Here is some more information about PH from what Jessica spoke about today in class:
Taking a Deeper Look
If you are getting in all boot camp classes 3x a week, keeping a detailed eating journal, and staying within your calorie range daily, but the scale still seems stuck at the same number, testing your pH level could be what you need. On the other hand, even if the scale is moving in the direction you want, this can help with maintaining your weight. Your pH is important to optimize how your body functions. Also if you have slow digestion, indigestion, gas, constipation or constant hunger these can all be signs that your body is out of balance.
#1. Why our pH is important-
Our bodies like to be balanced and to find homeostasis. Balancing out your food groups with your meals helps your body to stay balanced. According to Dr. Colbert, "cells thrive in an alkaline environment but get constipated with metabolic waste and toxins in an acidic environment." Sometimes just not having your body balanced can slow or hinder that excess fat from being removed. Not having that balance can store fat on your butt, hips, thighs, and waist.
Watch this great video to learn more from Dr. Young
#2 Checking your pH
You can actually check your own pH to see where you are at by buying pH strips. You can find them at Whole Foods, they are right across from the refrigerated flax seed oils, and just after the Greens section, there is a small box of pH strips hanging up. It is only a few dollars. I will take a picture of the box and post in on the blog. You can also find it at most health food stores (like Jimbo's).
What to do:
1. When you wake up in the morning test your saliva. Wet the end of the strip with your saliva before brushing your teeth, eating, or drinking. Compare the color of the paper to the color chart on the container of pH strips. Write down the pH number- it should be between 6.8 and 7.2
2. Also, test your first urine of the morning. Urinate on the strip, shake it out, and compare it to the chart. Write that number down. The first test should be between 6.8-7.2
3. You could also do a second morning test before eating any food. pH should be around 6.8 to 7.2.
"To be healthy it must be maintained at 7.356 on a 'pH' scale of 0-14."0" being total acid (Death) and 14 being total alkaline also fatal".
Dr. Colbert recommends staying between 7.0-7.5 (7.0 is neutral).
Examples of Alkalizing Foods
apples, avocado, berries, Orange, pear, banana
chili pepper, cinnamon, herbs, sea salt
Apple Cider Vinegar
Examples of Acidifying Foods
corn, olives, winter squash
bread, wheat flour, cornstarch
black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans
butter, cheese, ice cream
peanut butter, walnuts
bacon, beef, pork
oil, all fried food
sugar, corn syrup
coffee, soft drinks
aspirin, herbicides, pesticides, drugs
Most people tend to be more acidic. Your diet should consist of 50% or higher of alkaline forming foods and 50% or less of acid forming foods. I attached a great chart that also lists food effects on acid-alkaline, so if your pH is off you can see what types of foods to add in or limit to get it to the correct level.