What is pH and how can it affect your acid reflux?
This video explains how your body's pH level, or “potential of Hydrogen”, can affect your health, including acid reflux. Foods and drinks you consume have different pH levels, being either acidic or alkaline, and the way your body absorbs these foods will either raise or lower your overall pH level in your blood causing different reactions and health conditions. If a substance or solution has an equal amount of acidic and alkaline molecules, then the pH is considered neutral. The pH scale runs from 0.0 to 14.0 with 7.0 being neutral. 0 to 7.0 is considered acid and 7.1 to 14 is considered alkaline. The blood in your body should be slightly alkaline at around 7.3. If your blood is less than 7.3 then it is considered acidic and many complications can arise depending on how acidic it becomes. Finally, not all food or beverages will react the same in everyone and automatically affect the pH level in your blood. That is why some people can eat extremely spicy food and not have it affect them; however, over time it will. Eating and drinking acidic substances will cause your stomach acid to rise and if you have a faulty LES then you will get heartburn or worse. Esophageal cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. due to our eating habits.
To help you better understand how much acid you are eating or drinking, here is a chart for you to consider:
|Common Household Items||pH|
|Lemon Juice||1.6 – 1.8|
|Milk||6.3 – 6.6|
|Saliva||6.2 – 7.4|
|Egg Whites||7.6 – 8.0|
|Milk of Magnesia||10.5|
|Diet Dr. Pepper||3.2|
|Diet Mountain Dew||3.3|
|Mug Root Beer||4.0|
|Alcoholic Beverages||4.1 – 4.2|
|Beer and Wine||3.9 – 5.5|
As you can see, most everything we eat and drink is in the acidic range and will raise the acid level in your stomach. If you already have acid reflux the best thing to do is keep a diary of the foods you eat and the liquids you drink and compare it to the chart. If what you eat or drink is too acidic then you might try other foods or drinks that are more in the alkaline range.