Measure, recover and control your body’s pH – Check out our 6 tips

How important is your body’s pH level? And can you restore it if it is too high or too low? Fortunately, the answer is a resounding yes. You can restore your body’s pH level. It is even vital.

It is not complicated and it provides you with a sustainably healthier and more vital body, while it also reduces the risk of all kinds of (ageing) complaints. In other words: measure your pH value and eat, drink, swallow, exercise and relax yourself to optimal health.

pH in everyday life

I once had a girlfriend and it didn’t really fit with her physically. For a long time it was unclear to me what was going on. Only later did it dawn on me that the large difference in acidity between the two bodies played an important role (there was more to it, but that’s more of an article about the human psyche…).

Much later it only became clear to me how important a good and constant pH value, the unit of measurement with which the acidity of the body and (liquid) substances is indicated, is for one’s own body. Especially because the body is often more acidic than desired. Fortunately, it is never too late to correct your body’s pH with simple means.

A bit of chemistry

You may remember it from chemistry class, one of those slips of paper that, when dipped in a liquid, turned more red or blue. With a comparative color table you could then determine how acidic or basic (alkaline) a liquid was. This always resulted in a value of 0 to 14, the so-called pH value.

The pH is herein derived from the Latin ‘potentia Hydrogenii’, loosely translated the potentially present hydrogen ions, positively or negatively charged hydrogen molecules, in an aqueous solution.

If the value is 0, the paper will turn alarmingly red because the liquid is so acidic that it dissolves everything (yes, including your fingers). If the value is 14 then the liquid is extremely alkaline and equally disastrous for the body. Everything in between is represented by gradations from red to blue.

The value 7 is exactly in the middle and is the most neutral value, the value of pure water. Because the human body consists of at least seventy percent water, we are constantly dealing with the acidity of that water.

PH level of a healthy human body acidity

Average pH in the body

The body is constantly working, causing the pH value to fluctuate. Sometimes even quite. For example, the pH value of urine can vary from 5 to 8 in one day. And if the urine has a value below 4, then just sit on the toilet. Then there are too many acids in the intestinal tract due to fermentation or putrefaction and these are guaranteed to be removed through diarrhoea.

For example, every organ or body substance has an associated pH value. The pH value of the pancreas is around 8 because this organ deacidifies the food processed in the stomach. Saliva is quite neutral with a value of 7, but the gastric juices again give an extremely acidic environment with values ​​below 3.

The skin also has a slightly acidic pH value of around 5.5 to prevent bacteria from penetrating our skin. Skin washed with any soap loses that acidity and needs at least three hours to restore it. That is why it is recommended not to use soap or at most pH-neutral soap.

Measuring pH value

How do you control your own pH value? Actually it is very simple. There are excellent pH meters. I have one to measure the acidity of wine and pickled vegetables. A handy thing (you can order it here), but not something to dip in my urine in the morning and then put between the sweet and sour pickles again.

That is why the acid-base pH test strips are a lot more convenient. You throw it away after every use. You collect some (morning) urine, dip the test strip in it and compare it with the enclosed color chart. This way you can easily read your pH value.

Keep in mind that the pH value of your urine fluctuates quite a bit. Ideally, the value is at least 6.8 and optimal 7.4, but don’t be alarmed if the value is below or above it. It also depends on what you ate and when.

The best way to get a good impression of the acidity of your body is to measure the pH value of your urine at different times on three consecutive days. Add those values ​​together, divide the total by 3 and you have a fairly reliable average.

pH value important for body, sense of well-being and health

So the body is one big chemistry factory. And a hyperactive one too. Everything you put in your mouth, what you do, what you leave out, even what you think affects the functioning of that complex factory that aims to provide the most beneficial pH value (7.4) so that your body can function optimally.

But what if you constantly put way too many (too) acidic things in your mouth? And note: you don’t have to eat lemons all day for that. The acidity of a glass of Coke is just as high as that of a glass of pure lemon juice. The fact that you can’t taste it on the cola has to do with another acid-increasing culprit: sugar.

Our bodies are often too acidic

We usually don’t think about it, but many products are seriously acidifying. The fact that they are meat and fish is just another reason to eat vegetarian or vegan, but things like bread, chips, chocolate and mayonnaise are also seriously acidifying. Unfortunately also the vegan variants.

Add to this things like wine, beer, sweeteners, black tea and coffee and you understand that the pH value of your body more often swings to the (too) acidic side. A handy tool to make you aware of the acidifying effect of food and fluids is the acid-base nutritional guide, of which you can download a PDF here.

Do you have to worry about an acidic body?

The shortest and clearest answer is yes. Too much acidity can have many consequences for the body. Because things such as stress, use of medicines, physical stress and environmental factors also influence the pH value of the body, it is important to keep a close eye on the acidity.

Now the body is an extremely intelligent system that brilliantly beats our own cognitive brain and immediately gets to work to neutralize and remove acids in the body, but a continuous (too) high acidification depletes the stock of important minerals to to fight acids. And that will cause problems in the long run.

Possible complaints

If your acid-base balance is permanently disturbed, you will get complaints sooner or later. You often don’t notice it right away. For example, if the blood is too acidic, the body withdraws calcium from your bones to neutralize it again. If this is continuously the case, osteoporosis is lurking.

