Most people eat the
type of foods that leave an acidic residue or ash within the body (see chart). This occurs when food is metabolized by the body, leaving chemical and metallic residues, which yield either acid or alkaline potentials of pH. These residues strongly influence the cellular pH levels of the body. When the diet is imbalanced with a continual excess of these acidic residues, the pH of the body is directly impacted, causing the body fluids to lie constantly within the acidic range. Just
like acid rain upon a forest, an imbalanced pH slowly compromises cellular integrity and leads to numerous health problems.
The human body is ¾ alkaline. If our food intake is too acidic, the blood electrolyte seeks to balance itself. Alkalinity is anabolic (to buildup) and acidity is catabolic (to tear down). As each cell performs its task of respiration, it secretes metabolic waste which are acidic. This waste
is the end product of cellular metabolism and must not be allowed to build up. The body goes to great lengths to neutralize and detoxify these acids before they are positioned to act as poisons in and around the cell, completely altering the environment of the cell. When the cells of the body drop to below 7.0 pH disease sets in.
What is pH?
The body is largely made up of water, a medium that is biologically useful
in allowing nutrients, oxygen and biochemicals to be transported from place to place. This water-based medium can have either acid or alkaline properties, which are measured by a graduated scale, called pH (potential hydrogen). The lower the pH number, the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH number, the greater the alkalinity.
All chemical processes have an ideal pH at which they are most efficient. The body
functions best with an internal chemistry of slightly alkaline (pH of 7.0 to 8.0). The pH of the blood is even more defined ~ normal blood pH is 7.4. Our internal blood chemistry functions in an alkaline environment. Our blood must maintain a pH of 7.4. If it should drop to 7.2 we die.
The Delicate Balance....
…of the acid or alkalinity
of our blood, plays a crucial role in our health and vitality. Research shows that people who are sick, usually have blood that is acidic. Blood is rarely too alkaline because every bodily function creates acid in the body. We naturally balance the acidity/alkalinity in the body mostly by BREATHING. This removes acids from the body before they can build up which eventually will cause pain, inflammation or dis-ease. However, we can also support alkalinity by
balancing acid-ash forming foods with alkaline-ash forming foods. The following chart shows the breakdown of foods into acid ash and alkaline ash categories:
Tofu & soy products
Coffee & Tea
Bottled salad dressings
All processed cereals
Glazed or sulfured fruit
Salt & black pepper
Some fruits & vegetables
(cranberries, blueberries, plums, prunes, squash)
Cooked Grains (except millet & quinoa)
Processed milks (soy, rice, almond oatmeal)
Overcooked fruits & vegetables
Dairy products (cheese, eggs, milk, butter)
Sugar & refined grains
White meats (fish, fowl) Raw, rare, well done
Red meats (beef, pork, mutton) Raw, rare, well done
Grapefruit (do not mix citrus or melons with any other foods, if possible)
Herbal teas (no caffeine)
Fresh/dried seasoning herbs
Raw, cold pressed, extra-virgin Olive oil
Raw, cold pressed flax seed oil or ground flax seed
Fresh squeezed juice
Millet, lima beans, potatoes and quinoa are foods that slow down the cleansing process and therefore, should be limited.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my system is acidic?
Fatigue is the number one sign of over-acidity. Lack of oxygen from carbon dioxide build-up reduced nerve function and a slow metabolism will result. The internal organs are stressed and try to maintain homeostasis (balance) until one day the warning signal alert you in the form of chronic fatigue. Fatigue opens the door for emotional, social and physical problems.
What happens when the pH of my body fluids drops below its optimum 7.4 pH?
This is a sign that mineral reserves, i.e., calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc. are being depleted in the process of neutralizing the acids released by metabolism and other functions of the body. Protein metabolism produces sulfuric and phosphoric acid. Carbohydrate and fat metabolism produce acetic and lactic acid. These acids are poisonous to the body if not properly eliminated through the kidneys and large
intestine. Mineral compounds are created to neutralize these acids. If enough minerals are not available and these acids reach the kidneys, then ammonia is created (highly alkaline) to neutralize the acids. As your mineral reserves are depleted, the body’s pH becomes more and more acidic until mal-nourishment, exhaustion, pain, inflammation and disease develops.
What if there is not adequate alkaline in the diet?
If there is not adequate alkaline in the diet, the body must extract alkaline from its cell to neutralize the acid. This, or course, causes the cells to become acid, setting the stage for disease. Because our bodies are alkaline by design, in order to maintain
health unlimited, the majority of our diet must consist of alkaline ash foods.
How do I rebalance my pH?
Watching your diet, eating a proper balance of alkaline and acid forming foods (see list) and remember to breathe. Factor Series alkalizer pH balance duo offers an extremely effective and simple way to boost the body’s alkalinity to a healthy state. This powerful package contains:
Factor Five: Osteo-Xproviding 60 tablets of the key alkaline minerals calcium (citrate), magnesium, manganese and boron. Calcium citrate has been found to be more bio-available than calcium carbonate, (Tums and other common calcium supplements) and the newest kid on the block, *coral
Factor Seven: Digestin, which provides 60 capsules of the key alkaline enzymes, and phytochemicals bromelain, papain, chlorophyll and banana powder.
Additional ingredients in “The Body Alkalizer Pack” include magnesium, manganese, copper, and vitamin B6 and D in proper ratio necessary to support bone growth.
Boron, although a trace mineral, is included as it assists in the absorption of calcium and appears to elevate levels of estrogen and testosterone.
*A Word on Coral Calcium
Coral is the ocean’s memorial to the lives of deceased creatures called coelenterates. Located in tropical climates, the hard structures we know as coral are really the incremental build-up of calcium carbonate deposited from the skeletal remains of these tiny creatures.
Said to originate in Okinawa, coral calcium has become a hot new fad in the US, available in supermarkets, drug and health food
stores and over the internet. It is touted as a unique and superior calcium, nearly 100 percent absorbable, rich in trace minerals and associated with amazing longevity. Not true!
According to Dr. Robert Heaney, Professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and a leading expert on calcium, “Coral calcium is chemically identical to calcium carbonate ~ the ingredient in Tums and other common calcium supplements.”
“The advertising claims I’ve seen for coral calcium are outlandish,” says Dr. Heaney. “The idea that any calcium is 100 percent absorbed by the body is ridiculous. As for the trace minerals in coral calcium, analysis show such low concentration as to be laughable.”
“If coral calcium is so superb, “ asks Dr. Heaney, “why do the people of Okinawa, who supposedly
consume so much of it, have 50 to 70 percent higher rates of vertebral osteoporosis than Caucasians?” Buyer Beware!