The pH Diet

pH Defined

  • pH is measured on a scale ranging from 0-14. 0 is the most acidic and 14 is the most alkaline or basic and 7 is neutral.
  • Our bodies have a blood pH of 7.35-7.45.

The Diet

  • Includes high-pH foods like fruits, leafy greens, nuts, legumes, green tea, and seeds
  • Plenty of water to flush acid from the system
  • No fried items, animal protein, dairy, alcohol, yeast products, processed items, fermented foods, artificial sweeteners, chocolate, caffeine, soda

Diet Claims

  • Eating foods that leave behind an acid residue will wreak havoc on the body’s chemistry as it fights to maintain the proper blood pH.
  • Toxic acids prompt the creation of fat reserves for storage & leach out through the skin’s pores causing breakout.
  • Alkaline minerals like calcium & magnesium migrate from the muscles & bones to the blood to “buffer” pH levels leaving us weak.

Pros

  • The diet guidelines are basically healthy, drinking water, limiting alcohol, and swapping fried & processed foods for fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

Cons

  • Animal protein is omitted which will require B12 supplementation extra intake of beans, lentils, and soy to meet protein needs.

Researchers Say

  • The kidney & lungs manage pH regulation. The kidneys buffer acid and the lungs expel carbon dioxide which is mildly acidic.
  • It is nearly impossible to alter your body’s pH through diet.

Bottom Line

Choose healthy, nutritious options when eating and don’t worry about how your acidic or alkaline the food item is.

 

References

Dunn, Elizabeth G. “The pH Diet.”ย Shape. March 2014. 93-96.

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