A True Balancing Act: PART II
Now that we are aware of which foods are alkalizing to the body and which create acidity, we have the tools necessary to bring the body back into balance. Once we no longer are battling itchy skin or other symptoms of inflammation, it is important to eat a balanced diet of both alkaline- and acidic-forming foods to be healthy.
How do we know whether our bodies are imbalanced and toward the acidic side? One way to measure our body’s internal pH is to use pH test strips found at most health food stores or online. Step One: tear off a strip of paper and dip it in the tested solution (commonly, urine); the paper changes color instantly. Step Two: The test strip should be immediately compared to the colors on the test strip box to determine the pH level.
The pH strip will turn a color determining our current pH. Based on David Wolfe’s book, Eating for Beauty, a healthy pH reading is around 7.0. Eating a standard diet can cause acidity and cause pH to drop to 6.3 or 6.2, which indicates room for improvement and should encourage you to eat more fresh vegetables. Aim for your morning urinary pH to read closer to 6.8. Step Three: From there, we know whether to eat more alkaline foods, or maintain a balance of alkaline- and acid-forming foods. Monitoring your pH may motivate you to continue choosing raw foods. Try testing your urine a few times every day for two weeks. The beginning of the day is often the more acidic readings.
Remember, to reverse an acidic condition such as dermatitis, dandruff, and other itchy skin issues, it is important to increase intake of organic green salads each day and drink green vegetable juices.
Why are lemons and limes alkaline-forming foods? Although we think of lemons and limes as acidic, when they are digested, they alkalinize the body.
Lemons and limes contain alkalinizing minerals when they are broken down, including iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium, among others. Since our biochemistry is mineral-dependent, our hair, skin and nails become healthier with higher concentrations of minerals in our diet. Therefore, if we have an acidic pH of our urine, we are deficient in minerals that help buffer the acid-forming foods.
An example of an acid-alkaline balanced diet is rice with a green salad. The rice, which is a seed, is acidic, and the green leaves are alkaline. A similar balanced meal is steak and a salad. When this balance is met, everything will digest better.
Further tips to alkalizing your body:
Breathing deeply (breathing off CO2), helps to alkalinize the body.
Also, add “Pink Salt,” sold at our office, to water and foods to increase your daily intake of minerals and lead you on a path to better health!