What does it mean to have an alkaline body? And why should you care?

Have you ever heard anyone talk about the benefits of your body being alkaline?  Or talking about the pH level of your body and the importance of where your body falls in the pH spectrum?

If you have heard this on TV or social media or read about it in a magazine....did you have any clue what they were talking about?

I'll be the first to say that I never really paid much attention to this. I had heard things here and there about the topic but never really stopped to dig into it.

Now, before I educate you on what all of that stuff means and why it should be important to you, let me back up and tell you how it became important to me.

So since I was about 19 years old or so, I have struggled BIG TIME when it comes to dental issues with my teeth.  And when i say struggle, let me give you some idea of what i'm talking about.  Typically on average, each year since I was about 19 I average anywhere from 7-15 cavities per year.  I have had over 7 root canals...I've actually lost count at this point ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ .....I've had NUMEROUS crowns....as recently as this past year i had a tooth that had a root canal on it that failed...got another root canal that also failed about a 6 months later so i had to get an IMPLANT!!!!!!!! For any of you who have ever had to get a dental implant, I don't have to say anything more.  

For those of you who haven't...let me just say it was one of the longest and most painful procedures.  It took me 9 months to go through the whole process (and mind you that is 9 months missing a tooth where they pulled it and prepared for the implant ๐Ÿ˜ฑ) and it cost me over $5,000.  And that's just for the implant.  That doesn't count the THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of dollars I have spent over the past 15 years dealing with these issues.  Honestly I'm glad I don't have the ability to go back and add it all up because I think I might die.

So.....are you wondering why I have all of these teeth issues??? ๐Ÿค” Cause I know I sure am. 

Now, have I been a perfect flosser?  No.  Definitely not.  Actually not until the last 2 years.  Prior to that I was like a once a week flosser ๐Ÿ˜œ but hey...I know plenty of people who NEVER floss and they also NEVER get cavities.  So that can't be it.  

Then there is the question I would constantly get from dentists.....are you eating a lot of sugar? Drinking a lot of soda? ๐Ÿ™„ NOPE.  Not at all. Do I have the perfect diet? Of course not...but I can guarantee that the amount of sugar or occasional soda I might have is not causing these problems.  So what is?

Well....up until this year, none of these dentists that I have seen.....and I have seen MANY of them....have ever cared to try and figure it out.  They chalk it up to the fact that I must be lying about not stuffing my face with donuts and candy constantly I guess ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธand they just keep cashing my checks.

Super frustrating.  So when I found out I needed a dental implant last year I did research to find a good dentist that specialized in that.  After that whole mess was over, I decided to let him do my teeth cleaning since it was due.  I remember vividly how the dental hygienist was telling me what a great job I had done on my flossing and tooth care....and honestly that previous 8 months were probably the best I had ever done.  Flossing every single night without fail.  So I was feeling pretty good about the fact that surely that would mean this would be my first cleaning visit in 15 years where they would tell me that I had a clean bill of health and no cavities.

Ha. Yeah right.  After the cleaning the dentist came in to read the x-rays.  5 cavities ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

I gave up at that point.  Complete discouragement.  

But for the first time ever, the dentsit was visibly bothered by this.  Puzzled.  He went through the normal questions about sugar and blah blah blah.  But when I answered all that stuff he left for a while...came back on his phone and with a book.  Sat over there reading for a while....I mean he spent like 30 minutes in there doing stuff...not sure what exactly.

Then he comes over and says....ok, since we have ruled out your food intake, and we know your doing the right things in terms of brushing and flossing, I think the issue that's been causing all of these problems for you all these years is due to the pH level in your mouth.


He went on to talk about how he felt like most likely my mouth was highly acidic.  If that was the case, then I would have these tooth decay issues no matter what I did or ate because the acid was just destroying my teeth.  

I was dumbfounded.  He went on to tell me about a line of stuff...like toothpaste and mouthwashes....made specifically for this problem.  He didn't sell the stuff but gave me the info and suggested I start using it monthly to balance out the pH level in my mouth.  He seemed to feel pretty confident that this could be the solution I had been looking for.

So I went home with a little hope for the first time in years and started doing some research.  When I started looking up the company and products he suggested I started reading about all these other people experiencing the same problems as me....and that it was all related to out of balance pH and highly acidic mouth.  

Gotta say...it was nice to see I wasn't alone.

The catch however to this new found solution was 2 fold.  First, this stuff was pretty pricey!! I mean it was going to cost me about $250 bucks a month for the products.  Now...you might be thinking that $250 a month isn't bad in the grand scheme of things when you look at what I'm spending annually on dental bills, but I just kept thinking their had to be a better and more natural way to balance pH in the mouth.

Then I got to thinking....if the pH level in my mouth is off and highly acidic, that probably means that the rest of body is like that too right?  What would that mean? 

That lead me down a path of more and more research...some that i'll share with you here today, and some pretty incredible realizations.

So.....that's the backstory on why this matters to me.  If you've hung in there so far, keep reading....now we get to the really good stuff.

So what is all this pH nonsense???

Hereโ€™s a quick science lesson. The pH level measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. For example, something with a pH of 1 would be very acidic, and something with a pH of 13 would be very alkaline. 

