The human body is largely made up of water. A graduated scale known as “pH – potential hydrogen” measures how this water-based medium can have either acid or alkaline properties.
The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic. A pH greater than 7 is basic. The lower the pH number, the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH number, the greater the alkalinity.
Balanced pH levels are extremely important for a healthy body. An imbalanced pH may affect all regulatory mechanisms such as breathing, circulation, digestion and hormonal production. In addition, an imbalanced pH continuously corrodes all body tissues, slowly affecting veins and arteries.
So, how do you test yourself and how often should you do it?
You can test your pH levels with pH test strips, generally affordable and easy-to-use. You can quickly determine if your medium level is acid or alkaline. Most products test your urinary pH, which is a good indicator of your total body pH.
Follow this simple rule: if your pH levels are in between 6.5 and 7.5, you are in the healthy zone. Under 6.5, your pH is too acid. Above 7.5, your pH is too alkaline. Unless you have a serious condition or are experiencing a specific problem, testing may be done on a monthly basis.
What are the alkaline-forming foods? Most fruits and vegetables are in this group such as cucumbers, spinach, mushrooms, squash, celery, tomatoes, carrots and ginger.
What are the acid-forming foods? Most high protein foods and all carbohydrates are in this group such as hamburgers, ham, oysters, rice, chocolate, pork, chicken, coffee and tea.
pH scale credit: Environment Canada www.ns.ec.gc.ca
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