Your body pH is something you must not ignore if you wish to maintain perfect health, regain lost immunity, or maintain proper weight. The farther your pH travels from perfect balance, the more health problems may develop, and it may be difficult to maintain your proper weight.
An acidic pH has a low ability to attract hydrogen ions, while an alkaline solution has a high ability to attract hydrogen ions. “p” stands for potential and “H” stands for hydrogen. In other words, pH is the potential of the body to attract hydrogen ions to secure balance and health. Every different type of liquid solution in the body has its balanced, individual pH.
The pH scale for freshwater ranges from 0-14, and in the past, most people “assumed” that a healthy body pH was that of fresh water – 7.0, but this can be too alkaline for your body. According to my research, an average, healthy body pH should be between 6.4 and 6.6 because human beings are salt water animals – we merely drink fresh water. Readings below 6.4 are considered acidic, while readings above 6.6 are climbing to alkaline.
Please note: the average body pH is slightly lower than the pH of your blood because humans naturally have acids circulating within the body’s water systems. In fact, each of the body fluids has a specific pH value. Your blood, for example, has a more alkaline pH balance averaging between 7.1 and 7.4.
What’s Your pH?
There are a variety of ways to determine your body’s pH. The most practical and inexpensive method is to find the pH level of your urine and saliva using litmus paper. Your body pH will vary with what you eat, so I recommend measuring both the pH of your saliva and your urine twice a day – when you get up in the morning before you eat or drink anything, and the last thing before bed after you’ve eaten who knows what during the day. Keep in mind that when determining your body’s pH, you want to look at the averages and your eating trends over a specific period of time.
My pH Test Kit
To make this process convenient (and so you don’t have to go to the pet store to get aquarium litmus strips), I assembled a pH Test Kit that includes:
- pH test strips in a large roll secured in an easy-to-use plastic container to remove only one strip at a time;
- The 75/25 Eating Chart to help you select the right foods for your pH;
- A form to record both your urine and saliva pH readings over a ten-day period.
75/25 Eating Plan
My 75-25 Eating Plan will help you select the right pH balanced foods based on your individual pH, and this will help you in adjusting the correct proportions of alkaline vs. acidic food choices at every meal or snack.
Keep in mind, you can eat both acidic and alkaline foods at each meal, but it is important to keep the proportions of acid versus alkaline as close to your specific body pH as possible. A good rule-of-thumb is to eat 75 percent raw or steamed foods to 25 percent cooked foods at each meal – raw foods have not lost their nutrients and enzymes to cooking.
I keep my body pH between 6.4 and 6.6 as a healthy, and easy, way to maintain health.