Balancing pH In Your Body

By Minji

  • With the focus on “balancing pH” in the skincare and wellness space these days, it sometimes sounds like we should be proactively doing something to balance out our pH levels
  • Luckily, when it comes to pH levels in the body, maintaining overall health and trusting in your body is probably all you need to do!

These days, it’s hard to avoid coming across words such as “pH balanced,” “alkaline,” or “acidic” if you’re into the wellness or skincare space.  The last time you studied these terms and understood exactly what they meant might’ve been in high school science class, right?

With the focus on “balancing pH,” I think it’s making some of us nervous that we should be proactively doing something to balance out our pH levels, so I thought it would be helpful to take a closer look together.

To dust off those cobwebs from high school science class, pH is a measurement of how acidic or alkaline something is. The scale ranges from 0 to 14 with a pH of 7 or less categorized as acidic, 7 is the neutral point, and a pH of more than 7 is alkaline.

When it comes to the human body, the ideal pH levels vary in different areas.  For example, your stomach needs to be on the acidic side with a pH range of around 1.5 to 3.5 so that you can digest your food properly.  Your blood is slightly alkaline with a standard pH range of 7.35 to 7.45. A normal vaginal pH level is between 3.8 and 4.5, which is moderately acidic and helps create a protective barrier that prevents unhealthy bacteria and yeast from multiplying and causing infections.  Your skin’s pH on the other hand should ideally be slightly acidic at around pH 4.5 to 5.5. 

Knowing all this, you might start to worry about how to balance all of these different pH levels in your body for optimal health. Especially with the marketing noise out there touting special pH focused diets or water, sometimes I feel like pH balancing sounds akin to a juggling act that requires high levels of concentration and effort.

I’ve done some research into this and want to assure you, it’s not.  The punch line is, so long as you’re generally healthy, staying away from harsh cleansers and chemicals and eating a healthy diet, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about “balancing” out your body pH on a daily basis.

Adjusting the skin’s pH may be beneficial in some cases (for this reason, I cover skin pH separately here), but most experts agree attempting to balance the body’s internal pH is likely unnecessary and pointless.

Despite all the bottles of fancy alkaline water out there, there’s little evidence to support claims that pH-focused diets or drinks can improve your health or somehow balance out your pH levels.

In an absence of other health issues, your body regulates your blood pH, and it’s not something you need to actively worry about. Your kidneys are the best filtration system in maintaining adequate pH levels in your body and no miracle drink or product can take its place.

So when it comes to pH levels in the body, just take good care of the temple you live in and trust that it knows what to do!