Do you have basic understanding of your pH balance? If you are like my recent self, you don’t. However, it’s super important for your health so gain some general understanding about pH balance and how it affects your body. I’m happy I did!
Your pH balance is based on a scale of 0 to 14. A neutral pH balance is 7.0. Above 7.0 is alkaline, below 7.0 is acidic. Oxygen levels in food increases as the acidity decreases. Oxygen is a good thing, to be clear. The more oxygen you provide your body, the happier and healthier your cells can be.
So why should you care?
Feeling fatigued? Covered in eczema? Poor circulation? Inflammation? Heartburn? These symptoms are all related to pH balance. It’s way too easy for your body to become too acidic. Do you know what thrives in acidic bodies? Cancer cells. These cells grow in oxygen depleted bodies. Bacteria also grows in high acidic conditions – hello runny nose cold.
Acidity not only results from the foods you consume, but also high stress levels and bad exercise habits. Your body already has acid from natural occurring processes produced from respiration, metabolism, cellular breakdown, etc. You don’t need to give your body loads more work with every single unhealthy acidic meal or snack that passes through your mouth.
Consuming phytonutrients allow you to fight off free radicals that damage your cells and cause overwork for your body to neutralize. Great phytonutrients come from orange colored foods, no not Doritos, but carrots/sweet potatoes/etc. Others come from tomatoes, grapefruit, grapes, corn and more. Not to mention the Resveratrol phytonutrient that is found in red wine, high five!
High Acidity Food/Drink
Coffee – boy oh boy was I bummed to read this! This will have to be my indulgence.
Lemons/Limes – although they are acidic, they actually alkalize your body