The pH Balance

Balance. According to the dictionary, is defined as a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportion. Our body is constantly striving for balance. The pH is a measurement of acidity or alkalinity in the body. Our system constantly strives for balance of pH. A healthy body pH is between 6.0 and 7.5.

An acidic body will bring about problems such as weight gain, headaches, depression, back pain, constipation, muscle stiffness, allergies, and aging skin. A low pH in the oral environment leads to tooth erosion and decay. Over acidity can also bring serious health problems like osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, inflammation, cancer, heart dishes and colon disease. When our body is constantly in a state of over-acidity, nutrients are taken from the bones, muscles, and organs in an effort to neutralize the acids and restore balance. Over time, this leads to a compromised immune system.

Scientist agree that to maintain health, our diet should be 60 percent alkaline forming foods and 40 percent acid forming foods. Unfortunately, the typical American diet is 80 percent acid forming foods and 20 percent alkaline forming foods. Inflammation and disease thrive in acidic bodies. When we are on the go, fast food, processed and pre-packaged foods are what we go for. We are setting ourselves up for big problems.

Below, you will find a chart that lists foods in both categories. Remember, our body wants balance, so choose foods from each side in the 60/40 ratio. You may be surprised to find lemons on the alkaline side. While chemically acidic, lemons in the body are extremely alkaline in the body. The pH of the lemon is 9.0 and sits on top of the chart for alkaline foods. Squeeze some lemon in your water throughout the day to help you maintain the pH balance you need.

Health-bite: Alkalinity leads to a better healthy-style