Updated 2/3/2021 by Dan Jackowiak Nc, HHP
I used to be completely convinced that the pH of the body is a major component in treating yeast infections and its many diseases. This is a recent development in 2006, and came about from working with so many people asking me for help from this website.
This area of research came about when one day a nice lady emailed me and she had recently had been to her gynecologist, he told her that yeast loves the acidic environment of the vagina. I thought nothing about this at the time, gave her my recommendation and away we went. But out of nowhere, seriously, sometimes I wonder where this stuff comes from. I have to remind myself that I do know where it comes from and since it is being given to me, I should take it for what is worth and look into it further.
It occurred to me that if yeast loves the acidic environment of the vagina, then why doesn't every woman on the planet have a yeast infection? Maybe it is just the women whose bodies are to acidic that have the problem? So I started looking into body pH as a possible connection to yeast infections and its many diseases.
I emailed everyone that had ever contacted me for help and asked them if they would help me establish a pH connection with yeast infections. Many people responded and I tabulated the results. What I found is the sicker people were, such as fibromyalgia, hives, eczema, psoriasis, Crohns, etc, the lower the pH. No one was normal, all of them, had a low body pH.
I tested myself as well and found my urine pH was at 5.8, normal or optimum ph is 7.365 in the blood and your urine pH should be 6.0 or 6.2 first thing in the morning. I do suffer from a few seemingly unrelated health problems that I do not think are related to yeast. I have also felt great for at least 6 months or so and was under the assumption that my yeast infection was gone. I will get back to this later. My research began and here is what I found.
Ph is short for potential of hydrogen and refers to the intensity of acid or alkaline materials in a substance. It is measured on a scale from 1(extremely acidic) to 14(extremely alkaline) with 7.0 being neutral.
Since the body is about 78% water, lets look at the pH of a swimming pool as an example of how pH works in the body. Most pools have chlorine added to them to keep algae from growing in the water. After chlorine is added to the water a pH sample is taken. The reason for this is chlorine works at a pH level of 7.2 to 7.8, which is slightly alkaline. If the levels change and they usually do to the downside from evaporation, other water loss, and absorption by people using the pool, the ph level will drop. If it gets into the acidic levels below 7.0, algae will grow.
It is far more complex in the body that is a virtual chemical factory that uses air, food, water, and creates millions of distinct compounds to be used by the body to create fuel and sustain life itself. If we let this pH balance change in our bodies then the outcome is the same as that swimming pool, microforms will grow and cause disease.
Common pH environments in the body are in the fluids, blood, lymph, mucous, interstitial, urine and saliva. In the digestive tract the stomach, small intestine, and colon. All tissues including the material inside our cells are pH environments.
In the digestive tract where most but not all fungus originates, the stomach is highly acidic, the small intestine slightly alkaline, and the colon slightly acidic. There is a reason for this pH difference of course. The stomach is the most acidic because it begins the breakdown of food in our bodies. The pH of the small intestine is more alkaline and it slows down the digestive process and allows for absorption of minerals and nutrients. The body cannot absorb many minerals when it is in an acidic state. This literally causes a state of malnutrition for the body since it will be lacking in these minerals. The colon is slightly acidic to finish the job of breaking down what is left and prepare it for elimination.
As you can imagine there is literally a fine balancing act going on inside the human body. When the body is kept at a balanced pH level, then the body receives adequate nutrients, has healthy living tissues, and easily eliminates waste. Your biochemical processes go on normally and you have optimum health and vitality.
If on the other hand this pH balance becomes altered and builds up to much acid residue and the pH levels become too acidic. Then there is a depletion of minerals and alkaline nutrients, genetic mutations and degenerative diseases develop, the tissues atrophy, chronic inflammation develops, and the biochemical processes misfire. Random acidity in the tissues shows up as various health issues anywhere in the body. Optimum health is no longer possible.
Note as of 2007 Yeast and fungus grow in a pH environment of 2.5 to 8.0 so that Gynecologist does not know what he is talking about. As a matter of fact, average vaginal pH is 3.8 to 4.5, and according to WebMD, a vaginal pH over 4.5 promotes bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, atrophic vaginitis and vaginal yeast infections.
However, yeast dies at a pH above 8.0 but it is almost impossible to get your pH levels over 8.0, it can be done, but its not easy. Having the right pH levels does promote good bacterial growth and over all good health, which is of course beneficial for fighting yeast.
I also found that there are different types of acidosis as relating to the pH of the body?
Medline Plus goes into a great deal of detail about acidic disease.
For example, there is Respiratory Acidosis that occurs when the lungs cannot remove all of the carbon dioxide (a normal by-product of metabolism) produced by the body. This causes a disturbance of the acid-base balance in which body fluids become excessively acidic.
And there is Metabolic Acidosis, which is a disturbance of the body acid-base balance in which there is excessive acidity of the blood. Metabolic acidosis can occur as a result of many different diseases, such as kidney failure, poisoning, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and shock.
What I found interesting when I was researching information on pH and acidity was that of all the medical websites I visited to learn more on the subject, under Acidosis Prevention a large majority of them stated: "Avoid ingesting toxic materials."
Think about that for a minute.
How many toxic materials are we ingesting? I feel kind of confident in saying most sane people (with the exception of smoking and other addictions) would not knowingly ingest any toxic materials... and yet, most of the medical websites felt compelled to list this warning under Acidosis Prevention.
Kind of makes you wonder how much we are ingesting without our knowledge, doesn't it?
Any questions about pH and its relation to yeast infections, please feel free to contact us from the contact page of this website or talk to your doctor.
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