6 Ways to Keep your Body’s pH Balanced

Did you know that the pH level of your blood has to remain between 7.35 and 7.45 in order for you to stay alive? It’s true! Our bodies work very hard to keep our pH level between this range. Isn’t that sweet?

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Here’s the thing: there are a lot of ways that we make this process a lot harder for our body than we should. All foods fall into two categories: alkaline and acidic. A lot of us tend to get way too many acidic foods in our diet (breads, sugar, dairy, meat, caffeine, etc.) and not nearly enough alkaline foods (fresh vegetables, most fruits, seeds, sprouted grains…). As a result, our body has to work really, really hard to balance everything out, causing stress and leaving us susceptible to all kinds of health problems.

Here are a few ways to take control and get things a little more balanced:

Control Your Breathing

Breathing is the body’s primary method of maintaining a healthy pH in the face of exercise and other acidifying environmental factors. Chronic hyperventilation frequently accompanies anxiety and stress and is a huge contributor to acidification. Overbreathing can be prevented somewhat by strengthening the heart and lungs through exercise. When the heart becomes more efficient at using oxygen, the number of breaths per minute is reduced, allowing the blood’s pH to normalize. Aerobic exercise is the best for these purposes since it directly works the breathing system.

Use Sea Salt Instead of Table Salt

Table salt is one of the most acidifying foods you can eat. In contrast, sea salt is excellent for alkalizing the body because it contains many minerals in addition to sodium. Many people also enjoy the taste of pure, unrefined sea salt, claiming that table salt is bland by comparison. It is important to use only unrefined sea salt, since many products labeled as sea salt are actually just table salt manufactured from sea water.

Putting sea salt on food is an excellent way to enjoy its benefits. Adding a pinch of sea salt to drinking water improves the flavor and strengthens its pH-balancing properties.

Eat Less Meat, More Fruit and Veggies

High-protein foods are acidifying across the board, and animal proteins such as meat are the biggest culprits of all. To balance your body’s pH, eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables with every meal.

One reason this works is that many plant foods contain high levels of potassium. Potassium has a strong alkalizing effect that helps offset the acidification that sodium causes.

High-calcium foods are also great for balancing pH. Two of the best sources of calcium are milk and cheese, but their high protein contributes to acidification. Instead, try eating more leafy green vegetables. Some, such as kale and collard greens, contain as much calcium as milk and are also low in acidifying protein.

Apple Cider Vinegar

There is a popular misconception that vinegar has an acidifying effect on the body. The truth is actually the opposite! Vinegar alkalizes the body by causing it to alkalize the blood in response to the addition of acid to the stomach. The same is true for citrus fruits and other foods containing citric acid.

To make taking vinegar as pleasant as possible, you can dilute a small amount in a glass of water. You can also drizzle apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar over salad for an alkalizing combo meal.

On a side note, white vinegar is just as effective as apple cider vinegar for alkalizing and is also much cheaper.

Eat Less Sugar

Sugar and refined flour comprise the bulk of many modern diets, but they are some of the most acidifying foods of all. Stripped of alkalizing minerals, they also deplete the body’s own mineral reserves. Acidification is only one of many harmful effects these foods have on the body, so this entire category of foods is best avoided by those interested in maintaining health.

For something sweet, have some fruit instead, which doesn’t contain high levels of sugar and doesn’t acidify the body. When you make baked goods, cook with whole grain flours, which still contain plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Use Natural Personal Care Products

I’m guessing cosmetics and personal care items weren’t even on your radar if this is the first you’re hearing about pH balance.

Unfortunately, even some of the items considered to be the best anti-aging skin care products have harmful toxins that can disrupt our pH levels. Choosing natural products is so important because our skin absorbs up to 60% of the ingredients of what we put on our skin.

Author: Melissa Cameron has two young children and loves scrapbooking and surfing the web. Her named Dave has nicknamed her a walking infomercial—ever since she first tried it, she can’t stop raving about about why people should buy Zeolite. She enjoys spending time with her elderly parents and learning new things; She is an avid research hound and loves to write.

  2 comments for “6 Ways to Keep your Body’s pH Balanced

  1. peter metcalf
    June 21, 2014 at 4:39 am

    You state that the body has to work very much harder when a person ingests acidifying foods. Yet you state that the stomach has to decrease the pH o fthe blood when there is a higher pH in the stomach. Is not that “working harder?” How is a food determined to be acidifying? Others claim that apple cider vinegar is the only one that helps keep the body alkaline because has a low pH while all other vinegars increase it because they are so acidic. I have not yet read or heard of any research (medical, that is) that supports either hypothesis. Everyone seems to be writing what they have read by other non-medical researchers, or basing their writings on hearsay.
    Thanks for getting to the bottom of this.

    • June 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Thanks Peter for your comment.

      I’m not understanding this portion of your comment: “You state that the body has to work very much harder when a person ingests acidifying foods. Yet you state that the stomach has to decrease the pH o fthe blood when there is a higher pH in the stomach. Is not that working harder?”

      You didn’t nullify anything in the article there. The article reports that consuming highly acidic foods will raise acidity levels – so as we properly stated, our body will be working harder to reach optimum pH blood levels.

      The evidence as to whether vinegar lowers pH levels is purely anecdotal – mainly because medical researchers cannot come on a consensus on this; however, many real people in online message boards have attested to using both apple cider vinegar and white distilled vinegar to lower pH levels.

      If you want to test this theory, visit your local drug store and purchase a Saliva pH Test. This is a take home test. Most are under $15. It’s fast and efficient in checking your pH blood level. This is a sure-fire way to verifying whether vinegar of any type lowers your blood pH level. Again, many people online have stated that vinegar aids in this.

      Based on your comment – you’re wanting to determine if a food is acidic. Think of the foods that cause heartburn, the foods that churn up acid in our stomach. Those are the foods to avoid. If you want a medically verified, comprehensive list of highly acidic foods, then check out this link >> http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/heartburn-foods-to-avoid

      I hope this answers your questions. Let me know if you have any other doubts, and I’ll be glad to assist.

      – James Furlan (Webmaster, LosingWeight.com, Inc.)

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