Nature Knows Best: Balancing pH Levels



I recently saw a funny quote that read, “Don’t forget to drink water and get some sunlight because you’re basically a house plant with more complicated emotions.” While there’s much more to humans than that, it did get me thinking. If I learned anything from having a husband and father who are both horticulturists it’s this; pH levels matter. This goes for soil when you are growing crops, landscaping with visually appealing flora like azaleas, maintaining houseplants and it even applies to humans.

PH level means “potential for hydrogen” and the scale ranges from 0-14. Water is neutral having a pH of 7.0; a level above 7.0 is alkaline while a level below 7.0 is acidic. A healthy body pH is considered to be between 7.2 – 7.4, according to Dr. Mercola.

I have a feeling many people’s pH level is too acidic due to diets that usually consist of coffee, green tea, soda pop (pH 2.7), processed foods, too much meat, sugar, and dairy. General symptoms of Acidosis, which is a high level of acidity, include fatigue, frequent infections, dry skin, digestive issues, low blood pressure, kidney stones, headaches and more.

When someone asks me for suggestions when dealing with a disease, I usually recommend alkalizing the body. In fact, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in 1931 after proving cancer cells can’t survive in an alkaline environment.

Alkaline forming foods that raise the amount of oxygen our blood receives include green leafy vegetables, cilantro, parsley, avocado, watermelon, cucumber, garlic, chlorella, raisins, and lemons. In my opinion, one of the best ways to help alkaline the body is to drink warm lemon water upon waking. This consists of warm filtered water with a half of lemon squeezed in. Lemon is an acidic fruit but once it’s metabolized in the body it has an alkaline effect. Drinking warm lemon water has many great health benefits.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) with “the mother” in your water once a day is also another way to achieve alkalinity, lose weight, lower cholesterol, control blood sugar levels, decrease joint pain and more. I can’t stress how important a proper pH is for overall health, vitality and disease prevention.

Please note; not having enough acid in the body is called Metabolic Alkalosis. This can happen when one has weakened kidney function, on certain medications, has severe diarrhea/vomiting or overuse of antacids, etc. Medical attention is needed.

Interested in learning more? Books and pH test strips are available. Whether you test your pH level or not, I think it’s wise for most everyone to include more fresh salads containing dark leafy greens and lemons into their lives! As with everything, moderation is essential.

Brooke DeLong, N.D.

“The six best doctors: sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise, and diet.” ~Wayne Fields

Disclaimer: My goal is to empower and educate people to take control of their health, naturally. Please use common sense, visit with your health care provider and do your own research if something piques your interest.

Brooke DeLong

Brooke DeLong

Brooke DeLong has a degree in Naturopathy and is passionate about educating and inspiring people. She is a wife and mom to four awesome kids.

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