"PH" Balance - Dec 18, 2017

VIBRANT HEALTH BEGINS WITH PH BALANCE

by Brian D. Jones, Naturopath and Natural Health Consultant

Did you know that VIBRANT HEALTH and ENERGY begins with PH Balance? Our body is ALKALINE by design, but ACIDIC by function. Nearly every process that our bodies undergo produce acid. NO MATTER WHAT, OUR BODIES NEED TO REMAIN ALKALINE AND WILL SEEK TO RETAIN BALANCE THROUGH A VARIETY OF MEANS.

Just as our bodies regulate temperature in a rigid manner, it will also try to preserve its PH in a very narrow range – especially in the blood. As a matter of fact, our body will go to such great lengths to keep the PH of our blood in a range between 7.35-7.45 that it will even create stress on other tissues or body systems to do so. Chronic acidity in our bodies will interrupt ALL cellular activities and functions – it interferes with life itself.

When the PH of our body gets out of balance by becoming too acidic, we may experience LOW ENERGY, FATIGUE, EXCESS WEIGHT, POOR DIGESTION, ACHES AND PAINS AND EVEN MORE SERIOUS DISORDERS.

The PH Scale

PH is simply a measurement of acidity and alkalinity. The “P” comes from the word “potential”. The “H” is the symbol for the element Hydrogen – thus, “PH”, or “potential hydrogen”. The PH scale goes from 0 to 14. At PH 7 (the half way point) there is a balance between acidity and alkalinity; PH of 7 is considered neutral. The PH scale is logarithmic, meaning that the values separating each unit increase in proportion to their distance from the neutral point of 7. For example, a PH of 6 is ten times more acidic than 7, but a PH of 5 is one hundred times more acidic than 7, and a PH of 4 is one thousand times more acidic that 7. This relationship is also true as the values go UP the alkaline scale – that is, values over 7.0. Most diseased states prefer an acidic body.

The Harmful Effects Of Acidity

Our bodies will always strive to keep our organs, blood, fluids and tissues functioning properly. In order to do this effectively, each part of our bodies must operate in its optimal PH range. When our body is overly burdened trying to compensate for PH imbalances, it suffers immensely. This excess stress eventually leads to toxicity and illness. Left unchecked, acidification may contribute or directly lead to conditions such as arthritis, blood pressure abnormalities, blood sugar challenges, digestive problems, fungal problems (Candida and Yeast), headaches, heartburn and acid reflux, hot flashes, inflammation of joints, insomnia, lack of energy, premature aging, gout, skin problems, stiffness, stress and tension, weight issues, and other disorders.

Acidity leads to toxicity, which leads to microform overgrowth (bacteria, pathogens, yeasts, fungi, parasites, etc.) which can eventually lead to illness.

The Harmful Effects Of Toxicity

Our body cannot detoxify properly when it becomes overly acidic. As a result, toxins build up causing stress as well as the activation of emergency mechanisms to compensate for toxicity. A good example of this is weight gain – fat is an excellent binding agent. Our bodies will use fat when necessary to bind and store toxins in our bodies. Our weight problem is more complex than simply a metabolic problem . . . it’s really an ACID problem.

Our bodies create acidity at the cellular level. Cells have a positive electrical charge on the inside (acid), and a negative electrical charge on the outside (alkaline). Once the negative charges of cells are stripped away, cells begin to stick together like glue. The extracellular fluids surrounding our cells must be alkaline (a PH of 7.386) in order to maintain the negative electrical charge on the outside of our cells. Keeping the fluids of our bodies alkaline is essential to balancing the 75 trillion cells which make up our bodies. (Over 65% of our body weight is made up of intracellular and extracellular fluid – totaling 11 to 16 gallons).

What Causes Acidity?

Our body becomes PH imbalanced and overly acidic primarily as a result of three things: ingestion of acids, creating acids, and improper neutralization and elimination of acids.

Ingestion of Acids

Acidifying foods – like processed sugar, processed carbohydrates, meat, dairy, coffee, alcohol, etc. – lower the Ph of our bodies. An overload of these acids can overwhelm our bodies ability of neutralize them.

Creation of Acids:

Microforms such as anaerobic bacteria, yeasts and fungi proliferate when our body becomes acidic – THEY LIKE THIS CONDITION! These pathogens and microforms also create acidifying toxins in our bodies. These living organisms also create acidifying toxins in our bodies. These living organisms steal our nutrients by feeding on them and create a host of toxins as a result. These toxins are very acidifying and are potentially very dangerous.

Improper Neutralization of Acids:

Our bodies neutalize excess acids by eliminating them through the kidneys (stress on kidneys), through the carbon dioxide leaving the lungs with each breath, as well as by adding alkaline minerals to the blood – draining needed calcium and magnesium from the bones and body systems. When our bodies buffering systems become depleted or compromised, acids begin to build up. As acids continue to build up , they damage all systems within the body. In short, acid conditions tend to promote disease.

What To Do If Our Body Is Too Acidic?

  1. It is imperative to hydrate your body with water at the rate of ½ your body weight in ounces – use clean, filtered water, non-sugared or non-artificially colored energy drinks, or herbal teas. i.e – a 150 lb. person would consume 75 oz. in liquids per day(more on hot days).
  2. Do not consume sodas, diet sodas, or high fructose corn syrup containing drinks.
  3. Take a calcium (1000 mg), magnesium (500 mg) supplement each day AT BED WITH silica (horsetail grass tea), boron, and Vitamin “D” ( 1000-2000 mg/day). These minerals help to RESTORE body PH to alkaline status. Look for blends containing all items.
  4. Take a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral product each day to restore overall nutrient and mineral balance to the body. Do not take potassium supplements.
  5. Consume 4 TIMES more FRUITS AND VEGGIES than MEATS AND CARBS. Meats and carbs tend to create an acidic condition in the body, veggies – alkaline.
  6. Consume herbal teas like green tea instead of coffee and black tea – or limit coffee, etc. to one or two cups.
  7. Include probiotics, enzymes, fiber, flax / fish oils, and antioxidants as supplements in your diet each day to assist in promoting healthy bio-life and alkaline PH in the body.
  8. Avoid / limit: alcohol, hydrogenated oils (trans-fats), MSG, high salt, fried foods, animal fats, and white flours.

**This type of strategy will assist in building a natural, alkaline condition in the body– a condition a healthy body prefers.

**Portions reprinted from “PH Stixz” – Instructions and Guides – PH Test Strips for urine and saliva. For more information, contact Brian D. Jones, Naturopath and Natural Health Consultant.  Thank you and Be Well!

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