The best way to find out what is going on inside your body is to check the pH balance of your urine. The pH (potential of Hydrogen) balance is a way of describing the acidity or alkalinity of a substance on a scale of 0 - 14.
Your healthy body should maintain a slightly alkaline blood pH of about 7.4 compared to the neutral (water) at a pH of 7.0.
You have probably heard that when you are sick your body's pH level has strayed further towards the acidic end of the scale.
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Find out for yourself what your pH level is when you are healthy and then compare it with the level when you are sick.
Testing the pH of your body sounds like an involved procedure requiring medical tests at the hospital but fortunately it is quite simple and can be done in the privacy of your own home using ...
pH paper comes complete with instructions on its use in testing the pH level of your urine or any other liquid you are curious about.
You can get pH Paper from Amazon - PH PAPER 100 STRIPS or Micro Essential Lab 51 Hydrion Wide Range pH Test Paper Dispenser, Single Roll, 1 - 11 pH
When urine touches the paper it (the paper) will change color to indicate the approximate acid/alkaline or pH balance in your body.
The lower end of the scale is acidic while numbers approaching 14 represent an alkaline environment.
Your urine should register at about 6.0 pH but ...
Different parts of your body will have different levels varying from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. If they stray too far from the norm you will have health issues.
Too much alkalinity signals alkalosis while too much acid causes acidosis. Your urine should register slightly on the acidic side of the scale to be healthy. If you are sick your body will likely register too far on the acidic side.
For a complete diet to help balance your body's pH I recommend the book The pH Balance Diet: Restore Your Acid-Alkaline Levels to Eliminate Toxins and Lose Weight (See all undefined)
Eating an Alkaline Diet will do wonders for your health and vinegar will help but ....
Apple cider vinegar will help maintain your pH balance either upward or downward whichever is needed. Let me explain ...
If you burn your hand what is the first thing you do to cool it off?
You blow on it right? But what do you do if your hands are cold?
Get my point?
Vinegar, although it is acidic, can affect you as if it were alkaline.
Ok, Ok. I can hear you laughing.
You have probably read other websites that say acidic is acidic and alkaline is alkaline. I have read them as well and they make a lot of sense, don't they?
I mean, how can an acidic food have an alkaline effect on your body's pH balance?
Adding acid to an acidic environment can only make it more acid right? That's what they say in the blogs you read on the web. The problem is these people are only looking at the question one way. Black is black and white is white and obviously so.
They make a very good argument and most reasonable people will agree with them but things are not always that simple.
When you categorize foods you need to know that there are 2 properties of food that must be considered.
As you know the process of digestion involves adding some very strong acid to the food. If we were to consider only property number 1 above, wouldn't this make all foods acidic? After all they all contain lots of acid while they are being digested.
The fact is, vinegar has both acidic properties and alkaline properties that can come to play depending on the circumstances. (as do other fruits) In this case, digestion is the circumstance that applies. (see item number 2 above)
Any food, including vinegar, undergoes oxidation when digested by your body. This oxidation process turns vinegar alkaline because that is it's natural state even though it "contains" malic acid and acetic acid. (Other foods may become more acidic when digested.)
Remember I said your body's pH balance is more acidic when you are sick? The alkaline effect of digested apple cider vinegar has the ability to "nudge" an acidic body towards a more alkaline (healthy) state, so ....
If you are not feeling 100%, try testing your pH balance and then take 2 tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar and honey (for taste) in 6 ounces of clean hot water* to nudge your system back in line.
This concoction serves as an excellent “pick-me-up” and tastes pretty good as well.
If the taste doesn’t suit you try using apple juice instead of water and honey.
I find that mixing vinegar with hot water takes the edge off and makes it quite pleasant.
- Itchy skin is usually associated with dry skin but regardless of the
cause you will be pleasantly surprised with the results you get from
dabbing the irritation with a small amount of vinegar.
Natural Acne Cures - Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the best natural acne cures and you probably have some in your kitchen cabinet right now. There are three steps you need to follow in the treatment of acne when it breaks
Age Spot Removal - Apple cider vinegar and onion juice may be the secret to successful age spot removal. Try this vinegar home remedy for removing age spots and you may find unexpected but very welcomed health results.
Removing Warts - Before purchasing expensive over the counter drugs for removing warts consider trying this very simple and natural home remedy using Apple Cider Vinegar or White Vinegar .
Sun Burn - The last thing you might think of to treat your sun burn would be vinegar. Imagine my surprise when I learned that it is probably the best burn treatment for your sensitive skin.
Burn Treatment - Vinegar is an excellent first aid burn treatment for common household burns that may occur from hot water, a hot stove etc.
Eczema Cures - Conventional medicine appears to have given up on eczema cures so, fortunately, several natural home remedies have stepped up to look after the symptoms.
Athletes Foot - Athletes Foot is very common but before you lay out a lot of cash it is best to look for cheap home remedies that you may have in your kitchen pantry.
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