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Understanding pH and Making Healthy Choices

February 07, 20242 min read

Did you know everything you eat and drink has a pH level? Just like a fingerprint, it reveals a unique story about its acidity or alkalinity. This scale ranges from 0 (very acidic) to 14 (very alkaline), with 7 being neutral.

Maintaining the body’s pH within a narrow range is vital for proper functioning. Our blood has a slightly alkaline pH, and even minor deviations from this range can have serious consequences. For instance, acidosis, where blood pH drops too low, can be life-threatening.

Balancing your plate (and body) with pH!

Most bottled water sits around 6, slightly acidic, while tap water leans towards neutral at 7-7.5. Understanding the pH of different foods can help you create a balanced and delicious diet that supports your overall well-being.

Fueling your body, naturally:

Fruits, vegetables, fish, eggs, and nuts are known for being more alkaline-leaning, meaning they contribute to a body environment less conducive to certain diseases. Processed foods, sugary drinks, and red meat tend to be more acidic. While your incredible kidneys work hard to maintain a healthy blood pH of 7.35-7.4, a balanced diet can support their efforts and promote overall health.

Listen to your body’s whispers:

Checking your urine pH first thing in the morning with litmus paper can offer some insights. Aim for a range of 6-8, as values outside this range might indicate a need for dietary adjustments. Remember, this is just a starting point, and consulting a healthcare professional for personalized guidance is always a good idea.

Embrace the joy of healthy eating:

Instead of focusing on “good” and “bad,” explore the diverse world of flavors and textures within the alkaline spectrum. Discover vibrant fruits and veggies, explore the protein power of nuts and legumes, and enjoy the culinary delights of fish and eggs.

Making small changes, big impact:

Start by incorporating more alkaline-rich foods into your daily routine. Swap sugary drinks for sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon, add greens to your smoothie, or experiment with new vegetarian recipes. Remember, every mindful choice contributes to a healthier and happier you!

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