pH: Key to Good Health


Key to Good Health: Normal Cellular pH

By Max Stanley Chartrand, Ph.D. (Behavioral Medicine)



Earth's oceans, it is said, most closely resemble human plasma. Currently at a pH of precisely 7.5, organisms not only survive unbelievable challenges, they thrive and grow and evolve to their optimal potential. The human body's ideal pH is also 7.5, but normal, healthy people without any low pH conditions are usually about 7.35-7.4.

At 7.35, few (if any) cancer cells can grow, acid reflux is non-existent, as is the leaching-type bone loss most responsible for osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. In fact, most maladies from Diabetes Mellitus Type II to gout, to hyper-lipidemia (high LDL cholesterol), chronic yeast infections, allergies of every kinds, and a host of other health problems are contributed to when one's cellular pH drops below 7.35, especially below 7.2 pH!

That's one of the reasons that truly successful cancer clinics focus on raising patient's pH before starting other treatments. Returning body pH back to normal has been found to put cancer into remission. Asian & Mediterranean produce cellular pH averages of 7.4, with very little cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and other (primarily) Western diseases.

Unfortunately, getting one's pH back in balance is easier said than done. For at the root of most cases are the following underlying causes, which may otherwise be difficult to change:

• Semi-dehydration from drinking too little water
• Alcohol and tobacco use
• Coffee and other caffeinated drinks
• A diet high in meat and undigested proteins
• Artificially flavored snacks and diet drinks
• Antacids and reflux medications
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
• Most blood pressure medications
• All statin (cholesterol) medicationsUnbalanced use of nutrition supplements
Emotional and/or physical stress

The reader will note that semi-dehydration heads the list, yet is rarely inquired about in routine medical examinations. In fact, most if not all of the above are ignored, though these should be addressed before medication and other high-risk treatments are considered.

In the box below the reader will find a suggested dietary regimen to restore (increase) pH in the human body. Of course, there are other alternatives and approaches, but these have been suggested by a number of nutritional experts. These are easy, no-risk, non-drug suggestions. Of course, all changes in medical treatments should always be done in consultation with one's health care professional.

"Drug-Free Ways to Raise One's pH" Suggested Item* Notes Proper water intake** Use Alkaline Water if you want quicker per body weight & physical activity level MCHC (supplement) (Ionic form only) Must stop all inert forms of calcium CardioFlow EDTA Oral Chelate Complex Removes clacium plaques/heavy metals/ live toxicity EPA-DHA (Omega 3) Once per day Note: Individual requirements may vary. No prognosis or promises are made. For educational purposes only. Only the appropriate healthcare professional can counsel relative to an appropriate health program for a specific individual.

On this topic, it is often asked, "How does one go about having their pH assessed?" I wish it were a simple matter of a routine blood test; but the current clinical battery only measures extracellular pH and often reflects the pH of what one has digested over the few hours or so. Most health experts on pH issues only trust hair, cellular biopsy, and/or (in some cases) saliva tests, which are more reflective of long-term biological pH.

But treating only the symptoms of low pH, such as acid indigestion, yeast infections, or chronic bladder infection often carry terrible risks and side-effects. Conversely, addressing underlying causes pose no risks and nearly always resolve the targeted symptoms.

The worthy goal of healthcare should always be to achieve the best health state possible within the resources available. The basics, such as drinking the proper amount of water, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and eliminating the worst offenders—alcohol, tobacco and caffeine—from one's diet, should ALWAYS be the goal. Proper exercise and adequate sleep, as well as relief of stressors also fit into any viable and healthy lifestyle.

In Summary: Remember that to raise one's pH when it is indicated low (high acide state), the first and foremost thing to do is drink the appropriate amount of water shown on another monologue. Next, is to assure that you have reintroduced calcium ions into your diet---this is very hard to find commercially, so ask your practitioner of a proven source of calcium ions. Next, is taking a good, rich Omega 3 that has both families of essential fatty acides EPA & DHA. Finally, if you have acid reflux, you need to restore the natural (very high acid) pH of 3.0-4.0 in your stomach before it will resolve and refrain from eating a large meal closer than 4 hours before bedtime.

Further Reading & References

Anonymous, (2005). Acid-Alkaline pH Chemical Balance. Retrieved from

Become Healthy Now, (2004). pH Balance. Retrieved from

Hecht, J., (2003, September 25). Alarm over acidifying oceans. New Scientist, Print Edition.

Real Climate, (2005). The Acid Ocean & CO2 Emissions. Retrieved from

Sink, R., (2005). Human Immune Systems, the pH Balance Diet. Environmental Wellness, retrieved from http://www.environmental-