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The Right Balance – How to Maintain the Correct pH Balance

Written By Go Vita

The Right Balance

Maintaining the correct pH balance in your body plays a key role in your health.

Your body functions best in a slightly alkaline state. An overly acidic body can lead to poor body function and sub-optimal health. The correct pH balance, however, supports the body to perform at the best of its biochemical ability, resulting in vitality, energy and mental clarity. Acidity and alkalinity are measured according to the pH (potential of hydrogen) scale. On this scale of 0 to 14, 0 is the most acidic and 14 is the most alkaline. The ideal pH range for the human body falls in between 7.0 to 7.4. 

However, the pH range in the body is in a constant state of flux. Every metabolic function, from breathing and digestion to energy production and stress, will create acidic by-products and force the body towards acidosis. Acidosis is a condition in which body chemistry becomes unbalanced and overly acidic. Regularly testing your pH is the only way of knowing how acidic your body is.

Symptoms associated with low to severe acidosis:

  • Lack of energy/fatigue, weight gain

  • Muscle aches and pains

  • Frequent colds and flu

  • Gout

  • Arthritis

  • Excess mucus production

  • Anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Poor skin health 

  • Indigestion. 

Also of concern is that any elevation of acidity in the body will increase inflammation and trigger soft tissue degeneration and bone loss.

What you can do

A basic rule of thumb to achieve the right pH balance in your body is to eat 80 per cent alkaline-forming foods. The other 20 per cent should be acid-forming foods (see “Are you getting enough?”). In addition, drink 2-3 litres of water daily. Unfortunately, the modern Western diet – with its non-raw and processed foods, over-reliance on animal and refined grain products, and too much sugar, salt, caffeine, artificial ingredients and alcohol – is a recipe for over-acidity. The good news is that it is easy to change. If you don’t feel well, you can use a quality pH test kit (see “What’s your number?”). If the test kit indicates that your body is too acidic, you can eat more alkaline-forming foods and omit acid-forming foods from your diet. Do this until another pH test shows you have returned to normal levels.

Eat more raw alkalising foods

Raw foods, especially raw leafy greens, can maintain the correct acid/alkaline balance in the body. They are also richer in nutrients and easily assimilated by the body. If your diet is inadequate, a booster shot of Vital Greens powder in your morning smoothie or juice can help speed up the process.

Avoid the acid-makers

Do not overcook vegetables; limit all processed foods and animal protein. Avoid acidic drinks and snacks. 

What’s your number?

To discover your body’s pH, buy a NatraChoice, Are you 7+ pH test kit at Go Vita. These recyclable pH test strips are easy to use and can be used to test urine or saliva pH. They can give consistent and accurate results in under two seconds. Note: The use of pH test strips is not intended to replace the advice of your health practitioner.

Are you getting enough?

All fresh vegetables, especially raw leafy green vegetables, help balance the acid/alkaline levels within the body. Raw is best, and cooking foods reduces its effectiveness to some degree. Eat fruits in moderation. Although it might seem that citrus fruits would be acidifying, lemons have an alkalising effect in the body. Try it in a glass of water to start your day. Remember to test your pH first, for a few days, then see which foods work best for you to lower your acidity while continuing to check each day. Speak to your healthcare practitioner to discuss the best foods for you.

28 raw and unprocessed foods to help reduce acidity and inflammation:

  1. Almonds 

  2. Apples

  3. Avocadoes

  4. Bananas

  5. Brazil nuts

  6. Broccoli

  7. Capsicum

  8. Celery

  9. Coconut – virgin, cold-pressed/unprocessed

  10. Cucumber

  11. Dates

  12. Grapefruit

  13. Horseradish

  14. Kale

  15. Lettuce

  16. Lemons

  17. Lima beans

  18. Limes

  19. Molasses

  20. Mushrooms

  21. Onions

  22. Pomegranate

  23. Potatoes

  24. Soy products – fermented

  25. Spinach

  26. Spirulina

  27. Sprouts

  28. Watercress




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