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"Your pH is really a sign of how your body is managing your mineral reserves."
A major problem of health today which is rarely mentioned, by either the medical profession and the complementary health field, is that not enough importance is given to the principle of " balancing of the body". It has been known as "Yin and Yang" by ancient Chinese and other healing philosophies, as well as western researchers.
The principle is very simple. It is simply that the human body gets sick if too much acid forming food or drink is taken in, and stays/ gets well if more alkaline foods and drinks are consumed.
The same principle applies in swimming pools if the pH is too high or low. This determines the health of your pool.
Most people have heard of the term pH. It stands for potential Hydrogen, a measure of how acid or alkaline a substance is. A pH of 7.5 is normal. On an adjusted scale, 14 is the highest and 0 is the lowest. 14 is extremely alkaline, 0 is very acidic. A saliva or urine test of 6.4 up to 7.4 is considered by several authorities as best for the human body.
The secret to a healthy life is having a body balance of 80% alkalinity and 20% acidity.
This is done by having a down to earth approach to eating and drinking ( fresh food with enzymes and Chlorophyll in it ). Many people don't realise that ingesting acid forming foods and drinks will result in tissue acid waste, if not sufficiently balanced by alkaline forming foods or drinks and is the cumulative acid waste in the body which sooner or later leads to sickness. By taking Ant-Acid pills will only make matters worse. Too much acid in the body may cause arthritis and other diseases.
You should find out which of the major foods and drinks consumed by you is acid forming and which is alkaline forming. One might ask if there are tests one can do to find out if one's body is acid or alkaline? Fortunately there are pH tests which give reliable results by testing the saliva fluids (available at chemists).
One of the interesting facts is that refined carbohydrates are very ACIDIC! We are talking about not only WHITE SUGAR in all its forms (Sugar is and has been put in as a preservative in many tinned foods, sauces, baked foods such as bread, cakes, pastry etc), but also refined flour / white rice cooked / baked products such as ordinary bread, crackers, pastas, pastries. WHITE SUGAR (cane) is 1.0; white rice is 1.5, on an adjusted pH scale of .14 to 0. What about drugs? These are also acidic (1.5), and artificial sweeteners are .5 Tobacco is acidic - worse with the chemicals put in it, caffeine 1.0 to 1.5 generally (includes ordinary coffee and black tea). Liquor is 1.0 - 2.0. What about fruit and vegetables? The good news is that most fruits and vegetables are alkaline forming, although starchy vegetables such as potatoes are not good to take with meat (acidic), as starches neutralize the digestive acid required to digest the protein. Filtered water of course is a must.
Balancing the body can improve your overall health
GANODERMA and Spirulina - assist the body to maintain or improve its overall general well being. Both are Highly Alkaline.
Use this checklist to get a sense of how acidic you may be. Determining your acidity levels isn't an exact science, but this Self-Test can help you get a better idea of how urgently you need to begin alkalizing your body.
The idea is this: the more symptoms, the more acidic you may be, and the more urgent it is for you to begin an alkalizing program.
- Muscular pain
- Cold hands and feet
- Low energy
- Joint pains that travel
- Food allergies
- Chemical sensitivities to odor, gas heat
- Panic attacks
- Pre-menstrual and menstrual cramping
- Pre-menstrual anxiety and depression
- Lack of sex drive
- Hot urine
- Strong smelling urine
- Mild headaches
- Rapid panting breath
- Rapid heartbeat
- Irregular heartbeat
- White coated tongue
- Hard to get up in morning
- Excess head mucous (stuffiness)
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Cold sores (Herpes I & II)
- Loss of memory
- Loss of concentration
- Migraine headaches
- Disturbance in smell, taste, vision, hearing
- Hay fever
- Ear aches
- Viral infections (colds, flu)
- Bacterial infections (staph, strep)
- Fungal infections (Candia albicans, athlete's foot, vaginal)
- Urinary infection
- Excessive falling hair
- Numbness and tingling
- Crohn's disease
- Learning disabled
- Hodgkin's Disease
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Myasthenia gravis
- All other forms of cancer
Source: Alkalize or Die, Dr. Theodore A. Baroody, 2001.
When acid-yielding foods lower the body's pH, the kidneys coordinate efforts to buffer that acidity. Bones release calcium and magnesium to re-establish alkalinity, and muscles are broken down to produce ammonia, which is strongly alkaline. By the time the response is all over, your bone minerals and broken down muscle get excreted in urine.
Long term, excess acidity leads to thinner bones and lower muscle mass, points out Anthony Sebastian, M.D., of the University of California , San Francisco . These problems are compounded by normal aging, which increases acidosis, bone loss, and muscle wasting. Along the way, calcium and magnesium losses can equate to deficiencies, with many ramifications. Both minerals play essential roles in bone formation and normal heart rhythm. Low magnesium levels can cause muscle cramps, arrhythmias, and anxiety.
"After digestion, all foods report to the kidneys as being either acidic or alkaline," he says. "The kidneys are responsible for fluid balance and maintaining a relatively neutral pH in the body."
