How to Balance Your pH and Find Out If You’re Too Acidic

How to Balance Your pH and Find Out If You’re Too Acidic
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Have you recently heard people talking about being over-acidic, measuring their pH and eating alkalizing foods? Emphasizing the importance of body’s pH might seem like a new fashion, but the science and art of pH balancing has had a long tradition and, unlike some other trendy theories, it has successfully overcome the test of time.

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What is PH?

In terms of chemical understanding, pH is a measurement of hydrogen ion (H+) concentration in a solution. Solutions with low hydrogen concentrations have high pH values, and solutions with high hydrogen concentrations have low pH values. As you probably remember from school, the pH scale runs from 1 to 14, with 7 representing the pH of pure water – neutral. Above 7 is alkaline, below is acidic.

In optimal circumstances, your body should have a pH of between 7.0 and 7.4, so slightly alkaline. This refers to the pH of the body’s main fluids: blood, lymph and cerebrospinal fluid. The pH of the digestive system however, is a bit less uniform: the mouth, pharynx and esophagus are all slightly acidic with a pH of 6.8; the pH of the healthy stomach is 1.3 – extremely acidic; the pH of the small intestine resembles that of healthy bodily fluids; and in the colon it ranges between 5.5 and 7.

Why Does pH Matter?

In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in physiology. He was the first to describe the correlation between the acidic environment and cancer cell growth. We know now that an acidic body is more susceptible to different diseases, including arthritis, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.

What’s more, if your pH is out of balance, digestive problems can occur and your body can’t assimilate the goodness from food, which can make you feel constantly tired. Blood pressure, insulin levels and cholesterol, as well as body weight and immune system function, are all influenced by changes in pH levels.

As every one-point decrease on the pH scale means 10 times increased acidity, going from pH 7 to 5 makes your insides 100 times more acidic! This is not a good sign if you’re planning on living a long and healthy life. The bottom line is that you want to keep your body’s pH as close as possible to what nature intended it to be. Also, if you are aiming to cure a disease, you might want to start by looking at the pH of your body. When doing that, most people discover that they’re too acidic.

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What Causes pH Imbalances?

The main culprits of over-acidity are improper diet (fast food, high consumption of sugars, animal products and processed foods), stress and lifestyle choices, for example sedentary life style. Interestingly, over-exercising, especially too much cardio workout, can lead to a drop in your pH levels as well, as it contributes to stress.

At first, the body tries to compensate and bring the pH back to its optimum levels. For example, minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium are taken from our vital organs and bones to counteract the acid. But this cannot go on indefinitely, and sooner or later the acidic environment starts to attract all sorts of ailments.

Warning Signs Your Body is too Acidic

According to wikipedia, signs and symptoms that may be seen in acidosis include:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Feeling tired
  • Tremors,
  • Sleepiness
  • Flapping tremor
  • Dysfunction of the cerebrum of the brain which may progress to coma if there is no intervention

How to Test your PH Level

It might be a good idea to test your pH and find out where you stand. You can do this at home. All you need is litmus paper, which can be bought at a pharmacy or a health food store, and a bit of discipline.

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You need to dip the litmus paper in your first morning urine. Collect a sample in a clean container and measure the pH level. Or, you can use saliva, one hour before a meal or two hours after eating. Make sure you obtain a clean sample, so before spitting on the litmus paper, collect saliva in your mouth and swallow it.

You might find it useful to keep a diary over a period of time, so you can compare the values and get a medium value. The pH of your saliva should stay between 7 and 7.4 all day. The pH of morning urine is slightly more acidic and fluctuates between 6 and 6.5. If you are also measuring the evening urine, the value should be between 6.5 and 7.

Tips for Alkalizing your Body

Some methods for alkalizing your body are straightforward and focus on dietary and lifestyle changes, while others will require specialist support and guidance, such as the use of alkaline minerals. Cesium chloride, germanium, rubidium and other alkalizing minerals can be used to alkalize the body.

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Particularly cesium chloride and sodium bicarbonate therapies have received a lot of attention and have been reported to yield good results, the latter being somewhat easier to use.

To alkalize your body you can use my DIY 2-ingredient health “shots”.

The Cancer Alternative Foundation, which has a mission of researching and verifying various alternative approaches to healing cancer, has established that alkalizing therapy is one of the most efficient alternative techniques for treating cancer, even in the later stages of the disease. I’ve already mentioned it in my post about this powerful combination of baking soda and lemon.

