The human body is a mass of different systems and organs, which contains fluids of different pH levels. Ordinarily, the human body has a pH level of 7.3-7.4. This means that it has a slightly alkaline pH level, which keeps bodily functions such as metabolism from operating faultily. On that note, those fluids can either be very helpful to the body’s health, provided that they maintain their balance, or quite dangerous if the pH level increases or decreases by even a level or two. The latter could cause the body to become vulnerable to a wide range of diseases.
But before we discuss the steps you would have to take to adjust your body’s pH levels, let us talk a little about pH itself. The Potential of Hydrogen, which is what “pH” stands for, determines how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. Acids (such as vinegar, lactic acid and citric acid) have pH levels lower than 7, while bases (such as ammonia and sodium hydroxide) have pH levels higher than 7. On the other hand, substances that are neither acidic nor basic (such as H2O or water) have pH levels that are at or around 7.
So with these things in mind, how do you adjust your body’s pH levels to maintain total balance?
- First of all, know which foods have high levels of acidity. Once you have classified which foods are rather acidic or alkaline in substance, it would then be pretty easy to eliminate the ones that can cause imbalance in your body’s pH.
- Limit your consumption of processed foods. These foods contain toxins that can cause a great disturbance in your body’s pH balance, allowing it to be susceptible to diseases.
- Drink lots of water. Be it mineral water or distilled, water is very beneficial to the body in a lot of ways. It helps your body in digesting food, as well as keeping you from becoming dehydrated. Most importantly, it helps neutralize your body’s acidity (as it is of neutral pH level), thus maintaining a balanced pH level.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits. Vegetables, especially the leafy ones, are mostly alkaline and would therefore aid your body in neutralizing its acidity. Also, there are some fruits (such as lemons, oranges and tangerines), which despite their acidic content, can still help alkalize your body’s pH. In parallel to that, try to avoid consuming meats and oils because they decrease the alkaline reserves in your body.
- Try to intake food supplements. Food supplements can provide the body with its recommended daily allowance or RDA of vitamins and minerals, which as a result will help maintain your body’s pH balance.
- Detoxify yourself by any means. This helps eliminate the toxins that have accumulated in your body which cause trouble in more ways than one. It also helps facilitate the absorption of beneficial substances that you get from vitamins and minerals.
- Get plenty of rest. Stress can also increase your body’s acidity, and is therefore a no-no when it comes to adjusting your pH levels. Try to sleep at least 8 hours a day, every day.
As intricate as these methods seem to be, it is not really that hard to adjust your pH levels, especially if you have enough discipline and resolve to keep yourself healthy. Just remember that it is mostly just a matter of watching what you eat and drink, and having plenty of rest.