How Varied pH Levels Affect Your Body

Think back to the days of high school chemistry when you learnt the difference between "acidic" and "basic". The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic (think of battery acid) and 14 being the most basic or alkaline (think of ammonia or lye). It may have seemed confusing back then, but it's actually quite simple when you put it into context. Different substances, including food and water, have a place on the pH scale. Your body also has its own spot on the pH scale - ideally right at 7.36.

The Standard American Diet (SAD)

Unfortunately a lot of the foods in the Standard American Diet (SAD) are located below 7 on the pH scale, meaning that they're acidic. Your body does a wonderful job of balancing itself out and neutralizing acidity. However, it can only take so much stress. When your body gets overloaded with acidic foods, it can shift the pH of your body and cause negative effects. It's crucial that your body stays at its natural pH of 7.36.

The best way to help your body neutralize acidity and keep itself at 7.36 is to consume alkaline foods and water. A good rule of thumb is to eat 80% alkaline foods, like green vegetables, legumes, and some fruits, and 20% acidic foods, like sugar, dairy and processed foods.

But now you're wondering, what will actually happen to your body if it becomes too acidic?

Chronically acidic blood (acidosis) can cause a variety of conditions, including fatigue, foggy thinking, weight gain and heartburn.


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What do the experts have to say?

“The first major line of defense against sickness, disease and aging is the pH of your blood. Restoring your pH balance is an integral step towards feeling, looking and living younger longer.”

-Dr. Natasha Turner

Dr. Natasha Turner is North America’s leading naturopathic doctor and founder of the Clear Medicine Wellness Boutique in Toronto, Canada. Known for promoting wellness, fitness and integrated medicine, she was recently recognized by the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors as being a leader in her field. Dr. Turner is the first Canadian naturopathic doctor to be featured on The Dr. Oz Show. She is also the best-selling author of "The Hormone Diet", "The Supercharged Hormone Diet" and "The Carb Sensitivity Program".

"Acidosis is one of the biggest dangers to our health that no one is talking about. The treatment is not a pill for every ill, but changing your body chemistry, normalizing your body pH. Given that your body is more than seventy percent water, alkaline water in addition to an alkaline, plant based diet is a must!”

-Dr. Richard Snyder

Dr. Richard Snyder is an osteopathic physician and practitioner of integrative medicine who is board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology. He specializes in Kidney Disease and is the author of “What you must know about Kidney Disease” and “What you must know about Dialysis”.

Action Plan:

If you're wondering how to fight off acidosis and keep your body at its optimal pH, the answer is simple. Eat foods that are alkaline-forming and have high mineral content, like avocados, broccoli and kale, and avoid acid-forming foods. Another easy solution that doesn't involve changing your habits too drastically is to drink alkaline water.

“Drinking alkaline water is one of the best things you can do for your health.”

-Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook

Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook is an international best-selling and fifteen-time book author whose works include: "60 Seconds to Slim", "The Ultimate pH Solution" and the upcoming book "Weekend Wonder Detox". She is a doctor of natural medicine, holistic nutritionist, and the publisher of the free ezine "World’s Healthiest News".


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