003666-4Feeling sluggish? Are you suffering from chronic fatigue? Maybe it’s time to test your body’s pH. It’s common today that our bodies have an imbalance in pH due to the popularity and abundance of sugary, cheesy foods and refined carbs in the American diet. Eating too many of these foods can cause an overly acidic environment in your body. While these foods are fine in moderation, it’s always good to balance out your diet with foods that have an alkaline effect on your body’s overall pH.

Why is it good to balance your body’s overall pH?

People who suffer from an overly acidic pH are at greater risk for a number of problems. In an overly acidic environment, the body is forced to borrow minerals like calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid. This can contribute to problems such as cardiovascular damage, weight gain, immune deficiency, hormone issues, osteoporosis, digestive issues, low energy and fatigue.

Here’s how you can balance out your body’s pH and boost your energy and wellbeing!

First, you can test your pH simply by using litmus strips found in most pharmacies. Then, if you find that you’re imbalanced, find out what foods you can eat to restore balance to your pH:

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Here are some more great tips on how to restore pH balance to your diet:

alkaline-foods-chart• Take a daily multivitamin to offset any nutritional gaps and essential fatty acid supplements and a quality probiotic to help absorb bone-strengthening minerals.

• Eat lots of dark leafy green vegetables and root vegetables. These are excellent sources of alkalizing mineral compounds and great for the body’s absorption of calcium.

• Keep your servings of acidifying animal protein down to four ounces per meal.

• Avoid eating a lot of refined carbohydrates and trans fats.

• Keep in mind that the actual pH of the food itself has nothing to do with its acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body. Lemons are an excellent example of a very acidic food, but after digestion, they are alkaline-forming in the body.

• Heartburn or acid reflux may be the result of too little acid in your stomach. Don’t assume you’re too acidic! The best way to find out is to test your pH.

Paying attention to pH is one thing you can do to make a positive change for your long-term health and wellbeing. So start today and tune in on what’s happening in your body. Find your balance and feel your best!

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