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pH Balance

pH Range

  pH means "Potential of Hydrogen" and is used to measure the degree of acidity or alkalinity.  It is measured on a scale ranging from 0 to 14 where the center of the scale, at 7, is neutral (neither acid nor alkaline).  A reading below 7 indicates that the substance being measured is acid and above 7 is alkaline.  For our body it is the measurement of resistance.  It is the speedometer of the body indicating the speed of which energy is moving through the body.  It tells how fast a reaction is taking place.  Energy in the body is created by the interaction of anionic foods (negative-alkaline) and cationic foods (positive-acid). (1)  People who do not get the proper balance in their diet do not digest their food properly.  The speed of digestion is a key ingredient in maintaining health.  pH measures this. The pH system works in 10-fold multiples and each pH unit represents a 10-fold difference in alkalinity. For example, the pH of 7.5 is 10-times more alkaline than 6.5.


What can we learn from testing our body pH?


  • Shows proper balance of minerals

    • We get energy from the minerals in the food we eat.

    • Minerals from our food are used to keep the pH in proper balance.

  • Shows efficiency of digestion

  • Shows efficiency of elimination

  • Shows deterioration of the body


High acidity can become a dangerous condition that weakens all major body systems.  It makes your internal environment conducive to disease.  A pH-balanced environment, on the other hand, allows proper metabolic functioning and gives your body resistance to disease.  A healthy body maintains alkaline reserves that are used to meet emergency demands.


Acid pH -- below 6.4 - Food digesting too fast
The stomach empties quite rapidly and food is not properly digested.

Blood – anemia, deficiency in iron and B12

Circulation – strokes, high blood pressure, vascular problems with vessel fragility

Colon – colitis, IBS, Crohn’s, inflammatory disease, lower abdominal pain

Digestion – digestion too fast, stomach empties rapidly, food doesn’t digestion well, diarrhea

Female – mineral shortage (women require more than men), nervousness, calcium utilization problems, fungus and yeast infections, light menses, early menopause

Muscles – leg cramps

Skeleton – muscular discomfort in the lower extremities and aching bones, loss of bone density

Nutrition – expect vitamin D deficiency, Iron / B12 and potassium

What Causes Me to be Acidic?

The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid-producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid-producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid-producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid-forming; and we use artificial chemical sweetners like NutraSweet, Equal, or aspartame, which are extremely acid-forming. One of the best things we can do to correct an overly-acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle. Refer to the recommended reading for specific help with diet and lifestyle.

What if I'm Acidic?

1.      Enzymes are essential: Take 1-2 capsules of Proactazyme with every meal. If you have both over-acid urine and saliva, also take 1-2 capsules of Protease Plus between meals on an empty stomach.

2.      Correct calcium is needed: Take 3 Calcium w/D daily. If double-acid use Coral Calcium in addition until pH becomes balanced.  Children should use Chewable Calcium for Kids.

3.      Alkaline minerals are essential: Take 1 ounce of either Colloidal Minerals or Mineral Chi Tonic once daily, or take 1 teaspoon of Liquid Chlorophyll in water up to eight times daily.

4.      Anything green is alkaline: Take Ultimate GreenZone or Herbal Potassium Combination according to label directions. Eat more fruits and vegetables and less animal products.

5.      Vitamin A & D hold calcium in the body. Taking NSP's Vitamin A & D will help the body buffer acid.

6.      What if my pH is still too acidic? As a temporary measure take 2 Stomach Comfort tablets twice daily between meals. (Not for long-term use.) Monitor your pH daily.

7.      Cleanse as needed: Take a psyllium hulls supplement such as Psyllium Hulls Combination at bedtime to maintain regular bowel movements. Use NSP's Chinese Tiao He Cleanse or CleanStart twice a year for liver, bowel and kidney detoxification.

Alkaline pH- above 6.4 - Food digesting too slow

Colon – constipation; expect infection of parasites, yeast, bacteria

Digestion – the higher the pH, the greater the digestion is lacking in positive or cationic (acid) hydrogen acid reacting calciums.  Too much anionic (alkaline) hydrogen base-reacting calciums.

Female – PMS, heavy menses, cramping

Liver – lack of oxygen

Skin problems – complexion problems and body odor.  May also be pigmentation problems.

Structure – back, cartilage problems, disk deterioration, tends to be overweight with distended abdomen.

Nutrients – vitamin C is lacking.

What if I'm Overly-Alkaline?

Alkalinity is relatively rare, but if your urine and/or saliva consistently test above 7.0 pH, start with steps 1, 2 and 3 below and continue adding steps until the desired results are achieved. Be sure to monitor your progress with easy-to-use pH test strips. You will notice that some of these steps are the same as those recommended above for an overly acidic condition. This is because these steps have a buffering effect, or in other words they are balancing, tending to bring the pH back toward normal no matter which direction it has gone:

1.      Enzymes are essential: Take 1-2 capsules of Food Enzymes with each meal. For stronger enzymatic action in difficult cases add 1-2 capsules of Protease Plus between meals on an empty stomach.

2.      Correct calcium is needed: Take 4-6 Skeletal Strength tablets daily.  Children should use Liquid calcium.

3.      Vitamin C: Use Timed-Release or Vitamin C Ascorbates. Use 3,000 mg or more, to maximum bowel tolerance. (If diarrhea occurs, reduce intake.)

4.      Flax Seed Oil: Use 1 capsules of Flax Seed Oil 3 times a day or 2 tablespoons of oil daily.

5.      Ultimate GreenZone: Follow label directions.

6.      Cleanse as needed: Take a psyllium hulls supplement such as Psyllium Hulls Combination at bedtime to maintain regular bowel movements. Use NSP's Chinese Tiao He Cleanse or CleanStart twice a year for liver, bowel and kidney detoxification.

