Balancing Your Alkaline/Acid-PH Balance

Acid Alka­line Balance:

The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio called the pH which is a bal­ance between pos­i­tively charges ions (acid-forming) and neg­a­tively charged ions (alkaline-forming.)

The body con­tin­u­ally strives to bal­ance pH. When this bal­ance is com­pro­mised many prob­lems can occur

Over acid­ity, which can become a dan­ger­ous con­di­tion that weak­ens all body sys­tems, is very com­mon today.

It gives rise to an inter­nal envi­ron­ment con­ducive to dis­ease, as opposed to a pH-balanced envi­ron­ment which allows nor­mal body func­tion nec­es­sary for the body to resist disease.

A healthy body main­tains ade­quate alka­line reserves to meet emer­gency demands. When access acids must be neu­tral­ized our alka­line reserves are depleted leav­ing the body in a weak­ened condition.

The con­cept of acid alka­line imbal­ance as the cause of dis­ease is not new.

In 1933 a New York doc­tor named William Howard Hay pub­lished a ground-breaking book,

New Health Era in which he main­tains that all dis­ease is caused by auto­tox­i­ca­tion (or “self-poisoning”) due to acid accu­mu­la­tion in the body:

Now we depart from health in just the pro­por­tion to which we have allowed our alka­lies to be dis­si­pated by intro­duc­tion of acid-forming food in too great amount… It may seem strange to say that all dis­ease is the same thing, no mat­ter what its myr­iad modes of expres­sion, but it is ver­ily so.

               William Howard Hay, M.D.

 Under­stand­ing pH

pH (poten­tial of hydro­gen) is a mea­sure of the acid­ity or alka­lin­ity of a solution.

It is mea­sured on a scale of 0 to 14—the lower the pH the more acidic the solu­tion, the higher the pH the more alka­line (or base) the solution.

When a solu­tion is nei­ther acid nor alka­line it has a pH of 7 which is neutral.

Most peo­ple who suf­fer from unbal­anced pH are acidic.

This con­di­tion forces the body to bor­row minerals—including cal­cium, sodium, potas­sium and magnesium—from vital organs and bones to buffer (neu­tral­ize) the acid and safely remove it from the body.   Because of this strain, the body can suf­fer severe and pro­longed dam­age due to high acidity—a con­di­tion that may go unde­tected for years.

Acid Alka­line Balance:

Part 2:

To fix the prob­lem of over-acidity in your blood, the body takes cal­cium from your bones.

To fix the prob­lem of too lit­tle cal­cium in your bones, your body starts look­ing for sodium.

Most sodium is found in the stom­ach lin­ing and in the joints. So in the end you get stiff joints, weak­ened bones, indi­ges­tion, and stom­ach problems.

Excess pro­tein intake will over­work your liver in order to turn it into uric acid result­ing in the kid­neys work­ing over­time to excrete the sur­plus of uric acid in your blood stream. Result mild acidosis…

Mild aci­do­sis can cause the fol­low­ing problems:

–Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dam­age, includ­ing the con­stric­tion of blood ves­sels and the reduc­tion of oxygen.

–Weight gain, obe­sity and diabetes.

–Blad­der and kid­ney con­di­tions, includ­ing kid­ney stones.

–Immune defi­ciency.

–Accel­er­a­tion of free rad­i­cal dam­age, pos­si­bly con­tribut­ing to can­cer­ous mutations.

–Hor­mone concerns.

–Pre­ma­ture aging.

–Osteo­poro­sis; weak, brit­tle bones, hip frac­tures and bone spurs.

–Joint pain, aching mus­cles and lac­tic acid buildup.

–Low energy and chronic fatigue.

–Slow diges­tion and elimination.

–Yeast/fungal over­growth.

What causes you to be acidic?

The rea­son aci­do­sis is more com­mon in our soci­ety is mostly due to the typ­i­cal Amer­i­can diet, which is far too high in acid-producing ani­mal prod­ucts like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alka­line pro­duc­ing foods like fresh vegetables.

When you eat acid-producing processed foods like white flour and sugar along with acid pro­duc­ing bev­er­ages like alcohol,coffee and soda drinks then you increase the acid in the body and blood com­pound­ing the already acidic environment.

Addi­tion­ally all drugs, and the use of arti­fi­cial chem­i­cal sweet­en­ers like NutraSweet, Equal, or aspar­tame, are also extremely acid-forming.

Acid­ity is formed not only from food intake but meta­bolic waste and envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors along with stress and emo­tional imbalances.

One of the best things you can do to cor­rect an overly-acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle and cleanse on a reg­u­lar basis cre­at­ing an alka­line state for a period of time in an emo­tion­ally sup­ported and moti­vat­ing environment.

The body is a pow­er­ful nat­ural machine that needs sup­port from yoga, exer­cise, and a good diet with some supplements(Our envi­ron­ment and spe­cialty diets may cre­ate defi­ciency).  Reg­u­lar group guided detox cleans­ing each sea­son is imper­a­tive to good health and cel­lu­lar reju­ve­na­tion as you age. The ear­lier you get started the bet­ter.  The later you start or the less often you cleanse the more mutated your cells and the more quickly you age.

