Acid/Alkaline Diet for a pH Balance

Acid or Alkaline - Which is Healthy?
AlkaMax for Restoring pH Balance
Approximate pH for food and food products (as per FDA)
Cancer and pH
Diet recommendations
Food chart to post on your refrigerator
pH Balance Charts
pH poll of people who have cancer
pH Meter and Test Kits

Acid Or Alkaline - Which is Healthy?

Forget cholesterol counts. Forget calories and fat grams. Forget blood pressure, blood sugar, hormone levels, or any of the other markers of health you're used to at the doctor’s office. It turns out that the single measurement most important to your health is the pH of your blood and tissues - how acidic or alkaline it is. Different areas of the body have different ideal pH levels, but blood pH is the most telling of all.

Acidity and alkalinity in the body are measured by the pH (potential of hydrogen) scale. Water has a pH of 7.0 and is considered neither acid or alkaline but neutral.

An acid body is unhealthy. While each organ has its own pH balance, it is generally agreed that a healthy person's saliva will register between 7.2 and 7.5.

If your pH is between 6. and 6.5, you are becoming acidic and therefore developing one or more of 150 degenerative diseases. These will take time to develop, and perhaps you have been diagnosed with one at this time, because of your ongoing acidity.

If your pH is below 6.0, then you are highly acidic. You will have become very mineral deficient and have definitely developed illnesses and disease at this point.

A balanced diet contains 40% acid forming foods and 60% alkaline. To test your pH level, you can purchase pH Strips, or one of the several pH test kits available in the market today.

The following table will give you an idea of the pH values of common substances:

 Substance  pH Value
 Stomach acid 1.0
 Lemon Juice 2.4
 Vinegar 2.8
 Orange Juice 3.0
 Tomato Juice 4.0
 Black Coffee 5.0
 Detergent 6.5
 Milk 6.8
 Blood 7.2
 Seawater 8.0
 Baking soda 9.0
 Milk of Magnesia 10.7
 Domestic Bleach 11.0
 Caustic Soda 14.0

Comments: The recommended percentage of acid/alkaline seems to be all over the board. Some people  recommend 35%-65% acid/alkaline ratio for a balanced pH; others insist on 20-80. However, it seems like an average person should be in good shape with a 40-60 acid/alkaline diet. Please consult with your healthcare expert for his/her professional recommendation.

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AlkaMax for Restoring pH Balance

There are several ways to raise your pH balance or to restore it to an acceptable level. If you've tried eating the right food (see Food chart to post on your refrigerator) and your progress is slow, you might want to try AlkaMax. We've tried AlkaMax and it took only a few days to see the results. Because AlkaMax is a natural supplement, it was approved by our Naturopath Doctor for raising the pH level. AlkaMax can be used for restoring the pH balance, bone/joint health, fatigue caused by acidic conditions, acid indigestion and heartburn. We prefer AlkaMax over Tums and other antacids which are not recommended as a long-term solution because of the potential damage they can cause. If you have any questions, allergies or any other comments you can contact TriMedica's customer service here.

AlkaMax comes in liquid, powder and capsule form. We've used the capsules because it contains de-glycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), which is safe for people with high blood pressure. Although you will notice that the warning says that due to licorice contents it is not recommended for patients with high blood pressure, according to our Doctor that is not true. DGL is made from licorice from which the glycyrrhizin has been removed, which can raise blood pressure. You can do your own research to find out exactly what DGL is. Blood pressure patients need to be careful as to which form they should select. For example, they should not use the powder form of AlkaMax because it contains licorice, rather than the safer de-glycyrrhizinated licorice.

Another thing we recommend (especially for cancer patients) is to purchase a digital pH tester rather than using the paper strips that come with AlkaMax. It is well worth the money. We believe the paper strips are pretty useless and strongly recommend that you purchase a digital pH tester. We have one brand of pH tester listed later on this page.

You should be able to find AlkaMax at your local health food store. If not, you can do a search on the Internet and purchase it online.

Comments: We didn't know about AlkaMax 5 years in ago (in 2004) or else we would have tried this product. We have experienced some very good results from this product both for indigestion as well as raising our pH level. If you have high blood pressure make sure that you only use AlkaMax in the Capsule form.

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Approximate pH for food and food products
As reported by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Diet recommendations
Diet recommendations and food guide pyramid from American Heart Association.

