You may not have thought about the pH scale since high school biology class dipping test strips in soda, coffee, etc. As it turns out, that lesson is actually applicable to your life outside of the classroom. We all know sugar has addictive properties so it’s no wonder that eating it only makes us want more. As a dentist I see the effects of sugar on teeth all day long. It leads to increased cavities and infections and can ultimately lead to loss of teeth. Imagine what it does to the rest of your body that we can’t see with the naked eye! Read below ways to keep your oral pH neutralized and sugar cravings at bay to help promote a healthy lifestyle.
Sugar is one of the most acid forming foods that you can eat and the acidic state it creates in your body is partly responsible for leaving you wanting more. Having a more alkaline, balanced pH is vital to your health because it enables all of your cells, organs, and systems to function at maximum performance. If you struggle with sugar addiction, this could be your entrance onto the road to recovery. One way to alkalize your system and keep sugar cravings at bay is to get moving! Your cardiovascular system helps regulate many body components including its acidity levels. Taking deep breaths also aids in removing excess acid from the system through the release of carbon dioxide. Make sure to get a good dose of fresh air and exercise for a non-edible way to help balance your system.
Adding more fermented foods and beverages to your diet is also a great way to level your pH as well as assist in digestion and nourish the gut. Pay attention to your energy levels, digestion, and of course, sugar cravings. Dark leafy greens are the key to optimum health all around so it’s no surprise they are extremely alkaline. Getting your ‘five a day’ and sticking to a clean diet is your sure fire way to maintain good pH balance and keep those pesky sugar cravings under control.
Click here for a list of both acid and alkaline foods to evaluate where you can make small changes or swaps in your diet to improve your health, balance your body’s pH, and in turn gain control over your sugar cravings.