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Maintain proper pH balance

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 these numbers. 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 “disease”.

 

 acid body = oxidation  = decay

An Acid pH is the Seed-Bed of Degenerative Diseases

* Arteriosclerosis, Heart Attacks, Stroke, High Cholesterol, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure

* All Forms of Cancer

* Diabetes, Insulin Sensitivity, Obesity, Weight Gain

*Neurological Diseases, MS, MD, ALS and Parkinson's Disease

*Liver & Kidney Disease, Bladder Dysfunction

*Senility, Dementia, Alzheimer's

*Immune Deficiencies & Dysfunction

*Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Arthritis, Joint Pain

*Hormonal Imbalances,
Endocrine  & Adrenal, Thyroid Conditions

*Premature Aging, Male Prostate Problems

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
Chronic fatigue
Blockage and bio-availability of essential minerals

 

Juicing and Plant-Based foods Maintain & Influence Internal pH Balance

 

 

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.

**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

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Maintain & Influence Internal pH Balance

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 & nutrient dense 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:

· eating alkalizing foods including lots of organic green foods, sea vegetation, Plant-Based Whole Foods, sprouted grains and seeds and alkaline forming sweeteners, such as 100% maple syrup, molasses or raw, unpasteurized honey and other super nutrient wholefoods such as Hempseed or raw cacao

· 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 important).

· 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.

 

To 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:

Acidic Foods:  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, 100% maple 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


 

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