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 problems many of us can associate with, including:
Digestive Problems, Allergies, Skin Problems, Mood Disorders, Constipation, Weight Gain, Stress
Poor Health, Chronic Illness, Cancer, Hormonal Imbalance, Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Blocked Lymph Nodes
Inadequate Perspiring… and more!
Acids make us sick and tired, by causing damage and inflammation to our tissues, cells and organs, by depleting minerals from our bones, and provide a fertile environment for yeasts and diseases in our bodies.
It’s unfortunate that the food we consume is overloaded with acid-forming properties, making most people too acidic, and this is due to consuming coffee, dairy, sugar, factory farmed meat, cigarettes, alcohol, and processed foods – all of which I’m sure you consume on a daily basis.
Symptoms of acidosis include:
Loss of Consciousness
Shortness of Breath
Increased Heart Rate
Benefits of an alkaline diet
Our bodies are always at work in trying to maintain good health. If you consume a diet that is highly acidic, in order to neutralize, or increase your pH level above 7.0, your body pulls the necessary alkaline minerals from your muscles, bones, teeth and organs.
So why not assist our bodies by eating a more alkaline diet?!
Introduce more leafy greens, veggies (especially rooted crops like radishes, turnips, carrots, etc), sprouts, juicing, green smoothies and homemade soups to your meals, and notice the difference as you are providing beneficial nutrients your body needs with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes, and oxygen!
Healthy food creates healthy cells.
Is it possible to be too alkaline?
BUT, it is difficult for the body to become over-alkalized.
This condition is called alkalosis, which is rare and caused by unnatural imbalances in the body.
You can drink ionized water with a pH greater than 9.5, consume all the leafy greens to your hearts content, and live on a raw food diet, but still find your pH scale around 7.0
Over-alkalizing your body will not occur if your approach to health is completely natural, because your body will naturally create a balanced environment.
Symptoms of alkalosis include:
Confusion, Lightheadedness, Stupor, Coma, Hand Tremor, Numbness or tingling in the face, hands or feet, Twitching, Prolonged Spasms, Nausea and Vomiting.
Should you suspect you have alkalosis, you should consult your doctor and have a blood test done.
The next time you are at a health food store and come across a pH product, be sure to read any reviews (like my Santevia Alkaline Water Filtration Review), or do further research, before jumping on the trend wagon and purchasing pee strips that you will only use once, and don’t really need (for example).
Your best bet is to get a blood test done to see what your current pH is, and introduce more alkaline foods into your diet, to assist your body in regulating and neutralizing your pH level.
pH Spectrum Scale
Ever wonder about the foods you eat and where they fit within the pH spectrum scale?
Here’s a breakdown of foods (and chemicals) that fall under the acidic and alkaline scale…
Battery Acid, Gastric Acid, Lemon Juice, Cola, Vinegar
Carbonated Water, Club Soda, Energy Drinks, Orange or Apple Juice
Popcorn, Cream Cheese, Buttermilk, Prunes, Pastries, Pasta, Cheese, Pork, Beer, Wine, Black Tea, Pickles, Chocolate, Roasted Nuts, Artificial Sweeteners (Sweet and Low, Nutra Sweet)
Most Purified Water, Distilled Water, Coffee, Sweetened Fruit Juice, Pistachios, Beeg, White Bread, Peanuts, Nuts, Wheat
Milk, Fruit Juices, Most Grains, Eggs, Fish, Tea, Cooked Beans, Cooked Spinach, Soy Milk, Coconut, Lima Beans, Plums, Brown Rice, Barley, Cocoa, Oats, Liver, Oysters, Salmon
Most Tap Water, Most Spring Water, Sea Water, River Water
Apples, Almonds, Tomatoes, Grapefruit, Corn, Mushrooms, Turnip, Olives, Soybeans, Peaches, Bell Pepper, Radish, Pineapples, Cherries, Wild Rice, Apricots, Strawberries, Bananas
Avocados, Green Tea, Lettuce, Celery, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Egg Plant, Green Beans, Beets, Blueberries, Pears, Grapes, Kiwi, Melons, Tangerines, Figs, Dates, Mangoes, Papayas
Spinach, Broccoli, Artichokes, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Cucumbers, Lemons, Limes, Seaweed, Asparagus, Kale, Radish, Collard Greens, Onions
Household Ammonia, Bleach, Household Lye