Pregnancy and Acidity Level

It is important to factor in the alkaline/acidity level balance when trying to conceive. Proper pH balance in women is vital to overall health and not just for conception and pregnancy.

A simple at home urine test can determine whether or not a woman’s pH balance is acceptable. Using Medical pH-Test Strips one can determine levels quickly and easily. These strips determine the urinary pH, which is generally a good indicator of how acidic the total body pH is. An acceptable urinary pH range should be between 6.5 in the a.m. and 7.5 by evening.

Studies indicate that hostile cervical mucus environments can hinder sperm and reduce the viable number considerably. This is often caused by high acidity levels in women. To combat this, there are a number of food choices that can reverse high acidic levels and raise alkaline level to an acceptable or neutral one, so allowing sperm to travel through the cervical mucus more easily.

The following vegetables help reduce acidity levels and raise alkaline levels naturally.

Asparagus
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Asparagus, Artichokes, Radishes, Leeks, Spinach, Garlic, Broccoli, Tomato,
Cabbage, Onions, Peas, Watercress, Carrots, Cucumber, Chives, Avocado,
Lettuce, Cauliflower, Red Cabbage, Turnip, Green Beans, Celery, Beetroot

Artichokes
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The following fruits help reduce acidity levels and raise alkaline levels naturally.

Radish
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Lemon*, Watermelon (neutral), Apricot, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit*, Pears, Figs, Muskmelons,
Lime*, Rhubarb, Bananas, Grapes, Oranges*, Pineapples, Dates, Nectarines*,
Grapefruit, Apple, Berries, Honeydew Melon, Peaches, Strawberries, Raisins, Tangerines*

(*These fruits mistakenly thought by many to have an acidic effect on the body actually offer an alkalizing effect once metabolized.)

The following proteins are suggested to help reduce acidity levels and raise alkaline levels naturally. Although any meat raises acidic levels, if one is a meat eater, it is advisable to go organic.

Tofu (fermented),
Millet,
Organic Meats (generally less acid-forming than non-organic),
Almonds,
Hemp Protein,
Tempeh (fermented)

These spices and herbs are suggested as spices and herbs that help reduce acidity levels and raise alkaline levels naturally.

Cinnamon, Sea Salt, Curry, Miso, Ginger, Tamari Mustard, Chili Pepper, all Herbs

Other helpful neutralizing choices include apple cider vinegar, bee pollen, probiotics, green juices, vegetable juices, mineral water, alkaline antioxidant water, lecithin granules and soured dairy products. See other healthy foods for pregnancy.

Source:
Cindy Ferda
Pregnancy Examiner

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