What the pH#ck?

Can We Change the pH of Our Body With Food?

The answer to this question is not really. WHAT? My philosophy is that food is medicine and we are what we eat…so then WHY would this not be the case that we can’t drastically shift our body’s pH?  A little background; the pH scale runs from 1-14. Fluids that have a pH below 7 are considered acidic and fluids that have a pH about 7 are considered alkaline. Our blood has a pH of 7.35-7.45 which is slightly more alkaline than pure water.

Our bodies have buffering systems which keep our blood Ph in the normal range in order for our bodies perform at optimal levels. So, while we can’t drastically change the pH of our blood through good nutrition we DO reduce the amount of stress we put on our bodies under.

Does This Make Sense?

If you’re eating loads of acidic foods your body has to work that much harder to bring its levels slightly alkaline…the reverse is also true. Ahhh, this is what I like to hear. Food DOES have an effect…I knew it! Over time this overuse of the body’s buffering systems can cause weakness of the bones and teeth and kidney stones. SO, the moral of this story is to eat a healthy diet filled with both alkaline and acid forming foods (eating slightly more alkaline food remembering that blood pH is slightly alkaline at 7.4ish).

Acid and Alkaline-Forming Effects of Common Foods

Most vegetables and fruits have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids. Most grains, animal foods, and highly processed foods (think anything in packaging) have an acid-forming effect on your body fluids.

Below are 2 list that indicate which common foods have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids, and which ones result in acid ash formation when they are digested in your bod.

Foods that Have a Moderate to Strong Alkaline-Forming Effect

  • Watermelon
  • Lemons (shocking right?!)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Celery
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Parsley
  • Seaweed
  • Sweet, seedless grapes
  • Watercress
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Raisins
  • Vegetable juices
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines

Foods that Have a Moderate to Strong Acid-Forming Effect

  • Alcohol
  • Soft drinks (pop)
  • Tobacco
  • Coffee
  • White sugar
  • Refined Salt
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Antibiotics (and most pharmaceuticals)
  • White flour products
  • Seafood
  • White vinegar
  • Barley
  • Most boxed cereals
  • Cheese
  • Most beans
  • Flesh meats
  • Most types of bread

Note that the above lists of are not comprehensive.

To learn more about the science of Ph there’s an fantastic blog by Dr. Ben Kim, “The Truth About Alkalizing Your Blood” where he explains this process in depth if you’re interested in learning more, check it out!

Cheers to a beautiful day and a slightly alkaline diet!



I can see you GETTING (pure &) FIERCE!


3 thoughts on “What the pH#ck?

  1. It’s all about eating a balanced diet, isn’t it. And yes, a number of the fruits you listed contain acids – I guess I’d have to check out your link to find out what their basic elements are… Maybe another day 🙂

  2. Working on a balanced PH level with my personal training clients has made a huge difference in health, energy and weightloss. Great post

    Great video about PH levels and also talks about how Diet foods may actually be worse for weight gain than non diet foods

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