You can test your acid­ity with Saliva Ph test strips or a more accu­rate sam­ple with the urine test strips.  Find them at your local whole foods or sprouts.

Acid Alka­line Bal­ance: Part 3

Ana­lyz­ing the Saliva Test:

 The results of saliva test­ing may indi­cate the activ­ity of diges­tive enzymes in the body. These enzymes are pri­mar­ily man­u­fac­tured by the stom­ach, liver and pan­creas. While the saliva also uti­lizes buffers just like the urine, it relies on this process to a much lesser degree.

 If the saliva pH is too low (below 6.5), the body may be pro­duc­ing too many acids or may be over­whelmed by acids because it has lost the abil­ity to ade­quately remove them through the urine.

If the saliva pH is too high (over 6.8), the body may suf­fer greatly, e.g. excess gas, con­sti­pa­tion and pro­duc­tion of yeast, mold and fungus.

Some peo­ple will have acidic pH read­ings from both urine and saliva—this is referred to as “dou­ble acid.”

 Keep­ing the Balance:

Your body is able to assim­i­late min­er­als and nutri­ents prop­erly only when its pH is balanced.

It is there­fore pos­si­ble for you to be tak­ing healthy nutri­ents and yet be unable to absorb or use them.  If you are not get­ting the results you expected from your nutri­tional or herbal pro­gram, look for an acid alka­line imbalance.

 Alka­line Fruits:

Carob, Olives, Figs, Papaya, Pineap­ple, Rambu­tan, Grape­fruit, lemon, Lime, Oranges, Tan­ger­ines, Cit­rus fruits, Grapes (with seeds), Cher­ries, Pome­gran­ate, Prickly Pear, Wild Apples, Hot Chiles, Black­berry, Rasp­ber­ries, Huck­le­ber­ries, Logan­ber­ries, Pas­sion­fruit, Cran­berry, Okra, Bar­rel Cac­tus fruit, Kiwi, etc.

Para­dox­i­cally, a typ­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tic of some alka­line fruits is that they con­tain a strong acidic com­pound, such as cit­ric acid, that must be neu­tral­ized in order to extract and uti­lize the alka­line minerals

Neu­tral Fruits

Mel­ons (all types, includ­ing: Water­melon, Can­taloupe, Hon­ey­dew, Cren­shaw, etc.), Apples, Bell Pep­per, Cucum­ber, Tomato, Mango, Man­gos­teen, Straw­ber­ries, Blue­ber­ries, Jack­fruit, Drag­on­fruit, Apri­cots, Peaches, Nec­tarines, Guava, Per­sim­mon with seeds, Lychees, Pump­kin, Bread­fruit, Star­fruit, Noni, Loquats, Straw­berry Guavas, Milk fruit, etc.

 Slightly acidic Fruits:

Banana, Avo­cado, Che­r­i­moya, Durian, Plums, Dates, Mul­berry, Sapote, Mamey Per­sim­mons with­out seeds, Grapes with­out seeds, Prunes, Dried fruits (except for figs), Sugar Apples, Sour­sop, Akee, etc.

 Green Leafy Vegetables:

Green-leafy veg­eta­bles are prob­a­bly the most impor­tant group of foods. Green leaves are the best source of alka­line min­er­als, con­tain the best fiber, have many calm­ing, anti-stress prop­er­ties, and are the best sources of chloro­phyll. Chloro­phyll is a blood-builder and one of nature’s great­est heal­ers. Green-leafy foods are the most abun­dant foods on earth

 Chloro­phyll:

In July of 1940, a com­pre­hen­sive report writ­ten by Dr. Ben­jamin Gurskin, direc­tor of exper­i­men­tal pathol­ogy at Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity, that focused on 1,200 patients treated with chloro­phyll was pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Surgery. On the power of chloro­phyll, he said, “It is inter­est­ing to note there is not a sin­gle case recorded in which improve­ment or cure has not taken place.”

In 1950, Dr. Howard West­cott found that Just 100 mil­ligrams of chloro­phyll in the diet neu­tral­ized bad breath, body odor, men­strual odors, and foul-smelling urine and stools.

 Root Veg­eta­bles:

These vary from neu­tral to acidic in nature. Radishes, onions, and bur­dock root are the clos­est to neu­tral – while pota­toes and car­rots are more acidic.

Pota­toes:

The toxic com­pounds sola­nine and cha­co­nine, known to be found in the eye of the potato, are actu­ally present through­out the entire potato. A sta­ple diet of pota­toes robs vit­a­min A from the sys­tem. Because pota­toes are extremely hybridized, they attract the atten­tion of var­i­ous fungi look­ing to “weed out the weak.” Because of the preva­lence of fun­gal break­outs in the stan­dard hybrid pota­toes, they must be treated with large amounts of fungicides.

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