Acid - Alkaline Balance
Quick ideas for alkalizing the body
a. Squeeze fresh lemon into water throughout the day. Lemon is acidic until it enters the body where it becomes very alkalizing.
b. Celtic Salt Crystals (contain 72 minerals) - This is the good salt. One can take 1/2 to 1 tsp and mix with quality water until dissolved and drink. This forces minerals into the cells, pushes out acids. These salts reduce sugar cravings. Never use common table salt which is chemically enriched.
c. If you can make fresh vegetable juices, these contain very concentrated vitamins and minerals and will alkalize and re-mineralize cells.
d. Eat a mostly alkaline food diet - see below for more info on this.
Achieving and maintaining a proper pH balance in your body is vital to your health and well-being. In its natural state, the pH of the body is slightly alkaline. It must maintain this slightly alkaline state for your very survival, and has developed complex mechanisms to ensure that this balance is maintained. Most of us are natural alkaline producers in our early years. However, as we age, the majority of us become overly acidic.
An imbalanced pH affects all cellular activity in the body; however, having balanced pH has the following benefits:
Highly Recommended: Before you embark on an alkalizing diet or supplementation program we recommend having a hair mineral analysis test done. A hair analysis can determine which important mineral elements you are deficient in or not absorbing such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium.
The hair tissue mineral analysis can measure the levels of toxic metals, including heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum, among others. Heavy metals can greatly contribute to an acidic terrain as well as be at the root of many health conditions. Each element tested is illustrated in a simple bar graph showing acceptable and unacceptable reference ranges.
In addition to telling you which essential minerals your body is lacking, has too much of, it can tell you which important mineral ratios are imbalanced due to heavy metals and other nutritional deficiencies. It also provides valuable insight into your metabolism and what dietary changes might be most helpful.
We suggest you do a hair analysis before you embark on any type of heavy metal cleansing or detoxification program so that you have a clear baseline to compare results with later on.
For more information on the hair tissue mineral analysis, please click here.
Below are 4 steps for helping your body achieve a balanced body pH.
Generally speaking, as far as diet goes, most vegetables and fruits alkalize, as do whey, yogurt, soybeans, almonds, buckwheat, millet and quinoa. All meats are acidic, as are rice, pastas, cheeses, soft drinks, coffee, alcoholic beverages, condiments, and most sweeteners except raw, unpasteurized honey.
Roughly 75 to 80 percent of your diet should consist of alkaline-producing foods. Making these changes in your diet will jump-start your health to a whole new level.
One of the best books on learning what foods to eat that alkalize and what foods to stay away from that are acidic is called The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Dr. Robert O. Young. Two other good books are The pH Balance Diet: Restore Your Acid-Alkaline Levels to Eliminate Toxins and Lose Weight by Bharti Vyas, and Alkalize or Die: Superior Health Through Proper Alkaline-Acid Balance by Dr. Theodore Baroody.
In addition to eating
an alkaline diet, alkalizing supplements are an easy way to encourage
the body's natural ability to balance pH levels. Also for those of you
who would find a water ionizer simply too expensive, and sticking to a
strict alkaline diet to difficult, there are a number of effective
One option is adding alkalizing drops to ordinary tap water to make the water alkaline. Keep in mind that alkalizing drops only alkalize the water, they do not purify the water.
Introducing AlkaLife® Alkaline Booster Drops
AlkaLife® is a patented alkaline concentrate. Mixing 4 drops of AlkaLife® solution in an 8 oz. glass of water changes ordinary drinking water to a high pH alkaline water.
With AlkaLife®, you can enjoy the benefits and taste of alkaline water without having to purchase a water ionizer/alkalizing unit. This can save you from having to put out a large amount of money at once.
A 1.2 oz. bottle can be carried conveniently in a pocket or purse.In order to get the health benefits, one should drink at least 5 glasses of high pH alkaline water a day distributed as evenly as possible.
By keeping a bottle of AlkaLife® drops with you, you can change any water, even tap water, into healthy alkaline water. Only AlkaLife® contains a patented ratio of potassium and sodium hydroxide to maintain the proper mineral ratio in the body.
Drinking high pH alkaline water elevates the stomach pH, inducing the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid. When the stomach produces hydrochloric acid it must also produce bicarbonate which goes into the bloodstream.
By adding AlkaLife® drops to your drinking water, you will be supporting the body's natural ability to eliminate harmful acidic waste which gets flushed out through the urine.
