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Boost your Body’s PH and Boost Your Fertility

By Ivy Eff

The body’s PH doesn’t usually get much attention from doctors or the media, but it’s well worth exploring if you’ve been having trouble trying to conceive.

Chances are you’re too acidic. As you probably know, PH runs from 0 (acid) to 14 (alkaline), with 7 as the point of perfect PH balance. The body tries extremely hard to stay at its optimal level between 7 and 7.4, which is slightly alkaline. Unfortunately, almost everything we eat in the standard American (or Western) diet is acid-forming — from meat and dairy to sugar and starch, and processed foods of all kinds. This excess acidity is a major contributing factor in virtually all health problems that develop over time. That’s because chronic excess acidity dramatically affects essentially every cell of your body.

Acidity even interferes with hormones. What few people realize is acidity can also have a dramatically negative impact on your hormones. Excess acidity can mean, for example, that for your estrogen to do its job, you need twice the amount you would in a more balanced PH environment. So if your body is only producing the normal amount it was designed to, yet your acidic PH is interfering with it, the effects you need it to have on your fertility are likely to fall very short.

The good news is, it’s easy to fix. Just by changing what you eat, you can substantially improve your entire endocrine system — and very quickly.

Here’s a list of alkaline and acid foods. Note that one of the most alkaline foods on the list is wheat grass, which has long been known to enhance fertility. In light of the issue of PH, it makes a lot of sense. I have always attributed the wheat grass pills I took to helping me get pregnant with my daughter. I took about seven pills twice a day.

And here’s the brand of PH testing strips I personally use. You don’t have to use testing strips but whenever I’m making big changes to my diet, it helps if I have a way to mark the progress, especially at the beginning.

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