That's where things get interesting. When acid-yielding foods lower the body's pH, the kidneys coordinate efforts to buffer that acidity. Bones release calcium and magnesium to re-establish alkalinity, and muscles are broken down to produce ammonia, which is strongly alkaline. By the time the response is all over, your bone minerals and broken down muscle get excreted in urine.
Shifting Your pH Toward Alkaline...
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Banana (high glycemic)
Whey Protein Powder
SPICES & SEASONINGS
Apple Cider Vinegar
Soured Dairy Products
Fresh Fruit Juice
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Cesium: pH 14
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 14
Calcium: pH 12
Magnesium: pH 9
Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.
Canned or Glazed Fruits
GRAINS, GRAIN PRODUCTS
Hemp Seed Flour
BEANS & LEGUMES
NUTS & BUTTERS
FATS & OILS
Hemp Seed Oil
DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Coca-Cola: pH 2
Beer: pH 2.5
Coffee: pH 4
** These foods leave an alkaline ash but have an acidifying effect on the body.
Ranked Foods: Alkaline to Acidic
Here's a chart that ranks foods from most alkaline to most acidic.
|Cantaloupe, Cayenne Celery, Dates, Figs, Kelp, Limes, Mango, Melons, Papaya, Parsley, Seaweeds, Seedless Grapes (sweet), Watercress|
|Asparagus, Fruit Juices, Grapes (sweet), Kiwifruit, Passionfruit, Pears (sweet), Pineapple, Raisins, Umeboshi Plums, Vegetable Juices|
|Apples (sweet), Alfalfa Sprouts, Apricots, Avocados, Bananas (ripe), Currants, Dates, Figs (fresh), Garlic, Grapefruit, Grapes (less sweet), Guavas, Herbs (leafy green), Lettuce (leafy green), Nectarine, Peaches (sweet), Pears (less sweet), Peas (fresh, sweet), Pumpkin (sweet), Sea Salt (vegetable)|
|Apples (sour), Beans (fresh, green), Beets, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carob, Cauliflower, Ginger (fresh), Grapes (sour), Lettuce (pale green), Oranges, Peaches (less sweet), Peas (less sweet), Potatoes (with skin), Pumpkin (less sweet), Raspberries, Strawberries, Squash, Sweet Corn (fresh), Turnip, Vinegar (apple cider)|
|Almonds, Artichokes (Jerusalem), Brussel Sprouts, Cherries, Coconut (fresh), Cucumbers, Eggplant, Honey (raw), Leeks, Mushrooms, Okra, Olives (ripe), Onions, Pickles (homemade), Radishes, Sea Salt, Spices, Tomatoes (sweet), Vinegar (sweet brown rice)|
|Chestnuts (dry, roasted), Egg Yolks (soft cooked), Essene Bread, Goat's Milk and Whey (raw), Mayonnaise (homemade), Olive Oil, Sesame Seeds (whole), Soy Beans (dry), Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Sprouted Grains, Tofu, Tomatoes (less sweet), Yeast (nutritional flakes)|
|Butter (fresh, unsalted), Cream (fresh, raw), Cow's Milk and Whey (raw), Margine, Oils (except olive), Yoghurt (plain)|
|Bananas (green), Barley (rye), Blueberries, Bran, Butter, Cereals (unrefined), Cheeses, Crackers (unrefined rye, rice and wheat), Cranberries, Dried Beans (mung, adzuki, pinto, kidney, garbanzo), Dry Coconut, Egg Whites, Eggs Whole (cooked hard), Fructose, Goat's Milk (homogenized), Honey (pasteurised), Ketchup, Maple Syrup (unprocessed), Milk (homogenized), Molasses (unsulferd and organic), Most Nuts, Mustard, Oats (rye, organic), Olives (pickled), Pasta (whole grain), Pastry (whole grain and honey), Plums, Popcorn (with salt and/or butter), Potatoes, Prunes, Rice (basmati and brown), Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), Soy Sauce, Wheat Bread (sprouted organic)|
|Artificial Sweeteners, Beef, Beer, Breads, Brown Sugar, Carbonated Soft Drinks, Cereals (refined), Chocolate, Cigarettes and Tobacco, Coffee, Cream of Wheat (unrefined), Custard (with white sugar), Deer, Drugs, Fish, Flour (white wheat), Fruit Juices with Sugar, Jams, Jellies, Lamb, Liquor, Maple Syrup (processed), Molasses (sulphured), Pasta (white), Pastries and Cakes from White Flour, Pickles (commercial), Pork, Poultry, Seafood, Sugar (white), Table Salt (refined and iodised), Tea (black), White Bread, White Vinegar (processed), Whole Wheat Foods, Wine, Yoghurt (sweetened)|
14.0 Sodium Hydroxide: Alkaline
10.5 Milk of Magnesia
8.3 Baking Soda
7.4 Human Blood
7.0 Pure Water: Neutral
6.6 Milk: Acid
4.0 Wine and Beer
2.0 Lemon Juice
1.0 Battery Acid
0.0 Hydrochloric acid
Very Alkaline-Yielding Foods
Note: All fruits and vegetables are alkaline yielding, unless they have been pickled or marinated.
"Your pH is really a sign of how your body is managing your mineral reserves."