral, neither acid nor alkaline.
Why is pH important?
There is a correlation between the cancer cell growth and the acidic environment. An acidic body is more susceptible to different diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer and arthritis. If your pH is out of balance digestive problems can occur at any moment and your body is not going to be able to receive all of the benefits from the food you eat, which can lead to fatigue.
Many recently conducted researches suggest that having acidic, or lower, pH levels is often associated with a bigger risk for conditions like obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Alkaline or higher pH levels are connected to the improvements in condition and memory, lower risk of stroke and hypertension and reduced pain. Also, there has been a connection between the pH levels and the bone health. Many studies have shown that low acid diets are very helpful in improving bone density.
What causes the pH imbalance?
Have you ever checked the chemicals that you insert in your body? Some of them are caffeine, phosphorus (in soda) and aspartame. This chemical and few others create an acidic state in the body. We are bombarding our bodies with poisons on a daily basis. The chemicals we clean our floors, dishes and houses, the clothing we wear, the towels we dry our bodies, are all full with poisons.
However, the main culprit is our diet. We fill ourselves with animal products, fast food, processed foods, and refined sugars. As well as lifestyle choices, for example sedentary life style. It is interesting to mention that over exercising especially too much cardio, can lead to a lower pH levels, as it contributes to stress.
At first our bodies are fighting to compensate for the unbalanced pH and bring the pH back to optimum levels. This however cannot last forever and sooner or later the acidic environment starts to attract all sorts of ailments.
How to test your pH levels?
You can test your pH level through urine or saliva using purchased strips from your local drug store or even online.
Pour a small sample of your first morning urine in a clean glass container; dip the pH strip in the container. It should be on the scale between 7.2 and 7.4.
Fill your mouth with saliva, before brushing your teeth, and swallow it; repeat the procedure and then spit directly on the pH test strip. This three step procedure will ensure a clean saliva sample. In order for the pH level to be normal it should be between 6.5 and 7.0
How to correct you pH?
Consume more magnesium: Most of the doctors in the United States agree that almost all Americans are chronically short on this very important mineral. It is an especially important nutrient for women because it helps the body assimilate calcium, preventing it from osteoporosis.