Balancing Your Body's pH Levels
By Liz Barrington, Natural Body Healing
imbalances within the body generally occur due to our diet,
dehydration and/or the quality of water we drink,
if we have little or no exercise, our exposure to toxicity and 'electro smog'
and pollution, plus psychological
stresses. These factors often lead to imbalances of water and
blood sugar levels, hormonal levels and also our bodily pH levels.
years, more and more health professionals firmly believe that we
must look at the importance of pH balance as the first
line of defence against sickness and disease.
our diet, for instance, and let's look at how changes to what we now eat have
greatly impacted our body's general state of well-being.
in prehistoric times, we used to eat primarily an 'alkalising'
vegetarian diet comprising of berries, shrubs, algae, sea
vegetables, roots and leaves which are fabulous for keeping the
right bodily pH levels required by our bodies to function
through the domestication of our livestock, mass production and
through industrialisation, our diets have dramatically changed
over the last several hundred years. During this time,
we've been heavily consuming meat, grains, sugar, salt, alcohol
and dairy, which are each hugely acidic when digested by the
As a result,
because our internal organs, muscles and cells etc can only
function properly when they are within a more alkaline
environment, the body
struggles to adjust to such extreme amounts of acidity that is
continuously being consumed on a daily basis.
more recent years, our bodies have also been bombarded with
processed, ready-made foods that contain even greater amounts of
sugar, salt, dairy and unhealthy fats - all of which are hugely
acidic and which cause many
of the health problems that we see today.
Does Our Body Need To Be More Alkaline Than Acidic?
Well, an imbalance of acidity/alkalinity creates a
favourable condition for bacteria growth, yeast and other
harmful organisms and it also weakens our immune system. All cells that make up the human body are
slightly alkaline, and therefore they must maintain some
alkalinity to function and remain healthy.
We rely on absorbed nutrients to build
our body's tissues, fluids and
other substances and to breakdown substances that are used as
energy, or to form waste by-products.
These ongoing processes are
generically known as the body's 'metabolism'. Our body's
metabolism heavily relies
on the actions of enzymes, hormones and other biochemical
reactions every second of the day and night.
alkaline cell performs its task of respiration, it continues to secrete
metabolic wastes which are acidic in nature. The by-product of this cellular activity which gives the cell energy and function,
in itself creates 'acidic' waste. Although these wastes
are used for cellular energy and function, they mustn't be
allowed to build up, which they can often do especially around
joints and in muscles.
example is the often painful lactic acid, created through
exercise, which is often experienced in the form of 'cramps'.
The body goes to great lengths to attempt to neutralise and detoxify these
acids before they become toxins within and around the cell,
which would change the healthy cellular environment.
therefore depends on the body being in equilibrium and operating at the right pH
level, so that every body function
can work harmoniously.
An imbalance in the body's pH levels can affect
all major body
systems - especially the digestive (liver,
gall bladder), intestinal (colon
and small intestine), circulatory and
particular, which each depend upon pH balance to function well.
Also, many vital bodily functions, including enzyme activity and hormone balance are completely
dependent upon the body maintaining healthy pH levels that
should range from between 6.4 to 6.8 for saliva, and 6.0 to 7.5 for
pH imbalance disturbs the oxygen affinity of
haemoglobin in the blood (the blood cell's ability to collect and
transport oxygen around the body).
The more acidic we become, the harder it is for oxygen to
be present and our biological terrain becomes more anaerobic. Without adequate oxygenation, unfriendly bacteria, viruses,
moulds and fungus flourish. This is commonly known as
Because the body can only function properly when the internal
environment is alkaline in nature, a state of 'acidosis' forces the body to borrow
minerals including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from
vital organs and bones to buffer the acid and safely remove it
from the body. This process can severely weaken these
organs and bones over time, and further stresses the body by
utilising its vital energy sources.
it has begun, the condition of
acidosis within the body is like a 'descending spiral of
stress'. Acidity causes inflammation.
Inflammation causes pain. Pain causes stress.
Stress causes acidity.
In fact, EVERY disease in
the body actually turns the body even more acidic. Stress,
sugar, alcohol, caffeine, high protein diets, excessive exercise
and medication also create greater acidity levels within our
Such is the state of our diets and
lifestyles, according to the latest research, the body now
stores huge amounts of acidity in our fat cells, just to protect
our kidneys from overworking and also to prevent kidney failure.
Body acidity levels therefore also
play a major factor in putting on weight
and increasing body
mentioned, body acidity also
weakens the immune system which can lead to an overgrowth of
fungal or yeast infections such as thrush and athletes foot,
viruses, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDs and even
The modern diet results in our bodies have a low pH
(acidic) level hence the
importance of consuming pH-balancing nutritional supplementation,
along with changing your diet accordingly.
If you do suffer with an
entrenched yeast or fungal infection, it is strongly recommended
that you take the following supplements:
Caprylic Acid Combination
Garlic as these powerful
supplements all fight yeasts and fungus, replenish the
beneficial organisms in the bowel, and so help strengthen the
How Can We
Reverse This 'Descending Spiral of Stress'?
