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

Cell Power Drops
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.

What is AlkaMax recommend for?
AlkaMax can be used for restoring the pH balance, bone/joint health, fatigue caused by acidic conditions, acid indigestion and heartburn.

We prefer AlkaMax for digestive issues, such as acid reflex and heartburn. Most of the time we only need one capsule to get the relief. We definitely prefer AlkaMax over Tums and other antacids which are not recommended as a long-term solution because of the potential damage they can cause. Check out the Customer Reviews about AlkaMax on

AlkaMax and DGL
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. The manufacturer told us that even though DGL doesn’t raise your pH level, they had to put the warning on the label as a precaution. You can do your own research to find out exactly what DGL is.

WARNING! 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.

New Manufacturer
This product used to be manufactured by a company called TriMedica but is now manufactured by Natural Balance and is sold by The relationship between TriMedica, Natural Balance and is not clear but all we know that this product is really good for acid reflex and it also does a decent job of raising your pH level if you use it for a few days.

Testing Your pH Level
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. We purchase this product at It comes in 30-capsule or 90-capsule size.

Old AlkaMax Packaging:


New AlkaMax Packaging:


Comments: We have experienced excellent results from this product for indigestion even with a single capsule. We have also experienced decent results for raising our pH level when the product is used for several days. People with high blood pressure should 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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Cell Power Drops
Just like AlkaMax, this is another product that we didn't know about in the past. Cell Power drops were recommended to us by one of our doctors. We have used it regularly in recent years and if we knew about this product back in 2004 it would have been on top of our list because of its health benefits and the ability to provide oxygen at the cellular level.

As research has shown (and we have documented it in several articles and links on this Web site), cancer cells can't thrive in alkaline environment because they like acidic environment. By giving more oxygen, we make our body alkaline. Although it is not advertised as such, Cell Power drops does things for our body that we believe we should do to fight cancer, or to avoid it in the first place. It raises pH level, it provides oxygen at the cellular level, and gives you more energy. If we want an ideal supplement, we would want these three things in that ideal supplement. According to the manufacturer, these are some of the benefits and highlights of Cell Power drops:

1. Cell Power improves assimilation absorption of all nutrients and supplements.

2. Balances pH faster than any other supplement on the market.

3. Boosts immune system response.

4. Improves breathing and respiratory challenges.

5. Speeds healing inside and out.

6. Soy and gluten free.

The second item is quite a claim "Balances pH faster than any other supplement on the market." We have yet to find a product on the market that raises pH level faster than this product. You can purchase Cell Power drops in 1 fl. oz. or 2 fl. oz. size. We have been purchasing the 2 fl. oz. size because it is much more economical. It is very convenient to use and the results are great. Not only it helps you by normalizing the pH level, it supports the body's natural healing processes, and most importantly it brings pure oxygen to the body at the cellular level. We believe this is what people need to fight cancer. And that's not all, one of the biggest benefits of this product that we have consistently experienced is that it gives us energy. Yes, Cell Power gives you energy quickly but without making you feel wired up like caffeine does. And unlike caffeine it doesn't make you feel your heart is racing. If you feel lack of energy, or feeling sleepy when driving even though you had a good night sleep, Cell Power drops can help. For more information, check out the brochures at the end of this section.

How to Use the Product
You can read up more on the Positive Power Nutrition Web site, or where you purchase the product but the nice thing about this product is that you can take Cell Power anytime of the day, mix it with water or your favorite juice, don't even need to refrigerate it, and the product doesn't expire for years. We usually mix it well in a cup of water. We have even taken it just before going to bed and it doesn't keep you awake (again, this is not like caffeine or other drugs), it only gives you energy and make you feel alive and vibrant but doesn't mess with your sleep. We often take it before our long business meetings to prevent us from dozing off :). We wish we knew about this product in college because we could avoided drinking barrels of soda pop.

Comments: We've found this product to be the best product in the market for increasing our pH level.


The directions on the bottle suggest that for adults the dosage is 5-10 drops 1-3 times a day in 12-20 oz. of water or juice. After a month or more the dosage can be increased to up to 15 drops 3 times a day. As always, you should check with your healthcare provider before you take any supplement. Our doctor recommended what's on the bottle and after a while when our pH was more stable we now take 10 drops in a 12 oz. of water once a day. Sometimes we will take more. It really depends on what your goal is and why you are taking this supplement.

According to the manufacturer's Web site, the children's dosage is "1 drop per year of age in at least 2 ounces of water for each drop of Cell Power." You can also use Cell Power for pets. Check out the brochures at the end of this section.

Where to Purchase the Product

We have been ordering this product from for years because they have the best deal that we found for the 2 fl. oz. bottle. You can do an Internet search to see if you can find a better deal elsewhere. Positive Power Nutrition told us that they will give a discount to anyone who orders this product through them using the code listed below. Here's how.

1. Call Positive Power Nutrition at 866-722-3733

2. Use the code INFO512 to get 10% discount

Here's what the Amazon's Web site says about Cell Power drops. For whatever it's worth, this product has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5.0 stars in Amazon's customer reviews.

"Cell Power's Oxygenation and Detoxification can improve your quality of life. Dissolves infections bacterial, fungi, mold and parasites, and disrupts viruses. Cell power is rapidly absorbed by the body through the mucous linings of the mouth, throat and esophagus. Cell power increases the bio-availability of nutrients from food and supplements, supports the body's natural healing processes, normalizes PH levels and increase cellular respiration, brings pure oxygen to the body at the cellular level."

Additional Information

The following Supplement Facts about Cell Power drops are provided by the manufacturer Positive Power Nutrition. If you decide you want to use this product, you may be interested in the History of Cell Power.

Cell Power drops

Comments: We have found the comapny that sells this product to be very friendly and helpful when it comes to answering our questions. They sent us some additional brochures and literature that were valuable. We are posting a few of them below. We realize these are marketing brochures from the maker of the product but because they have some very good information, we wanted to share them with you.

Cell Power Brochure

Cell Power and Super Silica Comparison

pH Balancing Guide

Cell Power for Skin Concerns and Anmial Health

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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.


How to Use the pH Meter

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 warm water, do not shake, and dry it with a soft cloth. We've found the manufacturer (HACH) to be really helpful when to comes to answering questions about this pH meter, troubleshooting any problems with calibration, cleaning the pH meter, or general maintenance.


Digital pH Meter
H130 = $212



Comments: The original IQ120 model was advertised as the world's smallest pH meter (5.5" long). The current model H130 (which is equivalent to the old IQ120 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 IQ120, 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.


Update November 2, 2014: The price for H130 is $212 in 2014. We just recently ordered this new model. We believe it is still the best pH meter out there for what we want to achieve. It is easy to use and very accurate. It displays pH along with the temperature. You can get a chart from HACH, or from Internet search, that displays pH levels and different temperatures so you know what the exact reading is going to be. Don't forget to read the tips at the beginning of this section "How to Use the pH meter."


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 we believe that for accurate readings investing in a digital pH meter is definitely the way to go.

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