Ph Level

Your body and everything you eat is either acidic or alkaline. Depending on your lifestyle and what you eat your body can be Ph balanced or not. Ph is the short form for the Potential of Hydrogen and a measure of the acidity or alkaline level in your body. Measured on a scale of 1 – 14, a Ph of 7 is balanced. It is the role of the kidney to maintain the Ph level by using magnesium, calcium, sodium etc to fight acidity. An imbalanced Ph level can be caused by several factors including stress, the shampoo or soap that you use, artificial sweeteners, pollution, processed foods etc.

The foods that create the most acidity in your body are the usual culprits – most grains, pasta, peanuts, rice, whole bread etc. Foods that balance acidity in your body include fruits, mushrooms, vegetables (broccoli, spinach, asparagus, kale, collards, onion) and even green tea.

Many of us complain of acidity i.e. an imbalanced Ph level and resort to eating six meals a day or sometimes not eating at all. However, the key is to eat a balanced meal one that may contain acidic foods but also includes alkaline foods to balance things, preferably eaten raw. So don’t feel shy to reach out for the raw onion the next time, it may be more beneficial than you thought. You can also balance your Ph level by eating one meal exclusively of wheat grass, spirulina or broccoli. Surprisingly while lemon is acidic, it becomes alkaline once metabolized by your body and therefore having lemon is good for you.

You can test your Ph level, if so inclined, by using a test strip that is easily available using your saliva prior to eating anything in the morning. Remember that an imbalanced Ph level can result in several degenerative diseases so paying attention to your levels is important.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

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