Don’t Change Your pH!

Video Lesson: Dont Change Your pH

Don’t Try to Be ‘More Alkaline’!


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Don’t Change Your pH!

This is one of the most common misunderstandings about the alkaline diet and living alkaline. Especially from (I’m sure well-meaning) critics who will say ‘your body has all of these ways to maintain your pH – why eat alkaline’…or….’you can’t change your pH!’…

That’s exactly the point. The stress it causes to your body, and the impact this has on your gut, hormones, liver, kidneys, lungs, the inflammation and oxidative stress is causes….

This is what we want to avoid. This stress and imbalance is why the studies show time after time that diet-induced acidosis is a precursor, and increases the risk of so many conditions.

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Video Transcript

Don’t change your pH seriously. Please don’t change your pH.

Hi, This is Ross Bridgeford here, the bestselling author of the Alkaline Reset Cleanse, my forthcoming book The Alkaline Life, and I’m here to tell you now, I don’t want you to change your pH. Now, that might seem a little bit confusing, But this is the truth, and this is the biggest fundamental error that people make when they are criticizing or trying to put down the Alkaline diet or the Living Alkaline approach is they say,

you can’t change your pH. Your body does the work for you anyway, and that’s the whole point. The purpose of living alkaline is not to change your pH. The purpose of living, alkaline and eating mostly alkaline forming foods is to support your body to effortlessly maintain your pH. Your body absolutely has the mechanisms to regulate and maintain your pH levels throughout the body at the different levels that different areas of the body need.

Your body has the capacity to maintain that. Of course, it does, but the process of maintaining that pH and balancing that pH particularly of the blood that does need to be that slightly alkaline pH 7.365, the process of maintaining that and managing that. When we are eating a diet that is full of strongly acid forming foods like sugar and gluten and soda and sweets and preservatives, and excess animal protein and excess dairy, the process of maintaining and leveling up that pH is incredibly stressful to the body, and that’s where the damage happens.

Now, in my next video, which once it’s done, I’ll link to below this video. I’ll do a bit more of a deep dive into the science of what all that means and why that’s so important.

But for now, I just want you to know living our client is not about changing your pH. It’s about giving your body the tools it needs to effortlessly maintain the delicate pH balances throughout your body. There is study after study, after study, after study, after study, after study after study. You get the picture showing that a state of chronic diet induced metabolic acidosis is the precursor to so many different health conditions and challenges from cancer to cardiovascular disease to type two diabetes to the chronic inflammation that it provides.

We could talk about the studies all day long. I just want the takeaway to be right. Now, diet induced acidosis is real. It’s a really serious concern, and the alkaline diet is not about making your body more alkaline, it’s about supporting your body to maintain those delicate pH balances. ’cause when you’re in that state of chronic diet induced metabolic acidosis, that’s where sickness and disease will thrive. Look out for that deep dive video that’s gonna be coming up real soon. This is your big takeaway message today. Don’t try and change your pH, support your body to maintain it.

Take care, and I’ll see you on the next video.


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  1. Judith Orr Reply

    I have just gone through 3 procedures for kidney stones, 78 years old female 115lbs. 24 hour urine 99%acidic. I rarely ever eat processed food, sugar, no soda ever. I never got Covid, I eat fish, greens, nuts, seeds, berries, etc. I lived in Florida USA, horrible water….I use Brita& consume over 2 liters of water a day. I can’t afford Chanson Ionizer. My urologist is making me take prescription potassium citrate, telling me to eat this not that. Very unhealthy. I need to do something about water!! I am scheduled for blood work and another 24 hour urine. After reading what you say about stones, I don’t know if doctor is helping. I eat, drink less water as day goes on, so haven’t been able to take 2nd potassium citrate. I drink kefir, yogurt too.
    Suggestion for consuming alkaline water.
    Thank you

    • ross Reply

      Hey Judith – if you see this, drop me an email. Ross