As for a diet that will help turn your body alkaline, it’s recommended to embrace a vegetarian, or even better a vegan diet (meat and dairy products have a very acidic effect on the body’s pH levels) and to eliminate refined sugars, alcohol and caffeine from your diet.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are a preferred choice due to their alkalizing potential. A food’s natural pH level does not necessarily indicate the effect it will have on the body. For example, lemons and limes are known to have an alkaline effect on the body, despite their initial (citric) acidity, so squeeze some lemon in your water and drink before a meal.

A very popular dietary supplement that also helps you alkalize your body is spirulina – an algae that can be consumed in powder form or in tablets. Some guidance may be required to establish which food and food combinations are optimal for you.

And of course, don’t forget to assess your stress levels. Sound sleep, exercise and regular relaxation can do wonders for the body and mind.

Happy alkalizing!

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14 Responses to How to Balance Your pH and Find Out If You’re Too Acidic

  1. Unathi says:

    Im ova acidic, i thnk th main cause im stressing 2 much n my diet also.An advice pls in reducing stress

  2. Liz says:

    Thank you for sharing. I recently had a Bravo test done (where they place a camera in my esophagus) and it showed PH levels up to 8 at some times. It lowered while I ate. Next week I will get the test results. Had test done due to esophagus spasms and reflux.

  3. Joan Uchidiuno says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been treated for lymphoma inn India, went through chemotherapy for 6 months. I experience pains in my knees especially the right knee up to my ankle. Will the lemon and baking soda be of benefit to my condition and kill off the lymphocitic cells?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Joan, this method is still under research – it is not an approved method by the medical establishment and it doesn’t come instead of conventional treatment. It is not a miracle cure. If you want to try it, talk to your doctor to make sure it doesn’t interfere with the current treatment you receive. Wishing you a quick and full recovery.

  4. cheryl says:

    So basically what it comes down to is changing your eating habits! I’ve been thinking about going vegan! N changing little by little! Like I dont drink regular milk anymore ,actually I can’t cuz it hurts my tummy! So I drink a hemp drink ! And I got to admit it tastes preety good n I feel great after drinking it!

  5. Bill says:

    The pH of your body is controlled very precisely by buffering ions. You’re diet will not effect the pH inside your body, so it isn’t worth worrying about. The pH of your urine doesn’t matter and the pH of your saliva is controlled by cleaning your teeth. When you work out you’re body builds up lactic acid in the muscles and this is counteracted by buffers. If your pH did change, you would die.

    • gps says:

      OMG ! The above mentioned comments look me strange, because if pH is controlled or balance automatically by body then why pH changes time to time ? Specially Dr. Otto Warburg had proved (received Nobel Prize for the theory )that in the medium where there is pH values more than 7.36 cancer cells can not survive, then the above comments “supesede” the Dr. Otto Warburg.

  6. Philip says:

    The pH of your blood has the most impact. However, it is controlled by 4 systems ie. your respiration, your kidneys, buffering capacity and also indirectly by the liver. So your pH is controlled between 7.4 and 7.5 not 7.0 and 7.4 as noted. It is strictly controlled and going lower pH starts acidosis and higher pH starts alkalosis. Either cannot be supported for long and cause life threatening conditions. Also, people need to stop confusing pH with alkalinity or acidity. They are not the same thing but people interchange them as they were. pH is a measure of H+/hydronium ion concentration and alakalinity/acidity measures the capacity or loading of cation/anions in the blood. They are not the same. Your urine pH does not change drastically and using litmus paper which is a colorimetric test would not allow your to measure pH accurately. Uric acid is the source of pH in urine which mainly comes from lactic acid breakdown which occurs regardless. Why people believe this is beyond me because it is completely false. Positive results are coming from elsewhere but no measureable effect is seen with pH of blood. It is not something to be left for us to mess up. If you get alkalodic or acidodic you are in trouble.

  7. ben says:

    hi guys my father is 67 had lots of chemo didnt complete 2nd lot of course was in lung now in lymph node, want to change diet and maybe change ph but bit confused with phillips comment, he does sound very knowledgeable. only using bicarbonate of soda with honey on biscuits atm. was thinking of buying a electric ph tester am i wasting my money ? any advice very helpful. thanks ben 🙂 next step will possibly be hemp ??

  8. Interesting and useful information. Keep it up Jenny!!!

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