pH = Power of Hydrogen
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the galaxy, or at least in the world as we know it. It is a gaseous, colorless and highly flammable substance. Think of the Sun, and Energy! The pH scale is how we measure the specific balance of hydrogen, whether it be our body chemistry, the food we consume, the soil in our gardens, or the water we drink. In scientific terms, pH is the numeric scale that is used to specify the acidity or alkalinity of an aqueous solution. The higher the pH, the higher the concentration of hydrogen-ions and the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH level, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is. These levels range from 0 to 14, with of course, 7 being neutral.
Our Bodies are considered Alkaline
Overall, our bodies want to stay slightly above neutral. Ideally, human blood is 7.4 and within the narrow margin of 7.35 – 7.45. Anywhere above or below these numbers is a good indicator that something is wrong somewhere inside of us. Cells actually stop functioning below a pH level of 6.8, or above a 7.8, and this often results in death. Our digestive tract, however, varies greatly and depending where along this vast network inside our body, from our taste buds, into our stomach and down through our small and large intestines, the pH levels can be anywhere between 1.5 – 8.5.
A healthy body is slightly alkaline, and if you have a health problem, chances are you are acidic and the body has a hard time healing itself. Many outside factors, that we have no control over, can have an adverse effect on our bodies, of course, but there are many things we can do to offset this negative energy. One the easiest things we have control over, and how we regulate the pH level in our body, is what we put in it. It’s important to keep the pH level balanced in order to properly assimilate the food, vitamins, minerals or food supplements that you are ingesting. Otherwise, these good things we consume are just going to waste, literally.
Balancing pH with Food
To keep our bodies balanced, we want to keep our pH levels above neutral, or alkaline. Foods can either help raise, or lower the pH levels in our body, but it’s the mineral content of the food that controls it, not the particular pH level of the food. For example, lemons are highly acidic with a low pH, but has an alkalizing effect on our body when consumed. In general, most vegetables (unless pickled or frozen) are alkaline in nature, as are many fruits. Beans, like soy, navy and lima, and seeds, like caraway, cumin, fennel and sesame are all great at raising your pH level.
White breads, tortillas, whole grains and brown rice all fall in the acidic range. Other food that has low pH levels are peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables, and most, if not all condiments, like catsup, mayonnaise and mustard. As you probably guessed, coffee, beer and liquor are all highly acidic, and low in pH, as is tea and sweetened fruit juice.
Check out this resource to discover how other Foods rate on the pH Scale.
Growing Food with the proper pH
Plants need the proper pH level in order to be productive, just like in our own bodies. This proper pH balance is achieved through the amendments put into the soil in which they grow. Some plants thrive in alkaline soil, while others do much better in slightly more acidic soil. Most farmers and garden enthusiast will tell you, it’s the soil that is key to great food production.
Soil is the backbone to healthy food, and good soil is being depleted around the world. We can do our part by taking measures to keep storm water from washing away good top soil in our own yards, and harvesting the rainwater that falls on our property. Other measures we can take, is to compost our food scraps, coffee grounds, and grass clippings, which keeps our soil balanced and full of proper nutrients. From here we can add different amendments to create the proper pH levels that our plants need to thrive.
Some Fruit and Vegetable plants prefer HIGHER pH Levels
- Beans and Peas
- Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Cabbage and Lettuce
- Spinach and Tomato
- Peaches and Strawberries
When our soil is low in pH (Acidic) and we want to raise it to be more Alkaline, we can add Ground Limestone. Apply 10-1/2 oz. per sq. yd. of your garden area.
Fruits and Vegetable plants that prefer LOWER pH Levels
- Potatoes and Carrots
- Blackberries and Raspberries
- Melons and Lemons
When our soil is high in pH (Alkaline) and we want to lower it to be more Acidic, we can Sulfate of Ammonia. Apply 2-1/2 oz. per sq. yd. of your garden area.
Remember what I wrote earlier about the higher the pH, the higher the concentration of hydrogen-ions and the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is? THIS is what makes alkaline water so important when it comes to hydrating our body, for it’s this high level of oxygen that actually creates a more hydrating affect on the water, thus providing increased assimilation. When the water we drink is properly assimilated, it reduces dehydration, which is a factor in many major health problems, according to Dr. F. Batamanghelidj in his book, “YOU’RE NOT SICK, YOU’RE THIRSTY”.
Again, when healthy, our body has sufficient alkaline reserves to balance itself, and naturally resists disease, but as we consume more and more foods that are high in acid (low in pH), our body feels the affects. An excellent way to help your body be more alkaline is to drink more alkaline water.
Think balance, and the Power of Hydrogen!