How to Balance Your pH and Find Out If You’re Too Acidic

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How to Balance Your pH and Find Out If You’re Too Acidic

Have you recently heard people talking about being over-acidic, measuring their pH and eating alkalizing foods? Emphasizing the importance of body’s pH might seem like a new fashion, but the science and art of pH balancing has had a long tradition and, unlike some other trendy theories, it has successfully overcome the test of time.


What is PH?

In terms of chemical understanding, pH is a measurement of hydrogen ion (H+) concentration in a solution. Solutions with low hydrogen concentrations have high pH values, and solutions with high hydrogen concentrations have low pH values.

As you probably remember from school, the pH scale runs from 1 to 14, with 7 representing the pH of pure water – neutral. Above 7 is alkaline, below is acidic.

In optimal circumstances, your body should have a pH of between 7.0 and 7.4, so slightly alkaline. This refers to the pH of the body’s main fluids: blood, lymph and cerebrospinal fluid.

The pH of the digestive system however, is a bit less uniform: the mouth, pharynx and esophagus are all slightly acidic with a pH of 6.8; the pH of the healthy stomach is 1.3 – extremely acidic; the pH of the small intestine resembles that of healthy bodily fluids; and in the colon it ranges between 5.5 and 7.

Why Does pH Matter?

In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in physiology. He was the first to describe the correlation between the acidic environment and cancer cell growth.

We know now that an acidic body is more susceptible to different diseases, including arthritis, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.

What’s more, if your pH is out of balance, digestive problems can occur and your body can’t assimilate the goodness from food, which can make you feel constantly tired. Blood pressure, insulin levels and cholesterol, as well as body weight and immune system function, are all influenced by changes in pH levels.

As every one-point decrease on the pH scale means 10 times increased acidity, going from pH 7 to 5 makes your insides 100 times more acidic! This is not a good sign if you’re planning on living a long and healthy life.

The bottom line is that you want to keep your body’s pH as close as possible to what nature intended it to be. Also, if you are aiming to cure a disease, you might want to start by looking at the pH of your body. When doing that, most people discover that they’re too acidic.

What the Research Says About the Alkaline Diet

Research suggests that an alkaline diet can assist with chemotherapy treatments, making the treatments more effective. This is the case for example with cucumber, which contains lignans that are being studied for treating estrogen-related cancers within the body.

The Journal of Environmental Health suggests that “it would be prudent to consider an alkaline diet to reduce morbidity and mortality of chronic disease that are plaguing our aging population”.

While there are no studies that directly show an alkaline diet to prevent cancer, research is ongoing.

In general, the alkaline diet may assist cells and connective tissue in retaining water as it works to enhance systemic, brain, and bone health.

Additionally, alkaline foods such as cucumber may provide the support needed for enhanced enzymatic function, to prevent degradation of tissues and slow cell aging.

Presumably, an abundance of alkaline cellular reserves buffers the depletion that occurs when the body constantly readjusts to maintain proper pH and minimize cellular acidity.

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What Causes pH Imbalances?

The main culprits of over-acidity are improper diet (fast food, high consumption of sugars, animal products and processed foods), stress and lifestyle choices, for example sedentary life style. Interestingly, over-exercising, especially too much cardio workout, can lead to a drop in your pH levels as well, as it contributes to stress.

At first, the body tries to compensate and bring the pH back to its optimum levels. For example, minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium are taken from our vital organs and bones to counteract the acid. But this cannot go on indefinitely, and sooner or later the acidic environment starts to attract all sorts of ailments.

Naturopath Ann Boroch is one of many who recommend switching to a more alkaline diet (see video at the end of my article). She points out that the five things we should all avoid (or reduce as much as possible) in order to keep our bodies within the optimal pH range (between 7.0 and 7.4) are:

  • Excessive consumption of red meat
  • Caffeine
  • Sugar (read my posts on how sugar causes cancer)
  • Alcohol
  • Stress

She claims that all these turn your body acidic and make it inflamed. So you need to become more alkaline again. You can do this by eating foods that will bring you back to balance. The changes don’t need to be as complex as some might think. Boroch emphasizes that little can go a long way.

