Words by Kathy Iandoli
Your pH balance is something that goes well beyond the deodorant you use. The body is an amazing machine, but keeping a healthy pH is vital for optimal health and helps keep that machine running smoothly. There are several ways to maintain that balance, and we’ve broken them down for you here, so grab some tips on how your pH can finally stand for “pretty healthy.”
What is pH anyway?
Your pH essentially stands for, “power of hydrogen,” meaning it’s the amount of concentration of hydrogen ions within your body. When you have a low pH, you are said to be acidic, a high pH is said to be alkaline (aka basic). The scale travels from 1-14, with “7” in the middle as neutral. The desired pH is just slightly higher than neutral (around 7.4), and the best way to test your pH is through litmus strips that measure using saliva.
Why is pH balance important?
A common ailment for the average person is too much acidity in the body (low end of the pH scale). When this happens, it can become a breeding ground for things like indigestion and acid reflux, but also far more dangerous ailments like cancer, heart disease, and other circulatory/muscular issues. When the body is too basic (high end of the pH scale), symptoms like nausea, muscle spasms, and lack of focus tend to occur. A simple way to avoid these is to keep your body in balance. And the good news is that there are many ways to get your pH to a comfortable level pretty easily.
Alkaline Water Is The Wave
Drinking alkaline water is by far the easiest way to take in some healthy ions and bring your body to its pH balance. A few bottled water companies manufacture alkalized water (look for a pH of at least 8-9 on the label). However, that can become pretty pricey, especially when you can alkalize your own water at home. Mineral drops are available to add to your water for a higher pH, but you can also do it through adding lemons to your water and a pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (for the minerals). To be super exact, grab some pH strips to test the water. As always, aim for at least 64 fluid ounces of water a day. The more alkalized, the better!
Alkaline Foods Help Your Body’s Battery
Ever have indigestion and your doctor tells you that you’re eating too many acidic foods? Well, all of that plays into the pH balance of your body. That food feeds into your blood stream, affecting your pH and kicks off a whole other process that can either be extremely healthy or extremely dangerous to your body. But fear not! There are in fact foods you can eat (preferably on a daily basis) that can help alkalize your body in order to get acidity out. As previously mentioned, lemons are a good one, but there are many others. Veggies are a major help, from cruciferous ones like broccoli/cauliflower and brussels sprouts to greens (kale, spinach, etc), and roots like carrots, beets, and radishes. If you’re into juicing, some of these are great vegetables to help balance things off. By the way, add some cayenne pepper and garlic to that mix because those too help your body’s pH levels.
About That Deodorant
So here’s the 411 on pH balanced deodorant. Sweat is typically acidic (around a pH of 3), and when that happens certain deodorants can cause skin irritations if it doesn’t match your body’s pH. In addition, when your body’s pH is off and you sweat, your body odor can be stronger than usual. For these reasons, a pH balanced deodorant is key to prevent irritations, block odor, and keep your body in harmony on the skin’s surface level. There are also soaps for pH balance, so if your body is smelling different than usual and the deodorant isn’t helping, you can always kick it up a notch. Keep in mind though that the skin is merely a reflection of what’s going on inside, so an internal ph balance is the real move for longterm good health, and eliminating body odor.