Do You Know Your Body’s pH?

PH-Scale

Do you know what your body’s ph level is? Do you know why it’s important to find out?

Your body functions like every other living thing on the planet. It works best when it is in balance. Maintaining balance includes keeping your ph level alkaline and a tiny bit acidic. Let me explain:

Our stomachs contain acid to break down foods so we can digest them. That’s a good thing. But most Americans eat the “Standard American Diet” (SAD) which is too acidic in the first place and they end up with heart burn or acid reflux. They either take over the counter antacids or get a prescription from their doctors for more powerful ones that end up diluting the important stomach acid, which causes the stomach to make more acid, creating a vicious cycle. If you find yourself suffering from heartburn, it’s better to take a spoonful of Manuka honey to get relief. Better yet is stop eating foods that create the problem.

acidic-alkaline-phchart

Disease likes an acidic environment to live in. It can’t survive long in an alkaline one. Have you seen a swimming pool that is full of algae and gunk? That’s because it’s out of balance. If you own a pool you know it’s important to check the water’s ph. Another example is the water in your fish tank. If the water is acidic the fish die. It’s the same thing with your body. Too much acid over time and you will get sick.

green-swimming-pool

Medications are acidic. If you have to take them for a chronic condition or are going through cancer treatment it’s super important to make sure you are eating alkaline foods to heal faster. Most treatments destroy the good bacteria in your body’s immune system so you want to build it up as fast as you can. Alkaline foods help. Ph strips monitor what’s going on inside you. `

The best way to find out if I am staying as close to alkaline as possible is to check my body’s ph level. I do that using ph test strips. Every few days I take a test strip and hold it under the flow of my pee. I wait for my second morning pee to get a more accurate sample. You can buy them just about anywhere but they can be super expensive. I found mine on-line from a company called Piping Rock. A box of forty strips cost me $6.00 compared to $17.00 at Sprouts which only contained twenty. Piping Rock accepts PayPal which is always a plus for me.

ph strips

piping rock

http://www.pipingrock.com/

I highly recommend you start checking where your ph level is and keep monitoring it so you know what foods keep you in a healthy balance.

Be well!

Inge

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