The degree that our body is slightly alkaline instead of acidic can determine how healthy we are.
The pH scale measures the level a substance is. The scale ranges from 1 to 14 with 1 being very acid, 7 neutral and 14 very alkaline. Our body works the best and is the healthiest when it is at the optimal pH level, which according to Dr. Christopher Vasey, N.D. is about 7.39.
If our tissues and organs become too much one way or another, our body chemistry is disrupted and illness usually occurs. Today, because of our diets, more often we become too acid.
Symptoms of acidity in our body includes:
Because it is so important for our health to be at the right pH level, our bodies work very hard at maintaining that level. If the body becomes too much on the acid side, it can try to eliminate the offending substance (through the lungs, kidneys or sweat glands) or neutralize it.
To neutralize the acid, the body uses alkali elements (minerals) found in body tissues and organs. If this happens only occasionally, the alkali minerals are easily replaced from our food. If it happens too often, our body’s alkali reserves gradually decline and we become mineral deficient.
According to Dr. Vasey, there are 3 ways that a body that leans toward the acid side makes us sick:
Becoming too much on the acid side can also cause fatigue and weaken the immune system.
The most common culprit of an acidity in our organs and tissues is eating a diet with too many acid foods and not getting enough minerals in our diets.
By eating more alkali foods than acid leaning foods, we can begin to restore the optimal pH balance in our system. Dr. Theodore Baroody recommends an alkaline diet made up of 80% alkali foods and 20% acid forming foods.
In addition, we can take mineral supplements that help us become more alkaline. These minerals include:
There are a number of supplements on the market that have a combination of these minerals to help move us towards a more alkaline internal chemistry.
When our tissues and organs become on the acid side, our body tries to excrete the excess acid and also neutralize it. The excess acid ends up in our urine and then excreted from our body. By measuring the acid/alkali level of our urine, we can determine whether excess acid has been put into our urine.
To measure your pH level you will need to purchase pH paper. You can usually find this in a drugstore. According to Dr. Bob Marshall, if you test your first morning urine with the pH paper, you should get a good idea of whether your body is functioning at the optimal pH level.
The pH paper will come with a chart. When your urine comes in contact with a piece of the pH paper, it will change color depending on your pH level. The chart will show you what color represents alkali and what color represents acid.
If you find that you are more acidic, begin to eat more alkaline foods. You might also consider trying a special mineral supplement to add alkaline minerals back into your body. According to Dr. Bob Marshall, a good coral calcium supplement is an effective alkaline supplement. It’s effective because it contains the complete spectrum of minerals which can help replace the minerals that we may have lost by becoming too acidic.