How is Your Body Acid/Alkaline Balance?

Nature and the soil require a careful balance of acid and alkali so that growth, health and rejuvenating plant life can occur. And just like plants, human beings are subject to the same laws of nature and need to watch the alkali and acid balance in their bodies in much the same way a horticulturalist or soil specialist will measure the acid/alkali balance of the soil in the garden.

pH Balance of your body

This acid and alkali balance is commonly known at your pH balance or “the potential of Hydrogen” scale. Human beings are naturally just very slightly acidic and need to have a pH balance of around 6.0 – 6.8 for optimal health.   If your pH reading goes below 6.4 then you are getting to acidic and if it rises above 6.8 you are considered to be too alkaline.

Incorrect pH can result in a climate that is conducive to various ailments.

The following issues are associated with a pH imbalance:

  • Immune deficiency
  • Bladder and kidney issues
  • Weight problems
  • Fluid retention
  • Problematic liver function
  • Yeast and fungal growth
  • Tumour and cancers
  • Low energy
  • Poor digestion
  • Brittle bones, calcium problems
  • Cardiovascular problems[1]

The body’s ability to absorb minerals and nutrients, its ability to repair cells and its ability to cleanse itself are all compromised by an incorrect pH balance.

Basic Rules to Maintain correct pH Balance

There are a few basic rules you can follow to help maintain your pH levels. Here are some helpful tips that may help you to act as your own informed dietician!

  • 80% of your food and drink should be alkaline in type.
  • 20% of your food and drink should be acid in type
  • Source litmus paper from your chemist and periodically run your own pH test on your urine r saliva. It’s safe and easy to do
  • Make a list of acid forming foods and alkaline forming foods and place these on your fridge. Follow this as a guide.

Acid foods

Acid foods include:

  • Alcohol
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Cocoa
  • Chick peas
  • Milk
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Mustard
  • Tea
  • Vinegar
  • Aspirin
  • Tobacco
  • Shellfish
  • Pasta
  • Plums
  • Eggs fish
  • Olives
  • Most grains
  • Lambs quarters
  • Most nuts and seeds
  • parsley
  • Organ meats
  • Buckwheat

Alkaline Foods

Alkaline forming foods include:

  • Avocado
  • Corn
  • Dates
  • Fresh coconut
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Umeboshi plums
  • Most fresh vegetables
  • Horseradish
  • Soy products
  • Sprouts
  • Almonds

Just about ALL raw vegetables actually help to restore the natural and correct pH levels in your system and in your digestive tract. Even citric acid is alkaline which is why lemon juice is so good for you first thing in the morning.

So source as much raw and natural food produce as you can and remember that a health pH is a healthy you. And if you need more guidance speak to a naturopathic specialist f practitioner who can guide you on a holistic approach to your natural health using natural products that work.

Have a lovely day.


[1] http://altered-states.net/barry/update178/index.htm