The Importance of pH to Your Overall Health

rainbowDo you know how important pH is to the way your body functions? Well, it’s pretty important! It’s a great indicator of how much waste your body can eliminate, and how well some of your organs may be functioning. Here’s what you need to know about pH and how it can impact your health!

Normal pH

A normal body pH is between 6.4 and 7.0. Your body pH may start out higher in the morning, around 7.0, and decrease as the day goes on due to the accumulation of waste by-products in your body, usually to around 6.4 to 6.6. Then, your body discharges waste through your liver, kidneys and lymphatic system to get your pH closer to 7.0.

Today, it is believed that many chronic illnesses can be traced back to a low pH in your body. So, being acidic over a long period may have a big impact on your health.

Buffering Blood

You know how sometimes calcium can do the trick to relieve you of heartburn? Well, when your body is acidic it will leach minerals (like calcium) out of your bones to help buffer the blood’s pH level. This can be recipe for osteoporosis as you age.

Immune System

Being acidic can make your body a more hospitable environment for bacteria and viruses. If you are more susceptible to colds or flu, then it could be because of your pH level!

Chronic Pain

It is thought that low pH may also contribute to chronic pain in patients. If urine pH is consistently lower than 6.4 in the morning then you are at risk for chronic pain!

How to Check Your pH

There are urine testing strips available that can help you determine your pH levels. Simply use the in the morning to see what is says and track it for at least a week or two to see what your consistent pH pattern is.

How to Raise Your pH

The key here is to drink plenty of water, preferably distilled or filtered water. Divide your body weight by two to find out how many ounces of water you should be getting a day. Also, include more vegetables in your diet and try to limit or eliminate junk food. You especially want to stay away from white flour, sugar and salt.

If you have any questions about your pH levels and how they could be impacting your body, talk to your chiropractor today!

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