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Is Your body’s pH making You Fat?
Most people learned about pH in school. The difference between acids and bases can be shown on Ph Test Strips (affiliate link). It was fun to discover where certain liquids would fall on the scale. What most people don’t learn is how important pH is to your health. Did you know your pH could be making if more difficult to lose weight?
The optimal pH level is between 7.2-7.4. “pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14—the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7 which is neutral.” (Natural Health School)
Symptoms of poor pH balance
Symptoms include but are not limited to heart burn, acid reflux, indigestion, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, poor metabolism, mineral deficiencies, constipation, fatigue, brain fog, frequent urination, hypoglycemia, hormonal imbalances, sore muscles and the list goes on.
As you can see, many symptoms of having an acid pH can affect your weight. Weight gain, difficulty losing weight, poor metabolism, fatigue… Does this sounds like you? Our modern diet is not very pH friendly. Most people don’t eat enough foods that are alkaline and this affects their health as well.
You can easily purchase these pH test strips and test yourself at home.
Why is pH balance so important?
Diseases grow in an acidic environment. This includes: cancer, bacteria, fungal infections, viruses, mold and yeast. The increased acid is caused by a lack of oxygen at the cellular level.
The Atlanta Classical Homeopathy describes how pH can even cause excessive weight:
When the human body is in an acidic state, it will try to shield itself from the damaging acid by storing the acid in fat cells. The body tries to prevent the acid from eating holes in tissues. When the acid level is high in the body, calcium is also depleted. Your body may make fat cells in order to store unwanted acid for its own protection. This process may save your vital organs from severe damage. By returning to a balanced pH level, you may lose unwanted fat cells.
So if you are acidic, some of your difficulty losing weight could be a result of your pH balance.
Eating for a Balanced pH
Most fruits and vegetables are great for balancing pH. You can learn more about where other foods fall on the acid and base chart here. By eating 75% of your diet from the foods that are more alkaline, this will help improve your body’s pH. In general, meats, sugar, caffeine, beans, dairy and grains are more acid forming and should be limited. A lower acid diet is usually a healthier diet and can help with weight loss as well. Limiting excessive sugar and processed grains can benefit most people. By reducing your intake of these two foods, you can improve your pH and reach your weight loss goals.
Our naturopath recommended adding pH balancing drops to our liquids:
Supplements for Balancing pH
1) Probiotic or enzyme to help break down your food. Here’s the one I love and use daily.
4) Green supplement. For one that actually tastes good, try this.
5) Vitamin D3. A really good wholefood multivitamin can get you all the various vitamins and minerals you need, this is what I personally use daily.
Have you tested your pH? What are your thoughts about having a balanced pH for your Health?