The level of acidity affects the whole factory that is the body. The breathing, the vascular system, the nervous system, the organs, the skin, muscles and bones, everything takes a hit when the pH value is too high or too low. And that leads to simple complaints such as fatigue, headache, listlessness, hyperventilation, a covered tongue and constipation, further gastrointestinal complaints, sleeping problems and a persistent feeling of stress.

If the acidity of the body is structurally too high or too low, it can go from bad to worse and lead to stomach ulcers, depression, allergies, obesity, decreased libido, strong aging of skin and bones, gout, osteoarthritis, forms of rheumatism, heart – and vascular problems, diabetes and… Well, I could go on and on.

The advantage is that you can do something about it. At any time in your life.

ph value body recovery. with vegetable nutrition

Six tips to restore your body’s pH level

A structurally too high pH value often has to do with underlying metabolic problems or kidney abnormalities, but a permanently too low pH value, and therefore too high an acidity of the body is usually, to put it bluntly, completely all our own responsibility.

Fortunately, deacidifying the body and working on a well-balanced pH level is not a higher science. You can go a long way with very simple adjustments, although it does mean that your drinking, snack, junk food, candy, and any meat, fish and dairy habits have to be overhauled.

To deacidify a body, minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium are especially needed, which you can mainly find in vegetables and fruit. And yes, calcium is also in a lot of dairy, but the proteins and fats in it are so acidifying that it neutralizes the effect again. Another good reason to eat mostly vegan. Which immediately leads to the first and most obvious tip:

Know what you eat

For a good balance and a neutral pH value, it is important that you eat more alkaline and less acidic foods. The ideal balance is one quarter acidic and three quarters alkaline. In concrete terms, this means that you should eat as much (organic) vegetables, fruit, root and tuber vegetables and nuts as possible.

Sugars, many gluten-containing foods such as bread and pasta, meat, fish, cheese and other dairy products are best eaten as little as possible if you want to restore the pH value of your body.

This means that a vegan diet is usually quite good for your pH value, unless of course you are a real vegan snacker with a diet of only chips and vegan meat substitutes. And beer to wash it down.

Keep up your water level

In addition to the solid food, what you drink also plays a major role. If only because the body consists largely of water, the acidity of which has a major influence on the final pH value. That is why the adage also applies here: drink at least two liters, preferably purified (spring) water per day. Also view the benefits of drinking water here.

deacidifying with water drinking - tip

There are pH specialists who swear by drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda in it on an empty stomach. This is because sodium bicarbonate (which is basically baking soda) is also produced by the body and plays a major role in neutralizing the acidity of the stomach contents. That goes a bit far for me.

Then I prefer to take my own water kefir, an herbal tea or even a vegetable juice. Which are of course many times better than the arsenal of soft drinks and alcoholic drinks for lowering acidity. Fortunately, according to the nutrition guide, red wine is only ‘slightly acidifying’.

Make a habit of fasting

Fasting. It sounds more serious than it is. Fasting is nothing more than giving the body a rest for a while so that it can work on the recovery of the pH value without new ‘invaders’. And you can rest for a while with a radical fasting cure, but also with a fixed fasting day in the week or even a daily fasting period.

The idea of intermittent fasting is a great way to maintain a healthy pH level with the right diet. Fasting for 16 hours a day (a period in which you can drink water, herbal teas, and certain vegetable juices) and then an eight-hour period to eat your meals throughout the day. And it’s not that hard. It means, for example, that you do not eat anything from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. Then you only miss your late night snack (not so beneficial after all) and your breakfast maybe a little later than usual.

Move, move, move

Again, no higher science. Exercise is good for a person, so also for the pH value. More or less intensive exercise releases endorphins, a happiness hormone that also reduces stress.

In addition, exercise intensifies your breathing. This is of great importance, because when you inhale oxygen enters, which converts into bases, while when you exhale carbon dioxide, so literally acid, is expelled. And you don’t even have to run a half marathon for positive effects. Walking or cycling for half an hour every day and at least 15 minutes of more intensive exercise every other day is already a guaranteed pH improver.

ph value tips - deacidifying moving

Avoid stress

Exercise reduces stress, but pure relaxation is just as good. Therefore, make sure that you get enough ‘rest’ physically and mentally. And that rest may well be practicing a hobby such as drawing and painting or playing an instrument. Expressing creativity also provides a boost of substances that are necessary to suppress too high an acid content.

Pamper your body

It would be nice if this was a complete open door, but unfortunately it isn’t. In addition to all internal processes, the largest organ we have, the skin, also plays a huge role in the pH level of the body. The pores remove waste acids and the skin as a whole is a powerful alkaline bastion against acid-boosting bacteria.

A bath with a basic herbal oil or deacidifying and mineralizing bath salt has a stimulating effect on the removal of waste products and cleans the old, often ‘acidified’ skin surface so that space is created for new skin. It also relaxes quite a bit.

And to make it even more beautiful: a regular massage to remove the acids that deposit as slag in the connective tissue faster or a sauna also works great for balancing the acidity of the body. So don’t say it’s hard work and heavy sacrifice.

relax massage pH value body

Elixir of life

By controlling the pH level of the body and balancing acidity, you actually have a huge functional ‘elixir of life’ in your own hands. And you don’t even have to act like a stern Spartan for it.

You can simply continue to enjoy many good things in life, that is in many ways even vital. So don’t become a sourpuss, check and manage your pH value, prevent many (‘old age’) complaints and remain permanently vital and healthy.

Have you ever measured or tried to restore your body’s pH value? Do you want to do that after reading this article? Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

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