What is Ph?
pH is known as potential hydrogen and is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The measure of pH ranges from 0 to14. When the pH of a solution is 7, it is said to be neutral. Solutions with a pH less than 7 are acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are known to be alkaline.
Alkaline By Design. ACIDIC BY FUNCTION.
For the systems to function properly, the body prefers a slightly alkaline profile. At the same time, acidic by-products are produced from metabolic processes. Where a healthy body should be mildly alkaline with a pH level of 7.35 to 7.45, a slight acidic blood pH may pose some health concerns and tilt the acid-alkaline balance.
Let’s do a simple quiz to find out!
Answer the following questions.
On a scale of 1 to 5.
1 being “never” and 5 being “daily.”
Total up your score to find out
where you fall on the acid-alkaline continuum.
1 - NEVER . 2 RARELY . 3 - OCCASIONALLY . 4 - FREQUENTLY . 5 - DAILY
I add sugar to tea, coffee, cereal, or other foods or drinks.
I eat fried foods.
I eat sweets and desserts.
I drink soda, including diet soda.
I eat fast food.
I eat snacks such as packaged crackers or chips.
I eat or drink dairy products.
I eat processed & packaged foods.
I eat red meat and/or pork.
I eat chicken and/or fish.
I eat baked goods that contain white flour and/or sugar.
I drink alcohol.
I take over-the-counter or prescription medications.
I feel stressed.
Total Up Your Score To Find Out
How do you Fare?
More than 60: Highly acidic Your body is likely to be dealing with excessive acidity.
45 to 60: Relatively high acidity You may already be experiencing pH-imbalance symptoms, such as fatigue, infections, inflammation, digestive problems, and allergies.
30 to 44: Possibility of an acidic profile You probably live a fairly healthy lifestyle, but your diet may still be acidic, even if you haven’t started to experience symptoms yet.
15 to 29: Well-balanced You have a good body pH balance and you’re giving your body a good chance of maintaining a slightly alkaline condition.
Adapted from The Ultimate pH Solution: Balance Your Body Chemistry to Prevent Disease and Lose Weight by Michelle Schoffro Cook, ND.
How Do i Know My Body Ph?
pH 7.00 - 7.50
Provides a quick indication of your current health status, gauging from the amount of alkaline mineral reserve in the body.
pH 7.35 - 7.45
Commonly practised in hospitals or clinics, this is the most accurate method to determine the body pH.
pH 6.4 - 6.8
Used to test if your body is discharging an acceptable quantity of acidic waste.
What Makes You Acidic?
A baby may have an acidic profile, potentially an inherited trait from the mother during pregnancy, deprivation of oxygen during labour or due to acid reflux.
Liquor, smoke, stress and irregular sleeping hours may give an acidic profile. Additionally, naturally occurring free radicals produced in excess induces oxidative stress to the body.
70% to 80% of our modern diets such as meats, processed food, sugar, liquor, coffee are acid forming food. Fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in a lesser amount may possibly develop an overall acidic pH profile.
UPGRADE YOUR DIET CHART
Is your diet “acidic” or “alkaline”? The food you consume can affects the state of your health. Eating alkaline food may be a healthier option while acidic food should be consumed in moderation. Potential renal acid load (PRAL) is a calculated value to assess the effects of food on body’s PH based on 5 essential nutrient values. Food with negative PRAL score is alkaline, and those with positive PRAL score is acidic.
0.49 Protein + 0.037 Phosphorus - 0.021 Potassium - 0.026 Magnesium - 0.013 Calcium
WHAT is ANTIOXIDANT?
Antioxidant is a substance that counteracts free radical (O2-) attacks, a process commonly known as oxidation. In general, all liquids have an Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP), which is measured in millivolts (MV). Negative ORP reading indicates the presence of antioxidant, conversely positive ORP reading indicates higher rate of oxidation. Oxygen-Radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) test is one of the standard guidelines used to evaluate the overall antioxidant power of food and supplements.
ORAC (OXYGEN RADICAL ABSORBANCE CAPACITY) VALUES
SOME COMMON FOODS (PER 100G)
THE WORLD’S TOP 10 HIGH ORAC FOODS (PER 100G)