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How to Make Your Body More Alkaline and Less Acidic

Alkaline vs Acidity

pH measures how acidic or alkaline a solution is. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 as neutral on the scale. Pure water has a pH of 7. Anything below 7 is considered to be acidic. Anything above 7 is considered to be alkaline. An optimal pH range for our body is slightly alkaline, sitting between 7.35 to 7.45.

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What Acidity does to the body

Many of us have an internal pH that is too acidic due to what we eat, what we drink, and a big contributing factor - stress.

 When our bodies are too acidic, it can create symptoms like:


  • Chronic fatigue


  • Brain fog


  • Headaches


  • A stiff neck

  • Joint pain


The effects of  stress  on your bodies pH level

When we’re stressed, we tend to breathe shallowly. When we take shallow breaths, we aren’t fully blowing out the carbon dioxide in our lungs, which allows it to build in our bodies. The body can break down carbon dioxide on its own, but not if it’s too busy breaking down all the acidity in the foods we are eating. This carbon dioxide can continue to build until our internal pH becomes acidic. This is called Respiratory Acidosis.

Here are two ways to make your body more Alkaline

1. Food


Alkalinity through food can improve the function of your immune system, boost your ability to absorb vitamins, and reduce chronic inflammation. 

Bring more alkaline potent foods into your diet like:
 

  • Cucumbers


  • Chlorophyll


  • Strawberries

  • Celery

  • 
Spinach

Cut back on acidic foods like:
 

  • Processed sugar

  • 
Processed food


  • Grains


  • Coffee


  • White flour

2. The Wim Hof Breathing Method

There are a few methods designed to combat stress and carbon dioxide build up, but the one that we find most effective is the Wim Hof breathing technique (To read more about Wim Hof - click here). You can do it from home or at work. Here’s how:


 

  1. Set a timer for twenty minutes.

  2. Get into a comfortable position, with your spine straight but shoulders and neck relaxed.

  3. Take 40 deep breaths, filling your lungs to their capacity. Use your diaphragm to fill your belly like a balloon, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.

  4. After the 40th exhale, stop, and hold your breath, lungs empty of air.

  5. Hold on as long as you can. Once you need to take your next breath, do so, then exhale, emptying your lungs entirely once more.

  6. Begin the process again, until the twenty minutes is up.


If you'd like to more accurately monitor your bodies pH level, you can test it at home with pH strips. We like AlkaWay Diagnostic pH Test Strips. 

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.