alkalization, how important it really is.

How important is the body's pH?
The body is largely made up of water, a medium which is biologically useful in allowing nutrients, oxygen, and other bio-chemicals to be transported from place to place. This water- based medium can have either acid of alkaline properties which are measured by a graduated scale called pH ( for "potential hydrogen").

  • 1.0 to 6.9 is considered acidic

  • 7.0 is neutral

  • 7.1 to 14.0 is alkaline

  • the ideal PH of the body should be in the range of 6.8-7.8

The lower the pH number, the greater the acidity, the higher the pH number the greater alkalini.

Many people wonder is an imbalanced pH really that dangerous? The answer is yes, indeed it is. Nothing does well in an overly acidic or alkaline pH medium, least of all the human body. Just as acid rain can destroy a forest and alkaline wastes can pollute a lake, an imbalanced pH continuously corrodes all body tissue, slowly eating into 60,000 miles of our veins and arteries like corrosives eating into marble. If left unchecked, an imbalanced pH will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. An imbalanced pH interferes will all life itself. Although an unbalanced pH may generally go unnoticed and undetected for years it eventually leads to the progression of most, if not all, degenerative diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, as well as the never ending frustration of excessive weight gain. Since most of the body is water (making up 50-60% of our total body weight), the pH level has profound effects on all body chemistry, health, and disease. An imbalanced pH describes the pH level of the body when it becomes too acidic or too alkaline for long periods of time. Extended pH imbalances of any kind are not well tolerated by the body. The management of pH is so important that the body has developed strict accounting procedures to monitor acid-alkaline balances in every cell. Fundamentally all regulatory mechanisms (breathing, circulation, digestion, hormonal production, etc.) serve the purpose of balancing pH, by removing caustic metabolized acid residues from body tissues without damaging living cells. If the pH deviates too far to the acid side or too far to the alkaline side cells become poisoned by their own toxic waste and die. Most diets cause an unhealthy acid pH. In fact, diet appears to be the major influence in maintaining appropriate pH levels throughout the body. Research demonstrates that when food is metabolized and broken down, it leaves certain chemical and metallic residues, a noncombustible "ash" which, when combined with our body fluids, yields either acid or akali potentials of pH. Certain foods are acidic-forming in nature, whereas others are known to be akali-forming. There are two common ways of testing pH, saliva and urine. The pH body ranges of body fluids of saliva is 6.8-7.8 and of urine is 6.3-7.2. You can determine the body's pH by self-testing saliva and urine with pH/litmus paper. The highest quality litmus paper available shows distinct color changes in 0.0.2 to 0.0.5 increments; this is essential for an accurate analysis. With greater sensitivity you can better detect changes. It is helpful to test yourself daily or weekly to see how pH levels can fluctuate. Watching your diet is one of the main actions you can take to help re balance pH. Most high protein foods (such as meat, poultry, and eggs), nearly all carbohydrates (including grains, breads, and pastas.) and fats are "acid-forming." Most fruits and vegetables are "alkaline-forming." Although citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits, contain organic acids and might have an acidic taste, they are not acid-forming when metabolized, leaving no acidic residue, but instead offer unique buffering capabilities to the body to help offset acidic wastes.

Acidic Forming Foods

Highly Acid; blueberries, prunes, sweetened fruit juice, beef, pork, fish, shellfish, cheese, dairy products, Wheat, pasta , white flour, liquor, beer, soft drinks, nutrasweet, equal, splenda, aspartame, sweet N low, peanuts, walnuts, chocolate. Medium Acid; canned fruit, sour cherries, potatoes, pinto beans, turkey, chicken, lamb, white rice, corn, oats, coffee, wine white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, pecans, pistachios, jams, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar. Low Acid; cooked spinach, kidney beans, string beans, liver, eggs, corn oil, tea, cocoa, processed honey, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds.

Alkaline Forming Foods

Low Alkaline; oranges, bananas, cherries, pineapple, peaches, avocados, carrots, tomatoes, fresh corn, mushrooms, cabbage, peas, potato skins, Non-GMO tofu, olives, Non-GMO soybeans, Non-GMO soy cheese, Whey, goat milk, millet, wild rice, ginger tea, raw honey, raw sugar, chestnuts. Medium Alkaline; dates, figs melon, grapes, kiwi, apples, pears, raisins, okra, squash, green beans, beets, celery, lettace, zucchini, sweet potatos, flax seed oil, green tea, maple syrup, almonds. Highly Alkaline watermelon, limes, grapefruit, mangoes, papaya, asparagus, vegetable juices, onions, garlic, raw spinach, broccoli, olive oil, herbal teas, lemon water, and stevia.
 
To maintain health, the diet should consist of 75% alkaline foods and 25% acid forming foods. To restore healthy pH the diet should consist o 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods. Juicing is best to restore pH.

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