Why the pH of Your Body is Important

Compelling reasons to test the pH of your body, as well as what to eat to maintain a healthy pH.

To maintain good health, the chemistry of the human body requires a balanced pH level. 7.0 is neutral. Low pH, 6.8 or less is in the acidic range, and is considered unhealthy. The human body is apt to be slightly acidic. In an acidic state, the body becomes prone to chronic illnesses such as gout, arthritis, kidney stones, cancer, and more. An improper diet, medications, lifestyle, and stress can contribute to acidosis. This condition is far more common than its inverse – alkalosis. When alkalosis occurs, it is often attributed to excessive intake of sodium bicarbonate, used in the treatment of peptic ulcers, etc. Health experts suggest striving to maintain a slightly alkaline pH ranging from 7.2 to 7.5.

Test Your Body pH
The alkalinity and acidity of our bodies can be easily measured at home. pH test strips are available from online and local health food stores. Self-testing is usually done first thing in the morning, before drinking or eating anything. It involves applying saliva or urine to a strip of pH test paper. The color of the test paper is compared to the pH color chart that comes with the test kit. Once you’ve determined if your body chemistry is too acidic or too alkaline, you can determine which foods you should eat to help reach a healthy pH.

Eat your way to a healthy body pH
The foods, beverages, supplements, and medications we consume have a mildly, moderately, or highly acid-forming effect when ingested, or they can have the opposite effect and be mildly, moderately, or highly alkaline-forming. Highly acidic foods not only alter our body pH, but are inflammatory. To reach a healthier level, it is important to eat a variety of whole, nutritious foods instead of processed, refined foods. When your body pH is overly acidic, reducing the consumption of highly acid-producing foods, and increasing your daily intake of alkaline-forming foods should help you achieve a healthy pH.

Highly Acid-Forming Foods: alcohol, artificial sweeteners, black tea, cocoa, coffee, corn, cranberries, legumes, lentils, meat, milk, oatmeal, plums, shellfish, soft drinks, sugar and sugary foods, refined grains, wheat flour and wheat-based products: bread, noodles, pasta, and pizza.
Aspirin, tobacco, and most drugs are also acid-forming.

Alkaline-Forming Foods: almonds, apples, avocados, most berries, citrus, coconut, dates, and most fresh fruits, broccoli, cabbage, garlic, onions, spinach, lettuce, greens and most fresh vegetables, Himalayan sea salt, sprouts, sprouted bread and wraps, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and non-dairy almond milk.

In addition to eating alkaline-producing foods, you can help reduce an acid pH imbalance by consuming these beverages.
• Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it to neutralize the acidity of your body.
• Start your morning with a large glass of purified water with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt.
• Drink a green drink with a pinch of sea salt.
• Proprietary mineral blends in ionized water are available from natural health sources to balance your pH. Add drops of the convenient liquid supplement to your beverages.

Have you tested your pH?

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Deborah Tukua

Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Pearls of Garden Wisdom: Time-Saving Tips and Techniques from a Country Home, Pearls of Country Wisdom: Hints from a Small Town on Keeping Garden and Home, and Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. Tukua has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.


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j joanne

What are the benefits of drinking water warm with fresh lemon and pure raw honey first thing before eating?


Is the water from reverse osmosis water systems alkaline or acid? .We want to put it on out drinking water.


Is the water from reverse osmosis water systems alkaline or acid? We want to put it on out drinking water.




I make ERW water at my tap with a great countertop system. Chemical change of pH with salt, soda, etc. isn’t so beneficial. You also want a negative ORP for benefit. Free hydrogenated, and oxygen. ?I’m stage four cancer, over five years ago I got off my deathbed. I consider it a privilege, helping folks acquire their own. Yes, I benefit. Made me a believer, saving me from sepsis during months of necrotic tumor care. Long story. ??

Deborah Tukua

Leon, To clarify, I do not recommend consuming soy food products and did not include it in this article.

Leon N McCauley

I do agree with the bakeing soda,lemon and Himalayan salt to lower body Ph. I do not agree with taking any Soy products due to recent lab reports on Tofu has been linked to many female probulems.

Aser LaAdamas

When the PH is at …
A. 6.5 -7.25 your blood oxygen is akaline , to control low oxygen illness
1.gout and others
B. 7.35 -7.40. YOUR blood PH IS akaline as well, it keeps the blood balance and pure. An Control cancer and other ILLNESS.

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