For more information and to order AlkaLife® drops, please click here.
Växa® Buffer pH™ Capsules
Another effective alkalizing supplement which we ourselves were using until we purchased a water ionizer (alkalizing machine), is Växa® Buffer pH™ Capsules.
The all-natural buffer mineral salts and homeopathic ingredients in this product are synergistically formulated to support the normal acid/alkaline balance in the body and support the body's normal detoxification processes. Besides maintaining normal pH levels in the body, Växa® Buffer pH™ Capsules also replaces minerals that have been drawn out of the body.
Buffer pH™ is a Scientific Formulation of Natural Ingredients Including:
Specifically Targeted Homeopathics: Provide electromagnetic instructions to further support the body's abilities to flush toxic wastes and rebalance body pH levels.
In A Base Of Carbonate Complexes: Specific natural alkalizing agents which are essential in establishing safe pH levels within the body's intracellular spaces, interstitial fluids and cardiovascular system.
Aloe Vera: Contains 20 amino acids and assorted peptides and alkaloids to help naturally balance pH.
Berberine Alkaloid: Helps support a healthy digestive tract and a healthy circulatory system.
Nux Vomica: Helps maintain a healthy circulatory system.
Recommended Usage: Take 6 capsules throughout the day until urinary pH balances to acceptable levels (between 6.5-7.5). Maintenance dosage is 2-4 capsules per day . Take on an empty stomach 1 hour before or after meals.
Precautions: Not for use with children. Also if you are pregnant or nursing, consult your physician. Do not store near electrical appliances.
Pure Greens™ Organic Superfood Powder
It is important to eat plenty of green vegetables in order to bring your body into an acid/alkaline balance. However, many of us don't have the time or energy to prepare the voluminous amounts of greens in order to supply the body what it needs in terms of nutrients and alkalizing benefits.
We have sampled several green drink mixes and found Pure Greens™ Organic Superfood Powder to be the most potent and best tasting "greens drink" on the market. Pure Greens™ Organic Superfood Blend has the nutritional value of 10 servings of fruits & vegetables in every scoop.
Pure Greens™ contains super foods, antioxidants, fibers, probiotics, a gentle detox blend, and a healing enzyme blend.
It comes in Crispy Apple Flavor that tastes delicious and mixes easily, even in water, without clumping.
Suggested Use: Mix 1 heaping tablespoon directly into 8 to 12 ounces of water or your favorite beverage. Blend, shake or briskly stir until fully dissolved.
Checking your pH can be beneficial for obtaining a bench mark to use as a guide in determining what you might want to change in your daily regime.
Testing your pH will determine if your body is overly acidic and may provide everyday insight into ailments such as low energy, poor digestion, joint aches, and problematic weight management.
Generally when urine pH is in the neighborhood of 6.5 to 7.0 this is considered normal. Healthy saliva pH is generally considered normal between 6.5 and 7.3.
To keep us alive our blood pH must stay between 7.35 and 7.45. To maintain this pH, the blood will push acidic waste (toxins) into the fat tissues for storage. Yes, that is where the toxins are stored in the fat cells.
Creating a more alkaline body condition is done by detoxifying the body (removing toxins which are acidic), by eating alkaline foods, alkaline forming foods, drinking slightly alkaline water and for faster results, it is most helpful to use products that will immediately flush toxins out.
What Can I Use to Test My Body's pH Balance?
pHion Balance Diagnostic pH Test Strips
To measure pH levels of the body, pHion's Diagnostic pH Test Strips are the preferred choice by doctors and practitioners. When ordinary litmus paper gets wet it bleeds, creating varying colors making it difficult to accurately match to a pH color chart.
pHion's Advanced Diagnostic pH Test Strips are comprised of a two pad color system affixed to an easy to handle plastic strip, making them more effective than litmus paper.
With pHion's Diagnostic pH Test Strips there's no paper, no bleeding and no inaccurate readings!
What Should My pH Measurement Be?
Whether you are measuring your urine or saliva pH, all measurements should be done in the morning upon waking and before eating or drinking or brushing teeth. If you're charting your pH over the course of the day, then do the test between meals.
When your urinary pH is continuously between 6.7 in the morning and 7.5 by evening, you are functioning in the healthy range. Your saliva pH should always be between 6.4 and 6.8. To test for saliva pH, you can simply put the test strip in your mouth. Saliva pH is actually a better indicator of cellular or plasma pH for the body.
