Blood and body pH are in fact two different measurements.
Normal processes of the body continually produce acids (compounds that
release hydrogens in a watery solution; acids have a low pH) and their opposite,
bases (compounds that accept hydrogens from a watery solution; bases have
a high pH) which must be carried by the blood to the organs of excretion. The
blood must do this without allowing its own acid-base balance to be affected.
To accomplish this, some proteins act as buffers to maintain the blood’s normal
pH. They pick up hydrogen ions when there are too many in the blood (the more
hydrogen, the more concentrated the acid) Likewise, protein buffers release
hydrogens again when there are too few in the blood. The secret is that the
negatively charged side chains of the amino acids can accommodate additional
hydrogens (which are positively charged) when necessary.
In order to survive, the body must
maintain the proper acid/alkaline (pH) balance. The optimum pH of the blood is
somewhat alkaline, 7.3-7.4, and various tissues and organ systems vary from
Since all metabolic reactions are dependent on the pH, which is to say they only
operate ideally within a certain range of pH, the organism must stabilize the
blood-pH within a narrow range of between 7.36 and 7.44 (many researchers feel
the range is actually much smaller). Only in this range is the blood ideally
supplied with oxygen. If the blood pH goes over 7.44, there is a risk to develop
degenerative conditions. The pH balance can be affected by many factors including the food
we eat, stress, pollution and the quality of our thoughts and emotions.
If this balance cannot be maintained, the body will begin to break down and die.
The body is constantly striving to maintain this balance, and there are many
processes by which this is accomplished.
The potential of Hydrogen & Oxygen (pH Alkaline) is a key factor in attaining
alkaline balance. The Hydrogen/Oxygen matrix (Alkaline pH) is the bringer and protector of life, it carries the
life-giving form. The body is 75% water or H2O. Which means that there are two
atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. Thus, there are twice as many hydrogen
atoms as oxygen contained within a water molecule.
The scale that
is used for measuring the pH, or hydrogen ion concentration … is from 0 to 14,
with 7 being the neutral point. The scale for the concentration of hydrogen ions
is called the pH value. This stands for potential Hydrogen or strength of the
hydrogen. The pH value indicates whether a solution reacts alkaline, neutral, or
acid. In a neutral solution, such as pure water, the pH is exactly 7. The pH of
an acid solution is less than 7, the pH of an alkaline solution is higher than
7. Thus, an Alkaline Body pH means that the pH of the blood is above 7
with the ideal pH being 7.35. Outside of this range - the body activity is no
longer optimal and the metabolism is out of balance.
There are several buffer systems established in the body to neutralize acids.
One example is the fat buffer system. LDL (low-density lipoprotein) fat serves
to bind acids from the body fluids (blood, lymph and extracellular fluids) so
the acids can be excreted from the body in the urine. However, a compromised
body, overloaded with acids, may be unable to eliminate them. In order to
protect the vital organs, the fat-bound acids may be dumped into storage areas
such as the hips, thighs, stomach, etc., creating obesity.
Alkaline salts are also used to buffer acids. The main ones are sodium,
potassium, calcium and magnesium, and they are held in reserve in the tissues.
When there is excess acid, these salts are called upon to bind with the acids to
neutralize them. The acids can then be eliminated from the body through the
colon, kidneys, lungs and skin. If there are inadequate reserves in the
tissues, the body will pull these salts from the bones (calcium) and muscles
(magnesium). For example, the overburdened acidic body will be forced to take
calcium from the bones in an attempt to restore alkaline balance. This can
result in the disease called osteoporosis. Post-menopausal women who eat an
acidic diet rich in animal foods and low in vegetables are especially at risk
for this condition.
The lymphatic system is another buffer system, the function of which is to
“clean house” and remove acid deposits and other toxins from the tissues. The
lymphatic fluid is literally pumped by the movement of our muscles. If a person
leads a sedentary lifestyle, the lymphatic system cannot do its job and acid
deposits continue to build up in the tissues. Even if the lymphatic system can
do its job, the residue it cleans up is sent back to the blood and the cycle
continues. The blood must use more salts to neutralize the acids, and so on.
Over time, the body can become increasingly unbalanced as acid continues to
build up in the tissues. Initial signs can be rashes, allergies, inflammation,
colds, flu, etc. On the cellular level, the cells are beginning to suffer from
lack of oxygen, are being poisoned and begin to die. If the process continues,
eventually chronic degenerative disease, and then death, will occur.
