Health trends come and go, but one thing’s for sure- the chances of disease taking root in a body whose pH is in balance greatly reduces risk.
But what, exactly, does that mean? pH is short for “potential of hydrogen.” It’s a measure for the level of acidity/alkalinity in our body’s fluids and tissues. When our body is more acidic than alkaline, toxic conditions are created in which unhealthy organisms can thrive, resulting in a compromised immune system. In short, acidity increases our susceptibility to disease and decreases our prana, or vital life force energy- the very thing that keeps us optimally healthy and vibrant.
So, what causes pH imbalance?
Though there are many sources of acidity and toxicity in our environment, the biggest contributor to pH imbalance is our diet. Here’s a short list of what to avoid and be aware of when endeavoring to become more alkaline:
– Processed & refined foods + consumption of conventionally produced meats
– Hormones in foods, health and beauty products and plastics
– Exposure to pollution, chemicals, radiation, pesticides & herbicides
– Lack of exercise and/or over-exercising
– Not getting enough sleep
– Alcohol and drug use (including overuse of antibiotics)
– Shallow breathing
How do I know if my pH is balanced?
You can test your pH by picking up a roll of test strips at your local health food store. Use the strips to test your saliva or urine, then compare the colors on your test strip to the chart on the dispenser. The normal range for balanced pH is between 6 and 7.5 with a pH of 7 being perfectly neutral. The healthiest pH is one that is slightly alkaline.
Okay, I’ve tested my pH- what steps can I take to become more alkaline?
Eat More Fruits And Veggies: Fresh, organic, non-GMO fruits and dark green, leafy vegetables all promote balanced pH. Try increasing your intake of raw foods and lightly steam your veggies to help them maintain their nutritional value. Though it seems counter intuitive, acidic fruits such as grapefruit and tomatoes don’t create acidity in the body. They do just the opposite and contribute to alkaline conditions, when consumed in moderation, of course.
Alkalize Your Water: Alkaline water is widely available and recommended whenever possible. Reverse Osmosis filtered water is slightly acidic, but a far better option than tap or purified bottled water. An easy and inexpensive way of alkalizing your H2O is to simply add pH drops or a squeeze of lemon or lime. Drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily is the goal. For instance, if you weigh 140 lbs, you’d drink 70 ounces of water each day.
Breathe Deeply: 80% of our prana enters the body via the breath. In addition to the immense emotional/mental benefits garnered through conscious breathing, the physical and pH balancing advantages are overwhelmingly positive. By breathing deep and slow, we release toxins and tension, oxygenate our cells, improve blood quality, strengthen immunity, aid in digestion, accelerate cellular regeneration, boost energy levels and increase lifespan. 30 minutes a day is sufficient, but the more the better! If it can’t be done all in one sitting, make it doable by breaking it up into 3 ten minute sessions throughout the day.
Get Your Green Drinks On: There are two things I always have on hand and take daily to keep my pH in check; plant based green superfood powder and liquid chlorophyll. I saw an immediate and sustained improvement in my own pH levels when I began incorporating these two miracle workers into my daily health rituals.
While there’s many green superfood powders on the market to choose from, Vibrant Health’s Green Vibrance Advanced Daily Superfood is widely recommended and formulated to support the 4 foundations of health: nutrition, digestion, circulation and immunity. It boasts advanced benefits for pH balance, energy, detoxification and stress relief. An unbelievable and varied number of ingredients such as 25 billion probiotics, plant based micro nutrients, antioxidant life preservers, adaptogens, fiber, enzymes and tonics make this the hardest working green supplement out there. It’s gluten and soy free + non-GMO and mixes easily with juice or water, but I prefer adding it to my morning superfood smoothie (recipe below). Starting at about $24 for a 15 day supply, it’s not cheap, but the price is well worth the preventative benefits.
Chlorophyll is a plant pigment containing potent anti-inflammatory components that protect against toxins and is considered to be a superfood due to its strong antioxidant and anticancer properties. It reduces inflammation related to chronic disease, oxygenates the cells, aids in liver detoxification, speeds up wound healing, improves digestion and protects skin health. Simply add to water and drink 2-3 times per day or as needed. Don’t let it’s deep blue-green color fool you- it’s tasteless and practically odorless despite it’s dark hue. I like the Whole Foods brand Liquid Concentrate Chlorophyll. A 1 oz. bottle will set you back just $8.99.
My Go-To pH Balancing Smoothie
My blueberry-cacao superfood smoothie is quick and easy to make, tastes amazing and promotes balanced pH. It includes 5 ingredients that nourish and energize while providing antioxidant protection and a healthy alkaline boost to boot.
1 banana (sliced and frozen overnight, if you’d like)
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 ice cubes (optional- adds a nice frosty texture that’s cooling in the hotter summer months)
1 scoop Green Vibrance powder
1.5 tsp. raw cacao powder (substitute with turmeric powder if you don’t have cacao on hand)
Almond milk (or any nut milk that you like)- add according to desired consistency
Place the banana, blueberries and ice cubes in blender or Vitamix. Cover ingredients with almond milk, top off with Green Vibrance powder and cacao and blend. For thicker consistency, add less nut milk. For thinner consistency, add more. Makes approximately one 16 oz. serving or two 8 oz. servings