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Food Chart to Post on Your Refrigerator
Print out this food chart "Food and chemical effects on acid/alkaline body chemical balance". Notice that italicized items are NOT recommended.

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pH Balance Charts


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pH Poll of People Who Have Cancer

According to a book written by Doctor Robert R. Barefoot and Carl J. Reich, M.D.:

· Most kids have a pH of 7.5

· Over 50% of adults have a pH of 6.5 or lower

· Cancer patients usually have a pH of 4.5


Here's a poll of 1718 people with cancer who tested their saliva and provided their results. If you have cancer, you can add your own saliva pH result to the poll at this link:

Test Your Saliva pH

If you have cancer, what is your saliva pH? [1718 votes total]

4.5 (815)


5.0 (133)


5.5 (155)


6.0 (171)


6.5 (182)


7.0 (115)


7.5 (147)


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pH Meter and Test Kits

Digital pH Meter from HACH


Here is a digital pH meter. It looks similar to a thermometer. One drop of urine or saliva (we've always done the saliva test) is placed on the tip and the pH is given in the digital readout up to 0.1 accuracy. pH meters come in many flavors but for long term use and low maintenance the best meters use pH probes with ISFET technology. This is basically an electronic solid state chip that can use as little as one drop of fluid for testing. Some meters use glass bulbs but those wear out fast and they should always be stored wet to maintain good function. You can purchase the pH meter from any vendor but in our experience if you purchase from HACH, the manufacturer, you get better service and warranty and we weren't really able to find it cheaper than HACH at any other place.


Comments: Based on our research, the best way to measure your pH is to test it in the morning when you wake up (before you drink, eat or rinse your mouth). Spit in your hand and then pour the saliva on the tip of the pH meter sensor. The meter will display the reading. Rinse the meter gently under water. You can contact the manufacturer for more details.


Digital pH Meter
H130 = $205


MiniLab "world's smallest" pH Meter


Comments: The original IQ 120 model was advertised as the world's smallest pH meter (5.5" long). The current model H130 (which is equivalent to the old IQ 120 model) is not much larger. It's waterproof, needs no maintenance and supports a wide pH range (2.0-12.0). Over the past 7 years, since 2006, we have purchased several of these and they work great and are not only very easy to use, they are very accurate and easy to clean. In our expereince, HACH's tech support has been outstanding.


Update September 8, 2009: The price for IQ120 was $159 in 2004. It's now $195 in 2009. There are newer models that are also available, which we haven't tried. It doesn't matter which digital pH meter you use, as long as it is a digital meter that will test your pH. We use the saliva test to monitor our pH.


Update August 15, 2013: The new model (equivalent to IQ 120, which is no longer manufactured) is called H130 and it's still a pocket-size, waterproof pH tester. The price as of August 15, 2013 was $205. This supports one-point calibration, which is all you need for saliva test because it supports the range 5.0-9.0 pH. Do not bother spending more money for a 2 or 3 point calibration unit (H135 or H138) because for saliva testing H130 is all you need.

pH Test Paper

In order to begin testing your pH you will need pH test paper or a pH meter. The test paper is limited in terms of range and also accuracy so a pH meter is a far better choice. If you have the budget for one it is the only way to go. The image below shows a standard pH test paper. It ranges from pH of 5.5 to 8.0 in .2 steps. This .2 step is important to try and get accuracy. About a 2 inch strip of paper is torn off and it is dipped into your urine or saliva and read immediately. The color of the paper that matches the test colors is the pH.



Comments: For something as serious as cancer, we don't believe relying on a test paper is such a great idea. We have posted the information for test paper only for people who cannot afford a more expensive digital pH meter.


pH Stix™

pH Test Strips / Litmus paper strips - 15 test strips

These test strips give an indication in .25 pH unit increments, and test a range of 5.5 to 9.0 (5.5, 6.0, 6.25, 6.5, 6.75, 7.0, 7.25, 7.5, 7.75, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0). Plus, pH Stix use the double color indication method, allowing for a more accurate determination of the pH value of what you are testing.

pH Stix, pH Test Strips

Comments: The paper tests are pretty confusing for the most part. In our opinion, it's almost impossible to match the colors exactly to the chart so for accurate readings investing in a digital pH meter is definitely the way to go.

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