In my years of practice as a doctor, I’ve learned that many major health problems are often caused from something very simple. This is good news because it means you can make small changes to improve your health. Unfortunately, most people overlook the easy fixes because they don’t trust in their ability to work. So today I’d like to address one simple solution that can bring real, lasting health benefits to your life.
Many of the problems you experience as you grow older aren’t really due to aging at all; disease, fatigue, digestive problems. Often you can fix all of these by making a small change in the way you eat and the supplements you take.
The root source of many health-related problems is actually an imbalance in your pH levels. We live in a very acidic world. This includes the food we eat, the pollutants in the air and even some of the skin and hair care products that we use.
By acidic, I mean your internal system becomes sour. This imbalance leads to sluggish digestion and circulation, disease, and fatigue. It can even contribute to the signs of aging. If you bring your system back into proper pH balance, you’ll notice you look and feel better. Your digestion will improve, you’ll have more energy and you’ll be less prone to getting sick.
What is pH and how does it affect your body?
I’ll bet you remember something about pH from taking a science class when you were a kid. PH is the measure of how acidic or alkali something is. If you’re a gardener, you know some plants prefer different pH levels than others. A low pH in the soil can make growing some plants very difficult.
Your organs are a little bit like those plants. They have a preferred pH level. If your pH is too high or too low, your whole body starts to suffer. The human body functions best when it’s at a neutral or slightly alkali pH.
The typical American diet is high in grains and meats which makes your body acidic. Research from the University of California in San Francisco found the following:
When people eat a diet that is higher in grains and meats without adequate vegetables it causes the regulation of the body’s acid-base to be out of balance.
When this happens, your kidneys combat the problem by signaling your body to release calcium and magnesium from your bones and ammonia from your muscles. This process restores the pH balance in your system, but weakens your bones and muscles.
It can also result in calcium and magnesium deficiencies. You then become more prone to heart and kidney disease, muscle weakness, diabetes, and an overall general decline.
How to Restore Balance to Your pH Levels
Balancing your pH levels isn’t difficult. The first step is to actually measure your pH levels with test strips that are easily available online. These strips use saliva to give a reading on your pH level. I recommend you take at least six measurements over several days. Be sure to measure first thing in the morning and average all the readings to get an accurate measurement.
If your pH is between 6.8 and 7.4 and you don’t have any major health problems, then you’re doing well. If it is less than 6.8, you will benefit from balancing your pH levels.
To balance your pH levels, you will need to eat more alkali-producing foods. It seems counter-intuitive, but many of the foods we consider acidic, like lemons and tomatoes, actually have an alkalizing affect on the body. Others like grains that are alkali when eaten actually increase acid in your system.
It’s confusing, I know. As a general guideline, you can increase your body’s pH by eating more fruits and vegetables. Here is a handy chart I’ve provided to give you some general guidelines:
Green tea, herbal tea
Homogenized milk, all meats
Coffee, soft drinks
As you can see, just because a food is acid-producing doesn’t mean it’s unhealthy-it is a matter of balancing the two types of food. It’s not necessary to completely eliminate acid-producing foods from your diet. Just remember to maintain a healthy balance between both.
You can also help restore balance to your pH with a mineral supplement that contains calcium citrate, magnesium, and potassium. These three minerals help to alkalize your system.
In addition to eating more vegetables and fruits, you should reduce or eliminate the processed foods that you eat. Of all the foods on the market, processed foods are the most acid-producing. They also contain high levels of phosphates, which exacerbate the imbalance.
PH balance is one of the most overlooked root causes of health issues. It’s a widespread problem that leads or contributes to many of the devastating diseases that are prevalent in our society.
Fortunately, it’s a problem with an easy fix. If you test your pH levels and determine that they are out of balance, the simple step of increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each day will help to correct the problem. Add in the supplements that I recommend here and you’ll be on your way to a balanced system and better health.