1. BODY PH: How do you measure an acid-base balance?
Our body is made up of different fluids, each with a more or less acidic pH. Measuring its pH allows us to discover how alkaline or acidic the contents of our body may be. The pH can be acidic, basic or neutral:
- Between 0 - 6.9 is considered acidic.
- Between 7.1 - 14 is considered alkaline.
- A pH level of 7 is considered neutral.
The pH measurements will be different depending on the part of the body they’re taken from. In the stomach, for example, the pH will be very acidic because of the gastric acid that’s responsible for breaking down food during the digestion process.
In general, maintaining a pH between 7.35 and 7.45 is recommended. Below this range, it is possible to develop acidosis. And if it’s higher, you may develop alkalosis.
There are different methods to measure your body pH and some are more difficult than others. The simplest way is to obtain a pH test paper with which you can sample your urine to find out about your general pH balance. If you can’t find pH test papers and don’t feel unwell enough to make a trip to the doctor, focus on the foods you’re eating to ensure your acid-base balance is correct. Take a look at our article on balanced nutrition for a good starting point.
To make things even easier for you, we’ve based the information in this article on the PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load) index of foods, which is a list of many different ingredients and their corresponding pH levels. Having this information readily available will make it easier for you to establish a diet that works for you. Of course, if you want to know exactly what’s going on with your pH levels and how to fix it, definitely check in with your doctor to get more information.
The best way to ensure you have a proper acid-base balance is to eat a diet full of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. If you have any doubts about your diet, our article on healthy eating will provide you with all the tips you need to eat healthy on a daily basis.
Our tip: Don't forget that what you drink can also have an impact on the acid-base balance in your body. Our Tea Sets will both relax and energize you while also taking care of your gut flora, so you can enjoy yourself while maintaining your acid-base balance!