How to Get Your pH Balance Right for Performance and Health

How to Get Your pH Balance Right for Performance and Health

Fiona Bugler explains why it’s vital to get your pH balance right for better health and better performance.

ph balanceBalanced body chemistry and maintaining a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods in our diet for running are of vital importance for maintaining our health. If our body is out of balance and there’s too much acid, cells break down, making us less healthy.

The proper pH level in the human blood and tissues should be approximately 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. You can test your pH balance by checking your saliva or urine, using pH strips. Try these Energise pH Strips.

Why it matters to runners?

Over exercising can cause a build up of acid. During exercise, we produce acid waste. Our body continually attempts to remove this acid waste and tries to neutralise the acid build-up in many ways – our kidneys filter blood and excrete acid through urine, our lungs release carbon dioxide and we also sweat acids out of our skin.

What happens when there’s too much acid (acidosis) in the body?
  • The body will produce more insulin, and as a result store more fat.
  • Too much acid decreases the oxygen affinity of hemoglobin in the blood – and less oxygen compromises all body functions.

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