Category 3 - pH Balance of the Body

Alkalinity

What is the body's pH level? It is the balance between being in an acidic state and an alkaline state. Most of us may remember these terms from year 7 chemistry but unfortunately, we haven't taken it as seriously beyond that. pH stands for the power of hydrogen which is a measurement of hydrogen ion concentration in the body.

The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14 with 7 considered to be a neutral state. A pH of less than 7 is considered to be acidic and one of more than 7 to be alkaline. As humans, our ideal state is being slightly alkaline between 7.30 - 7.45. But why is this of any importance to you? The reason is because if we are constantly sitting in an acidic state, we are more prone to sickness, a lack of energy, immune problems and poorly functioning bodily systems such as the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems to name a few.

So if you are serious about being a healthy person or performing in an optimal state then you need to avoid sitting on the acidic side of the pH balance. The problem is that most of the foods we eat are acidic and guess what, unfortunately these are all the really tasty ones! Coffee, cakes, beef, bread and chocolate are all acidic. This doesn't mean that you can't eat these foods because many acidic foods are actually healthy. However, you need to create a balance in your diet between acidic and alkaline foods because remember, our optimal state on the scale is almost perfectly balanced at 7.30 - 7.45. 

When creating my diet I assessed what foods I was going to be eating and then increased my intake of the foods that were high in alkaline. Incorporating these foods into my diet and sitting at a balanced pH level has left me constantly feeling like I have more energy, with little room for lethargy. So not only am I eating foods that help with increasing my energy, I am now contributing to high levels of energy by having a balanced pH level. When you're in a balanced state, you will be more likely to train, work harder and do the things you know need to get done!

I'll leave you with the best foods that you can easily include in your diet from now on to help balance out your pH. These are: lemon water, almonds, kale, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, wheatgrass and spinach. I promise you that if you can eat a few of these foods every single day, you will notice a huge difference in the way you feel and your productivity towards getting things done!

Thanks for reading,

Chris Toovey