It’s a trend Hollywood celebrities love: the alkaline diet! What is the big fuzz about it?
I can say that pH balance is a top priority when it comes to taking care of your health and healing your energies. This post will help you learn why.
What Is pH?
pH stands for power of hydrogen; it is thus a measurement of the concentration hydrogen ions in a given entity.
The total pH scale ranges from 1 to 14; whereby a pH of 7 is neutral, less than 7 is acidic, and greater than 7 is basic/alkaline.
How Does pH Affect Your Body?
Your blood is slightly alkaline (pH between 7.35 and 7.45), your stomach is acidic (pH 3.5 or less), and your urine changes pH according to what you eat. And we all know that the status of urine is a strong medical indicative of our health condition.
An alkaline diet would:
- support a healthy weight loss
- prevent kidney stones
- maintain strong bones and muscles
- improve heart health
- improve brain function
- reduce low back pain
- lower risk for type 2 diabetes
How to test your pH?
1. Get pH test paper.
2. First thing in the morning, get a test strip or tear off a three-inch piece of paper from the roll.
- Test with urine: Either urinate directly on the paper or collect urine in a cup and dip the paper into the urine in the cup.
- Test with saliva ( less-ideal): Rinse your mouth with water, collect some saliva in a spoon and moisten the paper in the saliva.
3. Read the resulting color: Match the color of your test strip with the chart provided in your test kit.
What to Eat & What to Avoid?
Most fruits and vegetables, and some nuts, seeds, and legumes are alkaline-promoting foods, and hence are recommended.
Whereas dairy, eggs, meat, most grains, processed foods, alcohol, and caffeine fall are acidic, and are not recommended.
I advise you to save the image below as a reference of acidic vs alkaline food.
Take Home Message
By balancing your internal pH through a healthy nutritious diet, practicing meditation to keep your Chakras open & aligned, and exercising to keep your body strong and fit, you’ll be surprised of the internal potentials you’ll be able to unlock in yourself!
Ranim Daw, MS in Cell & Molecular Biology
April 15, 2017