Warning Signs Your Body is too Acidic

According to wikipedia, signs and symptoms that may be seen in acidosis include:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Feeling tired
  • Tremors,
  • Sleepiness
  • Flapping tremor
  • Dysfunction of the cerebrum of the brain which may progress to coma if there is no intervention

The Link Between Candida and Cancer

Candida is very widespread due to the imbalanced lives we lead. Antibiotics and steroids are taken routinely, and everyone is overly stressed. All these factors contribute to candida overgrowth.

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Many times, candida goes undetected for a long time and weakens the immune system. Compromised immune system leads to genetic mutations. Some experts now believe that fungus is actually a form cancer, and that the two go hand in hand.

Doug Kaufmann has written and lectured about the ‘fungal theory of disease’, in which he explains the role fungi has in disease development. Fungi should not be ignored, as they might be the key to solving many health issues.

Ann Brooch herself believes that there is a strong connection between cancer and candida overgrowth. If you have candida, that is a clear signal your body is over-acidic. Often, anti-candida regimen helps with cancer treatment – it promotes the alkalinity in which cancer cells can’t survive.

You can read my article about candida to discover the top signs you have candida infection and what to do about it.

How to Test your PH Level

It might be a good idea to test your pH and find out where you stand. You can do this at home. All you need is litmus paper, which can be bought at a pharmacy or a health food store, and a bit of discipline.

You need to dip the litmus paper in your first morning urine. Collect a sample in a clean container and measure the pH level. Or, you can use saliva, one hour before a meal or two hours after eating. Make sure you obtain a clean sample, so before spitting on the litmus paper, collect saliva in your mouth and swallow it.

You might find it useful to keep a diary over a period of time, so you can compare the values and get a medium value. The pH of your saliva should stay between 7 and 7.4 all day.

The pH of morning urine is slightly more acidic and fluctuates between 6 and 6.5. If you are also measuring the evening urine, the value should be between 6.5 and 7.

Tips for Alkalizing your Body

Some methods for alkalizing your body are straightforward and focus on dietary and lifestyle changes, while others will require specialist support and guidance, such as the use of alkaline minerals. Cesium chloride, germanium, rubidium and other alkalizing minerals can be used to alkalize the body.

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Particularly cesium chloride and sodium bicarbonate therapies have received a lot of attention and have been reported to yield good results, the latter being somewhat easier to use.

To alkalize your body you can use my DIY 2-ingredient health “shots”. Ann Boroch doesn’t believe you should be drinking alkaline water all day long. After all, we need acid to break down the food.

The Cancer Alternative Foundation, which has a mission of researching and verifying various alternative approaches to healing cancer, has established that alkalizing therapy is one of the most efficient alternative techniques for treating cancer, even in the later stages of the disease.

Basic dietary changes you can make to get your body more alkaline and healthy

As for a diet that will help turn your body alkaline, it’s recommended to embrace a vegetarian, or even better a vegan diet (meat and dairy products have a very acidic effect on the body’s pH levels) and to eliminate refined sugars, alcohol and caffeine from your diet.

Eat more vegetables such as cucumbers. Your diet should consist of 60% vegetables. That doesn’t necessarily mean eating raw vegetables. Your food can be cooked. In fact, some people’s digestive tracts can’t handle just raw food. Dark leafy greens are particularly praised for their alkalizing potential. Juice, steam, sauté them – whatever works for you. You can also detox your body using these 8 leafy greens.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are a preferred choice due to their alkalizing potential. A food’s natural pH level does not necessarily indicate the effect it will have on the body. For example, lemons and limes are known to have an alkaline effect on the body, despite their initial (citric) acidity, so squeeze some lemon in your water and drink before a meal.

A very popular dietary supplement that also helps you alkalize your body is spirulina – an algae that can be consumed in powder form or in tablets. Some guidance may be required to establish which food and food combinations are optimal for you.

Get a dose of raw apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning. Mix a tablespoon with some water. Or, mix freshly squeezed lemon juice with some warm water, and drink that every morning. You can find here more benefits of drinking lemon water.

Don’t eat junk food and processed foods. You must avoid these top 5 cancer causing foods and these top 10 worst fake foods.

