Alkalinity and acidity are measured in pH (potential hydrogen). pH balance can be very powerful in terms of your health and performance.
The Power of pH
Every food and beverage has an acid or alkaline characteristic and is measured on a pH scale of 0-14, with 0 the most acidic and 14 the most alkaline. Unfortunately life in the United States can be extremely acidic. High levels of stress, poor sleep, processed foods, too much soda pop, coffee and alcohol can all make the body too acid—causing the body to use its valuable minerals such as calcium, iodine, and magnesium to bring pH back into balance. If you are suffering from acid reflux, poor digestion, chronic inflammation, headaches, poor bone health high blood pressure, low thyroid, muscle cramps, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain—and poor skin, start thinking about balancing your pH! Consuming more fruits, vegetables, high quality foods and beverages, water with lemon, belly breathing, sleep, massage, stretching, white space, and daily exercise are all ways to bring your pH back into balance. To learn more about balancing your pH watch this funny and informative video—How Diet Soda Causes Weight Gain.
Did you know you can test your pH with these easy to use strips?
Hair and the Power of pH
Did you know that the solution to avoid a “bad hair day” is quite simple? It’s all in the pH.
The outermost layer of each hair fiber, or cuticle, functions as a clear shield to protect the integrity of the hair. When we use products that are too basic, hair becomes porous. External factors like pollution, the elements and UV exposure penetrate and break the hair down. The key to a healthy cuticle that supports strength, elasticity and retention of essential protein, amino acids and moisture, is a pH of 4-4.5.
By simply using the appropriate shampoo, conditioner and styling aids that are balanced to mirror your hair’s natural pH, you can avoid that bad hair day and all the things that come with it. Suddenly, your hair cuticle is sealed and compacted, locking in essential moisture and proteins. Your hair becomes more manageable, smooth & shiny, with increased elasticity and reduced frizz.
At On Target Living we especially love Acure Organics hair products. Acure uses plant stem cell technology to address specific hair concerns while protecting the optimal pH of 4-4.5. Each product is color-safe and free of parabens, gluten, sulfates and phthalates. Performance-driven hair care available at an affordable price.