How to Lower Body PH

Potential Hydrogen, or pH, is the concentration of hydrogen ions in a substance or solution. Human blood pH should be between 7.35 and 7.4. Higher numbers indicate alkalinity and a condition called alkalosis. While high body pH is common among Americans, it can lead to many health problems and imbalances and should be checked regularly.

Instructions

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      Get an accurate pH reading from your doctor. Although you can test your pH levels at home, you should begin with your doctor. Home pH tests use saliva or urine. Your doctor will likely use blood, which is more accurate. He may also want to test for other problems based on the results of your pH test.

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      Eat alkaline foods. These are foods that can help lower you body's pH and include avocado, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumber, dark lettuces, garlic, fruits, fresh herbs, kale, leeks, lemon, lime, millet, onion, parsley, quinoa, red new potatoes, spinach, squash, tomato and zucchini.

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      Avoid acid-causing foods such as white flour and sugar. Avoid or restrict coffee, alchohol and soft drinks, including diet sodas.

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      Take alkaline supplements if your pH is very high, you're on a restricted diet or your health care provider recommends them.

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      Reduce your stress. Incorporate deep-breathing, meditation or other relaxation techniques into your daily routine.

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      Exercise. In addition to the multitude of other benefits, exercise will also help you reduce stress.

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      Continue to work with your health care provider. Even if testing your pH levels at home, make sure you remain under the consultation of a physician to keep you on the right track and to avoid problems.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use honey instead of sugar.
  • When choosing a supplement, always consult your doctor or a nutrition expert.
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