Reduce your stress

The next thing you should look at is your stress. Don’t forget to assess your stress levels. Sound sleep, exercise and regular relaxation can do wonders for the body and mind. If you need to manage your stress levels, some simple breathing exercise can do the trick. You can also look at some other relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation, emotional freedom technique (EFT), to name a few.

You can reduce your stress by using these 7 simple and effective meditation techniques or you can use my natural remedies for stress and anxiety. You can also try this 20 minute yoga class for beginners.

Going alkaline seems a very wise choice that will promote your health and help you stay in balance. Detox is another way to eliminate toxins out of your body and you can discover the most effective natural methods to detox your body in my e-book: The Detox Guide.

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14 Responses to How to Balance Your pH and Find Out If You’re Too Acidic

  1. Unathi says:

    Im ova acidic, i thnk th main cause im stressing 2 much n my diet also.An advice pls in reducing stress

  2. Liz says:

    Thank you for sharing. I recently had a Bravo test done (where they place a camera in my esophagus) and it showed PH levels up to 8 at some times. It lowered while I ate. Next week I will get the test results. Had test done due to esophagus spasms and reflux.

  3. Joan Uchidiuno says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been treated for lymphoma inn India, went through chemotherapy for 6 months. I experience pains in my knees especially the right knee up to my ankle. Will the lemon and baking soda be of benefit to my condition and kill off the lymphocitic cells?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Joan, this method is still under research – it is not an approved method by the medical establishment and it doesn’t come instead of conventional treatment. It is not a miracle cure. If you want to try it, talk to your doctor to make sure it doesn’t interfere with the current treatment you receive. Wishing you a quick and full recovery.

  4. cheryl says:

    So basically what it comes down to is changing your eating habits! I’ve been thinking about going vegan! N changing little by little! Like I dont drink regular milk anymore ,actually I can’t cuz it hurts my tummy! So I drink a hemp drink ! And I got to admit it tastes preety good n I feel great after drinking it!

  5. Bill says:

    The pH of your body is controlled very precisely by buffering ions. You’re diet will not effect the pH inside your body, so it isn’t worth worrying about. The pH of your urine doesn’t matter and the pH of your saliva is controlled by cleaning your teeth. When you work out you’re body builds up lactic acid in the muscles and this is counteracted by buffers. If your pH did change, you would die.

    • gps says:

      OMG ! The above mentioned comments look me strange, because if pH is controlled or balance automatically by body then why pH changes time to time ? Specially Dr. Otto Warburg had proved (received Nobel Prize for the theory )that in the medium where there is pH values more than 7.36 cancer cells can not survive, then the above comments “supesede” the Dr. Otto Warburg.

  6. Philip says:

    The pH of your blood has the most impact. However, it is controlled by 4 systems ie. your respiration, your kidneys, buffering capacity and also indirectly by the liver. So your pH is controlled between 7.4 and 7.5 not 7.0 and 7.4 as noted. It is strictly controlled and going lower pH starts acidosis and higher pH starts alkalosis. Either cannot be supported for long and cause life threatening conditions. Also, people need to stop confusing pH with alkalinity or acidity. They are not the same thing but people interchange them as they were. pH is a measure of H+/hydronium ion concentration and alakalinity/acidity measures the capacity or loading of cation/anions in the blood. They are not the same. Your urine pH does not change drastically and using litmus paper which is a colorimetric test would not allow your to measure pH accurately. Uric acid is the source of pH in urine which mainly comes from lactic acid breakdown which occurs regardless. Why people believe this is beyond me because it is completely false. Positive results are coming from elsewhere but no measureable effect is seen with pH of blood. It is not something to be left for us to mess up. If you get alkalodic or acidodic you are in trouble.

  7. ben says:

    hi guys my father is 67 had lots of chemo didnt complete 2nd lot of course was in lung now in lymph node, want to change diet and maybe change ph but bit confused with phillips comment, he does sound very knowledgeable. only using bicarbonate of soda with honey on biscuits atm. was thinking of buying a electric ph tester am i wasting my money ? any advice very helpful. thanks ben 🙂 next step will possibly be hemp ??

  8. John Fredrick Ng'ang'a Ndung'u says:

    Interesting and useful information. Keep it up Jenny!!!

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