Is Your Body Acid or Alkaline?

Let’s start at the basics. There is something called pH, which measures acidity/alkalinity of the body. For those who have a pool, you know the pH level is something that must be properly maintained. The pH range can go from 0 to 14. A value of 7 is neutral, where 0 represents total acidity and 14 represents total alkalinity. The body’s stomach acid is 1.6 to 1.8 and can dissolve teeth. Blood is approximately 7.35 to 7.45, urine and saliva are 5.5 to 6.9. A small change in pH is actually 10 times the difference. The body is constantly trying to keep pH levels at their target ranges.

Why is proper pH important?
Enzymes can only function in a proper pH. If pH is off, illness may appear or in a worst case scenario, enzyme activity in the body will stop, leading to a medical emergency or even death. This is called acute acidosis or acute alkalosis.

Effects of Food and Water on pH
As our body digests the foods that we eat, they leave either an alkaline or acid ash. As a result, the body must use “buffer systems” to balance their effects and neutralize excess acid. One of these buffers is the bicarbonate system, which neutralizes stomach acid in order to prevent damage to the duodenum and small intestine.

Some current theories regarding illness are that:

• The North American diet is too acidic, which results in depletion of calcium and other alkalizing minerals from our body (i.e. Demineralization).
• Acidity irritates and inflames organs.
• The acidity aggravates and compromises the immune system.

As a general guideline, you can regain/improve your alkalinity by consuming 70-90% alkalizing foods, retest your pH levels, then consume/maintain your alkalizing food intake at 60-80% thereafter.

PH strips are available in most health stores for saliva and urine.

Some acidic foods include: Bread, Cake, Cereals, Fish, Flours, Grains, Meat, Shellfish, Nuts (except almonds), Pastas, Sugars, Dairy, and anything packaged.

Some alkalizing foods include:

Berries (except cranberry)
Vegetables (not raw tomatoes)
Fruits (not plums or prunes)
Dried beans
Millet, buckwheat
Citrus fruits

Which of the above do you eat most often (be honest)?


• Tobacco, coffee, pop and alcohol have an acid forming effect
• Toxic oven cleaner has a pH of about 13!
• Stress increases acid formation through cortisol
• Today, most waters are acid forming. Try Gerolsteiner or San Pellegrino water. I also have a liquid product you can add to your water which will make it alkalizing to your body.
• If someone has persistent diarrhea the blood pH will decrease dramatically causing acidosis
• Persistent vomiting causes loss of stomach acid, which increases pH causing alkalosis
• Acid rain lowers pH levels and therefore increases acidity.
• Cancer loves acidity

Have a great week!

Christine and John Ng

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4 Responses to “Is Your Body Acid or Alkaline?”

Dorothea Feneis October 8, 2012

Stomach acids can be quite temperamental sometimes and when the acid levels are very high it can really give you some nasty stomach ache. :`:*`

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Brandee Cardella November 19, 2012

Stomach acids is mainly composed of hydrochloric acid. Stress is also known to increase the amounts of stomach acids. ..

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