Do you ever wonder how the pH of our body affects our health? Test your knowledge on these items on these items below to see how this works. You might be surprised at what you find.
1. T/F Your blood and urine pH should be the same.
2, T/F Your digestive system performs best when it is alkaline.
3. T/F What you put into your body effects the pH of your urine.
4. T/F What you put into your body effectst the pH of your blood.
5. T/F Eating an acidic food always means it will cause your body to be acidic
1. False. Your blood and urine pH are different. The average urine pH is 6.0, ideal urine pH ranges between 6.5 and 7.5 or slightly higher. It is good for us to flucuate within a 24 hr period. The pH of our blood maintains a narrow range of 7.35 to 7.45. The pH of our blood is among the most tightly regulated variables in human physiology. Acute changes in blood pH induce powerful regulatory effects at the level of the cell, organ, and organism.
2. False. Your body needs stomach acids to digest food. Many people with digestive issues (acid reflux, etc) take antacids as they experience discomfort after eating. Unfortunately, this is often the oposite of what their body needs. They need the hydorchloric acid that's present in the stomach to digest food. To learn more about this visit this site: https://owlcation.com/stem/Hydrochloric-Acid-in-the-Stomach-and-Digestive-Problems
3. True. What we consume has a direct effect on our bodies pH system. It's important to test our pH on a regular basis to maintain optimal health. Most of us, without realizing it, are very acidic due to our typical American diet, fast food, processed food, and high stress. Test strips can be purchased almost anywhere to make testing at home simple and routine. My favorite is Hydrion pH 15 Foot Roll With Chart and Dispenser 5.5-8.0 pH Range.
4. This is mainly false with a hint of truth. Our body is constantly seeking homeostasis and, as mentioned earlier, our blood pH is a tightly regulated system. What we put ino our body determines how hard our body needs to work to maintain the narrow range of 7.35 to 7.45. Make sense? If not, here's more info on that topic: https://nutriciously.com/why-how-to-alkalize-your-body/
5. False. This is odd, huh? But sometimes eating an acidic food does help to alkalize our body. What? How? Glad you asked. The acid/alkaline load of a given food refers not to the pH of the food prior to consumption, but to the acid/alkaline result after you digest it. Our kidneys have to neutralize the acid that’s produced in the process of digestion. To understand this in greater depth read this: https://yurielkaim.com/highly-alkaline-foods/
Knowing this what are a few things that can be done that will have a big impact? Buy pH strips to test your urine pH on a regular basis, avoid/minimize sugar, add greens to your diet, drink alkaline water and Kombucha on a regular basis.