Urinary pH is a less accurate method for determining body pH unless you do a series of measurements throughout the day (4-5 tests) and over the course of several days (3-5 days). Urine pH can fluctuate depending on what you've been eating or drinking in the last 24 hours alone. In fact, you are only as acid or alkaline as the last foods and drinks that were ingested.
Now you might think that the best time to test the pH balance of your urine is first thing in the morning, since you haven't likely eaten. But actually the most accurate reading is taken on the morning's second urine, prior to eating or drinking.
Blood sugar rises when you are asleep - that's why some diabetics need to take
their blood sugar levels in the middle of the night. The first morning's
urine is always more acidic because of the increase in blood sugar levels.
By the 2nd morning's urine the pH levels begin to self regulate and readings can
be more accurate.
It is also important to know that urine pH can actually measure high (7.0 or higher) when the body is in a state of high acidosis (renal acidosis) or when the body is going through a detoxification phase. Therefore, taking only one reading for urinary pH is of little value. Also note, that a high salivary pH is also indicative of an overly acidic condition. Generally speaking, as urine pH declines and salivary pH increases, the more acidic your body becomes.
Normal to Abnormal pH Ranges
Alkaline Food List - Check this link to help choose foods that are a better match for you.
Digestive distress: Always take digestive enzymes when you eat to properly break down the protein, carbohydrates and fats for optimum absorption of nutrients. Digestive enzymes are sometimes needed to reduce gas and bloating. More Info>>
These are not the only things to eat. However, if you substitute the above often in place of animal products, and other sugary substances, you will make a huge difference in your body becoming more alkaline. Cells become re-mineralized and amazing shifts can take place in your health.
What Does pH Mean?
pH stands for potential hydrogen. It is the measurement of hydrogen-ion concentration. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14…..A reading of 7.0 or above is alkaline and below 7.0 is acidic. The higher a pH reading the more oxygen is in the fluid you are testing and the lower the pH reading indicates less oxygen and more acid.
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (ideal range) 7.5 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Water is the driving force behind all forms of life. Our bodies are over 70 percent water and all of our body fluids contain it. Even the food we eat is predominantly made of water. Water adjusts the body's temperature and through urination and perspiration rids the body of toxins. Health authorities recommend that we drink at least 64 ounces (8 glasses) of water per day to attain proper hydration.
Most of us are dehydrated and dehydration can lead to great physical impairment. Dehydration is especially prevalent among men and women over forty years of age. For the body to function properly, it is imperative that it be properly hydrated.
Drinking enough water is vital, but it is important to know the type of water we are drinking. Tap water is treated with many chemicals like chlorine and flouride, which are toxins to the body. Many people drink spring water or bottled water, which is often purified through reverse osmosis, or distillation. However, many of the bottled waters on the market we have tested were actually acidic, as is distilled water. This is because when the minerals are removed the water loses its alkalinity.
The best water to drink is alkalized or ionized water, which is produced by running normal tap water over a positive (anode) and a negative (cathode) electrode. This creates positive and negative ions in the water that are then separated, creating two different waters, one that is alkaline and one that is acidic. To ionize simply means to gain or lose an electron. Basically, the ionization process robs an electron from one molecule and donates or transfers it to another molecule.
Alkaline and acid water, although very different, each have their benefits. Alkaline water is for flushing out internal toxins, scavenging free radicals, and oxygenating the body. Acid water, which is really a by-product of ionizing water, can be used externally for cleansing the skin, cleaning any surface and watering your plants.
There are a number of water ionizers on the market that can divide your tap water into acid and alkaline water. The water ionizers were developed in Japan in the 1950's and they were approved by the Japanese Government as "health improvement medical devices".
Water ionizers are the "cadillac" of reversing acidity, for not only do they alkalize, they also create water that has superior antioxidant abilities. According to Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD, and author of the book "Detoxify or Die", ionized water is such a good free radical scavenger that it performs as well as the primary antioxidant enzymes that the body makes, namely superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase.
And it does an even better job than SOD, because SOD produces hydrogen peroxide, which then has to be neutralized. Ionized water does not produce this unwanted free radical. As well, alkalized water scavenges for more than four types of free radicals.
Thus, ionized water has several functions: It purifies the water, alkalizes the water, and neutralizes free radicals.
