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