What Your Body's pH Can Tell You
Is Your Body Too Acidic?
I talk a lot about whether your body is acidic or alkaline. The balance between acidity and alkalinity can influence your risk of osteoporosis, muscle loss, kidney stones, and even diabetes, heart disease, thyroid issues, and high blood pressure.
If your body’s fluids are too acidic, minerals are actually pulled from your body’s structure — your bones and tissues — to compensate for this as your body struggles to strike a balance. A body that is too acidic can suffer from thinning bones and muscle loss. If you’re too acidic, your body’s defenses may be low, making you more susceptible to inflammation, infection, and even dental decay.
Measure Your Body’s pH
So how do you determine your body’s acidity or alkalinity? It’s easy to measure your body’s pH. All you need are little pH test strips. These can be found at most local drugstores. You can test your urine or saliva (don’t put the strips in your mouth). The strip will turn color, and you use an included color chart to match your result to a numeric value. A perfect acid/alkaline balance is 7.0, but a little over or under is fine.
I find that most people’s bodies tend to be too acidic, with pH values of less than 6.4. That’s because the standard American diet typically includes far too many acid-producing foods, including red meat, flour, and processed sugars. Talk to your doctor if your body pH levels are consistently higher than 8.0 or lower than 6.0 to be sure there’s no underlying related issue.
I also love to test pH using the Lemon Challenge Test. In this easy test, you measure your body’s acidity after drinking lemon juice to see how quickly your body rebounds to its normal balance. If you are one of my website Members, check out this video on how to do that.
What if Your pH is Out of Balance?
What happens if you find your body is too acidic, or you don’t rebound quickly to your body’s normal balance? Check this blog post for helpful tips!