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The human body is 75% fluids. All fluids have a pH which makes them either acidic, neutral or alkaline. All life on earth has an ideal and balanced pH level which best suits its perpetuation. Human beings are no different. The soil we plant our food in has an ideal pH level in order to make sure it grows with the ideal mix of minerals and nutrients like calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, and copper. When the soil is out of balance, the plants tend to grow withered and small, and some even die out completely. Again, humans are no different.
The Power of Being Alkaline
The human must maintain its own perfect pH level in order for its systems to function properly, and this includes keeping rogue cells from becoming metastatic disease, translating into cancerous tumors in multiple organs. Our ancestors didn’t eat in a way that upset this delicate balance in our bodies. They ate fresh plants, as they picked them directly from Nature.
Today most people consume a diet that is poor in important minerals like potassium and magnesium and is full of hydrogenated fats, refined sugars, glyphosate, sodium, fluoride and chloride. According to recent studies, this may induce cancer by creating metabolic acids that are asynchronous to our genetically determined nutritional requirements.
The human body and all its tissues are most optimum at around 7.2 pH. Ph 7.0 and below is acidic and unhealthy. Many studies have shown that acidosis causes yeast, pleomorphic virus, and fungus to take over and spark degenerative diseases like, diabetes, cancer, aids, arteriosclerosis, chronic fatigue, pancreatitis and many more.
The human body is alkaline by design but acidic by function. Every living cell in the body creates metabolized waste, which is acidic.
The nutrients from our food are delivered to each cell, the cells burn glucose with oxygen producing ATP to provide energy for us to live. The burned nutrients become metabolized cellular wastes which are oxidants.
All waste products are acid; discharged by the body through urine, bile and perspiration. If our body can’t get rid of 100% of the waste it produces, toxicity results.
With out proper elimination, the acid waste products become solid wastes, such as micro toxins, toxins, fungus, and mucus. These accumulate and build up in our blood, organs and tissue. Bacteria play a critical role in eliminating metabolic wastes, as this is their food supply. Bacteria clean the human body and maintain a healthy cellular status, so long as the probiotics are in balance.
Oxidants are acids that produce disastrous consequences within the body if not neutralized by antioxidants, which are bases.
This accumulation of solid waste products accelerates the depletion of minerals and other nutrients, causes disease and accelerates the aging process. Acids disrupt the utilization of minerals liquefied by plants to be bio-available in water-based fluids. Mineral solids can form and are then very difficult for the body to rid itself of. Solids remain to cause arthritis, gout, shingles and stones in kidneys and gall bladder.
Although our bodies work hard to dispose of acidic waste, eating acid-forming foods makes it much harder and compounds the acid accumulation, making it harder for the body to achieve internal cleanliness and efficient function. Foods that are acidic, like lemons, become alkalizers when metabolized. This may seem counter-intuitive, but that is how it works. Acids are oxidizers that wreak havoc within the organs of the body, turning cells into hardened non-functioning components that lose the flexibility to function properly.
Eating alkaline based foods will help the body to remove and neutralize acidic waste products. Most foods we are indoctrinated to consume are acid-forming oxidants. That is why anti-oxidants are so critical for health.
Meats, dairy products, refined sugars and starches are enemies of the human body. It’s important to distinguish the difference between food and synthetics. A lot of our foods are either hybrid or genetically modified which in turn makes them unnatural, toxic and acid-forming.
White rice, carrots, corn, potatoes, beans, soy, wheat, barley are some to name a few. It goes without saying that alcohol, drugs, including pharmaceuticals, additives, sweeteners and caffeine are acidic and should be avoided as much as possible.
To keep the body alkaline we must supply the body with foods that will provide an adequate amount of alkalinity in the diet to do this. No one can or should eat only alkalizing foods. Like in all things, it is balance that must be maintained. Make sure the balance goes slightly alkaline by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
If the body doesn’t obtain sufficient alkalinity from its diet, it will extract calcium and magnesium from its bones and organ tissue to neutralize the acid. This is detrimental and undesirable, obviously, and can result in osteoporosis. Americans are the world’s biggest consumers of dairy and have the world’s highest incidence of osteoporosis.
The Body’s PH
Water is the most abundant compound in the human body, comprising 75% of its volume. The body therefore contains a wide range of solutions. PH (potential for hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration. Hydrogen ions are extremely chemically active and steal oxygen atoms, forming oxides
The ratio between positively charged ions (acid forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline forming), determines the pH reading. The more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is, the lower the pH. Obviously, we do not want our blood to become oxygen deprived.
The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and rich in oxygen the fluid is. The pH range is from 0-14 with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is acidic.
In order to transport oxygen to the cells, human blood pH must be slightly alkaline (7.35- 7.45). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. If blood pH moves below 6.8 or above 7.8 cells stop functioning and the body dies.
The body therefore continually strives to balance ph. When this balance is compromised many problems can occur.
An imbalanced diet, high in acid-producing foods such as animal protein, sugar, caffeine and processed foods puts pressure on the body’s regulating systems to maintain pH neutrality.
The extra buffering required can deplete the body of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium, making the person prone to chronic and degenerative diseases. Minerals are borrowed from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid and remove it from the body.
Because of this strain, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage causing disease conditions that may go undetected for years.
Health Problems Caused by Acidosis
Unless the body’s pH level is slightly alkaline it cannot heal itself, so no matter what means you choose to take care of your health, it won’t be effective until the pH level is balanced. And once the pH is balanced, the body will likely rapidly heal itself.
If your body’s pH is not balanced for example, you cannot effectively assimilate vitamins and minerals. Your body pH affects everything.
Acidosis will decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, and decrease the energy production in the cells. The body is ‘electric’ and pH is how the cellular batteries get charged. A typical dry cell battery is a package of acid, the cathode and base, the anode, which is capable of creating electrical current flow until the battery dies, meaning it is neutral pH.
Oxidants decrease ability to repair damaged cells, decrease ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor/cancer cells thrive.
An acidic pH can occur from acid forming foods, but also from emotional stress, toxin overload and/or immune reactions.
Acidosis can cause health problems such as: cardiovascular constriction, hardening of arteries, inflammation, conversion of minerals back into salts, which can accumulate in joints and organs, weight gain, obesity, diabetes, bladder conditions, kidney and gall stones, immune deficiency, acceleration of free radical damage, hormonal problems, premature ageing, osteoporosis and joint pain.
Adding to the above list, aching muscles and lactic acid build up, low energy and chronic fatigue, lower body temperature, tendency for infection, loss of drive, joy and enthusiasm, depressive tendencies, stress, pale complexion,. headaches, and inflammation of the corneas and eyelids, loose and painful teeth, inflamed sensitive gums, mouth and stomach ulcers, cracks at the corners of the lips, excess stomach acid, gastritis, nails that are thin and split easily, hair that looks dull, has split ends and falls out, skin that is easily irritated, leg cramps and spasms.