The Importance of Alkalizing the Body
The first step towards great health begins with helping the body become more alkaline. The acid-alkaline balance is important, since many functions in the body occur only at a certain level of acidity or alkalinity.
Many of the body’s processes produce acid. Your lungs and kidneys can usually compensate for slight pH imbalances, but problems with these organs can lead to excess acid accumulating in your body.
A small change in the pH balance can have a profound effect on body function. A lowered muscle pH for example, leads to a decrease in muscle permeability, which blocks nutrients from entering cells. Nutritional absorption from food or supplement sources becomes compromised. When your body is more acidic than alkaline, it is more fertile for diseases to develop.
Understanding the pH levels
Sometimes the body is very acidic, without you even realizing it, which causes the nerves to become more sensitive to pain. If you happen to eat the standard American diet, then chances are your body is too acidic. If you’ve suffered from too many urinary tract infections to count, then chances are your body is too acidic.
The acidity of your blood is measured by determining its pH. A lower pH means that your blood is more acidic, while a higher pH means that your blood is more basic. The pH of your blood should be around 7.4. According to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), acidosis is characterized by a pH of 7.35 or lower.
Alkaline or acidic
To know for sure if your body is alkaline or acidic you need to run some tests. These are the steps to check in with your pH levels:
1. Obtain pH test paper
This paper measures the acid-alkaline state of any liquid. Readings at the low end of the scale indicate an acidic state, and those on the higher end a more alkaline state.
2. Always test in the morning
First thing in the morning, if possible after 6 hours of sleep without getting up to urinate, get a test strip or tear off a three-inch piece of paper from the roll. Either urinate directly on the paper or collect urine in a cup and dip the paper into the urine in the cup. Please note that first-morning urine is the most valuable pH reading according to our research. If you can’t go 6 hours without getting up to urinate, then just test the first urine in the morning when you get up for the day.
3. Read the result color
As the test paper is moistened, it will take on a color. The color relates to the acid or alkaline state of your urine and ranges from yellow to dark blue. Match the color of your test strip with the chart provided on the back of your test kit.
A number below 6.5 means that your urine is on the acid side. The lower the number, the more acidic the condition.
The ideal urine reading should be between 6.5 to 7.5.
How to alkalize your body
Becoming alkaline is very important and one of the easiest things to incorporate into your daily routine to ensure good health! Alkalizing the body requires you to replace acid-forming foods with alkaline forming foods.
Certain food groups are considered acidic, alkaline, or neutral:
- Acidic: meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, alcohol
- Neutral: natural fats, starches, and sugars
- Alkaline: fruits, nuts, legumes, and vegetables