Alkaline versus Acidic — Is it important?
The health of your blood and cellular fluids are measured by a pH scale, or a measure of their acidity. A balance is optimal to keep your body functioning appropriately. Too much acid, or a low score on the pH scale, can be associated with weight gain, fatigue, and digestive problems.
When your body is out of balance, usually more acidic based on the traditional American diet, it tries to neutralize the excess acid with alkaline minerals. Calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium are all examples of alkaline minerals. In order to get the body back in balance the body will pull these minerals directly from the food you consume. If there is a deficiency from your diet, the body will draw from your reserves, or the liver and heart, where they play key roles. When your body relocates these to neutralize your cellular fluids, it causes a domino effect disturbing important metabolic processes in the body. Mess with those and you begin to experience the imbalance first hand. If the body’s pH balance remains out of whack for too long, eventually the deficiencies can lead to disease.
1)What can I do to find out my pH? 2) And what can I do to keep my body in balance?
1) If you would like to know, you can always buy litmus paper online. Use the papers to check the pH of your urine at least twice a day for three or four days to get an average.
2) Maintaing a healthy diet is key in keeping your body in balance. Just like any other healthy diet, it is important to limit your: meat, dairy, processed foods (saturated fat, white flour, sugar, corn syrup) coffee and alcohol intake and increase: your vegetable intake. ALWAYS: Drink lots of water.