The normal pH of your body ranges from 6.5 to 7.5, which is neutral. PH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline something is. If your body fluids are too acidic--6.0 or lower--you could be susceptible to various cancers, diabetes, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. However, there are certain foods you can add to your diet to raise your body’s pH rather quickly. By raising your pH to a normal level, you not only help your body to avoid these diseases, you help it kill bacteria, parasites and viral infections.
Things You'll Need
- Acid-basic litmus test kit
- List of alkaline foods
- Exercise mat
Take a litmus test to see how much you need to raise your pH. Litmus testing kits are available at science websites, hardware stores and health food stores. Press a strip against your tongue long enough to moisten it. The strip should change color; compare the color to the chart on the test kit. If your saliva is slightly acidic, diet and exercise are fine. For very acidic saliva, see a doctor immediately.
Incorporate alkaline foods into your daily diet. Alkaline foods include green vegetables, onion, garlic, tomatoes, grapefruit, almonds, pumpkins and some vegetable juices. See “Energise for Life” in the References section for a complete list.
Add at least one alkaline food to each meal. Drink tomato juice in the morning or pour almond milk on your cereal. Have a salad full of alkaline veggies for lunch and prepare a baked veggie casserole for dinner. Eat nuts and alkaline fruits for snacks or incorporate them into breakfast. Avoid convenience foods, meats, and caffeinated and sugary beverages; these are all acid-forming foods that will counteract your efforts.
Exercise to oxygenate your body. Do something stress-relieving like yoga, pilates or tai chi. Loosening your muscles will help oxygen to flow. Oxygen is neutral and will help raise your pH. Spend 10 to 15 minutes each day breathing deeply, drawing breaths deep into your lungs.