10 Ways to Alkalize Your Body (+ Why you Should)
It seems like there’s a million reasons our bodies can feel “off,” but a common reason is due to our pH level. Bear with me while we travel back to high school chemistry class and remember the pH scale…it runs from 0 to 14, the acids are the low numbers, 7 is neutral, and alkalines, or basics, are in the higher range over 7.
While our bodies’ systems contain some acid naturally, we are meant to be slightly alkaline (in the 7 to 7.4 range) in order for our immune system, digestion and plenty of other functions to work properly. Alkalinity means there’s more oxygen present—so when we eat alkaline foods our blood takes in more oxygen. When we consume too many acidic foods and drinks (including sugar, caffeine, dairy and glutinous grains), or overexercise to the point of dehydration, or have chronic stress, it can disrupt our balance and cause our pH level to become too acidic.
If you find that you’re chronically fatigued, have sensitive or inflamed gums, trouble losing weight, recurring infections, mineral deficiencies, dull or dry skin, mouth ulcers and/or acid reflux, your pH might be too acidic.