Is your skin feeling a little off balance?! There could be a totally justified reason for that! We are always told to eat healthy and pay attention to what makes us feel both good and bad, so we know what we should and shouldn’t put into our bodies. But it’s often overlooked as to why this is true and what exactly causes our skin to react to the food we digest. When was the last time you related pH levels to your skin? Trust us, you’re not alone, as many people overlook this!
So what are pH levels?
PH (potential hydrogen) measures the acidity of alkalinity in a substance on a scale that was created in the early 1900’s by a Danish chemist, which ranges from 0 to 14. Zero being the most acidic and fourteen being the most alkaline. To put that in perspective, drain cleaners have a pH level of 14, water at neutral 7 and battery acid sits at a 0, however we want our skin to sit slightly more on the acidic side at a comfortable 5-5.5. This is because the acid helps to protect against allergens and bacteria. So what can we do internally and topically to keep our pH levels neutral and our skin at bay? We have some life changing tips that will make your skin glow from the inside out!
How does it work?
The more acidic the food we digest, the more acidic our skin will be. This in turn creates acne and breakouts as it throws your pH levels out of its neutral state with less alkalinity. As our skin naturally sits at a higher acidic level, we need to be careful we don’t ingest too much, too fast. That’s not to say we must cut out our cheat day burgers and sugar binges (well, kind of), we just need to have it in smaller portions, less often, and choose slightly less naughty treats. Nevertheless, we need to remember that if we totally rule out the acid in our diets, this can also flip our pH levels on it’s head, so try and stick to a general rule of 80% alkaline and 20% acidic.
What can we do to keep the balance?
Opt for foods that are low in acid and high in alkaline such as:
These can be easily spruced into your diet through salads or topped on a fresh seafood dish. Cutting your daily intake of caffeine may seem daunting, but try swapping it for a lemon in hot water in the morning to kick-start the digestive system and restore some balance before you set off for the day. Lemons may seem like a highly acidic product, but once digested it surprisingly works to alkaline internally.
Remember our Original Vida Glow is convenient to include into your daily diet, as it has no taste or smell, making it ideal to stir into food and drinks which are alkaline. Here are some healthy alkaline recipes to inspire and help you get started.
If you’re a busy bee and don’t have time to shop for foods that are high in alkaline, try opting for a supplement that has everything in one. Spoiler alert: Vida Glow has some really exciting products coming at the end of the year that will aid in balancing the skin’s pH level to give you a healthy glow and increase your general wellbeing…stay tuned!
Topical tip: spruce some apple cider vinegar and water on your face and leave for up to one hour (depending on skin sensitivity). Apple cider vinegar is great for balancing pH levels and working as an antibacterial to fight against acne and keep the pores free from build up!