The other great thing about a water ionizer is that you use it with ordinary tap water, giving you an endless supply of purified, alkaline antioxidant water. The drawback is that a water ionizer can be expensive. However, we have found a manufacturer who will give the readers of this web site a significant discount on the purchase of a water ionizer/purifier. The ionizer is called Akai Ionizer Plus® from Japan and imported by High Tech Health, Inc.
The Ionizer Plus® water has the reputation of being the best ionizer on the market. Many health professional recommend this brand of water ionizer to their patients and customers.
We ourselves tried an alkalizer from a different company before switching over to High Tech Health. We found the taste of the water from their machine to be much smoother and "wetter", which makes it easier to drink and enjoyable.
The special filter used in the Ionizer Plus unit is the strongest on the market and will last for a usage of 6000 liters of alkaline water (enough for 2 years on average). We drink alkaline water daily, and no longer need special alkalizing supplements as a result.
Special Offer: High Tech Health has offered readers of this website a special discount of $300.00 off the regular retail purchase price of the Akai® Ionizer Plus water ionizer.
The Ionizer Plus has the quality level at or above any of the most expensive electrolyzers that sell in the $4,000 or higher range.
For more information on the water ionizer/filter and its health benefits please call High Tech Health directly at 1-800-794-5355 or 303-413-8500 and ask to speak to one of their product specialists. You can also click on the link below for more information.
Remember to mention our name Evenbetternow, LLC when ordering the water ionizer (or their saunas) to receive your special discount. As well, High Tech Health offers a 30 day money-back satisfaction guarantee, so you can try it risk free.
6 Reasons a Balanced pH is Critical for the Body:
Frequently Asked Questions About pH Balance
What is "pH"?
The body is largely made up of water. This water can have either acid or alkaline properties which are measured by a graduated scale called pH (for "potential hydrogen"), wherein 1.0 to 6.9 is considered acidic, 7.0 is neutral, and 7.1 to 14.0 is alkaline. The lower the pH number, the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH number, the greater the alkalinity.
Why should I be concerned about my pH levels?
The pH level in our body has profound effects on all body chemistry, health and disease. Indeed, the management of pH is so important that the body has developed strict accounting procedures to monitor acid-alkaline balances in every cell. Extended pH imbalances are not well tolerated by the body – if the pH deviates too far to the acid side, cells become poisoned by their own toxic wastes.
Is an imbalanced pH really that dangerous?
Yes, indeed it is! Nothing does well in an overly acidic pH medium, least of all the human body! Just as acid rain can destroy a forest, an imbalanced pH continuously corrodes all body tissues, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of our veins and arteries like corrosives eating into marble.
What causes pH to become imbalanced?
Most diets cause an unhealthy acid pH. In fact, diet appears to the major influence in maintaining appropriate pH levels throughout the body. Certain foods are "acid-forming" in nature, including most meats, sweets and starches, and others are "alkaline-forming", including most vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits.
How do I test my body's pH?
One of the easiest ways to test the body's pH balance is to use pH test strips. You can get pH paper (also called hydrazine paper) in most drug stores; however, it sometimes lacks accuracy. The best pH test strips we have found are made by VAXA®, and they have the reputation of being the most accurate on the market.
By testing your pH with test strips, you can determine quickly and easily, in the privacy of your own home, what your pH is. They can be used to determine your urinary pH, which is generally a good indicator of how acidic or alkaline your total body pH is. When urinary pH is continuously between 6.5 in the morning and 7.5 by evening, you are functioning in the healthy range.
How do I rebalance my pH?
First, change your diet to include more foods that alkalize and less acidic foods – a large portion of your diet should consist of fresh vegetables and other alkalizing foods. Next, add supplements that alkalize to the diet to help your body return to a natural state of health.
In conclusion, be patient with yourself. Listen to your inner knowing, and allow that soft voice to guide you with where to start…i.e. alkaline water, food changes, supplements. Start with a few things and then each week add in something new. Whatever pace you take to begin this process of detoxifying the body and restoring your pH will be good enough.
This process has personally taken me many, many months before I began to feel good again. People who are less toxic than I was, seem to have quicker results. Now it has become a lifestyle, but I was quite depressed for the first few months as i went through the process - all of that is a memory now.
Many blessings to you on your journey to restoring abundant health.
I-AM Perfectly Healthy is not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your holistic physician, MD, ND…or a holistic veterinarian for your pets. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical problems. This information is provided for education purposes only.