What are your Urine pH Levels telling you?
It’s spring, time of the liver.
I learned many years ago that our organs are connected to colors, seasons, times of the day, and emotions.
In springtime, our livers work overtime. This is the time of year when your liver rids your body of all the fat and waste products you’ve accumulated over the winter months. In our fast paced world, we rarely allow time for deep digestion and we overload our system constantly.
That’s why I recommend a detox. And let’s face it. Few of us eat clean on a regular basis. Are you able to avoid every temptation?
This is no problem, as long as you help your body to get back on track once (or ideally) twice a year.
Did you know that measuring your urine ph-level can give you a clearer idea where you stand in terms of your body’s ability let go of the acids?
It’s a simple tool, however, there are many misconceptions I’d like to address.
Let me explain in more detail: The way your body functions depends on its internal environment. This is especially true for your blood because blood transfers nutrients and oxygen into every cell.
But your blood’s ability to transport oxygen depends on its pH level. To function properly, your body needs to have a slightly alkaline pH level. In fact, the pH level of blood is 7,365, which means it’s just a bit alkaline.
If the blood is more on the acidic side, less oxygen is taken up and our cells are left craving oxygen, their life elixir.
If you want to get an idea how your own metabolism is working during your detox, purchase the little sticks from the pharmacy or online to measure the pH level of your urine.
For two or three days, measure your urine pH level several times a day and write it down.
If you eat food that creates a more acidic environment in your body, your body a) will have a problem soaking up enough oxygen because your blood will be acidic too, and b) will have a hard releasing the acids. Why?
Strangely enough your kidneys contain filtering systems that reabsorb the acids when the overall environment is acidic.
And get this! If you have an acidic body environment, your body will do everything it can to keep it that way.
So if you measure your urine pH levels and the sticks show you have acidic urine, don’t be disappointed.
Actually, this is good news!!!
It’s telling you that your metabolism works. What you should aim for is a wide range of pH levels, starting with acidic in the morning and then going up and down during the day.
Even if you eat alkaline you’ll always have acidic urine in the morning. This is normal!!!
So what do you do if you have high alkaline levels in your urine all day? You change your diet so it contains around 80 percent alkaline and 20 percent acid producing foods.
It takes some time for your body environment to change, typically around 4 to 6 weeks. Since you want your changes to last, I’d recommend you eat 6 days very clean and celebrate on the seventh day with whatever food you want. That way you can deal better with all the cravings trying to dictate your life.
With time you’ll notice the cravings fade in the background.
Now go and start your detox regimen.