Monday, October 29, 2012

pH balanced for a women...




I didn't know what they were talking about when I was little and watching that ad. There was more than meets the eye with that sentence. For those who don’t know, pH stands for the ‘potential of hydrogen’ and it refers to the acid level and or alkaline level in the blood. This is measured on a scale of 0 to 14 and it looks like a score of 7 is neutral where; less than 7 would be acidic and more than 7 would be considered alkaline. It’s never that simple so to complicate it we can also tell you that a long term pH levels below 7.35 is low grade acidosis, where a pH level over 7.4 promotes optimal health and function...

The risk of disease associated with a low pH may include; heart attack, cancer, loss of muscle and bone mass along with diabetes. Interesting enough, the stress hormone cortisol will decrease pH levels along with processed and refined foods. Some other notable foods to stay away from would be; gluten, corn, sugar, alcohol and soda as these are all proven to lower your pH status.

To combat evil low pH levels we can eat; green vegetables and high antioxidant fruits. We can also benefit from drinking water with a high pH. One thing to remember is that just drinking water doesn't cut it. We need to be consistent with the right amount of water. 1-2L just won’t do as studies show drinking your water goal can elevate your pH levels in days. Personally, I carry a 4L jug with me and I sip it all day long…I set my water goal at over ½ an ounce per pound of body weight and after a couple wks of hitting 4L per day I can tell you that it is a noticeable difference in increased energy and well-being. One will also detoxify and recover faster when providing optimal levels of hydration.

A fun trick used by weekend warriors could be to eat a lime before exercise. Looks like it could spike your alkaline levels and hey, that could help performance a little but the best option is to have consistent pH levels…

-sleep well to manage cortisol
-eat green veg and keep away from processed foods
-hit your daily water goal

Looks like living healthy will promote appropriate pH levels so do yourself a favor and don’t worry about any shortcuts, do what’s best for your body and love it…


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