Alkaline vs. Acidic: Body Ph
Your body has a natural balance between being “alkaline” and “acidic.”
Let’s begin by imagining a chart. On the left side is a 0. On the right is a 14.
The 0 represents your body being the most “acidic.” The 14 represents your body being the least acidic. 7 is right in the middle, which is also known as “neutral.”
When your body’s pH (which stands for “potential hydrogen,” but that’s not important) is in balance, it’s somewhere in the middle.
All foods land somewhere on that scale. Carbonated water is a “3.” Chocolate, pork, beer, wine, and cream cheese are a “4.” Water is neutral, or “7.” Apples, mushrooms, strawberries, and bananas land at “8,” while spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, onion, carrots, etc. are a “10.”
And before moving on, notice the fact that the “10” list is made up of fresh veggies and fruits.
That’s the basic idea. There are other elements that affect your body’s pH, like stress (pushes you over to the acidic side) and deep breathing (pulls you back to the alkaline side).
Your body’s pH changes quite a bit, and obviously, what you eat is a major part of it.
Why is Your Body pH Important?
- An acidic body promotes cancer. Your body’s pH level affects your ability to fight off cancer. Cancer thrives when your body’s environment is acidic, and existing cancer cells makes your body even more acidic as they produce lactic acid.
- Other diseases too, such as diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, allergies, cataracts, gout, constipation, and more.
- An acidic environment negatively affects the reproductive system. Many health experts say that acidity is linked to lessened arousal, enjoyment, climax, and fertility.
- Issues with virtually every other system in the body.
How Do I Change my Body’s pH?
You don’t want your body’s pH to be completely alkaline. There’s a reason you have acid in your stomach. Even your blood’s normal pH level is 7.35-7.45.
But by getting a steady, daily stream of alkaline foods, you help your body’s natural tendency to maintain a mostly alkaline environment. That means cancer and other harmful cells are much less likely to thrive, and your body will spend less time working to maintain a peaceful and healthy state.
According to Livestrong.com, an ideal balance is 75% alkaline foods and 25% acidic foods.