Thu, August 28, 2008 | Lisa Barger
“I’m asking you this because I know you’ll tell me the truth. Can you really change your body’s pH number?”
I am not at all convinced that a healthy person can do anything to change his or her pH and I’m not aware of any real science suggesting otherwise. I certainly wouldn’t spend good money of pH strips to test my saliva or expensive coral supplements to “balance” my pH levels.
“Noted MD. and natural health expert Dr. Andrew Weil debunked the pH myth far better than I can. You can read his opinion on this here.”
First, if you’ll think back to your high school biology classes, you’ll remember that your body already has a very sophisticated system in place to keep your body’s pH in check.
Second, those pH strips that a lot of multi-level-marketers are selling are only going to measure the pH of your saliva. Common sense should tell you that they’re going to be heavily influenced by whatever you’ve put into your mouth recently. That includes food, toothpaste, breath mints—you name it. They simply can’t measure the pH of your blood or digestive system.
Third, Dr. Andrew Weil, who debunked this myth in a 2002 Q & A segment on his own site points out one simple fact a lot of those pH-balancing proponents forget: Much of this country’s water is already alkaline. If you could really manipulate your body’s pH that easily, scientists would find marked differences between people who drank alkaline water and those who drank water that was more acidic.
So, think about it for a minute. Can you see any need to constantly check your mouth’s pH? Or spend hundreds of dollars a year on coral supplements or fancy water systems that “sweeten” your water?
Where to Find the Weil Quote:
Weil, A. (2002). Does Alkaline Water Promote Health? (DrWeil.com Q & A Library). Retrieved from the web on January 29, 2008 from http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA98873.
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