The pH Factor - Essential Medical Test Print
People pay attention to various health measures such as weight, BMI, cholesterol etc but few realise the significance of pH balance in regards pain, inflammation and disease.

pH factor indicates acidic versus alkaline ratio in your body. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14. 0 is pure acid, 7 is neutral, and 14 is pure alkaline. You came into this world with an alkaline pH. It's how your body was designed and how you're meant to stay. Without exception, ALL of your organs, tissues, bones and joints work best when your blood pH is slightly alkaline (around 7.365).
If your pH is even just a little too acidic, that's when your body can begin to literally break down. Aches, pains, tumors (including cancer) and disease might afflict you.
Although a number of factors can contribute to an acid pH, (including stress, environmental toxins, lack of exercise and smoking), far and away the number one factor is your food.

An example of how high acid levels affect the body is to look at the kidney. Kidneys manufacture urine and help eliminate excess acid from the body. Blood passes through them at rate of a litre per minute. Highly acidic and toxic blood overstress the kidneys. When the kidneys do not function efficiently problems such as kidneys stones and having to use dialysis arise.

So...how do we get 7.365 pH?

4 steps to attaining and maintaining an optimal alkaline pH:
  • Step 1- Check your pH at regular intervals. You can get a saliva test or urine test kit at pharmacies or have your blood tested by a doctor.
  • Step 2- Drink pure water. Aim for at least 5-8 glasses per day. Stir in a little fresh-squeezed lemon juice to make it more alkaline if you'd like.
  • Step 3- Eat more alkaline foods. You can continue to eat some "good" acid foods that have valid nutrients, Do however ensure that those acid foods are counterbalanced by a good portion of alkaline foods. 50/50 is a good place to start, and the more alkaline, the better.
"Good" acid foods include nourishing things like:
* Eggs, * Fish, * Chicken, turkey? * Brown rice, * Yogurt, * Beef (preferably grass fed and organic)

These foods have nutrients that do benefit your body. You just need to make sure to keep them under control, and make sure they represent no more than 50% of your calories. Keep processed food, fast food and soda to a bare minimum or preferably none at all.

  • Step 4- Keep your digestion efficient
Simply put: Easy digestion = proper elimination of wastes = a more alkaline pH
Poor digestion = acid waste build-up = Sickness and a more acid pH
Without the proper enzymes for digestion, you can suffer from gas, bloating, constipation, waste build-up... and you'll have a more acidic pH!
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