All About pH Balance

Remember sitting in high school science class? We’ll if you forgot what you learned, only to remember for an upcoming test, here’s a little refresher.

The body maintains a delicate pH balance. Technically, pH is a measure of the hydrogren ion concentration in a solution. Cool, eh? Don’t worry, I won’t get too technical yet. For now, all you really need to know is that the pH scale runs from 0-14. Neutral pH is 7.0. The higher the pH (greater than 7) the more alkaline, while a pH lower than 7 is acidic.

The truth is that following an alkaline diet simply means you’re eating more plant-based foods. It’s not about becoming a vegan—but if you want to, I highly promote it — but about making sure your diet favors plants over animal products. This is because plant-based foods provide the highest source of alkaline minerals, which determine how alkaline or acidic your food is.

For good health our bodies need to be slightly alkaline (with a pH of between 7.365 and 7.45). Sounds simple right? But this is not an typical mathematical scale, pH operates on a logarithmic scale with multiples of 10. Therefore, it takes ten times the amount of alkalinity to neutralize an acid.  


A jump from 7 to 6 doesn’t seem like a lot but in actuality it will take ten times the amount of alkalinity to neutralize. 7 to 5 = 100 times. 7 to 4 = 1000 times. 7 to 3 = 10,000 times. Get the picture?

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Now think of the standard American diet. Most folks are bathing their cells in an acid bath by making poor 3 or more times per day with coffee, dairy, sugar, more coffee, more dairy , then factory farmed meat, and then maybe even some frozen yogurt  for dessert (aka frozen chemicals).

One of the biggest causalities of the SAD—standard American diet—is the toll it takes on the body, especially the digestive system, liver, and kidneys. Inflammation, allergies, arthritis, skin problems, mood disorders, depression, constipation, bowel issues, stress (physical & mental) and chronic disease LOVE this diet.



By eating a more alkaline diet (leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, avocados, juicing, green smoothies, soups) as opposed to an acidic diet (high in animal products, processed carbs, refined sugar, and booze, cigs and coffee), we flood our bodies with chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and oxygen. Healthy food creates healthy cells and healthy thoughts. Conversely, junk goes in and junk comes out.

Look at your plate, peek in your glass. What direction are you moving in? On the pH scale, Soda = 2. Coffee = 4. Cucumber = 7. Get the picture? Burger, fries, diet cola, muffin, candy bar? Acid hot tub! Green drinks, salads, sprouts, wheatgrass? Alkaline super disco! Your goal is to make energy deposits instead of constant withdrawals.

Photo of my Perfect Green Smoothie

Credits: pH Scale image courtesy Danny Ang. Feature image courtesy andrew moneghittie. Raw Organic Rainbow Swiss Chard courtesy Brent Hofacker.

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Peace & Plants
Hannah the Vegan

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