Sunday, March 18, 2012

A little something called pH

pH levels.
Isn't that something that I vaguely remember from high school chemistry class?
Well, yes. And as it turns out, it is something that you should pay more attention to.

pH (or potential Hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity and alkalinity of a solution.[Source:]
Ok, so why is that important?

Our bodies are controlled by their pH levels.  The range of pH levels are from 1 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline) with 7 as neutral. An acidic blood pH level will lead to fatigue, excessive weight, heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. The body's ideal pH is 7.35, which is on the alkaline side of neutral (Thrive, Pg. 47).

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Did you know that cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment? There is a cure for cancer. It is called eating an alkaline forming diet (which is plant-based).

Today's North American diet consists of fast food, pre-cooked meals, and processed foods that all lead to a very acidic blood pH level.  No wonder everyone is so tired, overweight, and dying from heart disease and cancer.

These problems can be fixed by simply eating the right foods!

Here is a small list of alkaline forming foods:
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Bell peppers
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Lemon
  • Mangos
  • Mixed greens
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes

Some of these foods, such as lemons and apples, are considered acidic, but once they are consumed then they become alkaline forming.
 (Thrive, Pg. 49-52)

... the list goes on.

So how do I figure out what my body's pH level is?

Well, you use little test strips that look like this:

You simply put a piece of the strip on your tongue and watch as it changes color.  Then match the color to the pH scale that comes with the pack.  You can buy them at places such as Walmart, you local health food store, or even on
Here is a link to some test strips on amazon: Phinex Diagnostic pH Test Strips.

Be informed. And eat your fruits and vegetables!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this information Lydia. This is so important. A very good reason for anyone to consider being a vegetarian. Marion x