Haylie and Stephanie Do a LIVE Lemon Challenge / Digestive Reserve Test
We’re going to science-geek out today. Stephanie, one of our beloved community members, has agreed to help show everyone how to test our digestive reserves.
Stephanie had a lot of success with the FMD years ago, but went off when she was pregnant with her third child. Now after four children, she’s back on the FMD. “I’ve had hormonal issues since my last pregnancy, and I need to get my body straightened out,” she says.
It’s important to understand that our bodies produce enzymes throughout our body that help activate and carry hormones throughout the body. This tests how strong the digestive enzyme reserve is in your saliva by challenging them with something acidic—in this case a lemon—and how long it stabilizes after that.
First, we print the Lemon Challenge / digestive reserve test form, downloadable from the member section on my website. And remember, you can spit onto the nitrazine strips or into a spoon and dip the strips into that, but do not put them in your mouth.
One baseline saliva test
We’ll compare each sample to the colors on the test key. We’ll do this a total of nine times:
Six more samples taken one minute apart
Two final samples spaced five minutes apart
Ideally, you’ll do this about two hours away from eating. Stephanie got a 6.0 for her first one, just slightly acidic, showing me that her production of salivary enzymes is a bit low. Next, we’ll have her drink the juice of half a lemon mixed with a half cup of spring water. Then, she’ll swish and swallow a quarter cup of plain spring water.
Stephanie rebounded a little bit alkaline a minute after her lemon water with a 6.6, so she would be a great candidate for drinking lemon water between meals to stimulate those reserves.
Her next reading showed a salivary pH as a stable 6.7, but I’d actually like to see her go a little higher, because I don’t want her to stabilize back at a 6.0. Her next result was 6.9, indicating that her accessory organs glands had started to kick in. The next three were 6.9, 6.9 and 6.6, before landing between 7.3 and 7.4 on her second 5-minute interval sample.
After the six samples spaced one minute apart, we give our body five minutes to recoup before another sample reading, and one more five minutes later.
When we’re acidic, some things that can help include deep breathing exercises, baking soda and sea salt baths, and more alkaline foods. So if she were to make a beautiful brown rice, she could add onions, cilantro, parsley, maybe even some finely grated spinach, she would help realize those complex carbohydrates more efficiently. Metabolism Free Radicals is also a good supplement when you’re acidic. Alfalfa tea also helps with digestive enzymes.
I recommend that people who tend to be acidic add a vegetable to the snacks on P2, and a vegetable in with complex carbs combined with fats on P3. If Stephanie’s results had been more alkaline than acidic, I would suggest adding a protein with her complex carb in breakfast for P1.
Another great option is Metabolism Enzyme Balance. (Keep in mind that this product is not vegan, because it’s hard to evoke a change in the production of enzymes with a plant based enzyme. Or believe me, I would.)
An ideal test would start at a 6.8, go to maybe a 5.8, sometimes we go to a 7, and then stabilize at 6.8. If your digestive reserve test turns out amazing, run with what you’re doing. If it’s off, do the 7-Day pH testing protocol for even more data on how we can unlock those little snags that may be stagnating your metabolism.
When Stephanie first tested, her active swallowing yielded a bit of acidity in the pH of her saliva. So we want to boost that up. Chewing food is important, and the addition of more vegetables is recommended. Raw foods are harder to break down in the afternoon, so do those earlier—saving cooked vegetables for later in the day.
If you ever feel frustrated with your body or feel like you’re stuck, check your digestive reserves. You would never be frustrated with yourself for not being able to loan a friend $500 if you only had $5 in the bank. The body is really quick to rebound when you give it the right things! Watch my video below for even more ways to get your digestive reserves where they need to be.