Our blood is slightly alkaline, with a normal pH level between 7.35-7.45. the theory behind the alkaline diet is that our diet should reflect this pH level and be slightly alkaline. A diet high in acid-producing foods disrupts this balance and promotes the loss of essential minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium as the body tries to restore equilibrium.
This imbalance is thought to make people prone to illness. No disease can grow in alkaline body. The consequences of prolonged imbalance of the acid/alkaline balance forces the body to neutralise the acidity (acid by nature has a burning effect) by continually ‘robbing’ its stores of alkaline minerals in the body- mainly calcium and magnesium to correct this imbalance.
If you have the following symptoms you may need to look at your diet;
• Lack of energy
• Excessive mucous production
• Nasal congestion
• Frequent Colds and flu
• Anxiety , Nervousness, Irritability
• Ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, benign breast cysts
Even mild acidosis can lead to more complex health problems over a period;
• Cardio-vascular damage
• Weight gain, obesity
• Bladder and Kidney conditions including kidney stones
• Chronic Fatigue
• Yeast and fungal overgrowth
• Joint pain, muscle and lactic acid build-up
The ideal ratio should be somewhere between 6.5-7.5 on the pH scale.
If you would like to check your pH levels you may do this via saliva or urine testing with pH test strips from Vital Health.
• The healthy range for saliva stays between 6.5-7.5 all day. The best time to test is 1 hr before a meal.
• Your normal urine levels should be 6.0-6.5 in the morning and between 6.5-7.0 in the evening.