The human body is very complex.
That’s why modern medicine tends to dissect the human body and isolate vital systems from one another.
Not only does it make it easier to understand how each system works, but it also facilitates giving a proper diagnosis when something isn’t right.
However, your body isn’t a mass of independent structures, it’s a complex machine where cells rely on one another and systems communicate with each other constantly (1).
While there are many ways by which your body choreographs its daily activities, one of its main languages is the pH level of your blood. Knowing this helps to remove acid build up.
Why pH is Important
Your pH level (potential hydrogen level) is the measure of how acid or alkaline your body is (2).
It affects every physiological activity in your body, including immunity, metabolism and even pain perception.
pH also plays a role in cell signalling. When your cells can’t communicate properly and perform their tasks, your body becomes prone to disease, fatigue and weight gain (3).
Each system has its ideal pH range and the health of each cell depends on how well your body can stabilize its pH levels. For example, the stomach has a pH of between 1.5 to 3.5 (4). If the stomach is too alkaline (alkalosis), digestion becomes impaired and you can begin to feel nauseous or faint (5). When the stomach is too acidic (acidosis), good bacteria are killed off and bad bacteria thrive, leading to problems like ulcers, internal bleeding and malnutrition (6).
Acidosis is a very common and underdiagnosed condition in modern times because of high levels of stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy diet and sitting all day. These are all factors that are causing the blood of most Americans to become more and more acidic. While there have been some cases of alkalosis (too alkaline) the condition is less prominent and a lot easier to correct.
When your cells get sick, so does your body. Incorporate the following tips into your daily routine to balance out your pH levels and help keep yourself in prime health.
How To Stay Balanced
To keep your body balanced, incorporate the following tips into your daily routine and remove acid build up.
- Incorporate more alkaline or neutral foods into your diets such as fruits, nuts, legumes, and vegetables.
- Reduce your intake of acidic foods by avoiding meats, fowl, and refined sugars and flours.
- If you’re planning on eating meat, make sure you to balance it out with alkalizing vegetables.
- Start your day with ACV water by incorporating 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar for every 8-12 ounces of water. Pineapple juice is also a great alternative to balance out acidity.
- Make your own pH drink and take it after acidic meals. You’ll need to combine 2 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice with ½ a teaspoon of baking soda in a tall glass and let it foam. Once foaming has subsided, add in 8-12 ounces of water and drink immediately (7).
- Eat more potassium-rich foods such as sweet potatoes, beet greens, beans and dried fruits.
- Purchase a PH test online to check your acid levels and adjust your diet until you find what’s right for you. It’s best to consult a naturopath before you attempt to monitor your pH levels on your own.
- Choose olive or coconut oil over other vegetable oils as these are less acid forming (8).
- Stay hydrated be sure to get in plenty of water each day and replenish your electrolytes after exercise or excessive sweating.
- Go green by incorporating green juices made of dark leafy vegetables into your daily diet.
- Breathe deeply by doing some simple breathing techniques to take in more oxygen and prevent respiratory acidosis (17).
- Supplement with digestive enzymes to help balance your body’s pH levels and overcome acidosis.