The body is always trying to maintain equilibrium at a pH of 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. If your body is in a very acidic state, it will seek balance, and may do so by drawing nutrients from the bones. When the body is in an alkaline state, you will be less prone to cellular damage and disease.

This means that if your body is very acidic that it will start stealing nutrients from your body to combact that and try to balance itself out.  Not good.

A fun fact....back in 1931 Dr Otto Warburg won the Noble Prize for his findings related to how cancer and many other diseases cannot live in an alkaline environment but they thrive in an acidic one.

So.....how does your body become acidic you ask? Well, mainly through the wonderful...cough cough sarcasm....eating habits that we have come to know and love in this day and age.  Refined sugars, processed foods, gluten, artifical sweeteners, genetically modified foods, etc.  Here is a food chart I found that breaks down different types of food catagories and their levels of either acidity or alkalinity.

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Pretty eye opening huh?  It was for me. 

So what does all this mean? In the simplest terms, it means that when your body is too acidic, bad things start to happen. 

Here are some signs that your body may be too acidic:

  • Constantly tired and fatigued - even after a good nights sleep
  • Nagging cravings
  • Weight you just can't seem to lose
  • Brain fog
  • Chronic Pain
  • Frequent bloating
  • Oh...and let's not forget tooth decay!!!!

The sad fact of the matter is that all of the processed foods and artificial toxins that we put into our body cause tremendous amounts of acid build up and inflammation in the body.  Those are the two key things that are the root cause for soooooo many sicknesses and diseases.  Plus our diets today are lacking SO much in the key vitamins and minerals that we need because it is all being stripped out of the foods we eat.

Sooooo.  What to do?  I started this post because I wanted to share the alternative that I found to the $250 per month toothpaste....but it's actually led me to so much more . 

I was introduced to a line of products called Pure.  It is a company that produces the highest, most therapeutic form of vitamins and nutritional supplements on the market.  Their mantra is...

Cleanse. Balance. Build.

All of their products are meant to not only help cleanse your body of unwanted toxins, but BALANCE the ph of your body with the proper minerals, vitamins, and nutrients.  ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Imagine my excitement when i saw this!!!

The more I dug into these products the more I realized how amazing they are.  I'm in the processing of switching out all of the things I take regularly like daily greens, protein powders, vitamins and other items for this line.  When you look at the ingredients and compare it's positively mind blowing. Here's an example:

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So the left is the new pure protein powder I'm using and the right is my old protein powder. 

A few key differences I'll point out for you:

  1. Um.....hello fiber.  There are 11g of fiber in in the pure protein.........big fat 0 on the right!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ  Do you know why fiber is so important? Aside from aiding in your digestion process, keeping you regular, and helping to slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.....fiber keeps you feeling FULLER longer and helps keep cravings at bay!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
  2. Do you notice the section of 22 vitamins and minerals on the left.....do you see any vitamins and minerals on the right?? ๐Ÿค”

Crazy right??? Just these two things alone made me stop and really dive into what is in the products I"m putting into my body.  I thought I was doing that before.....guess not that well huh. ๐Ÿ˜‘ I mean I'm spending money every single month for protein powder...why not spend it on one that is obviously SO much better for me.  No fillers, no binders, no artificial flavors or sweeteners.  All organic.  All natural.  Full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.  I mean....is there anything else to be said??

I could go on forever on this topic....obviously.....I think this is my longest post to date ๐Ÿ˜ But instead, I'm going to wrap this up now. 

Hopefully you gained a bit of education into the following from this post:

  1. What is ph in the body and what does it mean to be in an alkaline state?
  2. What are the benefits to being more alkaline vs acidic?
  3. What are the foods that cause acidity in our body and those that help us balance it out?

This is only the beginnig of my education on these products and the benefits and changes I am seeing from beginning to use them.

If you know me...or have been following me for a while, then hopefully you know I don't just promote anything. I have to truly belive in it or find value in it to share it with you girls.

This stuff is legit.  So legit that I'm getting involved in spreading the word about it to anyone that I can.  Too good not to share.  I mean seriously...I went from trying to find something to solve the ph balance issue in my mouth to truly learning and understanding the importance of overall ph balance in the body as well as products that I can use for overall whole health for my body that will in turn affect my mouth too.  #winwin

If you want to know more about the Pure products.....what I'm using...or anything else, shoot me an email at penny@mamafitlife.com or fill out the contact form on the blog and ask away, I'd love to talk to you about it.

Also - stay tuned for many more reviews and educational pieces on different products in the line that I find valuable.  

I'll also be doing a follow up post soon on other things you can do in your daily life to help combat acid in the body other than products - keep your eyes peeled for that!

***Oh and PLEASE share this post on social media with any one else who might find this to be a good read :) - thank you!!

Oh...and for one last piece of fun....if sitting here reading an article I wrote to tell you all about ph and becoming more alkaline didn't quite do it for you ๐Ÿ˜ maybe you will enjoy this nice read on an article about the alkaline diet....a favorite go to eating plan of my favorite actress....Jennifer Aniston ๐Ÿ˜œ