What if I'm at 6.4?

It's important to maintain ideal pH.  Along with good food choices, the following supplements will help.

1.      Enzymes are essential: Take 1-2 capsules of Food Enzymes with each meal. Protease Plus 1-2 capsules taken between meals on an empty stomach, increases the flexibility of red blood cells and cleans up cellular debris by breaking down the protein compounds, parasites, fungi, viruses and bacteria that have a protein coating.

2.      Calcium: Skeletal Strength (especially for women).  or SynerPro Calcium/Magnesium

3.      Minerals: Chinese Mineral Chi Tonic (contains adaptogenic herbs helpful for energy) or Colloidal Minerals
Liquid Chlorophyll offers excellent body-cleansing support while providing vital minerals from green alfalfa plants.

4.      Cleanse as needed: Use LBS II and Psyllium Hulls (for a mild cleanse) or CleanStart (for a thorough cleanse) or the Chinese Tiao He Cleanse (for a cleanse the focuses on the liver)

5.      Diet: Eat a balanced diet with emphasis on alkaline-forming foods (ratio of 80% alkaline, 20% acid is ideal).  See the food chart below.

How is pH balance tested?

Anyone can monitor his or her own pH.  The most common method is to use pH test strips.  These are dipped into the body fluid and immediately compared to the color chart from which the corresponding number reading is obtained.  Also available are special meters to read pH.  For health monitoring the digital pH pens are most efficient, which can test a very small amount of fluid sample.


What fluids are commonly used for pH testing?

Saliva comes from the lymph and indicates what you put in the body.

Urine tells us what we take out of the body and blood.

It is recommended to obtain pH readings twice daily for five to seven days to get an average.  Both urine and saliva are tested one to two hours after breakfast and one to two hours after lunch.


About the Skin

Skin pH and the Acid Mantle

The acid mantle, the combination of sebum (oil) and perspiration, on the skin's surface protects the skin and renders the skin less vulnerable to damage and attack by environmental factors such as sun and wind and less prone to dehydration. Normal skin pH is somewhat acid and in the range of 4.2. to 5.6. It varies from one part of the body to another and, in general, the pH of a man's skin is lower (more acid) than that of a woman's. The acid mantle inhibits the growth of foreign bacteria and fungi and the skin remains healthier, and has fewer blemishes. The removal of the natural acid protection as well as extracting protective lipids (fats) from the skin can cause a problem of irritated and eczematous skins, which tends to have a more alkaline pH.  Acne, allergies and other skin problems become more severe when the skin becomes more alkaline. (2)

Keeping this in mind, people that present skin problems may be over-alkaline.  People with skin cancer may have excessive vitamin D.  Vitamin C is needed for balance.

Rosacea, a skin disorder where groups of capillaries close to the surface of the skin become dilated, may indicate an over-acid condition.

Food Effects on Acid – Alkaline Body Chemistry,
The Effects of Common Foods on pH Balance


Most Alkaline


Lowest Alkaline


Lowest Acid


Most Acid


Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup

Raw Honey, Raw Sugar


Processed Honey, Molasses

White Sugar, Brown Sugar

NutraSweet, Equal, Aspartame, Sweet 'N Low

Lemons, Watermelon, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Papayas

Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Raisins

Oranges, Bananas, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados


Plums, Processed Fruit Juices

Sour Cherries, Rhubarb

Blueberries, Cranberries, Prunes

Asparagus, Onions, Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic

Okra, Squash, Green Beans, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Carob

Carrots, Tomatoes, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Peas, Potato Skins, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu


Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans

Potatoes (without skins), Pinto Beans, Navy Beans, Lima Beans






Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds

Pecans, Cashews

Peanuts, Walnuts

Olive Oil

Flax Seed Oil

Canola Oil


Corn Oil





Amaranth, Millet, Wild Rice, Quinoa


Sprouted Wheat Bread, Spelt, Brown Rice

White Rice, Corn, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye

Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta





Venison, Cold Water Fish

Turkey, Chicken, Lamb

Beef, Pork, Shellfish


Breast Milk

Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey


Eggs, Butter, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese

Raw Milk

Cheese, Homogenized Milk, Ice Cream

Herb Teas, Lemon Water

Green Tea

Ginger Tea




Beer, Soft Drinks

Note that a food's acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so lemons are alkaline-forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid-forming.

Supplements for pH Balancing



Food Enzymes




Protease Plus


Skeletal Strength


Calcium Plus D


Coral Calcium


Liquid Calcium


Children's Chewable Calcium


Stomach Comfort


Vitamin A&D


Herbal CA


Timed-Release Vitamin C


Vitamin C Ascorbates


Flax Seed Oil Capsules


Ultimate Green Zone






SynerPro Calcium/Magnesium


Colloidal Minerals


Mineral Chi Tonic


Chlorophyll Liquid




Psyllium Hulls


Clean Start


Chinese Tiao He Cleanse (1 pk)


pH Test Strips


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This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. The information provided by The Herb Peddler is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. We at The Herb Peddler are not responsible for the results of your decisions resulting from the use of the information, including, but not limited to, your choosing to seek or not to seek professional medical care, or from choosing or not choosing specific treatment based on the information. If you have any medical health care questions, please consult a professional medical provider.


Dr. Carey Reams


Biologic Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition - Dr. A. F. Beddoe

Reams, Health by the Numbers – National Association of Certified Natural Health Professionals

pH Simplified - Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc.


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Charlotte and Timothy Test,
Naturopaths - Coaching You In Natural Lifestyle
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