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Achieving pH Balance for Good Health

Updated on June 19, 2013

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The measure of a substance acidity or base is its pH level. With a scale of 0-14 where 7 is neutral, a level 0 is highly acidic while a level 14 is highly alkaline.

Our body is slightly alkaline by nature. Our blood needs a ph balance of 7.35 to 7.45 in order to feel well. A slight deviation from this slim range may cause our body to be sickly or weak.

Maintaining our pH balanced

Our body has a complex way of maintaining our pH balance. It triggers our nerves to let us know that we need food, sleep or rest. These basic needs prevent our body to be on the acidic side of the pH scale.

We serve our body right when we eat healthy foods; or sleep well; or stay away from stressful events and worries.

Here are simple ways to keep our pH balance on the alkaline side:

Avoid eating too much acid forming foods. These include:

  • Oily foods
  • Fried foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Too sweet, too sour, too salty foods
  • Pickled foods
  • Vinegar and vinegar-based foods
  • Canned goods
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Alcohol

A person with an acidic stomach should be more watchful of these foods. Our stomach's pH balance is highly acidic (1.5-3.5) compared to our blood. This is because it needs acid to digest and process foods into nutrients so they can be transported in our blood vessels.

Eating acidic foods leads to more acid in the stomach which may cause hyper-acidity.

To achieve a pH balance from our diets, eat alkaline-forming foods often.

  • Steamed fish
  • Chicken dishes
  • Vegetables and vegetable juices
  • Potatoes
  • Soy products
  • Nuts
  • Lot of fruits

Avoid stress. Worries, tensions, fatigue – these are all stress-forming; not good for the body. The effects of stress to our pH balance is evident in chronic symptoms like:

  • Headache
  • Stomach ache
  • Muscle pains
  • Feeling of weakness

Oftentimes, if our pH balance is not corrected, these symptoms lead to actual sickness.

To tip back our pH balance to a slightly alkaline, we need to relax. Forget the worries of the day for now. It will still be there tomorrow, anyway. A good massage or spa treatment is a good stress-reliever. Watching a fun movie with friends releases happy hormones that is good for the body. In this case as in most, laughter is truly the best medicine.

Avoid sleepless nights. Just like a machine, our body needs to rest. Working too hard or staying late too often will increase the acidity of our body. You may think that your body has coped with your busy schedule. In time, it will realize that you have overworked it with so little rest.

Maintain the right pH balance by sleeping at least 6-8 hours a day. You’ll see how efficient and more effective you’ll be at work with a balanced pH.

Whether we like it or not; whether we’re aware of it or not, our body will constantly work to achieve pH balance.

Let’s not make it any harder for it to function to the fullest of its potential. We can take care of our body by simply doing basic care - proper nutrition, regular exercise and as little stress as possible.

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    • beingwell profile image

      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Yes, that's correct too vespa!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      A balanced, healthful lifestyle is so important! I've also wondered about this subject with the rise in popularity of alkalinizing drinking water. Voted up and shared!

    • beingwell profile image

      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks dinkan. What you said is so true.

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      In today's fast paced world, the convenience of fast food makes the people more and more acidic. It is important to have a look at your proper health as this potentially life endangering condition. Nice work of pointing us the importance to alkalize. Shared!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks RS. I'm acidic so I need to know these things. LOL!

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Useful info, beingwell, I knew a little of this but I like the comprehensiveness of what foods to eat and avoid, and the importance of not getting stressed!