5 Alkaline Body Benefits, Food pH Chart & How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water
pH is a term from chemistry which stands for “potential of Hydrogen,” and determines how acidic or basic (alkaline) a substance is. It's a logarithmic scale from (0-14), so each number has ten times the amount above or below it. A neutral pH of 7 has an equal ratio of hydrogen (H+) to hydroxide (OH-), and when you add them up, you get H2O!
Although stomach acid has a pH of around 3.5, the human body (measured by blood serum) works optimally around 7.5 or higher. From a medical standpoint, health and alkalinity are synonymous, they a highly correlated. You can order body pH urine test strips (try not to pee on your hand), and remember your pH is more acidic in the morning than evening, so measure at the same time daily.
5 Potential Benefits of Alkaline Body pH
Reduced stress (cortisol/C-RP) and inflammation (cytokine/TNF-alpha)
Improved bone health and physical recovery (osteoblast/mitochondrial regeneration)
Improved gut health (pre- and pro-biotic flora and digestive enzymes)
Cellular hydration and detoxification (opens ATP energy pathways/chakras like your third eye)
Cardiovascular health and mental well-being (positive emotions)
This chart below is a general approximation. You will notice some foods in categories may seem grouped together “unfairly,” (i.e. organic dark chocolate is arguably healthier than most condiments, or maybe that's just me). For the most part, anything fresh is going to be healthier than anything processed. Just because a food creates an acidic or alkaline state in the body, doesn't mean it's good or bad. It's just a way of scientifically measuring how foods can impact human health and now that you know the rules, you can live your life with knowledge. If you would like to replace some of your current meals with more alkaline, tasty ones read this: Five Quick & Easy Hemp-Powered Recipes You Can Master Today
Body pH Balance Food List
(1000x) pH 10: RAW: Artichoke, Asparagus, Broccoli, Asparagus, Lemon, Lime, Kale, Chard, Seaweed, Spinach, Sprouts, Watermelon, Wheat Grass, Alkaline Water
(100x) pH 9: RAW: Mango, Pineapple, Berries, Melon, Celery, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Pear, Garlic, Ginger, Beets, Cucumber, Parsley, Cilantro, Pumpkin Seed, Hemp Seed, Zucchini, Green + Herbal Tea
(10x) pH 8: RAW: Apple, Orange, Banana, Bell Pepper, Cauliflower, Carrot, Pea, Coconut, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Tomato, Almond, Onion, Sweet Potato, Apple Cider Vinegar, Herbs+Spices
(NEUTRAL) pH 7: RAW: Cow/Goat Milk+Butter, Radish, Flax Seed, Corn, Quinoa, Avocado+Coconut Oil, Honey
COOKED: Kale, Brussels Sprouts, Soy Beans, Squash, Broccoli, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Pure Water
(-10x) pH 6: Dried Fruit, Processed Dairy, Olives, Popcorn, Pistachio, Hummus, Maple Syrup, Soy/Almond Milk
COOKED: Eggs, Organ Meats, Oats, Sunflower Seed, Most Beans, Potato, Spinach, Whole Grains, Zucchini
(-100x) pH 5: Chocolate, Brazil Nut, Walnut, Chicken, Turkey, Cashew, Lamb, Sesame Oil, Canned Veggies, Most Condiments, Processed Whole Grain (Cereal, Flour, Bread), Bottled Water, Pharma Drugs, Wine, Stevia
(-1000x) pH 4: Beef, Pork, Shellfish, Beer+Spirits, Most Coffee, Processed Refined Grain (Cereal, Flour, Bread), Black Tea, White Sugar, Microwave Foods
(-10000x) pH 3: Fried Food, Roasted Nuts, Carbonated Colas, Yeast, Processed Meat/Cheese, Tobacco, Sleep Deprivation
It takes 20 parts Alkaline to neutralize 1 part Acid. Emotions create similar effects, intuitively Fear=Acid, Joy=Alkaline. This list shows the pH of the body after consuming a food, not the pH of the food itself. Remember, alkaline foods promote health by decreasing inflammation and improving energy.
The Purpose of Alkaline Water
Since water is the ingredient that we ingest the most, it helps to go into further detail. First, our body is made up of 60-70% water by weight, and actually by atomic number we are over 99% water. So water quality is important. To improve water alkalinity and purity, you can swap your tap and bottled water for a water filter (ideally reverse osmosis), spring water (delivery), or homemade alkaline water.
Most drinking water would have a neutral pH, however when water comes in contact with the air it absorbs carbon dioxide until it reaches an equilibrium with the air leaving it’s pH around 5.8. Many companies sell alkaline water machines, however they can be expensive or ineffective. The purpose of alkaline water is to provide water in the state as it would appear in nature - which has clear benefits for the human body. The scientific debate on the H3O/structured water topic a la Dr. Emoto’s Water Intelligence Studies is inconclusive, though we have strong evidence to suggest water has an organizational capacity beyond our current understanding.
How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water
1 Gallon Container (BPA-Free or Glass)
1 Gallon ‘Distilled’ Water (Grocery/Water Store, Reverse Osmosis is next best)
1 tsp Pink Salt
1 tsp Coral Calcium
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 Lemon/Lime Juice (add a few more lemons - and stevia to taste for sugar-free lemonade) *Yes citrus fruits are acidic, yet when digested they produce an alkaline body pH.
pH Test Strips to test the water once you make it.
Place in the sun for 10-15 minutes to activate the water. Dip a test strip in the water to measure pH. Make fresh daily or in batches once a week.
Pro Tip: You can stack habits so that they stick (i.e. making alkaline water > exercising > showering > eating a healthy meal).
We thrive in an alkaline state, and we can influence our health, performance and happiness through alkaline foods, which are naturally fresh and widely available. Alkalinity works on the pH scale, and we want to be slightly above 7. In addition to food and water, our emotions influence our body pH. You can make alkaline water at home with a simple recipe. Remember to take everything one step at a time, and incorporate new habits gradually.
About Peter Fettis
As a Registered Yoga Teacher and and Certified Personal Trainer, Peter practices optimizing human potential as a way of life. His latest book How to Eat Well and Love Yourself dives into the practical principles of mindfulness and plant-based nutrition to give you a taste of the abundant harvest from the mind's inner garden of awareness. Peter’s vision with FlowPrana is to make waves in the current culture by rallying the wider public to recognize their inner healing power using a proactive, gentle approach.