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It's all pH - (the milieu)
Alkalizing has become a very popular subject recently, and for good reason too! The emphasis on the importance of the bodies’ pH might seem like a new fashion, but the science and art of pH balancing have had a long tradition and unlike some other trendy theories, it has successfully withstood the test of time.
The pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. The pH scale runs 0-14 a lower number means a high level of acidity is present, and high number indicates a higher level of alkalinity is present. A solution is considered neutral, neither acid nor alkaline, when it has a pH of 7.
So why does pH matter?
There is a correlation between the acidic environment and cancer cell growth, furthermore, an acidic body is more susceptible to different diseases, including arthritis, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. It is also documented that if your pH is out of balance digestive problems can occur and your body won’t be able to metabolize the nutrients from foods.
A growing number of research suggests that having lower, or acidic, pH levels is associated with greater risk for conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Higher, or alkaline ph levels accordingly are linked to improvements in memory and condition, reduced pain and lower risk of hypertension and stroke. Also, there has been a link between ph levels and bone health. Many studies have shown that low-acid diets can help improve bone density.
How Do You Know If You're too Acidic/Alkaline? Do the pH test!
You can test your body fluids (saliva or urine) using litmus paper strips purchased
from your local health food store. Test your pH with your saliva or urine first thing
in the morning, one hour before a meal or two hours after eating.
Saliva: Before brushing your teeth, fill your mouth with saliva and swallow; repeat,
then spit directly on the pH test strip. This three-step process will ensure a clean
saliva sample. Measure your saliva pH in the same manner again later in the day, at
least two hours after eating.
Urine: Collect a small sample of your first morning urine in a clean glass container; dip the pH strip in the container.
Match your strip to the associated color on the package of pH papers to determine your body pH. Ideally your pH strip should turn the same color matched with 7.2 to 7.4 on the package (usually dark green or bluish depending on the brand of pH papers you purchase).
As food is one of the contributing factors to creating imbalance in gut pH, some have found great success in keeping with the 75/25 food guidelines.
Most of us should aim to eat 75-80% alkaline foods and a maximum of 20-25% acid forming foods.