In particular, our bodies function best between pH values of 7.0 – 7.4, though there’s some range involved.
For instance, the mouth, pharynx and esophagus are all slightly acidic with a pH of 6.8; the pH of the healthy stomach is 1.3 – extremely acidic; the pH of the small intestine resembles that of healthy bodily fluids; and in the colon it ranges between 5.5 and 7.This is important because as Dr Otto Warburg first discovered, acidity contributes to cancerous cell growth.
Acidic bodies are unhealthy bodies. When the body is acidic, it creates an unwanted environment where illness, bacteria, and yeast thrive. When the body is overly acidic, the body takes minerals from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid and remove it from the body. Because of this, the body’s mineral reserves such as calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium can run dangerously low and cause damage that can go undetected for years, until it reaches unhealthy levels, causing acidosis.
Most of us are already consuming enough acid-forming foods, such as dairy, grains, meats and sugar. Since the body is always generating acidic waste products from the metabolism, those waste products need to be neutralized or excreted in some way. To neutralize the constant acid generation, we need to supply the body with more alkaline foods.
Consider the following signs and symptoms of acidosis:
Dysfunction of the cerebrum of the brain which may progress to coma if there is no intervention
Doesn’t the body adjust pH on its own?
Also known as homeostasis, yes it can. The normal pH of most tissues and fluids in the body, except the stomach is alkaline. Except for blood, all of the body systems have a wide pH range, in part so they can shift to maintain the blood pH, which must stay in the very narrow margin of 7.35 to 7.45.
Start by knowing your pH
pH testing is important because it allows an individual to get a numeric representation of the current level of acidification in their body. A good average pH reading will range anywhere from 6.75 to 7.25. The optimal pH reading is 7.36. To learn more about ph testing check references at the end of this article.
You can’t tell if food is acidic or alkaline by taste alone
For example, many people think of lemons as acidic. While an acidic fruit, it is an alkaline forming food. During the process of digestion, the acids oxidize into carbon dioxide and water. Therefore they do not create an acid condition in the system.
Calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and sodium are the primary alkalizing minerals. Foods that are high in this minerals are considered alkaline-forming food. Most foods have both acid and alkaline minerals in them. If acidic minerals are greater in concentration than alkaline minerals, then that food is considered acidic and vice versa.
How to improve your alkalinity
1. Check your pH regularly
2. Drink plenty of water (alkaline water when possible)
3. Remove acidic foods
4. Replace a traditional lunch with a large green salad.
5. Use lettuce leaves and collard greens as wraps.
6. Try not to consume processed foods
7. Eliminate soda, sugars, and coffee. Replace them with herbal tea, herbal coffee, and green drinks
8. Replace dairy milk with coconut or almond milk
9. Add green juices or smoothies to your diet