I remember learning about pH levels in high school chemistry. Of course, I didn’t relate it to my own body’s pH levels at the time, but the concept remains the same: pH is a measurement of how much acidity or alkalinity exists within a solution (or body). In either case, when the balance of our pH is off, chaos ensues.
Balancing pH Levels
In the case of the human body, one that is too acidic will not function the way it should. This can lead to general lethargy, mood swings, and a host of health issues. You can test your body’s pH levels by buying a kit like , but keep in mind that your body’s pH will change frequently depending on what you’re eating and doing. I’ve noticed, for example, that my body is more acidic during winter months, when there’s more eating and drinking (hello, holidays!). It tends to be more alkaline in the summer, when I eat more salads, fruits, and veggies. And things like pregnancy can change our body's pH as well!
Just like most things in life, having a balanced pH is all about constantly juggling the good and bad –— and ideally getting more of the good. Here are five easy ways to do just that.
Take your ACV
I’ve been swearing by this for years, not only for pH balance but also for immunity and weight management. Take a shot of each morning with some warm water. To kill the taste, drop in a teaspoon of baking soda (also helpful for balancing pH levels). If ACV isn’t your thing, you can use lemons instead. Yes, they’re acidic, but they help your body become more alkaline once ingested. Crazy how nature works!
Eat your greens (and reds and blues)
Help balance your body’s pH levels by eating more organic fruits and vegetables. Highly alkaline fruits include oranges, cantaloupe, limes, grapes, bananas, and pretty much all berries, while highly alkaline vegetables include peppers, broccoli, onions, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, celery, squash, and lettuce. But really, any fruits or vegetables will do.
I talk more about foods to eat that specifically help balance our vagina's pH at this post.
Eat like a squirrel
Nuts, beans, and seeds are great for naturally getting protein and healthy fats into your diet. Many of them also happen to be alkaline, particularly almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, poppy seeds, and lentils. Have them as a snack, add them to salads, or season your dishes with them for an extra flavor kick.
Avoid artificial foods
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Processed foods with added sugars do absolutely nothing to improve your overall health. In fact, in most cases they do the complete opposite because these foods are almost always highly acidic. If you must have them, make them occasional treats. Your (alkaline) body will thank you!
Specifically if you're interested in balancing your vagina's pH, I have a great blog post on that here.