Monday, February 6, 2012

What's Your Score? The REAL Magic of the number '7'

Heart Disease is an extremely hot topic, especially during ‘Heart Health’ Month.  The American Heart Association is beating the trail attempting to get folks to pay attention to their heart health.  At Maximized Living, we aren’t just trying to get people’s attention, we are getting them real tools and action steps to lead them to a healthy cardiovascular system.  Today, I want to focus on a many times overlooked component of heart disease, and all disease for that matter, and that’s pH.  In chemistry, pH is basically a measurement of how acidic or alkaline (basic) a solution is.  Perfectly balanced pH is a 7, on a scale of 0 - 14. The lower the pH the more acidic your body is.  The higher the more alkaline your body is.  Foods and beverages carry a pH reading as well.  And you guessed it, the more acidic foods and beverages you consume, the more acidic the body, leading to an optimal environment for disease to thrive.  The more alkaline a food or beverage is, the more alkaline the body will be.

The hype and the ‘buzz’ around pH is to constantly ‘alkalize’ your body to keep it from being in an acidic state.  Being in an acidic state is definitely more dangerous than an alkaline state, however, where one wants to be is in a BALANCED state.  Proper pH for the body should land right in the 6-7 range.  Maybe this is one more reason why the number ‘7’ is referred to as ‘The Magical Number 7.’ 

So how does one know where they are at?  It’s a super simple paper ‘litmus’ test.  pH is an easy way to have one additional health indicator, without requiring a trip to the Doctor.  You simply purchase some pH paper test strips at your local health food store or online and place it in your mouth to test your saliva.  If you are at any number but ‘7’, then something needs to be done. 

This week, we are doing FREE pH saliva tests in the office though.  Existing patients at your next visit, be sure to stop at the front desk for your pH test and someone from our team will walk you through it.  More importantly, at our Heart Healthy Nutrition workshop this Thursday, we will be testing any other people you bring that you love and care about.  Then, EVERYONE will receive the tools necessary to make appropriate changes in their nutrition to correct any imbalances. 

 See the chart below showing some examples of pH levels of foods, beverages, and many other solutions.

Find out what your pH score is today, it could save your life and others lives.

Space is limited. Who will you be bringing?

pH score (0-14)
*Foods and Beverages
*Other Solutions
pH = 0

Battery acid, Strong Hydrofluoric Acid
pH = 1

Hydrochloric acid secreted by stomach lining
pH = 2
Lemon Juice, Vinegar, Cranberry Juice, CocaCola Classic
Gastric Acid
pH = 3
Grapefruit, Orange Juice, Soda, Cider, Wines, Apple Juice, Cherries

pH = 4
Tomato Juice, Prune Juice, Beer, Peaches, Dry Sausage

pH = 5
Soft water, Black Coffee, Banana, Halibut, Chicken

pH = 6
Urine (if in ‘healthy’ state), Avacado, Dates, Canteloupe, Melon, Asparagus, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Brussel Sprouts, Beans, Most nuts and seeds, Beef, Hot Dogs, Sardines, Salmon, Egg yolk, Whole Milk, Butter, Most Cheeses, Honey, Spinach, Carrot, Alfalfa, Quinoa, Rice, Millet, Wheat, Oats

pH = 7
‘Pure’ Distilled water

pH = 8
Egg white
Sea water
pH = 9

Baking Soda
pH = 10

Great Salt Lake Water, Milk of Magnesia
pH = 11

pH = 12

Soapy water
pH = 13

Bleaches, Oven cleaner
pH = 14

Liquid drain cleaner (Draino)

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