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Balance Your pH Levels for Better Health

June 16, 2010

It seems so hard to know what’s good for you and what’s not anymore. How do you know what to eat? Why can’t you have your favorite foods? It just doesn’t seem to make sense. And it doesn’t seem fair.

Well, here is a tip to start on the path to managing your health more proactively.

pH balance is one of the key factors to physical well being. The human body works best between the levels of 7.4 to 7.6. That means we must eat balanced amounts of alkaline and acidic foods to create the right pH level. If we don’t, the level of pH is off and the body has to compensate somehow – generally by stripping minerals from the bones or muscles leading to conditions like osteoporosis and fibromyalgia.

The standard American diet (SAD) tends to be acidic, so we are usually lacking the alkaline foods. After years of fighting to find enough of the right materials, the body starts to break down. This is when disease tends to show up.

Paying attention to your pH balance is like keeping an eye on your checking account. Just like it’s not a good idea to overspend on your checking account, deficit spending in your diet throws your pH out of balance.

By paying attention to the food you eat on a regular basis, it is possible to change physical health, sometimes dramatically.

* Cut down on animal products. Meat and dairy tend to be acidic by nature, so cutting back can help balance things out.

* Add more vegetables, especially green, leafy. Yes, you keep hearing it over again. But it’s true. The brighter the color of the veggie, even if it’s not green, the more beneficial it is. They are more alkaline in nature and help to balance you out.

* Shift coffee for green, white or red teas. Coffee is HIGHLY acidic. Did you know that in Europe, many people drink coffee with lemon, no doubt to shift the pH balance so as not to upset the natural balance in their bodies?

You don’t have to give up anything. When you know the rules of the game, you get to decide how you want to play. It’s all about BALANCE.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2010 2:18 pm

    Useful post, thank you. Is testing PH of urine using those little test sticks a relevant indicator of overall PH balance?

    • June 16, 2010 7:54 pm

      It can be helpful to get an idea of where you are. It is better to test first thing in the morning so you get an idea of your base balance.

  2. June 17, 2010 2:14 am

    Testing Your Urinary pH (from

    The pH of the urine indicates how the body is working to maintain the proper pH of the blood. The urine reveals the alkaline building (anabolic) and acid tearing down (catabolic) cycles. The pH of urine indicates the efforts of the body via the kidneys, adrenals, lungs and gonads to regulate body pH balance through the buffer salts and hormones. Urine can provide a fairly accurate picture of body chemistry, because the kidneys filter out the buffer salts of pH regulation and provide values based on what the body is eliminating. Urine pH can vary from around 4.5 to 9.0 for its extremes, but the ideal range is 6.5 to 7.0+. Urinary pH tends to be lower in the morning and higher in the evening.

  3. June 17, 2010 1:52 pm

    Many thanks.

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