Maintaining a healthy pH balance is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to maintain your health. Unfortunately many people discover the consequences of an acidic pH imbalance after they’re already suffering the symptoms of it. The good news is that a pH imbalance is reversible, you can shift your pH balance with the use of alkaline foods, supplements, and water.
How does a pH imbalance happen?
According to the laws of chemistry and physics, nothing is ever created or destroyed. If you spend a lifetime consuming acidic foods and beverages without balancing them out with alkaline foods and beverages, your pH balance can drop as your body accumulates acidic substances and exhausts its supply of alkaline substances. Your body is amazingly effective at counteracting acids, as long as you’re healthy. But some health problems, such as asthma or kidney disease can severely reduce the body’s ability to expel acidity.
1. Alkaline water
Mineral water isn’t so much a health supplement as it is a part of a healthy alkaline diet, but it bears mentioning because it’s a highly effective way of improving your pH balance. Alkaline water has been shown in studies to raise the pH levels of both blood and urine, and it does so very quickly. Typically, an increase in the pH of the urine can be seen within a half hour of drinking a glass of alkaline water. Alkaline water is also the best source of minerals, the body absorbs minerals from water 30% faster and easier from water than it does from food. The World Health Organization recommends you get up to 20% of your daily needs of calcium and magnesium from drinking water.
Green food powders are highly alkalizing, they contain powdered vegetables and herb like chlorella that have health benefits beyond pH balance. A great way to add green food powders to your diet is to include them in a fruit smoothie, or mix them in with vegetable juices.
Calcium stored in the bones is the body’s last line of defense against life threatening acidity. The problem with this line of defense is that it can and often does leave you with weakened bones. Food-based sources of calcium are best according to the Mayo Clinic. You can skip the milk, which is acid-forming and go for these calcium rich alkalizing vegetables:
Most people don’t get enough magnesium in their diet, often because they eat processed foods that have lost most of their magnesium content. You can take magnesium supplements, or eat more of these magnesium rich foods:
● Green leafy vegetables like spinach
● Beans, peas, soybeans
● Whole grain cereals
5. Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps your body absorb and retain calcium and magnesium, if you plan to take either of those minerals, make sure you take Vitamin D as well. In fact, many calcium and magnesium supplements contain Vitamin D to make them easier for your body to absorb. You can also get Vitamin D by getting exposure to the sun.
Why isn’t baking soda on this list?
Baking soda is a powerful alkali, in fact doctors use it to treat patients whose bodies are too acidic. The problem with baking soda is that it supplies a lot of sodium, and most people get too much sodium from their diet in the first place. Excessive levels of sodium can and do lead to high blood pressure and heart trouble. So unless a doctor tells you to take baking soda, it’s best to avoid it.