Another thing I knew nothing about 2 years ago. Turns out, a healthy PH level is important….go figure!
A normal blood PH range is 7.35 to 7.45, which is slightly alkaline, whereas the stomach is acidic to aid in the digestive process.
PH = Potential Hydrogen: The more hydrogen ions that are present, the more acidic.
The lower you PH, the more acidic, the higher the PH, the more alkaline. When PH levels in the body are too acidic, health problems can arrise, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetic complications, bone fragility. Excess stomach acid can cause acid reflux, ulcers, nail breakage and pealing, dry skin, dull hair and even tooth problems.
Too much PH can cause metabolic or respitory alkalosis, which include irratability, muscle cramps and twitching!
Your body is designed to stay level and in doing so, will steal what it needs from our vital organs and bones to maintain normal PH levels. We CAN assist in this process!!
The benefits of maintaining a healthy PH:
- Better Sleep
- More elastic, youthful skin (I’ll TAKE it!)
- Less colds, flu and viral infections!
- Better digestion.
- Increased brain function.
It is recommended that we eat a fairly alkaline diet to keep us level and energized! Lots of fruits and vegetables, THANK GOD for smoothies!!!
Tobacco, coffee, tea and alcohol are extremely acidic! So, if you partake in any or ALL of these, PLEASE make sure to help your body by taking a few steps to maintain your PH!
I test daily. Well, 5 days a week anyway! I may have mentioned, weekends are a little “break” in the action for all my health stuff! I don’t go totally off the rails, but I do give myself some time off. Any way, as soon as I get up and start the coffee ;), I fill an 8 oz. glass with warm water and the juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon (explanation below). After an hour and some much needed caffeine, I pee on a test stick! Of course, after the weekend, I start out at about 6.75…by Wednesday I am in the low 7s, by Friday the high 7s…pushin 8.
Lemon water: Full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! First thing in the morning, it jumpstarts your digestive system and stimulates your senses!
Lemon has minerals that promote healthy digestion, alleviate heartburn and stimulate the bowel function by reducing bloat and clearing trapped….well, poop!
LIVER DETOX! Helps remove toxins from the blood, which are poison to the system! Too many toxins can cause a multitude of digestive issues, aches, pains and memory issues. Lemon water helps the liver by filtering them out of the blood, which helps to prevent or even reverse toxic overload.
Not to mention it has been shown to aid in weight loss, helps your skin, freshens your breath, VITAMIN C, aids in reducing inflammation, boosts energy, helps reduce blood pressure….PLUS, PLUS, PLUS!
Lemons contain a terpene that is also found in in some strains of cannibas called Limonene. Mostly in the rind, from the oils, it is said to have chemotheraputic benefits!
An awesome way to start the day!!!! Give it a go!!!
Below is a link to my favorite test strips!