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Common health myths and trends all seem to prey on peoples’ misunderstandings of complicated concepts regarding the human body. Trends over-simplify, polarize, and mislead. Today, I’m taking to task the myth of body pH. I hear more and more about alkaline water, special filters, and the belief that all ailments can be fixed by alkalinizing the body. And all of this is complete nonsense!
What is pH?
Put as simply as possible, pH is the scale that measures acid and alkaline. The scale goes from 1- most acid, to 14-most alkaline, with 7 in the center being pH neutral, neither acid nor alkaline at all (a substance like distilled water). Every point on the scale represents a power of one hundred, so the difference between acids at 2 and 1 on the scale is enormous.
What is the ideal pH for the body?
There is no single pH that applies to the whole body. Every single body fluid has a pH measurement that is specific to that fluid only. If there’s one pH level that is most important to the health of the body, and which the body will go to the greatest lengths to control, it is the pH of the blood. Blood should be slightly alkaline, and the proper pH range of the blood is very narrow. It should fall between 7.34 and 7.45.
But then, you have fluids like stomach acid, which should clock in between 1 and 3 on the pH scale, and less acidic fluids like sweat and urine; on the alkaline end, you have pancreatic fluid, and the fluid around your brain. There is no need to raise the pH of your whole body, because everything is right where it should be. What you need is to keep your body healthy so it keeps all of its fluids at the right pH, but that isn’t as punchy as the alkaline sales pitch, is it?
Can certain foods and drinks alkalinize the body?
Yes, and some can acidify the body, but it isn’t a straightforward as you think. For example, a glass of orange juice is acidic. Drinking it, however, will not acidify your body; it actually ends up increasing alkalinity. Similarly, alkaline water won’t magically raise your pH, and even if it did, that wouldn’t be a good thing.
I do recommend using apple cider vinegar or a carbonated water like Pellegrino as a remedy if I know that a patient is in fact too alkaline. In general, however, you should avoid trying to adjust your body’s pH. If you’re suffering from symptoms associated with acidity or alkalinity, you aren’t going to get anywhere by adjusting your pH; your pH is off because something else is going wrong. Symptoms are clues, and unless you use them to find the root of the problem, you won’t be helping yourself.
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