Nutrition Quick Tip: Restore Your pH Balance

Our body strives to maintain balance. Optimum health depends on the correct balance of acid and alkaline particles in the blood and cellular fluids. This balance is designed to be at a pH of 7.365, which is slightly alkaline.

The Western diet, along with stress, can cause a drop in pH and, in turn, make your body more acidic.

Consumption of certain foods and staying hydrated can help restore a balanced environment and is an integral part of the body's post-exercise repair process.

You can restore pH balance by:

  • Eating an abundance of alkaline-forming foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables like broccoli, carrots, onions and melons.
  • Eating foods rich in chlorophyll, such as asparagus, all leafy greens, parsley, dill, sprouts and zucchini.
  • Hydrating throughout the day to decrease lactic acid build up from physical exertion. Add to your water lemon, lime and grapefruit slices, which are all highly alkaline-forming.
  • Reducing your stress levels through exercise.

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Fran Benedict

Fran Benedict is a certified holistic health counselor and nutrition educator with more than 15 years of experience in health and wellness. She enjoys creating new ways to experience food and loves sharing tips and recipes for discovering simple ways to nourish everyday life. You can find more info about Fran on her website SimplyMindful.com. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, for tips, tasty recipes and more!

Fran Benedict is a certified holistic health counselor and nutrition educator with more than 15 years of experience in health and wellness. She enjoys creating new ways to experience food and loves sharing tips and recipes for discovering simple ways to nourish everyday life. You can find more info about Fran on her website SimplyMindful.com. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, for tips, tasty recipes and more!

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