From a nutritional point of view, the effect of food on the body are classified as either acid-forming or alkalizing. Many foods that taste ‘acidic’ (e.g. citrus fruits) are considered alkalizing because they leave an alkalizing residue in the body once metabolized. Bland tasting foods such as grains and flour are often acid-forming; when these foods are metabolized, they leave sulphuric, phosphoric and hydrochloric acids behind. Foods and other substances are measured by their pH value (and can be read as a 14 point scale). When food is more acidic, the lower it ranks on the pH scale. When food is more alkaline, the higher it would rank on the pH scale. The bodies pH balance determines the amount of acid and alkalinity present in your system. Now a days, it is easier to become overly acidic because we tend to consume more processed foods, fats, meats and sugars (all of which are acid forming). When our bodies are too acidic a state of demineralization occurs (acid draws minerals out of our bodies tissues). A lack of sufficient minerals will first manifest in nervous or emotional imbalances and lead to more serious issues which effects our entire system. A surplus of acid inside the body can also set the stage for microbial imbalance , also known as dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is associated with many symptoms and conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, cancer, digestive disturbances and other bowel issues, allergies and bacterial infections and skin problems.
Testing Your body’s pH
How do we know when our acid-alkaline balance is off? Fortunately there is a quick, reliable, and affordable way to test your pH levels and can be done so with the Toxikator pH Self-Test. The Toxikator is extremely practical, easy to use and can carry out 120 tests. Four simple strokes of the tester are sufficient enough to determine the acid-alkaline levels. This is a lot easier than litmus paper testing, where you have to self-test the pH of your urine up to 8 times per day. The Toxikator indicates pH value of the skin with reliable and consistent feedback. For the best results, check your pH levels three times a week.
How to Lower Acidity in Your Body
You can help your body reduce acidity through exercise, by consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking water that is both mineralizing and alkalizing. You can also reduce acidity and balance ph with a combination of multi-vitamins and a blend of nourishing super-foods. Consider 2 of Better Living’s top professional line products to balance your pH:
Innate Renewal Greens – This is the only professional strength blend packed with powerful whole food ingredients all of which are low-glycemic, organic, grain-free, dairy-free and contain no filler of any kind. This superfood formulation is suitable for vegans, vegetarians and individuals with gluten or dairy allergies. Renewal Greens are continuously tested for herbicides, pesticides and heavy metals. Renewal Greens has clinically proven benefits where it contains Capros, a superfood derived from Indian gooseberry proven to support cardiovascular health and protects against oxidative stress. Renewal Greens is beneficial for balancing pH because of it’s phytochemical blend and is also ideal for gut health protocols and detoxification.
Metagenics PhytoMulti – This goes beyond a basic vitamin and mineral multiple; Inside you will find a proprietary blend of full-spectrum phytonutrients. Plant foods contains thousands of natural chemicals, aka phytonutrients, all of which are essential for disease prevention and allowing your body to function optimally. This smart multiple contains essential plant compounds such as lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene, and resveratrol all of which are scientifically tested and proven to protect cells and maintain DNA stability. For optimal results consider complementing your Innate Renewal Greens with this sophisticated phytonutrient support. Do you have questions regarding our professional product lines? Please contact Better Living and speak with one of our Certified Nutritional Practitioners for more information.