Blurbin’ about how I’m testing my pH balance and learning how to correct my acidity levels.
A few weeks ago I read an article about the importance of testing your pH balance. Your pH balance measures if your body is acidic or alkaline. The western diet is heavily acidic causing many problems including acne, constant fatigue, digestive disorders, joint issues, lower immune system, and more.
What causes pH imbalance?
Part of my research and interest in this topic was due to the fact that many ph balances can be heredity, especially in families with a history of osteoporosis, which runs in my family. Skeletal system issues are often related to pH imbalance. When your acid levels are higher in your body, your body is low on calcium so it ends up pulling the calcium from your bones which causes osteoporosis.
The western diet is pretty heavy in “junk food”, fruit juices, cheese, pastas, coffee, sodas, carbonated water, etc. which is a large cause of pH imbalance. I’m pretty good at eliminating those from my diet so I wasn’t worried about those effecting my pH balance. Although, reading that some of healthier foods can be acidic to my body is extremely surprising.
Some of those include:
- Cooked Spinach
- Cooked Beans
- Brown Rice
How do you test your pH balance?
I ordered this roll of test strips from Hydrion on Amazon. It’s pretty self explanatory but basically you tear a piece of the strip, pee on it, then immediately compare it to the chart provided. (In the image above). Ideally, you should be about 7.0 or 7.2.
My results = I was shocked. I measured at 6.0! Especially when I compared to B’s measurement which was 6.6.
Now, I’m definitely not freaking out over this but I am pretty surprised. It’s amazing to see that even though I eat pretty nutritiously and am overall healthy, there are ALWAYS areas of our health that need improvement. This area is pretty important to me at this age to start getting ahead of osteoporosis.
How to improve pH balance
Again, I’m not much of an elimination person. However, I’ve already started incorporating many more alkalinizing things into my lifestyle including:
- More citrus fruits– Although we may deem them as “acidic” they are actually extremely alkalizing to the body
- Power greens– raw kale, spinach every single day
- Drinking alkaline water
- Reducing some of the acidic foods
- Reducing my consumption of LaCroix (sigh), red meat, and animal products
I plan to test my ph levels every week or a few times a week to start keeping track of it more often. I also take a multi-vitamin that contains calcium so I plan on monitoring my calcium intake then talking with my doctor to see if I should increase that.
I’m not a doctor, nor a nutritionist, this is simply what’s working for me. If you want to learn more about ph balance, check out this helpful article. AND talk to your doctor!