What Is Your PH?

October 26, 2013

Hola! Como estas?  Glad to hear you’re good.  I’m good as well.  I meditated twice yesterday and I meditated this morning as soon as I woke up.  I just finished doing my Zumba and I’m in good spirits!  Hehehehehe.  Okay so, remember when I did a post on pH based on the Tony Robbins cd but by golly it was confusing to understand and I feel it may have been confusing for you too.  I understood the concept (after replaying it over and over) but the delivery may have been confusing.  I wanted to find a better way to break it down for you so hopefully this is less confusing.  Here we go…

Ok let's take it back.  High school back. What does ph stand for?  What is the pH scale?  What range is considered acidic, neutral and alkaline (Don’t look at the pic, no cheating!)?  *Putting on my science cap* Well pH stands for power of hydrogen and the ‘H’ is capitalized because it is standard procedure to capitalize element symbols.  The pH scale is a logarithmic scale that runs from 1 to 14.  From range 1 to 6.9 is acidic, 7 is neutral and anything above 7 is alkaline.  With that said the human blood pH should be slightly alkaline at a level of 7.36.  Now don’t go thinking being above and beyond is good.  You know the saying that too much of one thing isn’t good.  Having an acidic pH is of course bad but having it too alkaline is also not a good thing.  An acidic pH occurs from an acidic diet and believe it or not also occur from emotional stress and a toxic environment ie like a job, relationship etc.  This is why I stay away from anyone that is too negative because it drains me and is toxic to my health!  This is why I don’t speak to my sister.  The woman was killing my energy field.  Also I work veryhard at maintaining a positive energy field at work.  I try very very HARD.  I will suggest to you, if interested, that along with what you will learn today about food make a list of non food items that you feel are toxic to you.  Then its time to ‘clean house’ as a previous friend used to say.  

 

 



Let’s continue.  Having an acidic pH deprives our cells of oxygen and other nutrients.  The body will then try to compensate for this acidity by tapping into our stored alkalinity.  However, if we keep tapping into our reserves it causes more of an acid build up in our cells.  Which is no bueno.  Maintaining an acidic pH is a perfect home for tumor cells to thrive, it decreases the ability for cells to repair itself, decreases the body’s ability to absorb the minerals and nutrients that our body needs and many more bad stuff.  Here’s one thing that was mentioned on a site (link below).  It says that a blood pH of 6.9 can induce coma and death.  Huh.  Interesting.  The reason an acidic diet is so common in the American society is because we eat what we can afford.  For the month of May I spent very close to or maybe over $300 on groceries.  I live by myself and prior my grocery bill for the month was $120 tops!  Why the sudden increase?  Because after feeling the need for a change I started making smoothies mid to the close of April and was replacing it with a meal.  Once May hit and I was introduced to the Nutribullet (thanks Ryan) and learning about a slightly alkaline living lifestyle I began juicing more.  Now don’t be perturbed by the cost.  If it’s easier for you to consume your veggies and fruits by eating them, then by all means do so.  That alone does not work for me and I would not take in the necessary amount of nutrients I need daily.  Inexpensive foods such as fast food chains have very little if any nutrients that we need.  Let’s be honest, how many times have you chosen something ‘healthy’ on the menu?  Exactly!  The American eating lifestyle is way too high in acid producing products like meat, eggs and diary, artificial sweeteners like Equal or aspartame and way too low in alkaline products such as our fruits and veggies.  Nope, I’m not becoming a vegetarian but balance my loves.  Balance.   According to the article (I personally agree) to maintain health our eating habits should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid.  To restore your health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.  Makes sense?  Are you with me so far?

Okay so what is your pH level?  After listening to the Tony Robbins cd I was on a hunt to purchase a pH strip.  None of my local pharmacy had any which was a big surprise.  Someone suggested (I can’t remember who.  Maybe Kazi) that I try the health food store.  They didn’t have the strips but they had a pH tape.  The tape was $13 BUT its 15 yards of tape.  I tested my pH level and as you can see it’s 7.2.  *Pats back* Not bad Shy, not bad.  I wish I knew about this in April.  I would’ve loved to know what it was prior.  Either way I need to get it up.  I’ll be testing it periodically.  I tested my friend’s pH last week and his was a 7.  Nice and neutral but if he wishes to get his pH up he has some work to do.  I’ve copied and pasted the list of acidic and alkaline foods on the site listed below, just in case you don’t have the time to peep over there.  I’ve also listed a website with alkaline juice recipes.  My favorite is the carrot, coconut juice, and celery one.

