“Your energy will increase, you’ll find new mental clarity and powers of concentration, you’ll build strength and stamina, and you’ll lose excess body fat while increasing muscle mass. You’ll have bright eyes and clear skin. You’ll look better. You’ll improve your athletic performance. Your entire body will function more efficiently. Whatever health challenges you’ve been facing will improve and most likely evaporate altogether. In short, you’ll regain all the effortless energy and wellness you thought was lost with your childhood.” Dr Robert O. Young, MS, D.Sc., Ph.D. Author of “The pH Miracle”
Before we really get into the understanding of how to balance your pH we really need to under stand what is going on in our bodies. After food is digested in the body, it leaves behind a mineral residue (ash), which is excreted in the bodies systems.. Thus, specific foods have specific effects on the pH balance. All foods are either acid-ash, alkaline-ash or neutral-ash, meaning that they either decrease, increase or do not change the pH. Your pH can be changed by making different food choices. Scientifically it is explained as: pH, (from potential of Hydrogen) the logarithm of the reciprocal of hydrogen-ion concentration in gram atoms per liter; provides a measure on a scale from 0 to 14 of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution (where 7 is neutral and greater than 7 is more basic and less than 7 is more acidic);)
More important than the scientific definition is that we need to understand that different fluids, organs and systems in the human body have a delicate range of acid-alkaline balance that must be maintain for optimal functioning.
The only fluid that must remain constant, is our blood. Our blood pH should be slightly alkaline (7.35-7.45) and never go below or above this range. If our blood pH moves below 6.8 or above 7.8, cells stop functioning and the body dies. Therefore our bodies continually strives to balance our pH. When we measure pH a healthy range is between 6.4 and 7.5 for our bodies systems. This does not reflect our bloods pH
When our pH balance is compromised and drops below 6.4 then we must immediately do what we can to bring it back into balance. One of the easiest ways to re-balance our pH is to drink water and ingest foods that reblance the pH.
Generally, nutritionists hold that the ratio of alkaline to acid foods in the diet should be about 4 to 1—in other words, 80 percent of a person’s food intake should be alkaline and 20 percent acidic. The American diet tends to be more acidic than this ratio dictates; even the balanced diet prescribed by the food pyramid will leave more acid ash than is recommended by nutritionists concerned with pH.
At Creative Health Institute we see many guests who encounter health challenges as well as life threatening diseases which may have been caused by over consuming foods which are acidic or acid-producing after they have been digested. It is our belief that millions of people suffer from problems caused by food induced acidosis. When we combine this problem with our fast paced modern lifestyle and our poorly combined Standard American Diet (SAD), we promote dangerous levels of acidification within our bodies.
An imbalanced diet high in acidic-producing foods such as animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods puts pressure on the body’s systems and cause them to struggle to maintain pH neutrality. A good example would be soft drinks; To neutralize a glass of cola with a pH of 2.5, it would take 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 10. The extra buffering that is needed to keep the body’s systems in a balanced state can deplete our bodies of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, making us prone to serious health challenges and degenerative disease.
Every morning we test our pH levels before doing anything else. By using pH test strips our guests and students are able to determine their resting pH, which would be at the lowest point of the day. pH should rise through out the day as we take in properly combined food that are designed to keep our bodies balanced and to protect the functioning of our immune system.
When our body’s systems are forced to keep doing extra duty in keeping our blood and systems at the proper pH levels, minerals are borrowed from vital organs and bones to balance the pH, neutralize acid and safely remove it from our body. Because of this strain, our bodies many times suffer severe and extenuating damage; This damage may take years to detect.
Our diet plays a major part in our ability to maintain proper pH levels, but acidosis can occur from other acid-forming stresses such as, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions and any process which deprives our body’s cells of oxygen and other nutrients.
Scientific research continues to shed more light on how important it is to avoid acidosis and have the body’s pH level slightly alkaline, so that the body not has the ability to repair the immune system and heal itself. When we find ourselves in acidosis we may experience:
Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
Acceleration of free radical damage.
Osteoporosis and joint pain.
Aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
Low energy and chronic fatigue.
|Slow digestion and elimination.
Lack of energy and fatigue.
Lower body temperature.
Tendency to get infections.
Loss of drive, joy, and enthusiasm.
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.
Nails are thin and split easily.
Hair looks dull, has split ends, and falls out.
Skin easily irritated.
Leg cramps and spasms.
This list could be expanded, but it gives you a good idea of just how important it is to not let your body experience bouts of acidosis.
The following chart is designed to give you and overview of the levels of acidity and alkalinity some foods have. For a more extensive chart, drop me an email and I will forward one that contains more then 500 different foods.
|FOOD CATEGORY||High Alkaline||Alkaline||Low Alkaline||Low Acid||Acid||High Acid|
|BEANS, VEGETABLES, LEGUMES||Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Celery, Garlic, Barley Grass||Carrots, Green Beans, Lima Beans, Beets, Lettuce, Zucchini, Carob||Squash, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Onions, Cabbage, Peas, Cauliflower, Turnip, Beetroot, Potato, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu||Sweet Potato, Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans||Pinto Beans, Navy Beans||Pickled Vegetables|
|FRUIT||Dried Figs, Raisins||Dates, Blackcurrant, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears||Coconut, Cherries, Tomatos, Oranges, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Strawberries, Papayas, Lemons, Watermelon, Limes||Blueberries, Cranberries, Bananas, Plums, Processed Fruit Juices||Canned Fruit|
|GRAINS, CEREALS||Amaranth, Lentils, Sweetcorn, Wild Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat||Rye Bread, Whole Grain Bread, Oats, Brown Rice||White Rice, White Bread, Pastries, Biscuits, Pasta|
|MEAT||Liver, Oysters, Organ Meat||Fish, Turkey, Chicken, Lamb||Beef, Pork, Veal, Shellfish, Canned Tuna & Sardines|
|EGGS & DAIRY||Breast Milk||Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Buttermilk, Whey||Whole Milk, Butter, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Cream, Ice Cream||Eggs, Camembert, Hard Cheese||Parmasan, Processed Cheese|
|NUTS & SEEDS||Hazelnuts, Almonds||Chestnuts, Brazils, Coconut||Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower Seeds||Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios||Peanuts, Walnuts|
|OILS||Flax Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Canola Oil||Corn Oil, Sunflower Oil, Margarine, Lard|
|BEVERAGES||Herb Teas, Lemon Water||Green Tea||Ginger Tea||Raw Cocoa||Wine, Soda/Pop||Tea (black), Coffee, Beer, Liquor|
|SWEETENERS, CONDIMENTS||Stevia||Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup||Raw Honey, Raw Agave||White Sugar, Processed Honey||Milk Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Jam, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Vinegar||Artificial Sweeteners|