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What is a pH scale
On this page you can read what a pH scale is, how it relates to your health and weight loss, how to test your pH, and how to maintain a healthy pH.
What is the pH Scale
pH stands for Potential for freeing Hydrogen ions. The difference between acidity and alkalinity is based on the ability to free hydrogen ions.
Very simply put, the pH scale measures the amount of oxygen in your blood. When your blood is too acid it will not carry enough oxygen. When it is too alkaline, it will carry too much.
The scale goes from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral, a pH of 0-7 is acid. A pH of 7-14 is alkaline. Each unit of change represents a tenfold change in acidity or alkalinity. Thus the difference between a pH of 4 and 5 is much greater than the difference between 6 an 7.
What is the Importance of Your pH
Many people know the pH scale from measuring the pH in swimming pools or on shampoo bottles. In the raw food diet we use it for two other reasons.
Your body's pH is a indication of health. Different organs have different pH levels but overall, your body's pH should be 7. The pH of healthy blood is 7.35. Thus slightly alkaline. Read below how your pH affects your health and how you can influence it.
You can also use a pH scale to find out how alkaline or acid a certain food is after digestion. People have categorized foods into foods with a low pH (acid foods) and foods with a high pH (alkaline foods). See the alkaline food list for details.
pH Scale and Health
Your body functions best when the pH of your blood is 7.35. If your blood pH gets below 7 or above 7.45, your body cannot function.
Because of our Western diet high in refined sugar, processed food and animal protein, most people are too acidic. Put on top of this stress (very acidifying) and pollution and it's a recipe for problems.
Symptoms of a Person with Low pH
Typical characteristics of an acid person are: low energy, no enthusiasm, tires quickly, irritable or poor sleep. Acid people are often sensitive to cold, brittle teeth, weak nails or dry skin. The immune system weakens which makes your prone to viruses (cold and flu) and recurring infections (bronchitis, urinary tract infection).
If acidity becomes chronic, an amazing variety of illnesses may occur and shows up in your bodies weakest spots. The result is cancer, diabetes, PMS, arthritis or allergies.
Balancing Your pH
So you see, it's extremely important for your body to maintain a healthy acid - alkaline balance. Your blood will immediately correct even the slightest change in pH.
Your body has two ways to do this:
1. to eliminate acids from the body (through sweat, urine, breath or store them as body fat)
2. to neutralize the acids with alkaline minerals such as calcium.
Weight Loss and pH
If you're too acid and there are not enough alkaline minerals to buffer the acids with, your body will store some of these acids in your fat. It will only release them if there are enough alkaline buffers to neutralize them.
Now, if you want to lose weight and go on a diet of unhealthy food (sugar, high animal protein, junk food) you will lose even more alkaline minerals and your body cannot release it's excess fat with the stored acids. Because if it does release the fat with its acids you become too acidic. If you don't eat enough calories and loses weight (fat) nonetheless, the released acids cannot be neutralized. This is very dangerous. This explains why some people just can't loose weight.
Maintaining a Healthy pH
Fortunately, it's easy to stay healthy and get back to balance by eating a raw food diet. A balanced raw food diet is rich in alkaline minerals such as organic, plant based calcium, sodium, silica, magnesium and potassium. On this website you find many recipes, tricks and ideas to have fun and stay healthy forever.
How To Test Your pH
The first thing to do is to test your pH so you know how you're doing on the pH scale. This is easy, cheap and quick. In the next article you can read how to test your pH in seven easy steps.
How to Measure Your pH
with pH test strips
It's ridiculously easy and cheap to measure your pH. All you need is a box of pH test strips. They are about 12 USD and you can buy them at most health food stores or online. Testing your pH takes less than a minute.
Testing your pH value is important because it instantly indicates your health level. Healthy blood has a pH level of 7.35. A pH below 7 is acid and is an indication of poor health. You may experience symptoms like: low energy , pains and aches, mood swings, worrying and fears, poor sleep or being over weight. If you have a pH of 5, you're probably seriously sick. You can reverse this acid state by eating more alkaline foods.
Also, monitoring your pH is an excellent motivation to stay raw.
Read here how you can measure you pH in seven easy steps.
Step 1 - Buy pH Test Strips
Buy pH Test Strips. You can buy them at the health store or pharmacy. They cost about 15 USD.
If they don't know what you're talking about. This may help: another word for pH test strips is litmus paper. Usually white plastic strips or yellow paper tape. You can hold these strips in your urine to measure the PH of your urine. The yellow tape is more economical.
You can also order them online. There are many sources. Two of them are: phmiraleliving.com or ph-ion.com.
Step 2 - Get Your Test Strip Ready
If you have a plastic strip, take out one. If you have yellow paper tape, you break off a piece of about 2-3 inch.
Step 3 - First Test
Test your urine. You need to pee on the pH test strip. The color will change.
Compare this color with the color of the pH on the test strip box. Read the PH number.
Step 4 - Write Down the pH number.
Write down the pH number, the date and time. (Put a notebook and pen in your bathroom)
Step 5 - Daily pH Testing
You may note that every time you go the bathroom the pH number is different. When you're healthy the number will always be around 7.3 or even up to 8 just after eating. The first urine of the day is usually the lowest.
Check your urine every time you go to the bathroom, for at least two weeks.
Step 6 - How Healthy are You?
If the pH of your urine is mostly around 7.3 you're fine.
If the pH of your urine is lower, especially if it's below 6.5 this means you don't have sufficient alkaline reserves to buffer acids. You are short in minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
Step 7 - Get Healthy - Get Alkaline!
Add alkaline foods into your diet and eat less acid food. Eat more raw green leafy vegetables and less food high in animal protein, sugar and grains.
Eat more avocados, vegetable soup, fresh almond milk, young coconut water, wheat grass, green powder, green vegetable juices, smoothies, seaweed and super foods. Here you can view a full list of alkaline foods .
Keep testing a few times a day until you always test alkaline. It's the best motivation for eating raw food!
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