 



Alkaline Forming Foods

 


VEGETABLES
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Veggies

 


FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Watermelon

 


PROTEIN
Eggs (poached)
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts

OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Veggies Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk
(unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
Kombucha

SWEETENERS
Stevia
Ki Sweet

SPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Veggies

Acid Forming Foods

FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

FRUITS
Cranberries

GRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinoa
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed Flour

DAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Processed
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter

NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ANIMAL PROTEIN
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison

PASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti

OTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes

DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Aspartame
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Pesticides
Herbicides

ALCOHOL
Beer
Spirits
Hard Liquor
Wine

BEANS & LEGUMES
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans
Rice Milk
Almond Milk

Don’t be alarmed if you see some fruits and beans on the acidic side.  Keep scrolling and it will be explained.

ALKALIZING VEGETABLES
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Beet Greens
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard Greens
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Dandelions
Dulce
Edible Flowers
Eggplant
Fermented Veggies
Garlic
Green Beans
Green Peas
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Nightshade Veggies
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Radishes
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spinach, green
Spirulina
Sprouts
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Watercress
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens

ALKALIZING ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Kombu
Maitake
Nori
Reishi
Shitake
Umeboshi
Wakame

ALKALIZING FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Berries
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries, sour
Coconut, fresh
Currants
Dates, dried
Figs, dried
Grapes
Grapefruit
Honeydew Melon
Lemon
Lime
Muskmelons
Nectarine
Orange
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Raisins
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Umeboshi Plums
Watermelon

ALKALIZING PROTEIN
Almonds
Chestnuts
Millet
Tempeh (fermented)
Tofu (fermented)
Whey Protein Powder

ALKALIZING SWEETENERS
Stevia

ALKALIZING SPICES & SEASONINGS
Chili Pepper
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Herbs (all)
Miso
Mustard
Sea Salt
Tamari

ALKALIZING OTHER
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Fresh Fruit Juice
Green Juices
Lecithin Granules
Mineral Water
Molasses, blackstrap
Probiotic Cultures
Soured Dairy Products
Veggie Juices

ALKALIZING MINERALS
Calcium: pH 12
Cesium: pH 14
Magnesium: pH 9
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 14


Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system. 

Note that a food's acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming. 

ACIDIFYING VEGETABLES
Corn
Lentils
Olives
Winter Squash

ACIDIFYING FRUITS
Blueberries
Canned or Glazed Fruits
Cranberries
Currants
Plums**
Prunes**

ACIDIFYING GRAINS, GRAIN PRODUCTS
Amaranth
Barley
Bran, oat
Bran, wheat
Bread
Corn
Cornstarch
Crackers, soda
Flour, wheat
Flour, white
Hemp Seed Flour
Kamut
Macaroni
Noodles
Oatmeal
Oats (rolled)
Quinoa
Rice (all)
Rice Cakes
Rye
Spaghetti
Spelt
Wheat Germ
Wheat

ACIDIFYING BEANS & LEGUMES
Almond Milk
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Rice Milk
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans

ACIDIFYING DAIRY
Butter
Cheese
Cheese, Processed
Ice Cream
Ice Milk

ACIDIFYING NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Legumes
Peanut Butter
Peanuts
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ACIDIFYING ANIMAL PROTEIN
Bacon
Beef
Carp
Clams
Cod
Corned Beef
Fish
Haddock
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Organ Meats
Oyster
Pike
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Sardines
Sausage
Scallops
Shellfish
Shrimp
Tuna
Turkey
Veal
Venison

ACIDIFYING FATS & OILS
Avacado Oil
Butter
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Flax Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

ACIDIFYING SWEETENERS
Carob
Corn Syrup
Sugar

ACIDIFYING ALCOHOL
Beer
Hard Liquor
Spirits
Wine

ACIDIFYING OTHER FOODS
Catsup
Cocoa
Coffee
Mustard
Pepper
Soft Drinks
Vinegar

ACIDIFYING DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Aspirin
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Herbicides
Pesticides
Tobacco

ACIDIFYING JUNK FOOD
Beer: pH 2.5
Coca-Cola: pH 2
Coffee: pH 4
** These foods leave an alkaline ash but have an acidifying effect on the body.


So, what’s your pH hun?

Stay Blessed!

Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor or a nutritionist.  The information provided here is based on what I’ve found on the net or have learned elsewhere.  Anything that I mentioned I’m trying or have tried I really have done.  The information provided is not to tell you what to do.  I’m just sharing what I’ve come across and it’s up to you to how you use this information.  

Website used for chart: http://rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

Website for some alkaline juice ideas: http://www.rawjuicecleanserecipes.com/alkaline-juice-cleanse-recipes/

 

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