Hi! I hope everyone has had a killer weekend! Today on the blog, we’re talking pH because it’s an important principle that can really improve health for some people and is just a good thing to know as a general guideline for living, Sooo what is it? pH means power of hydrogen, which is the measure of hydrogen ion concentration in the bod pod. The pH scale goes from 1 to 14 and smack dab in the middle at 7 is neutral. The pH balance is the balance between acid and alkaline in the body. Ideally, the pH should be 7.4 which is slightly alkaline. Now I’m sure you want to know what your pH is, so don’t worry, there are ways you can test it at home by peeing on a strip. Yep.
We need to consume both acid and alkaline foods to maintain an equilibrium in the body, but the common American diet is much more acidic than alkaline which means many of us are experiencing an acidic condition. Why does it matter that we are slightly alkaline? Because too much acidity causes problems. When there is a lack of alkaline minerals coming in through fresh clean foods, the acidic conditions in the body will cause major inflammation of the organs. Most digestive issues like heartburn, bloating, indigestion, and nausea are due to excess acid in the GI area. An acid environment is also the perfect breeding ground for yeast, cancer cells, parasites, and viruses to flourish. When we continue to eat acidic foods, we deplete our bodies’ alkaline minerals like sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which causes a mineral deficiency. Over time, this can lead to osteoporosis because those minerals are leached from the bones to offset the acidity. To correct this condition and move the blood back to an alkaline pH, we need to maximize and consume the alkaline foods in a greater quantity than acidic foods. So what are our best friend foods to do this?
LAND VEGGIES – greens, sprouts, herbs, cucumbers, cruciferous veggies, asparagus, onions, green beans, beets, celery, sweet potatoes, garlic
OCEAN VEGGIES– Agar, arame, dulse hijiki, kelp, kombu, nori, sea palm, wakame
GLUTEN FREE GRAIN-LIKE SEEDS - Millet, quinoa, amaranth
HERBS + THEIR TEAS
FRUITS – All fresh fruits are alkaline with the exception of plum. Including nature’s buttah, the avocado J
RAW ACV (apple cider vinegar)
SOAKED + SPROUTED ALMONDS
OILS – olive, flax, coconut, avocado, grapeseed, butter
SOY – fresh soybeans
These foods are all alkaline and powerful tools in getting your pH to a more neutral spot. This is a HUGE reason I love juice and have been making it for years and years. It’s such an easy way to get a concentrated mega dose of highly alkaline greens into your body. Note that you don’t have to eat ONLY these foods and create entirely alkaline meals. These foods should just be the predominate portion of your plate when you’re trying to drop the acid. For example, instead of having a big piece of fish with rice, do a smaller piece of fish with a larger portion of sautéed veggies or a big raw green salad with avocado. If you usually have oatmeal for breakfast, try a quinoa bowl with berries and almonds. These foods are totally yummy when you get creative!
Now, here’s the ACID gang:
ANIMAL PROTEINS – beef, poultry, eggs, fish, shellfish, lunch meats
DAIRY – milk, yogurt, cheese
GRAINS (except millet, quinoa, and amaranth)
OILS – sunflower, corn, cottonseed, soybean, canola, peanut, anything hydrogenated
NUTS (except almonds)
SOY – soy protein, soy flour, soymilk
Remember – these foods aren’t “bad” and you don’t have to avoid these entirely. Some of these foods are really nutritious too, like nuts, seeds, and beans. You just need to shift your portions when you’re trying to alkalize so 75-80% of your plate is alkaline and the other 20-25% can be acidic.
BUT! It’s not just food that causes acidity. Here are some lifestyle + other factors that can contribute to an acid condition in the bod pod:
- COMPLICATED FOOD COMBINATIONS
- DRUG USE
- NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
- LACK OF SLEEP
You can combat all of these by making simple lifestyle tweaks. Try meditating if you’re stressed out. Shut your stuff down and go to bed earlier if you’re sleep deprived. Try exercising or taking yoga to squash negative emotions. Cook at home more to control what food combinations you’re having at mealtimes and practice better portion control. When you alkalize your body you’ll see really good stuff happen and it’s worth taking the time and effort to make these changes.
I hope you learned a thing or two about the pH balance and how to improve yours if you’re experiencing acidity. If you have any questions/comments, leave them below!!
Have a great week!