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What Does pH Have To Do With It?

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Written by Ivan Sutton

Most people have heard that it is important to maintain a healthy pH balance in our bodies.  But what does this mean and why is it important?  And more importantly, how do we do it?

There are several good sources available online and I will reference some of them as I attempt to cover the basics of body pH in this article.

Consider The Egg

In a free range chicken, the white of the egg has a pH of 9 (highly alkaline). The yoke of the egg has a pH of 6.5 (slightly acidic).

The white of the egg with a pH of 9 … acts as a protective cloak … shielding the yolk from bacteria, viruses, and fungi. While it’s structure, bearing the Hydrogen Matrix, brings forth life and participates in the millions of cells forming the body of the new baby chicken.

(http://blpublications.com/html/body_healthyph.html)

 

pH simply means “potential hydrogen”.  In basic terms, it measures the concentration of hydrogen in a solution.  The measure ranges from 0 to 14 with a pH balance in the human body of  7.3 – 7.4 being ideal.  In fact, the more acidic the human body, the more the chance of disease.   “Most degenerative diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and osteoporosis are associated with an imbalanced pH or acidosis.” http://www.advancedfamilyhealth.com/pHbalance.html

Warning Signs

An Imbalance In the body’s pH may lead to serious health concerns, including:

Hormone concerns
Cardiovascular weakness
Weight gain/loss
Bladder and kidney concerns.
Immune deficiency
Acceleration of free radical damage.
Structural system weakness, including brittle bones, hip fractures and joint discomfort
Senility, dementia, Alzheimer’s Desease
Stressed liver function
Low energy
Slow digestion and elimination
Yeast/fungal overgrowth.
All kinds of Cancer

Most Alkaline Foods

This is a general list.  There are some foods that are acidic but become alkaline after being processed by the body like lemons.  But using these foods ideally in their most raw forms will help to move your pH level to be more Alkaline.

Spinach
Kale
Cucumber
Broccoli
Avocado
Celery
Bell Pepper

There are websites that present a fairly nice list of popular foods and whether they are acid or alkaline.  Two such websites are:
http://alkaline-alkaline.com/ph_food_chart.html and
http://rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

How to Know?

I was at a presentation on health recently and the topic of pH balance came up.  One of the first questions asked by the audience was how can an individual easily test their pH.  The great news is that it is easy and the test is readily available at most drug stores like Shoppers Drug Mart.  Ask for a pH test.

Steps to take

  1. Use a pH testing strip
  2. Drink LOTS of ionized water daily
  3. Eat a variety of alkaline foods
  4. Change your overall diet to reduce acidic foods
  5. Exercise regularly to excrete toxins
  6. Reduce stress

Healthy pH takes seconds to monitor but impacts so much.  Start today with us and test your pH.

About the author

Ivan Sutton