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The pH Diet and Your Fertility

February 15, 2012
By Michelle Schoffro Cook PhD
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If you’re like most people, you probably have vague recollections of boring high school chemistry classes when you heard the word “pH.” Don’t let chemistry class stop you from accessing one of the greatest factors for health, including your reproductive health.

Chemistry 101
All you need to know about pH to start reaping the health benefits of a more balanced body chemistry, is that it is a measure of acidity (think vinegar) or alkalinity (think baking soda) from 0 to 14. Zero is the worst level of acidity possible and 14 is the highest level of alkalinity possible, with neutral being in the middle. Your body maintains much tighter reins than that and will work diligently to balance your blood at a just slightly alkaline rate of 7.36. However, our highly acid-forming diet (meat, dairy products, sugar and other sweets, wheat and white flour baked goods and pastas, coffee, tea, trans fats, and food additives found in most packaged and prepared foods) and our high-stress lifestyles can take their toll on our body’s pH-balancing mechanisms, leading to acidity.

Microorganisms, such as yeast, fungi, bacteria, viruses and others, thrive in an acidic environment. Some of these nasty critters interfere with enzyme and coenzyme production in the body, including ones that are essential to hormone health, as well as many other health concerns. If a particular coenzyme is depleted, hormones that are critical to fertility and reproduction in both men and women can become imbalanced. Additionally, many of the microorganisms that begin to thrive in an acidic body can begin to feed on hormones, causing deficiencies.

Excess acidity or the microorganisms that thrive in that environment can be linked to reproductive concerns, such as infertility, vaginal yeast or fungal overgrowth, vaginal infections, menstrual difficulties, urinary tract infections, prostatitis, and impotence. If you are suffering from any of these concerns, you may benefit from kicking acid out of your diet, adding more alkalizing foods and monitoring your pH levels on a regular basis ? all of which are much simpler than you might think.

While the combination of acidity and microorganisms are not the cause of all reproductive issues, our bodies require a certain level of pH balance for health — both reproductive and health in general. “Kicking acid,” as I like to call it, is essential for your health.

“Kick Acid” Tips for Great Health

Bittersweet pH Balancing
Start every morning with a large glass of water with the juice of half a lemon. Wait 20 minutes to half an hour before eating to give the lemon water a chance to start working. Be sure to drink a chaser of plain water afterward, and swish it around in your mouth to prevent tooth enamel erosion.

Water, Water Everywhere
Drink at least 10 additional cups of water throughout the day, preferably on an empty stomach. Add lemon juice, powerfully alkalizing “green” powders (like barley grass or wheat grass powders), or alkalizing liquid drops found in most health food stores to each glass of water.

Lose the Caffeine
Instead of reaching for a caffeine jolt from coffee or cola, drink some raspberry leaf tea. It is naturally caffeine-free and is one of Mother Nature’s gentle hormone balancers. Since there’s controversy over the role of caffeine consumption and pregnancy, staying away from the java may be a good idea anyway.

Take Mom’s Advice
OK, who wants to admit that mom was right when she commanded, “Eat your vegetables!” But she was. Make vegetables the focal point of your lunch and dinner meals. Enjoy some delicious mashed sweet potatoes or rich dairy-free guacamole. I share the easiest and fastest recipe for yummy guac in my book, “The Ultimate pH Solution,” and even my chocolate mousse recipe features the highly healthy avocado — which technically is a fruit, but still highly alkalizing.

Lean, Green Alkalizing Machines
Leafy greens are powerful alkalizers. Eat at least one large salad per day. Avoid store-bought dressings full of rancid oils, preservatives, additives and sugar. Try my blueberry dressing from “The Ultimate pH Solution” — it’s fast and delicious. In a wide-mouth jar, add 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), 1/3 cup of raw apple cider vinegar, a pinch of Celtic sea salt, and 6 drops of stevia or a 1/2 teaspoon of unpasteurized honey. Blend with a hand blender, or cover with the lid and shake the container well. Pour over a plate of greens or grated veggies. Store the remaining dressing in the fridge.

For more information on how to optimize your health, visit drmichellecook.com/

Photo credit: Aprilyn Podd



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9 responses to The pH Diet and Your Fertility
  1. I have been here reading this blog and find it really useful. I`m trying to implement some here Estrenos de Cine . I am a newbie and your success is very much an inspiration for me.

  2. Looking forward to making your blueberry dressing!
    Thanks for the awesome fertility tips :)

  3. Thank you for sharing these great tips! I have been on a “Reclaiming My Wellness” journey recently, after recovering from a number of life stresses and health issues. Reading your article made me realize that I have been dealing with PH issues. Beautifully, I also see that the Universe has been leading me to the things that I needed to address this issue, even before I realized this was the problem! I have recently started drinking lemon water first thing in the morning, have a water bottle with me constantly, have cut down on caffeine and added green smoothies to my daily breakfast menu! Seems I’m on the right track, I know I certainly feel better already. From the first day I started with these simple changes it was as though I could feel every cell in my body wake up, take a deep breath, and say “THANK YOU! FINALLY!” I look forward to reading your book. Thanks again!!

  4. Love it; love it; love it, Michelle! Thank you for sharing this brilliance with us today. As a holistic anxiety coach and avid raw/vegan, I am very focused on pH balance in the body and would love to learn more about it. Hearing this from you and other like-minded physicians is so valuable, and I really appreciate you taking the time to help train people on how to take care of themselves. It’s what every doctor should be doing!

  5. I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying my article. Hadley, thanks for your kind words. You can learn more about pH balancing and the effects it has on your health in my book THE ULTIMATE PH SOLUTION and my upcoming book that I’m currently completing.

    Also, sign up for my FREE e-news WORLD’S HEALTHIEST DIET at http://www.WorldsHealthiestDiet.com.
    Wishing you great health!

  6. to minimize the dental erosion by lemon juice, try to drink with a straw…less contact with the teeth..almost straight down the throat…

  7. Just discovered your site and it’s full of such wonderful information. I especially love this post and couldn’t be more on the same page. Thank you for the great content and I looked forward to following.

  8. I’ve read that an alkaline diet will give you alkaline urine. I also read the statement above that bacteria thrive in an acidic environment. However… I do intermittent self catheterisation and from all I’ve learned about that healthy urine is acidic as that protects against UTIs and alkaline urine can be a sign of stone producing bacteria. (However trying to make the urine extremely sour is not a good idea as that could lead to yeast infections.) Would just be interesting to know how this whole “sour urine is healthy urine” fits into the desired alkaline urine from an alkaline diet. (Like when testing with a pH strip et.c.)

  9. Great article, thank you so much. With so many women of all ages struggling to have babies these days, its really important that we get as much information as possible about how to increase our chances naturally!