What is pH ? Although we all learnt about it in chemistry class, many of us simply forgot that quick, nevertheless so important lesson about pH balance and its influence on our bodies. And even though it’s so crucial to your health and well being, you hear nothing about it from your doctor. Nowadays quacks only seem to serve pharmaceutical companies profits by peddling pills and drugs for every bug, illness or condition of which many could be simply prevented.
Our body maintains a delicate pH balance which when It’s off will simply open the gate to hell leading to a number of health problems and life-threatening conditions. So, if you forgot about it, five minutes of your time spent reading this article will be a well worth investment that can not only improve your well being, but literally save your life one day.
To quickly remind you, pH stands for the power of hydrogen and is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. On the scale, pH runs from 0-14. Neutral pH is 7.0. Anything below 7 is acidic while above 7 indicates a higher level of alkalinity. While higher levels of alkalinity are also very dangerous for our bodies, our bodies more likely will be affected by acidic levels.
Although the most important measurement is our blood pH with the ideal readings being slightly alkaline – 7.30 to 7.45, our pH will greatly vary throughout our body keeping it more acidic in one place and more alkaline in the other. Even the smallest deviation to this balance can lead to serious consequences.
- Skin’s acidic pH levels (3.5-5.5) protect us against bacteria.
- pH Level of Vagina of 3.8 to 4.5 will keep infections away.
- On the other hand sperm’s pH of 7.8-8.2 will protect men against vagina’s acidity.
- Stomach juices have pH of 1.5 to 3.5 and are the first defence line against bacteria that can enter our bodies through mouth.
- PH of our gastrointestinal tract will change from highly acidic pH in the stomach to about pH 6 in the duodenum. It will further increase in the small intestine from pH 6 to about pH 7.4 in the terminal ileum, then it will drop again to 5.7 in the caecum to again gradually increase reaching pH 6.7 in the rectum. All these will ensure balance between fighting bad pathogens and allowing the existence of good bacteria.
- Oral cavity or mouth has neutral pH of 7.0. Sometimes it can be even slightly alkaline to ensure a proper protection of our teeth. Levels below 5.5 will result in dissolution and demoralization of our teeth.
- Healthy urine pH of 6.6-7.5 can fluctuate from 4.0 to 8-9. These differences are not very healthy and most of the time will depend on our diet and lifestyle.
DISASTER STARTS HERE
Headaches, Sleepiness, Confusion, Loss of Consciousness, Shortness of Breath, Unexplained Coughing, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Joint Pain, Weight Gain…..and so on.
Some causes of acidosis can be out of our control, but in most cases, it is a diet that will lead to it directly or indirectly by causing or further contributing to certain health issues that itself can cause acidosis. Unfortunately, on top of other contributing factors like stress, lack of sleep or inactivity (oxygen deficiency), we usually eat what we crave, not what we need. These are mostly acid-forming foods like grains, meats, dairy products, coffee, our beloved sugar, even water that we drink every day. I don’t think processed food needs a special attention here, it’s simply a big No. Fruits, Vegetables ? Yes, a slice of tomato or a leaf of salad next to a high protein acidic food will do. Unfortunately, this kind of diet is also served in places like restaurants, schools, or hospitals. We simply have been murdering our organism step by step through our whole life.
Of course, nobody says we have to stop eating proteins or other good foods that apart from being vital for our bodies might cause our pH to go down. The key is to eat enough food reach in alkaline elements (magnesium, calcium, strontium or barium) which will neutralize bad effects of nutrients which contain acidic elements (e.g. phosphorus, bromine or sulphur). Sugar, white flower, these two products I would get rid of the diet completely. Although both of them might not contain any elements, they will need alkaline elements to be metabolized. Guess what ? They will simply still them in the first place from your teeth, bones and muscles. Don’t let those thieves in, eat healthily and mother nature will do the rest.
To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid-forming foods. For restoring health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. Alkaline forming foods will mostly consist of fruits, beans, green vegetables, spices, herbs and seasonings, and nuts and seeds.
Studies conducted at the University of Bari in Italy clearly demonstrated that a hallmark of all tumours, regardless of their origin or background, is their acidic environment.
