Understanding Body pH and Disease
Body pH and Disease- Part 3
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing the benefits of understanding body pH and how it correlates to disease prevention. We’ve discussed how to check your pH, as well as simple changes to make to start shifting your pH into a more alkaline state.
This week we’re stopping into one of our favorite health food stores, Hoover’s
Natural Market, to show some of our favorite products to add to your routine for
optimal health. We love local health food stores because they typically carry fresh
local produce. It’s really important to know where your produce comes from
because most non-local produce is green-harvested, which means that the fruits and
vegetables are harvested before their ripe. A majority of the vital nutrients in fruits
and vegetables develop during the ripening process. As a result, produce that is
green-harvested typically lacks most of the nutrients and vitamins that we would
expect to find in them. Therefore, try to purchase your produce from local farmers,
co-ops or trusted health food stores.
Let’s discuss some great supplements and products to amplify your body’s transition from acidic pH to alkaline pH.
Apple Cider Vinegar
You may have assumed that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is acidic because it’s
vinegar.. but it’s actually alkaline-forming in the body! ACV is an amazing addition to your daily routine. It has been shown to have numerous positive effects on raising pH and making you more alkaline. AVC has also been shown to improve mood, improve skin and clear up acne, help with digestion and help you feel full faster, among many other things. Be cautious of drinking ACV straight out of the bottle as it can wear down the enamel on your teeth. Instead, we recommend mixing ACV with water in a 1:10 ratio. Simply pour an ounce of ACV into a 10-ounce glass of water and drink it down! This is another great way to increase your water intake throughout the day. Be sure to purchase Organic ACV with “the mother” in it, such as Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
While it is always best to get your vegetables from fresh whole sources, many
people are unable to consume enough vegetables throughout the day. We discussed
in our earlier blog how juicing is a fantastic way to add in extra greens, but for those
who are unable to juice, there are a few fantastic green powders that can be added
to your diet. We really love Green Vibrance by Vibrant Health because it’s a high-
quality green blend with probiotics. Simply add a scoop to some water or natural
juice to increase your consumption of veggies.
Spirulina and Chlorella
Most powdered greens will have spirulina and chlorella in them, but if they don’t,
make sure to find a powder or tablet with this fantastic plant algae. These algae are
well-known powerhouses, as they are packed with vital nutrients for the body.
Research shows they can
- support the immune system
- balance blood sugar levels
- May even help fight cancer
*Be sure to pick “cracked cell wall chlorella” as this is the form that is the most absorbable in the body.
Because body acidity can pull calcium from the bones, a great calcium supplement is
a wonderful addition to your daily supplements. Be cautious when choosing your
supplements! Most supplements contain calcium carbonate, which is much less
expensive. However, calcium carbonate is poorly absorbed by the body, which
makes supplements with calcium carbonate a waste. Try to find a supplement with
calcium citrate instead. Calcium citrate is more than twice as absorbable as calcium
carbonate, and even though it may be a bit more expensive, it’s worth it.
Probiotics are essential for healthy gut function. We recommend getting your
probiotics from different sources since different sources have different strains of
probiotics. Some probiotic rich foods are sauerkraut, greek yogurt, and kombucha. I
especially love water kefir for probiotics. For habitual soda drinkers, water kefir is a
great way to get your fix for “something fizzy” so swapping out a soda for water
kefir is a fantastic way to improve your gut health.