Since the beginning of the year, many family and friends have noticed that I carry a water bottle with an alkaline stick in it. I explain the benefits of the stick, which add essential minerals to my water, as opposed to regular filtered water, via Britta, or any other water “filtration” system.
You can read more information on the Santevia Alkaline Stick within my Santevia Alkaline Water Filtration Review article.
While attending health shows, and health food stores, I realized people are picking up on the importance of maintaining optimal health through our body’s pH, but wondered if they (you) actually understand, and this is where I am here to help :)
What is pH?
pH stands for “power of hydrogen”
Without getting all scientific, pH simply measures the alkaline and acidic levels in our bodies.
You may have seen pH scales similar to the one below, which run from 0-14.
** Be sure to check out the pH spectrum scale at the bottom of this post, to see what foods you are currently eating, and where they fit on the scale.
Neutral pH is 7.0, pH greater than 7 is alkaline and pH lower than 7 is acidic
Why is pH important?
The most important measurement of pH is in your blood, and keeping your blood in an alkaline range is most beneficial in maintaining good health.
Our bodies find a balance between alkaline and acidity with the help of our hard working organs, which try to create an alkaline environment if you are overly acidic. When we make poor lifestyle choices, or are affected by a toxic environment, our bodies are put into overdrive to work twice as hard.
For optimal health, our bodies need to be between 7.365 and 7.45 on the pH scale, which is slightly alkaline.
Being too acidic
Being acidic can cause the following problems: