How to Change Your pH
The other morning I had a client who had breast cancer and her doctor wanted her to take a supplement that made her blood more alkaline. I gently told her to not waste her money and that food and supplements do not influence your body’s pH balance. BUT that she could change her pH with other ways that most people do not do and are FREE!
I wanted to elaborate on how we can change our pH so Craig and I included a fantastic science article on our website Keto-Adapted.com, where we have personalized one-on-one help with macros, personalized meal planning and shopping lists, exclusive recipes and cooking videos, workout videos and yoga videos, as well as a science section where we help you comprehend the leading science in easy-to-understand articles. But since we have so many people mistakenly believe you can change your pH with food, I knew this article must be shared with all of you!
Effects of Food on Body pH
A common question we get is can you change your bodies pH with food? The theory behind this (the alkaline diet) says that we leave behind an ‘ash’ from what we eat after it is metabolized and this ash can be acidic or alkaline. More alkaline means for basic on the pH scale. More acidic means more acidic on the pH scale. They recommend to use urine pH strips to test your bodies pH.
The reasoning for this they say is that a slightly alkaline body is beneficial for health especially for lower cancer risk (link), osteoporosis and other diseases. But it has been shown that the cancer creates an acidic environment around itself (link). So it isn’t the body creating this condition. The pH of the blood no longer determines the pH of the cancer.
Can Food Influence Your Body pH levels
The proponents of the ‘Alkaline Diet’ say that you can change your bodies pH through food. The theory is that foods leave behind an acidic or alkaline ash. The type of ‘ash’ is determined by the context of acid forming components such as phosphate and sulfur and alkalis such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. This means that animal products and grains are acid forming and fruits and vegetables are alkali forming.
While it is true that these foods will make you urine more alkaline or more acidic, making the blood more alkaline or acidic is a completely different thing. So your urine pH strip may change but that has no relation to your blood pH.
Food does not influence your blood pH. The body tightly regulates the pH of your blood and body fluids and diet cannot influence these levels (link, link). So what does regulate our blood pH? Our kidneys tightly regulate our bodies pH levels. They kidneys are very good at dealing with ‘acid ash’ and when we eat things like proteins the acids produced are quickly buffered by bicarbonate ions in the blood. This creates carbon dioxide which you exhale through the lungs. It also creates salts that are excreted by the kidneys. During secretion the kidney create new bicarbonate ions which returns to the blood to replace those used to buffer the acid.
Our bodies have a very tight control of the pH based on food eaten. Your body controls your pH to a slightly alkaline level of 7.4. So food does not effect the bodies pH level.
Enabling a Healthy pH in Your Body
So what can enable your body to keep a healthy pH level? As we have shown in THIS article, 99% of the molecules on our body are EZ Water. EZ water gains a charge (gains electrons) from light (mostly infrared light).
When this EZ water in the body gains charge it is gaining electrons. Our body uses electrons for fuel (from food or light). More electrons means more alkaline molecules. So adding electrons enables your body to not only have more and better fuel sources (more electrons) it enables a more stable alkaline environment. Just make sure the light you get is in a circadian rythum to ensure cellular health and good sleep cycles (link).
What else can create more electrons or charge on the body? The earth is negatively charged. So by Grounding to the earth you gain electrons and also create a more alkaline environment in your cells. So the prescription is pretty simple. Get outside in the sun with you shoes off and enjoy nature!
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