By this point, I’m sure everyone is largely familiar with my stance on the importance of controlling your body’s pH levels. For those of you who aren’t, let’s discuss some brief (yet vital) basics –
The term ‘pH’ refers to the activity and concentration levels of hydrogen ions within the body. The pH scale ranges from 0-14 with 7 being considered a ‘neutral’ pH, as we see in water. As the numbers increase, so does the alkalinity of the substance. This means that the substance is less acidic and more basic as we approach 14. Ideally, your body’s pH should be controlled by simple variables in your diet by allowing an increase in pH. Why, you ask? The benefits are seemingly endless!
Acidosis refers to a state in which the body’s average pH of ~7.3 drops to 7.0 and below. With this increase in acidity comes a slew of deteriorating body processes likely a result of an overabundance of processed food consumption, mild to several mineral deficiencies, and even intense levels of stress. When we look at a body with an optimal pH, we find staggering results including increase in fat mobilization, decrease in inflammation, increase in nutrient absorption, less fatigue, increase in detoxification, improved digestion, and the like. All of these, of course, are conducive to our top priority: BUILDING MUSCLE!
No big deal, correct? It should be wicked easy avoiding an overabundance of process foods and stress thus staying around an optimal pH. Guess again. A SINGLE can of coke/soda can take up to 72 hours to neutralize within the body. That’s over three days of pH-dropping, acidic-increasing nonsense. Nobody wants to spend three straight days trying to overcome what a carbonated beverage destroyed in mere minutes.
So what’s the fix? We’ve identified the culprit and why we need a change, but how do we lower the pH? The number one variable within our control is diet manipulation. There are seemingly countless foods (most notably organic greens) that will help us reach our goal. As simple as it may be though, there is one necessity that we need in our diets to increase pH levels –
Sounds easy enough, right? That’s because it is! In order to support nutrient absorption throughout the course of the day, I consume 2L of alkaline water immediately upon waking. All it takes in one, freshly squeeze (preferably organic) lemon to do the trick. The water I drink during the day also has freshly squeezed lemons to ensure optimal pH balancing. Now, I know what you’re thinking; a lemon is acid, correct? True, but the physiology is much deeper than that.
When lemons are consumed in the body, the minerals disassociate (mainly the sodium and potassium) and work to override the citric acid of the lemon, hence rendering your body into a preferred alkaline state and welcoming tons of health benefits in the process.
So there you have it, boys and girls. A mere few cents a day and 3 minutes of your time is what’s separating you from experiencing unparalleled muscle gains. What’re you waiting for? Get squeezin’!
Not a fan of lemons? There are endless options for pH regulation including alkaline water, balanced electrolyte supplements, greens, or simply tossing a couple handfuls of fresh spinach into your blended shakes (Don't worry, folks, you can't even taste it!)