In addition, yeast, molds, fungus and parasites thrive in an acidic body. They
feed on our body’s proteins and fats, and their wastes poison us. They thrive in
the anaerobic (lack of oxygen) environment of the acidic body. Each person
will have their own “weak link”, an organ system which is more susceptible to
breakdown than the others. This weak link may be the first area to show signs of
acid body = oxidation = decay
An Acid pH is the Seed-Bed of Degenerative Diseases
* Arteriosclerosis, Heart Attacks, Stroke, High
Disease, High Blood Pressure
* All Forms of Cancer
* Diabetes, Insulin Sensitivity, Obesity, Weight Gain
*Neurological Diseases, MS, MD, ALS and Parkinson's Disease
Weakening of the skin, hair, nails, teeth
Deterioration of the digestive tract
Excitability of the nervous system, sciatica
Tendency to depressive illness
Muscular spasms and cramps
Enhances susceptibility to infections
Blockage and bio-availability of essential minerals
and Plant-Based foods Maintain & Influence Internal pH
DR. ROBERT YOUNG ON THE
IMPORTANCE OF JUICING January 2012 upload
The co-author of The pH Miracle, Dr. Robert Young in an extended 42 minute
interview, talks about the importance of juicing when starting down the road to
health. His program advocates alkaline foods to help balance the body against
the typical American diet of mostly acid-forming foods. He says using a juicer
daily could be one your most important steps to good health and longevity.
It is important to
regularly cleanse the body to get
acid/alkaline under control..., which
takes time. It is not easy to reverse acidity once we become too acidic. After
it is under control, we have to support the body nutritionally to build new
cells. We are in an era of malnutrition because of the lack of minerals
available in the soils where our foods are grown. What we have is a lot of food
but very little nutrient value in it. Increase your body's level of oxygenation
by drinking super water, regular exercise and Plant-Based WholeFoods &
fruits, vegetables, legumes/beans, whole grains, nuts & seeds.
Consider monitoring the
body pH level on at least a weekly basis.
Monitor daily if you so desire. It is a good practice to be aware of the
Alkaline/Acid condition of your body. The pH is measured by a urine or saliva
test … which is very simple to do and requires less than a minute of your time.
Find Hydrion pH Testing Strips which are available through most drug stores and some
health food stores. These are color coded into a general pH range … and you
should look for test strips that will register half-point increments. When using
these test strips as your guideline … balance the body pH between 7 and 7.5. If
the test strips read above 7.5 consume acid forming foods or beverages until it
stabilizes between 7 and 7.5. Do Not exceed this range for excessive alkalinity
can also cause some health related problems such as: indigestion, cramps,
drowsiness, itching, sore muscles, creaking joints, etc.
Some suggested ways to keep your body's biological terrain at a healthy
alkaline environment include:
· limiting our intake of phosphates, which bind to calcium and prevent its
absorption (dietary phosphates are commonly found in all carbonated drinks, and
in all animal proteins…)
· adding bio-available calcium, magnesium and
potassium which absorbs and assimilates into the body cells & tissues.
It is essential that food sources and nutrients are sublingual or water soluble for proper body absorption.
It is essential that food sources and nutrients are proportionately Raw ALive,
or cooked vegetables that
are nutritionally packed enzymatic micro-nutrients.
Dispel health myths and
misinformation- if you want to be healthy, change your diet! Alkalizing Fruits &
Vegetables, Beans, Legumes, Nuts and Seeds and Raw Vegetable Juices are the
builders and regenerators of the body and contain ALL the amino acids, phyto-nutrients,
proteins, mineral, salts, enzymes, and vitamins needed by the body, provided
they are used in large quantities, raw (or cooked), and preferably without
preservatives, and as with juicing, that they have been properly extracted from
the vegetables (another reason why a good
Juicer is most
· the introduction of
unrefined Sea Salt into the diet which contains the numerous elements that
buffers the sodium chloride part of the salt and make up as much as 16% by
weight in valuable trace elements and macro-minerals.
maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods & 40%
acid forming foods. To
restore health, the diet should consist of 80%
alkaline forming foods & 20% acid forming foods.
The pH of the body is influenced by metabolic subproducts and our diet. Thus, pH
is directly affected by the various categories of food that we eat and the
internal mechanisms involved in their processing. Some foods that are acid in
their composition can become alkalinizing following metabolization, e.g. lemons.
Accordingly, it is to become more consciously aware of the impact that various
food groups and our eating habits have on the internal environment of the body.
The following food choices will have an influence on the pH Level of the body:
such as fast foods, meats, grains, greens, many fruits, refined
salt, sugar, condiments (pickles, ketchup, etc.), soda pop. Generally, acid
forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.
Alkaline Foods: Almonds, all melons, un-pasteurized honey, bee pollen,
syrup, figs, dates, organic unsweetened yogurt, raw cheese, high-water
concentrated vegetables, apricots,
avocados, coconut, grapes, molasses, raisins and lemon. Generally, alkaline
forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, beans, root vegetables
(potatoes, yams, rutabaga, etc) lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds
and nuts. Alfalfa and other sprouts, sea vegetation and algae.
For more alkaline/acid food
choices click here to see the pH chart. For greater detail on a pH balanced diet read: "The
pH Miracle - Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health" by Robert O. Young,
Ph.D., and Shelley Redford Young