How to Naturally Alkaline the Body and Balance pH Level
Naturally balancing body pH levels is very important in achieving and maintaining
optimal health. Dr. Michael Romero is a physiologist at the Mayo Clinic
and a firm believer in balanced pH levels. If pH levels are too low or
too high, death will be inevitable.
Acid is a natural by-product
of fats breaking down in the body and from specific body processes.
Since the body’s optimum pH is 7.4, it will always attempt to balance
the body by neutralizing the acid. Imbalances in body pH, however
slight, can lead to health issues and even death.
How to Test Your pH Levels
attempting to balance the pH levels in the body, it’s important to know
what the current pH is. pH testing strips, available at health stores,
will show current pH levels. Healthy saliva pH levels range between 6.5
and 7.5. Since the body naturally likes a pH of 7.4, it is recommended
to keep the body pH slightly alkaline.
Eating More Alkaline Foods to Raise pH Levels in the Body
the body is not pH balanced it can either mean the acidity is too high
or the alkaline is too high. Most North Americans prefer certain foods
that are acidic in natural and as a result, people usually are too high
To increase the alkaline in the body, eating foods
like fruits and vegetables is recommended. During this first step of
alkaline restoration, alkaline foods should account for 80 percent of
the daily diet. Other foods high in alkaline are: vegetable juices,
broccoli, garlic, celery, parsley, raisins, dried figs, lemon water and
Eat Less Acidic Foods to Lower pH Levels in the Body
like carbohydrates, cheeses and meats are often acidic in nature. To
first get the body pH balanced, acidic food intake needs to be reduced
and only account for 20 percent of the daily diet. Common acidic foods
include: pickled vegetables, pork, veal, beef, canned tuna and sardines,
shellfish, peanuts, walnuts, processed cheeses, black tea, coffee and
Adding Chlorophyll to Water to Increase Alkaline Levels
is very alkaline and can be added to a glass of water to help raise
alkaline levels. Other products exist at health stores that work in the
same fashion. Simply add to water and drink.
Herb Teas Alkalize the Body and Balance pH Levels
herb teas are alkaline in nature and can be useful in raising alkaline
levels in the body. Replacing coffee with herb teas will also aid in
lowering acidity while increasing alkaline levels in the body. Some herb
teas known to be alkaline are: Green Tea, Dandelion Tea, Ginseng Tea
and Banchi Tea.
Maintain Desired pH Levels in the Body
pH is at the desired range, the daily diet can be modified slightly to
maintain a proper pH balance. Alkaline foods will be required to account
for 60 percent of the diet, while acidic foods can be up to 40 percent.
pH should be tested twice a week to make sure pH is still balanced.
information contained in this article is for educational purposes only
and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the
opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his
or her health should contact a doctor for advice.
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Trans4mind. "Balancing Acid/Alkaline Foods "(accessed October 1, 2010)
Natural Health School. "pH Balance"(accessed October 1, 2010)
Pure Liquid Gold. "Blood pH"(accessed October 1, 2010)
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