acid-alkaline-scale-e1431506742237Balance- we all want it, in life, in love, in everything, right? How about balance in our bodies? We’re always encouraged to eat a healthy and balanced diet filled with vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and grains…but let’s take it one step deeper.

How balanced is your body’s Ph level? So PH stands for Power of Hydrogen. This is the measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in your body. Ph is measured on a scale ranging from 1-14 with 7 being “neutral”. Ph balance is SO essential for our health, because Ph levels affect every system in your body tremendously. The higher the number, the more alkaline the substance which also means the substance is richer in oxygen level. The lower the number, the more acidic the substance, and that fluid is more oxygen deprived. This is a quick description of Ph levels, but there’s a LOT more information out there to discover.

Every fluid in your body has a different ideal Ph level. For example, the blood’s ideal Ph level is 7.4 (slightly alkaline), while the ideal Ph range for saliva is 6.4-6.8. There are numerous ways to test your Ph levels including Ph test strips (you can find them at Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe).

So how can you balance your Ph levels? DRINK MORE WATER! You can drink alkaline water, and you can also try adding fruit to your water! EAT MORE VEGGIES! Almost all vegetables (when consumed raw) are alkaline. Drop the sweeteners and the caffeine…sugars are highly acidic and so is caffeine….so drop that soda and coffee! While you’re at it, drop the condiments too! Condiments like ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise are acidic, so limit your intake of condiments with your meals.

These are a few simple steps you can take to balance your body’s Ph levels. Have any questions? Need more tips? Leave a comment on the forum page and I’ll be sure to get back to you!!!