Food and Nutritional Supplements: Balancing Body pH in Allergies

Maintaining a normal acid-alkaline (pH) balance in your body is as equally important as implementing measures to stave off allergic reactions. Because studies have shown that the onset of allergies may cause the pH levels of the human body to either rise (higher alkalinity) or decline (higher acidity), observing proper intake of food and supplements is indeed a must to maintain a healthier body.

How Body pH is Measured
Obtaining a litmus paper or a pH-testing strip to measure your pH levels is the most viable method because of its affordability and availability. Urine or saliva can yield accurate data as to how acidic or alkaline your body is. For a urine sample, normal levels range from 6.0 to 8.5; thus any pH levels outside of that range should give you red flags. On the other hand, saliva pH tests, which should be conducted after the two-hour period following a meal, should reflect mild alkalinity in normal levels.

Maintaining Normal pH Levels
To curb any chances of reaching a highly acidic pH, some supplements such as ascorbic acid, commonly referred to as Vitamin C, are usually processed in buffered form, which may include buffer materials such as potassium bicarbonate, calcium carbonate, or magnesium carbonate.

Also, regular intake of Alka Seltzer Gold oftentimes helps reduce pH levels, as well. However, proper care should be observed before the administration because Alka Seltzer Gold, which usually contains corn derivatives, citric acid and bicarbonates, may trigger adverse reactions in individuals allergic to any of the ingredients mentioned.

Other means to help attenuate the onset of an acidic pH during an allergic reaction may include consumption of food high in alkaline levels such as avocados, spinach and almonds. Also, a refrigerated mix of a teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), a teaspoon of salt, and a quart of water may be taken orally within 15 minutes of the onset of the allergic symptoms, drinking between two and four ounces of the mixture.

On the other hand, higher pH or alkaline levels associated with allergic reactions may be alleviated with the consumption of ascorbic acid in its unaltered or pure form. Slightly acidic fruits and vegetables such as berries and lentils, and carbohydrate-rich food such as wheat, rice and even oatmeal are also good sources. Also, since human digestive tracts are normally acidic, promoting the natural production of natural enzymes by regular intake of probiotics would be helpful in lowering the rather high alkaline levels in some individuals with allergies.

Dr. Janet Starr Hull, a known advocate for promoting the natural pH balance of individuals with allergies, asserted that high acidic levels in the body, which results from the consumption of food that are slightly acidic or acid-forming, often result in the onset of diseases or infections.

Although medical practitioners and nutritionists may differ in their opinions as to how and why normal pH levels should be controlled and maintained during allergic reactions, consumption of healthy food is still the most effective method in reducing allergy symptoms and maintaining a healthy body.

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