As mentioned already, a correctly pH-balanced body is essential as
it enables proper metabolic function and allows the body to function
'alkalising' dietary changes to your body's pH levels can
lead to weight loss, a reduction in joint inflammation, reduced
gastric problems, increased energy
levels, reduced arthritic symptoms, better sleep patterns,
improved youthful looking skin, faster healing of the body,
stronger hairs, bones and teeth, and much more.
Simple lifestyle and dietary changes
that correct pH levels can also help contribute to
a balance in homeostasis and to keeping your
harmony. For example, drinking warm water with fresh lemon
first thing in the morning, and then intermittently during
the day (in addition to drinking plain filtered water throughout
the day), and also taking in deep breaths during the day can really help support a more healthily balanced 'internal
environment' for your body.
To help restore the correct pH balance in the body,
you should aim to eat 80% alkaline-forming
foods and 20% acid-forming foods every day in your diet.
80% alkaline-forming foods - examples include:
lentils, blackberries, raspberry, pineapple, strawberries, limes, grapefruit, mangoes, asparagus, onions,
vegetable juices (excl tomato), broccoli, garlic, grapes, berries,
apples, pears, almonds, radishes, yams, endives, beetroots, celery, lettuce,
organic carrots, ginger, cantaloupe melon, bean sprouts,
almonds, cashews, chestnuts, millet, quinoa, goats milk,
apple cider vinegar, bananas, oranges, fresh ginger root, watermelon, avocados,
mandarin oranges, tangerines, horse-radish root, pumpkin
seeds, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, kiwi fruit, oats, wild rice,
chestnuts, natural olives, green leafy
vegetables, sea vegetables, sea salt, natural still mineral water,
Liquid Chlorophyll is a great tonic for alkalising the
body and it also helps to cleanse and strengthen the blood.
Another useful natural supplement that can help alkalise the
Kelp & Hops Combination,
Barley Grass and also
foods (you should considerably limit your intake of
these, small portions only), examples include:
Cranberries, prunes, peanuts,
fried potatoes, beans, seeds,
walnuts, meat, fish, dairy, nuts, eggs, tea, coffee,
vegetable oils and fats, fried foods, sugar, refined/processed foods eg. White bread, rice and pasta, fizzy soft drinks, fizzy water,
processed meats, processed pies, cakes and pastries, ALL alcohol, soy
milk, most grains, tomatoes, carrots, couscous, lobster, mussels,
shrimps, hazelnuts, soy beans, red wine vinegar, white vinegar
the dietary changes, it's important to reduce your intake of sugars, dairy,
meat, refined and processed foods, caffeine intake and alcohol,
and eat PLENTY of green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits
throughout the day to
help your body get back into balance again.
Despite following these recommendations, if
you do find that your body is still overly acidic, you perhaps
should consider strengthening your
urinary system. Some of the many
functions of the urinary system (kidneys, urethra and bladder)
include producing and removing waste in the form of urine,
and regulating the amount, alkalinity or acidity and consistency
of body fluids.
of a weakened urinary system include aching teeth, brittle bones
and joints (primarily lower back, knees and ankles), hair loss,
poor circulation, fluid retention, swollen tongue, dark circles
around eyes, puffy eyes and frequent urination. Nature's
Juniper and Parsley Combination
is the key product for strengthening the urinary system.
In addition to
strengthening the urinary system, you may want to consider some
further important points in your quest for balancing your body's pH
First thing in the morning, BEFORE
anything else, drink a cup of hot water and lemon - it helps
alkalise the body and kick-start the liver for the day
ahead! Continue drinking this throughout the day if
Adding a level teaspoon of Bicarbonate of
Soda or Baking Powder to a little water and drinking this
each day will help too. Similarly, so will adding some
apple cider vinegar to water and drinking that throughout
Exercising produces more acid in the body, so you should
undertaking excessive exercise for long periods.
and yoga are great for your body because deep-breathing and the
increased intake of oxygen is more
alkaline-forming, which is also good for restoring relaxation, balance and
harmony to your body.
Regularly testing your body's pH levels to
ensure you are within the healthy limits. You can have a go at testing your own body's pH
levels several times throughout the day, by using pH Testing Strips
which are available from most pharmacies or health shops.
magnetised filtered water and then adding
Liquid Chlorophyll which
much better for you and can help establish pH balance
and harmony in the body and encourage healthy bowel flora.
The most accurate time to test the saliva and
urine samples is first thing in the morning, before the teeth
are brushed or any food or fluid is consumed.
However, if you do decide to check the
pH level in your urine, please do not test the very first
urine of the day, as this is a lot more acidic than normal;
test the next urine sample, to be taken during mid-flow.
Please bear in mind that your body changes every second of the
day, depending on what you've eaten, your activity, what
energies are around you and the levels of toxins that you're
being exposed to.
Similarly, your pH levels will fluctuate
during the course of the day, so you'll need to
take an 'average' reading which should be maintained around an
average pH level of 6.5 for
both urine and saliva readings.
you do suffer with your health, the chances are that your pH
levels are imbalanced so you
should seriously consider adjusting your diet, strengthening
your urinary system and by following the recommendations
By focusing on alkalising your body from
now on to maintain correct bodily pH levels, you'll be
able to regain much improved health, with greater energy and
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