What is “pH”?

The body is largely made up of water. This water can have either acid or alkaline properties which are measured by a graduated scale called pH (for “potential hydrogen”), wherein 1.0 to 6.9 is considered acidic, 7.0 is neutral, and 7.1 to 14.0 is alkaline. The lower the pH number, the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH number, the greater the alkalinity.

Why should I be concerned about my pH levels?

The pH level in our body has profound effects on all body chemistry, health and disease. Indeed, the management of pH is so important that the body has developed strict accounting procedures to monitor acid-alkaline balances in every cell. Extended pH imbalances are not well tolerated by the body – if the pH deviates too far to the acid side, cells become poisoned by their own toxic wastes.

Is an imbalanced pH really that dangerous?

Yes, indeed it is! Nothing does well in an overly acidic pH medium, least of all the human body! Just as acid rain can destroy a forest, an imbalanced pH continuously corrodes all body tissues, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of our veins and arteries like corrosives eating into marble.

What causes pH to become imbalanced?

Most diets cause an unhealthy acid pH. In fact, diet appears to the major influence in maintaining appropriate pH levels throughout the body. Certain foods are “acid-forming” in nature, including most meats, sweets and starches, and others are “alkaline-forming”, including most vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits.

How do I test my body’s pH?

One of the easiest ways to test the body’s pH balance is to use pH test strips. You can get pH paper (also called hydrazine paper) in most drug stores; however, it sometimes lacks accuracy. The best pH test strips we have found are made by VAXA®, and they have the reputation of being the most accurate on the market.

By testing your pH with test strips, you can determine quickly and easily, in the privacy of your own home, what your pH is. They can be used to determine your urinary pH, which is generally a good indicator of how acidic or alkaline your total body pH is. When urinary pH is continuously between 6.5 in the morning and 7.5 by evening, you are functioning in the healthy range.

How do I rebalance my pH?

First, change your diet to include more foods that alkalize and less acidic foods – a large portion of your diet should consist of fresh vegetables and other alkalizing foods. Next, add supplements that alkalize to the diet to help your body return to a natural state of health.

Step 1. Adopt a Proper Alkaline Diet

Generally speaking, as far as diet goes, most vegetables and fruits alkalize, as do whey, yogurt, soybeans, almonds, buckwheat, millet and quinoa. All meats are acidic, as are rice, pastas, cheeses, soft drinks, coffee, alcoholic beverages, condiments, and most sweeteners except raw, unpasteurized honey.

Roughly 75 to 80 percent of your diet should consist of alkaline-producing foods. Making these changes in your diet will jump-start your health to a whole new level

Step 2. Take Alkalizing Supplements that are Effective & Affordable
In addition to eating an alkaline diet, alkalizing supplements are an easy way to encourage the body’s natural ability to balance pH levels. Also for those of you who would find a water ionizer simply too expensive, and sticking to a strict alkaline diet to difficult, there are a number of effective alternatives.

One option is adding alkalizing drops to ordinary tap water to make the water alkaline. Keep in mind that alkalizing drops only alkalize the water, they do not purify the water.

Step 3: Understand the Importance of Drinking Good Water

Water is the driving force behind all forms of life. Our bodies are over 70 percent water and all of our body fluids contain it. Even the food we eat is predominantly made of water. Water adjusts the body’s temperature and through urination and perspiration rids the body of toxins. Health authorities recommend that we drink at least 64 ounces (8 glasses) of water per day to attain proper hydration.

Most of us are dehydrated and dehydration can lead to great physical impairment. Dehydration is especially prevalent among men and women over forty years of age. For the body to function properly, it is imperative that it be properly hydrated.

Drinking enough water is vital, but it is important to know the type of water we are drinking. Tap water is treated with many chemicals like chlorine and flouride, which are toxins to the body. Many people drink spring water or bottled water, which is often purified through reverse osmosis, or distillation. However, many of the bottled waters on the market we have tested were actually acidic, as is distilled water. This is because when the minerals are removed the water loses its alkalinity.

The best water to drink is alkalized or ionized water, which is produced by running normal tap water over a positive (anode) and a negative (cathode) electrode. This creates positive and negative ions in the water that are then separated, creating two different waters, one that is alkaline and one that is acidic. To ionize simply means to gain or lose an electron. Basically, the ionization process robs an electron from one molecule and donates or transfers it to another molecule.

Alkaline and acid water, although very different, each have their benefits. Alkaline water is for flushing out internal toxins, scavenging free radicals, and oxygenating the body. Acid water, which is really a by-product of ionizing water, can be used externally for cleansing the skin, cleaning any surface and watering your plants.

There are a number of water ionizers on the market that can divide your tap water into acid and alkaline water. The water ionizers were developed in Japan in the 1950’s and they were approved by the Japanese Government as “health improvement medical devices”.

Water Ionizers

Water ionizers are the “cadillac” of reversing acidity, for not only do they alkalize, they also create water that has superior antioxidant abilities. According to Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD, and author of the book “Detoxify or Die”, ionized water is such a good free radical scavenger that it performs as well as the primary antioxidant enzymes that the body makes, namely superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase.

And it does an even better job than SOD, because SOD produces hydrogen peroxide, which then has to be neutralized. Ionized water does not produce this unwanted free radical. As well, alkalized water scavenges for more than four types of free radicals.

Thus, ionized water has several functions: It purifies the water, alkalizes the water, and neutralizes free radicals.

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