The Importance of pH Balance for Health and Wellbeing

Alkalizing Foods

Alkalizing Foods for Health and Wellbeing

Below is an excert from my e book ‘How to get int the Wellness Zone”

By Barbara Bourke

Wrong lifestyle choices will lead to an acidic body and declining health

To protect ourselves and offset the onslaught of chronic disease, alkalizing and balancing our pH is elementary and quite possibly the missing link to better health and wellbeing.

I was going to write about alkalizing our body in the “Nutritional” chapter. But then I came to think that laying the blame on only the food we eat would not paint the whole picture.

Sure an excess of acidic forming food is a large part of the problem, but stress, breathing polluted air, and drinking chemical laden water is also part of this predicament.

Negative thought patterns and emotions, or any burden in your life, whether it be physical, mental or emotional, can also add up to increased acid production.

Therefore, it is imperative to make lifestyle changes including; balancing excess acidity by alkalizing the body, monitoring emotions and replacing negative thought patterns with more positive ones.

Contact Judie with your question and for emotional help with Bach Flowers, you can also order your very own self-help CD’s  www.selfcarehypnotherapy.com or see her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Abundant-Life/346902192066107

A weakness/blockage in the oxidative energy metabolism can also be a cause, because of the overproduction of lactic acid, causing acid accumulation. This can only be fixed by removing the cause. That cause may be systemic Candida, allergies due to leaking gut, wrong diet for body type (blood type diet), and accumulation of metabolic and toxic waste products inside the cells. This program takes a big step towards fixing this cause.

A vital aspect to wellness is the importance of pH (Potential of hydrogen) balance – the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Our body contains approximately 70 % water. Measuring the pH of our body fluids can give us a good indication of the working of our internal environment.

There is no conflicting information about what the pH of the blood should be. On the other hand, the pH of the urine and saliva is not as clear cut, many people have different opinions. And there are different ways and opinions on how to alkalize the body as well.

I believe, that both the urine and saliva pH should be between 6.3 and 6.8 (a pH of 7 is neutral). This is what I learnt while studying “Ionictherapy” – a principle developed by a Dr. Jessie in Australia, which is based on “The Biological Theory of Ionisation” by Dr. Carey Reams.

This is a slightly acid state and it has been found that all physiological functions within the body operate at optimal efficiency at this pH level. Either way, too acid or alkaline, will upset the internal homeostasis (balance, equilibrium) of the body. Diseases flourish if the pH is unbalanced for a long time.

How does food affect our acid/alkaline balance?

When you eat a Big Mac with chips, maybe a piece of cake with some ice cream and wash it all down with coffee, tea or coca cola, the body will scream “help, help, give me some alkalizers quickly to neutralize all this acid or I will be in trouble”.

The body in its wisdom will release alkalizing minerals (minerals “mop” up the acids and pass them out through the urine), to counterbalance and reestablish homeostasis. Over time this will make us mineral deficient. If the acid load is too great then excess acids will also quickly be shuffled into tissue, including fat tissue, (this will add to the toxic load in tissue and cells) for storage, as well as being passed out through the urine. These measures are necessary to keep the pH of the blood in a narrow range between 7.35 to 7.45. If the blood pH moves too far either side of this fine line, a life threatening situation can occur.

Generally, eating less starches, sugars and unhealthy, depleted and processed foods as well as reducing alcohol, soft drinks, coffee and fast foods will keep us on a more even keel.

Increasing your intake of green leafy vegetables and greens like barley and wheat grass, alfalfa, spirulina and chlorella, plant minerals, potassium citrate and sodium bicarbonate all are helpful with alkalizing and balancing your pH.

Practicing some of the recommendation in the last chapter about “Stress, Serenity and the Spirit” will be of benefit as well.

The emphasis is not only on alkalizing our body, but more importantly achieving the correct pH balance. A balanced pH (or as close as possible, as it might not be feasible to attain and stay at the perfect pH) will ensure that all metabolic functions run smoothly. A pH between 6.3 and 6.8 are the magic numbers and your guide when monitoring your progress.

However, if you have any kind of chronic health problems you might need to alkalize your body longer and stay in a higher alkaline range (above pH 7) for an extended time. At times you might even have to go on a 60 to 80% alkaline diet for a while if the pH is not shifting with the above suggestions.

Don’t be discouraged if you cannot achieve the perfect pH, as this might not be possible. Your guide is your body, be kind to it and learn to listen to its language. A feeling of wellbeing, with less illness and symptoms, more energy and a positive outlook on life are all signs your body will show you as it journeys into better health. It might not happen overnight, but alkalizing your body encourages wellbeing and needs to be part of a holistic lifestyle changing program.

Below is a broad list of acid and alkaline forming foods. For a more comprehensive list see http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/pdf/Alkaline_Food_Chart.pdf

ACID FOODS:  eggs, lentils, peas, cheese, all nuts except almonds and brazil nuts, all meats, chicken and seafood, breads, all grains except millet and buckwheat

ALKALINE FOODS:  (most fruits and vegetables) tofu, soybeans, millet, brazil nuts, almonds, coconuts, buckwheat, lima beans, potatoes, vegetable broth, melons, cucumbers, celery, dates, carrots, raisins, turnips, spinach, apricots, parsley, fruit and vegetable juices, figs, watercress, pineapple, cabbage, grapefruit, tomatoes, peaches, apples, bananas, lettuce, watermelon, sprouts, strawberries, radishes, squash, mushrooms, sweet, potatoes, pears, etc.

Neutral Foods: Butter, cream, cow’s milk.

How to test your urine and saliva pH?

It is advised to get some pH test papers in a range of 4 to 9 or at least 5.5 to 8

See this website http://www.alkaway.com.au/products-ph-test-kits.html their testing strips have a range of pH 4 to 9, but you might find cheaper ones somewhere else.

You can test using the method below, which is a more economical way to test. It might not be as precise as well as being more cumbersome to use than test strips.

Instead of using pH strips you may use turmeric or possibly just some curry powder. Dissolve a teaspoon of the powder in half a liter of methylated spirits or rubbing alcohol, shake and let it settle to produce a yellow solution. However, in an alkaline solution it becomes a ruby red, it changes color right at a pH of 6.8, the pH that urine and saliva should be most of the time. To make a test pour some of the yellow solution into a test tube or a small glass, add a few drops of urine or saliva, if it turns red then what was added had a pH greater than 6.8, if it stays yellow then the pH is still acid and less than 6.8.

For more information on the above testing method and acid/alkaline information see

http://www.health-science-spirit.com/calcium.html  

When to test your pH: There are different opinions as to when and what time of the day to test. Generally, the urine will be more acidic in the mornings and tends to be more alkaline in the afternoon. I believe testing about 2 ½ to 3 hours after a meal is a good time. I recommend testing more or less at the same time of the day and maybe write down the results so you can monitor your pH changes. Perform the pH test on your urine and saliva at least once a day.

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