Have you ever heard that disease needs an acid environment in order to survive and wondered what it meant? Or been puzzled as to why some people get sick while others do not. The scientific reason is “body pH”.
The value given to indicate the acidity or alkalinity of a substance is pH. The pH scale runs from 1 to 14. A pH value of 7.0 indicates that a substance is neither acid nor alkaline, it is neutral. When we talk about body pH, we mean the pH of the fluids inside and outside our cells. When our body is at its pH best, it functions well and can stave off disease, but if our body pH values become too far below or too high above 7.0 our potential for health plummets. However, it is very rare to be too alkaline (well above pH 7.0), most people are too acid (below ph 7.0).
Staying slightly alkaline is so important to health that the body uses and loses vital minerals to rid itself of acid. Our body is constantly working to eliminate the acids produced from our cellular activity, our negative attitudes, and from certain foods we eat. The acid from cellular activity is a lot weaker than that from high-protein acid ash foods such as meat, poultry, fish and grains. Cellular acid is easily eliminated, but the garbage left by acid ash-producing foods is different, it must be neutralized, or it can harm delicate kidney tissue. If acid-laden materials do arrive at the kidneys, ammonia is generated to buffer it. However, this is the last resort survival technique, in a healthy body the acid would have already been neutralized by its alkaline reserve. Sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron are the minerals that contribute to our alkaline reserve. They can be easily replaced by eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. If these neutralizing minerals are not replaced by diet, the body robs them from its bones.
We have more control over health that we may think. Sleep, relaxation, exercise, fresh air, laughter, friendship and love are all alkalizers, whereas worry, anger, fear, hatred, silence, and loneliness are acidifiers. Our alkaline reserve depends on how much acid ash it has had to contend with over time. By adjusting our mental being and balancing our diet, we can improve our body pH and our health.
The body needs both types of foods. However, alkaline forming food should exceed acid forming ones. Everyone is different, but for most, the ideal diet is 75% alkalizing and 25% acidifying foods by volume.
Acid forming foods are meats, sugars, eggs, dairy, and most grains, white flour and carbonated beverages are acid forming. Drugs are acid forming. Artificial chemical sweetener’s like NutraSweet, Equal, or Aspartame are extremely acid-forming. Refer to the following list of Acid / Alkaline foods.
|Acid Ash Foods|
|Alchohol||Bacon||Beef / Pork|
|Lobster||Cows milk||Nuts (most)|
|Pdgd. Meat||Plums||Processed foods|
|Alkaline Ash Foods|
The effects of having an alkaline body:
- We are calm and collected.
- We have high energy level.
- Our sleep patterns are deep.
- We have less colds and flus than normal.
- The immune system is fortified.
- The body has good absorption/assimilation/digestion.
- Physical exercises and Yoga are good for relaxation.
The effects of having an acidic body:
- Low energy, chronic fatigue
- Excess mucous production
- Nasal congestion
- Frequent colds, flus, and infections
- Nervous, stressed, irritable, anxious, agitated
- Weak nails, dry hair, dry skin
- Formation of cysts, such as ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, benign breast cysts (fibrocystic breasts)
- Joint pain or arthritis
- Muscle pain
- Feel better after a detox diet
- Leg cramps and spasms
- Gastritis, acid indigestion
Reference: Perscription for Nutritional Healing – James F. Balch, MD and Phyllis A. Balch, CNC