Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How pH Levels Effect Your Beauty!

I can safely assume that we have all heard the following saying at least once before in our lives. "You are what you eat." And yes, it is true. Well, you may not actually BE that cheese burger or that Caesar salad, but your skin and how you feel is definitely affected by what you eat and drink!

I’ve heard this information a many times in countless magazines but I was never told why this happens.  Finally, I found out why from one of the worlds leading Dermatologists - Dr. Jeannette Graf. M.D. The reason why what you eat & drink effects how you look is because what you eat & drink effect your bodies pH level, and your pH level affects how your skin looks and how well your body works!
Dr. Jeannette Graf M.D. speaking at the Beauty Influencer Event.
On August 4th I attended an exclusive event in Manhattan in honor of Dr. Jeannette Graf (read about the fabulous event by clicking HERE!!) where she supplied us with a wealth of knowledge concerning skincare and beauty. The biggest point that Dr. Graf made was that in order to have beautiful looking skin on the outside, your insides must be healthy as well. (Like my mother always told me “True beauty starts from within!“ I guess its true in more ways then one! lol) The pH level of our bodies correlates with the way our skin looks and how we feel, as well as how healthy we are in general.
Dr. Graf showing us how to use pH testing strips to determine our bodies pH level.
An easy way to test your pH level is to buy pH testing strips. (EMD colorpHast pH Test Strips, Full pH Range 0 to 14) The more alkaline (the opposite of acidic) we are, the better our skin looks, the better our body functions and the better we feel! The perfect pH level would be in the about 7.5 - so make that your goal!
A whole bunch of pH strips!

So, I tested out my own pH level (you just put the little tester strip on your tongue for a few seconds and it tests the pH level from your saliva) My pH level was a perfect 7.5 - I was very happy! 
My pH level of 7.5
To reach a good pH level, its all in what you eat and drink! Here are some tips to make sure you are eating and drinking properly while pursuing a perfect pH level!
• Drink enough water! If you feel like you are having trouble drinking enough water throughout the day, trying drinking it at room temperature. Also adding a lemon or lime into the water increases your bodies alkalinity.
• Eat foods that are high in antioxidants such as blueberries, red kidney beans, cranberries, artichokes, blackberries, prunes, raspberries, strawberries, apples, black beans and pecans.
• Always try to make sure that your diet is colorful!! Like Dr. Graf said “If your food is always beige - that’s a problem!” Colorful food are the ones with vitamins and antioxidants!
• Always try to get in your servings of fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are especially good for you.
• Try to avoid alcohol as much as you can. Not only is this bad for your pH levels, but horrible for your entire body! So try to either cut out or cut down on the drinking!
• If you want, take a mineral supplement daily. Minerals neutralize acids, meaning if your body is acidic (low pH level) then the minerals will neutralize them and your pH level will become more alkaline and raise.
• In addition to mineral supplements, you could also take probiotics or vitamin D3 (2,000-4,000 units are recommended) so help raise your pH level.

So if you want clearer, more glowing skin, then stop looking for that miracle skin serum and start working on your pH levels!

XOXO Chloé

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