Stress, inflammation and chemical imbalance throw the body into dis-ease, which, when measured and monitored early, can lead to prevention! It’s all about body chemistry, pH actually. If your body chemistry (pH levels) is conducive to health, your mind is clearer, your body moves freely and easily, and you feel great! By doing things to keep your body in that happy pH place, you also get more oxygen to your cells, reduce systemic inflammation and prevent acute and chronic illness.
What is the pH happy place?
Let’s take a quick trip back to middle school chemistry. Remember the pH scale that ranged from 0-14 with 0-7 being acidic and 7-14 being basic? It’s the same principle!
Put simply, if the pH of your body is too acidic, there is not enough oxygen and other good stuff flowing, which creates an environment that is welcoming to bacteria, yeast, and viruses. This chemistry also allows inflammation and weakens the immune system along with other systems in your body.
However, when the body is more alkaline or above 7.0 on the pH scale, you know you’re in healthy territory, starving the colds and viruses and feeding the cells that fight off disease and inflammation. Lucky 7 keeps you feeling your best! Ideally, a pH of 7.2 on the pH scale is healthiest for all your systems and cells.
How do I know my pH?
You can measure it at home for almost pennies! Using pH paper, like this one, you can test your pH by placing it under your tongue for a few seconds or in your urine stream to get a read.
if you’re around 7.2, you’re on a roll!
If you’re below 7.2, that’s ok! It’s temporary and within your control to change!
pH-Balanced Best Practices
- Choose foods, drinks and lifestyle habits that reduce the acidity in your body
- Reduce coffee, soda, alcohol, sugar, dairy, processed foods
- Invest in organic fruits and veggies, particularly those on the Dirty Dozen
- Choose organic, free-range and cage-free chicken, eggs, and red meat
- Opt for sustainably farmed fish and organic dairy
- Drink more water!
- Mind your mental garden (more on this coming soon!) by being intentional and mindful of where your energies are spent
- Spend time exercising, like walking, jogging, playing tennis or doing yoga
- Set aside 15 minutes a day (or however much you can) for quiet reflection time
- Many individuals reap significant benefits from meditating, journaling, developing an affirmation practice or taking a quiet walk in the woods in as little time as a few weeks!
Your pH is information that you can use to know when and how to adjust your lifestyle towards healthier habits.
Your pH is not the be-all-end-all metric for your health, and of course, it is no substitute for blood work and other labs that are crucial in the management of your health, particularly if you are managing a chronic disease.
The Best Practices we discuss above provide a myriad of benefits that reduce stress, aid in weight loss and weight management, prevent disease, manage chronic pain and bolster mental health.
Adopt just a few and see what a difference they make in your health by simply measuring your pH!
Do you already manage your health by your pH? Share your best practices with us below!