Your Internal Environment: Acid or Alkaline?

pH is a scale or balance system. The term pH means "potential of hydrogen." In order to understand pH we have to know what it is measuring: alkalinity and acidity. pH numbers range from 1 to 14 with neutral being 7.0.

What is the definition of alkalinity and acidity? Acidity is the concentration of the hydrogen ion. Alkalinity is the concentration of the hydroxyl ion or OH's. So the difference between acidity and alkalinity is oxygen. The body attempts to maintain a pH of 7.4. If the body is not mildly alkaline, it cannot use oxygen efficiently and if it is unable to use oxygen effectively, it produces free oxygen radicals.

The pH of your blood varies very little and if it shifts more than a few points, death occurs. Even though your blood must remain at a constant pH to live, your breast or prostate, for example, is willing to sacrifice itself because it is not as critical. There is this elaborate backup defense system that steals buffers in order to keep the blood alkaline and increases the risk of yeast, parasites, molds, bacteria, infections, and cancer.

Osteoporosis is very confusing for many people. Most people think they can eliminate it by increasing their consumption of milk and dairy products. But in the countries where the consumption of dairy products is very low, the instances of osteoporosis is very rare. Osteoporosis is an acidosis problem. As the body becomes more acidic, to protect against the event of heart attack, stroke, illness, or even cancer, the body attempts to remain healthy. So, it steals calcium from the bones, teeth, and tissue. As bone mass becomes depleted, this is what we call osteoporosis. As we saturate the body with calcium (the right kind) this brings the alkaline pH up and drops the acid levels down.

If you are craving carbohydrates and you are getting muscle aches, muscle cramps, twitches, low back pains, headaches and indigestion, know that you are acidic. Yeast problems, worms, and parasites are all low level symptoms of tissues of acidosis. All life exists in a healthy alkaline pH, where oxygen can be efficiently utilized to burn sugar and make energy. If you want to be healthy, you have to be alkaline. Does this mean eating alkaline foods? No, it means eating foods rich in fatty acids because fatty acids and minerals work like "handshakes." But you need to have the minerals, because the minerals in your food and water help to fund the resources needed to maintain an alkaline pH.

Nutrition is an absolute essential to overcoming acidosis. Repairing and healing the body requires receiving nutrients through your food. Fresh fruits and vegetables have to be part of your meals and snacks. If the food is organic, all the better. You will run less risks of chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers, that can deplete the body of minerals and contribute to acidity. Sugar creates an acidic environment. Avoid white flour and products that contain them, and you might want to consider removing the gluten from your eating program as it is acidifying.

Remember this. An acidic body is host to degeneration, accelerated aging, and disease. An alkaline environment is not susceptible to illness and does not promote the spread of cancer. I highly recommend doing your own research in this area in order to take a preventative approach to your health.


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