We hope you will find the following article we discovered, on the importance of maintaining a proper pH level
in your body, both interesting and helpful in maintaining or improving your health.
Over acidification of the body (cells, tissues & fluids) is the greatest contributor to illness. Acidification
leads to the buildup of toxins, as well as the growth of dangerous microforms like yeasts (Candida), fungi, and
harmful bacteria. This toxicity leads to stress, and eventual sickness. Modern daily diets and lifestyles create
this morbid, acidic environment in your body.
The pH level (acid - alkaline measurement) of your internal fluids affects every cell in your body. Your body
regulates its pH just like it regulates its temperature. In doing so, it will even create stress on other tissues
or body systems if it must.
Since your blood MUST maintain a very narrow pH range of 7.365 To 7.40, your body will do all sorts of things in
order to deal with excess acidity. It will flush excess acids into fat cells (which is why you can't seem to lose
those extra pounds). Or, perhaps, it will leach calcium (an alkaline mineral) from your bones in order to neutralize
acids. Your body will also stress tissues by flushing acids into them (as is the case with gout) because it can't
dump these acids into the bloodstream (which must remain alkaline or you'd die). Simply stated, chronic over acidity
will interrupt all cellular activities and functions - it interferes with life itself.
When the pH of your body becomes (too acidic), you may experience low energy, fatigue, excess weight, poor digestion,
aches and pains, and even more serious disorders. The body becomes imbalanced and overly acidic primarily as a result
of three things:
Ingesting acids. Eating too many acidifying foods create an acid ash in the body. These acids can overload your
body's ability to neutralize them.
Creation of acids. An acidic environment is a breeding ground for toxic microforms. Since these organisms are
living, they steal your nutrients, and create resulting acidic toxins.
Improper elimination of acids. The body uses many systems in order to buffer acids including breath, mineral
reserves, and fat. When the body's buffering systems become compromised, excess acids build up.
In order to realize proper pH balance, you must deal with every contributing factor to acidity. The great news
is that when you get your pH in balance, you have really set the stage for optimal health. It's important to
know where your pH stands so that you can get an idea of how you need to proceed.
pH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14. At pH 7, the half way point, there
is a balance between acidity and alkalinity. The "p" comes from the word power or potential. The "H" is the
symbol for the element of hydrogen. Together, the term pH means "Potential of hydrogen".
The pH scale is logarithmic. So, for example, urinary pH of 6 is 10 times more acidic than 7. This imbalance
is relatively easy to correct. On the other hand, urinary pH of 5 is quite a different story. While it may appear
that 5 is only "One point less" than a reading of 6, in actuality it is 100 times more acidic than 7.
To maintain good health the body is constantly seeking to get rid of the excess acids that irritate the tissues
and deplete them of minerals. One of the principal systems it uses for this purpose is the renal system (kidneys).
The normal rate of acid excretion through the kidneys gives urine a pH that falls between 7.0 and 7.5. By testing
the degree of acidity of the urine, you can determine whether your body is eliminating a normal quantity of acids.
If the acid excretion rate is higher than normal, the urinary pH will be more acidic. This low urinary pH is also
an indication that the body is saturated and therefore in an acid state.
Another indicator of the overall pH balance in your body is the pH of your saliva. When your body has the mineral
reserves that it should, the abundance of minerals will show up in a saliva ph test as a pH reading of 7.0 to 7.50.
A low saliva pH reading indicates that the mineral reserves in your body are low, and are being used to buffer
acids elsewhere in the body.
There is a strong correlation between the pH of the body's internal environment and that of the urine and saliva:
urine and saliva become acidic when the body's internal environment becomes acidic. Vibrant health and energy are
the direct result of a body that's pH balanced.
Diet is the foundation to health. The adage of "You are what you eat" has always been, and always will be the
absolute truth. When it comes to altering the pH of your body, foods play a fundamental role. Food either creates
an acidic or an alkaline ash in your body once it's metabolized. Too many acidifying foods will bring your pH down.
Conversely, alkalizing foods will help to neutralize acids, and bring your pH up.
Do you know what's living inside of you? We're talking about very unfriendly "critters" that love an acidic body.
These types of morbid microforms proliferate because the (acidic) environment is perfect for them. They also
contribute to further acidity because of the toxins they create. Microforms like pathogenic bacteria, yeasts and
fungi directly contribute to hundreds of ailments.
Here's a (short) list of some types of pathogenic bacteria that thrive in acidic conditions and the diseases
that they cause:
- Streptococcus pyogenes - Sore throat
- Streptococcus pneumoniae - pneumonia
- Staphylococcus aureus - Various
- Enterotoxigenic E. coli - Diarrhea
- Uropathogenic E. coli - Urethritis
- Uropathogenic E. coli - Pyelonephritis Bordetella pertussis - Whooping cough
- Vibrio cholerae - Cholera
- Treponema pallidum - Syphilis
- Mycoplasma - Pneumonia
- Chlamydia - Conjunctivitis or urethritis
How about yeasts like Candida? This is a list of physical problems thought to possibly be the result of
- athlete's foot
- migraine headaches
- bloating allergy
- weak muscles
- abdominal pain
- swelling in the joints
- sore throat
So, how do these types of microforms "show-up" in your body? Because an acidic environment is PERFECT for them.
If you're serious about getting your pH balanced, cleansing your body of these types of "trash" is of paramount
importance. There are many different cleansing & detoxification protocols out there. Some are very helpful, but
others are potentially dangerous.
In order to effectively "clean house", we recommend that you embark on a 3 - 7 day cleanse. Three days is minimum,
and seven is optimal. It's a pretty simple procedure, and here are the guidelines:
- No solid food
- If you have a juicer, use it. Juice VEGETABLES only. There's no limit to how much
juice you can drink. The more the better.
- Make juice drinks with dehydrated juice powder.
- Drink lots of water... a gallon+ per day (preferably alkaline water)
- Take a fiber supplement to help cleanse the colon.
- Take cleansing & detoxification supplements to help speed up the process.
It is recommended doing this at least twice a year. Doing a 3 day cleanse every 3 months is optimal.
Let us leave you with a few thoughts... When the pH of your swimming pool is too low, you get a bloom of
algae.... all because of the pH. This is the same in your body. When you keep it clean and balanced, the
"bad" organisms won't get a foothold and thrive.
Some of the great products, supplied by Double D Health Products Inc, which you may want to evaluate, if
you want to improve your pH balance are: