What Do PH, Blood & Food Have In Common?

Food effects the pH level of your blood. By eating healthy foods you can prevent common illnesses.

It can be frustrating to hear the same old refrains from the news, your doctor, and your mother: "Get more rest! Eat healthier!" These simple recommendations are so much harder to follow than they sound. Most of us would love to get more sleep than our jobs allow, and would gladly eat healthier meals if they were served through a fast food window. It is also daunting to know where to begin eating healthier, when it seems that even a degree in nutrition isn't enough to keep up with what's healthy and what's not. Here is some news that doesn't change and is simple to use for your benefit: pH and illness are directly related, and your pH level is easy to adjust and measure.

No matter how much you wash your hands, you will eventually be exposed to bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. Strengthen your immunity by improving your pH balance, and you won't have to run for herbal remedies and pray for their success. When the public is admonished to sleep and eat well in order to protect their immune systems, the detailed information on how this process works is lacking. The fact is, that our acid/alkaline balance, or pH balance, is very delicate and dramatically effected by everything we consume. Of course we do need vitamins and minerals, but if you do not have healthy levels when a cold strikes, it is too late to prevent it. While it is hard to regulate our own vitamin and mineral intake, it is very easy to regulate our acidity, and in the process we will automatically be eating healthier foods.

The ideal pH balance for humans is 7.4. There is a very small range of acidity in which we can even survive, so small variations dramatically affect or indicate our health. A person with unusually extreme alkalinity, for example, is likely to be epileptic. People with extreme acidity, on the other hand, are, well, your every day tired Americans on the constant verge of allergies and colds. The tiny microbes that comprise viruses and bacteria need acid conditions to exist, just as fire needs oxygen. If you eliminate oxygen, you kill the fire. If you eliminate extreme acidity, viruses cannot survive.



The normal human condition is healthy. Our bodies are given the tools to fight illness, but we simply do not use those tools often enough. One of the strongest tools we have against illness is to keep our pH at the ideal level. Meat and sugar dramatically acidify our blood stream, inviting illness. Whole grains, especially millet, alkalize our systems. The great news is, you never have to worry about overdoing the alkalinity. As long as you are aiming to reduce acid in your body, you will be on the right track. One of the best ways to immediately reduce your acidity is by drinking kukicha tea. Kukicha tea is naturally decaffeinated because it is brewed from twigs instead of leaves, and only leaves contain caffeine. Kukicha tea is a centuries old secret of the orient and can be found in health stores everywhere and by mail order.

Keep track of your pH level with litmus tape. Small rolls of yellow paper that are used in laboratory settings can help you test your acidity as often as you like. Just place an inch of the paper under your tongue for a few seconds and then compare the resulting color to the chart on the tape box. You can get a supply from chemical suppliers that will last you forever, or just one roll of tape from macrobiotic and natural health companies. Saliva is the least accurate way of testing pH, urine being the next best, and blood the most accurate reflector of your acid level. Saliva is easy to test however, and is plenty accurate enough to use on a daily basis for people in relatively good health. It is also impressive to watch how quickly you can change your pH level by testing your saliva between meals, or after you eat an acid producing food like a cookie! Congratulations! You are on your way to preventing colds and flu and strengthening your immune system the natural way.

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