Test Your Body pH
The alkalinity and acidity of our bodies can be easily measured at home. pH test strips are available from online and local health food stores. Self-testing is usually done first thing in the morning, before drinking or eating anything. It involves applying saliva or urine to a strip of pH test paper. The color of the test paper is compared to the pH color chart that comes with the test kit. Once you’ve determined if your body chemistry is too acidic or too alkaline, you can determine which foods you should eat to help reach a healthy pH.
Eat your way to a healthy body pH
The foods, beverages, supplements, and medications we consume have a mildly, moderately, or highly acid-forming effect when ingested, or they can have the opposite effect and be mildly, moderately, or highly alkaline-forming. Highly acidic foods not only alter our body pH, but are inflammatory. To reach a healthier level, it is important to eat a variety of whole, nutritious foods instead of processed, refined foods. When your body pH is overly acidic, reducing the consumption of highly acid-producing foods, and increasing your daily intake of alkaline-forming foods should help you achieve a healthy pH.
Some foods like lemons are acidic, but when consumed, like most fruits, it has an alkaline-producing effect. Balancing your pH is important to prevent disease.
Water is generally neutral with a pH of 7.0. Spring water with its naturally occurring minerals can be slightly alkaline. Purified or distilled bottled waters often have a lower pH in the acidic range. To check the pH of your favorite bottled water.
Highly Acid-Forming Foods: alcohol, artificial sweeteners, black tea, cocoa, coffee, corn, cranberries, legumes, lentils, meat, milk, oatmeal, plums, shellfish, soft drinks, sugar and sugary foods, refined grains, wheat flour and wheat-based products: bread, noodles, pasta, and pizza.
Aspirin, tobacco, and most drugs are also acid-forming.
Alkaline-Forming Foods: almonds, apples, avocados, most berries, citrus, coconut, dates, and most fresh fruits, broccoli, cabbage, garlic, onions, spinach, lettuce, greens and most fresh vegetables, Himalayan sea salt, sprouts, sprouted bread and wraps, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and non-dairy almond milk.
In addition to eating alkaline-producing foods, you can help reduce an acid pH imbalance by consuming these beverages.
- Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of spring water and drink it to neutralize the acidity of your body.
- Start your morning with a large glass of natural spring water with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt.
- Drink a green vegetable drink with a pinch of sea salt.
- Proprietary mineral blends in ionized water are available from natural health sources to add to your beverages to balance your pH.
How often do you test your body's pH?
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans.