Al­ter­ing body pH claims dis­cred­ited

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

Sci­en­tific lit­er­a­ture dat­ing back to 2009 has de­bunked the claims about pH bal­ance in the body used by al­ter­na­tive medicine, but the trend con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the in­dus­try.

Stud­ies into the im­por­tance of pH home­osta­sis in meta­bolic health and dis­eases have been used by mul­ti­vi­ta­min push­ers to give cre­dence to their claims that their health prod­ucts can nor­malise the body’s pH, mean­ing pre­vent, treat or even cure dis­eases.

Re­spond­ing to ear­lier claims that cer­tain “health” prod­ucts could change the pH in the blood stream, sports medicine doc­tor Gabe Mirkin wrote that while cer­tain foods could change the acid­ity of urine, this was the only bod­ily fluid that’s pH could be changed by diet.

He said this was ir­rel­e­vant to pH home­osta­sis, since urine was con­tained in the blad­der and did not af­fect the pH of any other part of the body.

This es­sen­tially means that it isn’t pos­si­ble to change the body’s pH level, since the lungs and kid­neys reg­u­late it, and even changes of just a few dec­i­mals in ei­ther di­rec­tion would lead to death, dis­prov­ing the claims of com­pa­nies like Im­mu­nadue.

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