MODERN DAY ATHLETES & ACID-FORMING FOODS
Unfortunately, diet in the sports field is still a topic of big speculations and differences of opinion. High protein and sugar diets with not enough alkaline ingredients are still on the athlete’s menu making competitive individuals at the all-time high of those suffering from “chronic acidosis” and, at the very least, “low chronic acidosis” due to consuming high acid-forming diets. Acidified body tissue will eventually deny every athlete the opportunity to attain optimum health and peak athletic performance. Power, strength, endurance, cardiovascular ability, proper recovery- acidosis can affect all body systems and it may even lead to a career-ending injury that could have been prevented.
Effects of Acidosis On Body Systems
The transport of oxygen to the tissues and organs overloaded by acidity will be strangled. This suffocation means the cells cannot breathe properly and can not clear acidic carbon dioxide to function correctly. The high ratio of acidity will create wastes in the form of mucus and infections and viruses build up in our lungs, which will lead to colds, bronchitis, asthma, etc.
Apart from wear and tear conditions acidosis will speed up arthritis to which pH imbalance and accumulation of acid deposits in the joints and wrists are related. Accumulated acid damages cartilage and if the cells that produce the lubricating synovial fluids and bursa fluids are acidic, this will cause dryness that irritates and swells the joints. When uric acid builds up it tends to deposit in the form of crystals. It’s like having broken glass in the feet, hands, knees or back. These are rather very painful and unpleasant conditions.
Increased acidity in the muscle cells will disrupt the metabolism breakdown of glucose and oxygen to energy. This simply means poor muscles performance in this acidic environment. Alkaline conditions, on the other hand, allow for much better aerobic metabolism and energy for the body’s recovery from strenuous exercise.
Acidity makes the physical, mental, and emotional body weak. It simply deprives the nervous system of energy. This is also known as ‘devitalizing’ or ‘enervation’.
Indigestion, nausea, bloating, gastric reflux, are all symptoms caused by excess acid in the gastric region and not enough alkaline minerals in the intestinal tract. If the alkaline minerals are missing then the pancreas will become exhausted and will start losing the ability to decode the food and tell the body what to do with it. This will result in organs becoming confused and inflamed.
It is well established now that the arteries thicken with plague due to inflammation created by the internal acidic environment that is contributed not only due to imbalance of omega 3 and omega 6 good fatty acids, but also other acidic foods. The body responds to the acidity by lining the vessels with fatty plaques to prevent imminent, life-threatening leaks. But at the same time, it will strain the heart because the blood flows through narrower passages. When the heart becomes completely exhausted, this is known as a heart attack.
Acidic environments are simply heaven for anaerobic pathogens whereas the high levels hydrogen of rich body fluids keeps bad bacteria inactive. The great scientist, Antoine Béchamp did not believe that bacteria could invade a healthy host and create disease on their own. Whether bad bacteria and pathogens incubate or remain dormant, it will all depend on the ratio of cellular pH. This germ theory might have narrow view among the current medical establishment which conveniently relies on a profitable cut, burn, and poison approach to sickness. Surgery, radiation, and pharmaceutical drugs are an invasive approach that many times are practised without even a consideration of an alternative treatment. Many times these practices are ineffective without addressing the underlying cause and only lead to treating the symptoms.
When the body’s pH is out of balance then the build-up of acid causes inflammation and results in the skin being less able to function as a natural barrier against infection. As a result, the skin might develop pimples, rashes, lesions and sores open to the surface of the body.
Being made up of multiple organs, the kidneys conditions are one of the most obvious causes of pH imbalance in the urinary system. The kidneys are set to the task of filtering fluids and purifying our blood. If the body is flooded by excess acids, compensatory mechanisms spring into action. One of them will pull alkaline minerals from your bones and dump them in the blood. If this occurs frequently enough, the minerals build up in the kidneys in the form of painful kidney stones.
Although still, much research needs to be done to discover the exact link between sexual dysfunction, infertility and acidity, many health experts claim that acidity contributes to male and female arousal problems. It also decreases sexual enjoyment and particularly female satisfaction/climax. It is also linked to a decrease in fertility and can increase the tendency to miscarry.
How To Test Your pH at Home ?
Nothing will replace checking your blood in proper lab conditions. Although home results might not be super accurate, testing your urine or saliva with test stripes might hint you towards what’s going on inside of your body. For a quick hint, try to test 2-3 times in a day in order to get an average. For testing urine, also let some urine flow before testing as this will give more of an average reading and test first thing in the morning, at least after 6 hours of sleep without getting up to urinate. For the most accurate test, read manufacturers strip test guidance.