Your Body’s pH: What It Is, Why It Matters
Amanda Kimmel & Marlenea La Shomb
July–August 2018 • Vol 3, No 99
Everything we eat affects our health and makes our bodies either more acidic or alkaline. The normal pH of our bodies is supposed to range from 7.35 to 7.45. A pH value of 0 is the most acidic, while 14 is the most alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral, as it’s in the middle of the scale. The pH of the foods you consume daily play a huge role in weight gain or loss, what your skin looks like, how susceptible you are to disease and illness, and how you feel upon waking every morning.
So what foods cause our bodies to become more acidic or alkaline? Alkaline foods include vegetables, fruits, green tea, seeds, nuts, and beans. The most alkalizing foods are typically dark-green, leafy vegetables, mainly due to their high chlorophyll content. Acidic foods and drinks include meats, dairy, soda, caffeine, alcohol, and sugars. (See foods list here.)