Have you tried everything to feel better, including CBD, and nothing helped? Have you tried different diets that haven’t worked? Maybe your problem isn’t what you think it is. Are you familiar with the term acidosis?
You might recognize that some foods are acid forming and some foods are not. When analyzed a food can be considered either acidic or base/alkaline. This is not the same as say an orange. While we think of oranges as being acidic they actually have an alkalizing effect within our bodies, as do all fruits and vegetables.
The ideal acid alkaline balance diet would be 80% alkalizing foods and 20% acid forming foods. When we do not combine foods properly, that, among other things, can throw our bodies into a state of acidosis. Low-grade acidosis can become chronic if the body remains in that state for an extended period of time.
Chronic acidosis can cause many symptoms such as sunken eyes, lethargy, stupor, gastritis, constipation, bad breath, foul smelling stools, diarrhea, chest pain, abdominal pain, vomiting, rheumatoid arthritis, excessively low blood pressure, kidney stones, loss of bone mass, reduction of growth hormone, if bad enough it can cause cancer, coma and death, even.
As cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment as do virus’ and bacteria, it is best to try to maintain a balanced diet. When battling cancer, the idea is to oxygenate your blood. Cancer cannot live in an oxygenated body. And you want to make your body as inhospitable to the cancer as possible.
The ideal pH for the body is around 7.0. 7.0 is neutral, if the body drops below 7.0, it is considered acidic, if the body goes above 8.0 it is considered alkaline.
The pH of our blood, saliva, urine, skin, gastric juices levels all vary:
Blood 7.38 – 7.43
Muscle is about 7.0
Gastric Juices 2.5
A one point increase in ph is the result of a ten fold decrease in hydrogen ions, H+. When the pH of our body is off because of acid forming foods in our diet, pharmaceutical medications, exercise, etc. our body has to use its mineral reserves that are stored in our vital organs and our bones to try to alkalize this condition.
Hence, calcium deficiency. The body starts drawing calcium from the bones. This is why another option for treating Osteoporosis might not be to add more calcium supplements. Continuing with an acid forming diet will not stop the extraction of the alkaline calcium from the bones by the body to correct the improper ph levels. A simpler option might be to adjust your diet.
Protein is acid forming, too much animal protein encourages this type of environment increasing the symptoms and discomfort of an acidic environment resulting in the body having to work overtime trying to correct the ph. Utilizing a lot of your bodies cellular energy where it could be used elsewhere.
Wondering what your ph is? The best indicator is urine tested first thing in the morning with 6 hours between the last.
PH stands for potential for hydrogen H+. Our bodies have three ways that we expel access Hydrogen, H+ molecules. One way is through our Respiratory System or lungs by exhaling. My professor likes to think of it as a Hydrogen, H+ exhaust pipe. Excess acids are stored in the body as fat.
Other ways that the body uses to excrete excess acid is through the urine. Our kidneys cannot excrete urine that is too acidic so it uses buffers to alkalize it so that it can be passed efficiently through the kidneys.
Another way our body balances it’s pH levels is through sweat. You will notice that the pH of our skin is much more acidic than the rest of our body. This is a result of the acid mantle on the skin which protects us from bacteria and such.
Exercise is another way that our body levels or pH can become off. We inhale oxygen which is transported to the active muscles where it combines with waste products from energy conversion, carbon (C) and hydrogen H+ to form carbon dioxide and water. During strenuous exercises our body exceeds our oxygen supply and the body begins to use other alternate biochemical processes that do not require oxygen (anaerobic metabolism.) These processes generate excess acids H+ which enter the blood stream, if the body is not able to expel it it can build up in the muscles causing a ‘muscle burn.’
Remember I mentioned buffers, earlier? Lactic acid is a buffer. Buffers are carrier molecules that can accept and transport hydrogen ions to bodily tissue where they can be used for energy and excreted as waste. So while lactic acid has a place, when too much accumulates it is a sign that the body is in a state of acidosis.
The most important buffer system in the blood involves carbonic acid, a weak acid formed from carbon dioxide dissolved in the blood, which is then exhaled.
Luckily, there are things that we can do to alkalize our bodies. Deep breathing techniques for one as oxygen is alkalizing. Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical medications and processed foods because they are also acid forming. Eating more raw fruits and vegetables.
For athletes, acidified body tissue shows up as sports injuries. If the blood is too acidic, the muscles of the body absorb the acid making the tissue acidic.
If you are not feeling the potential that you know you have because of these underlying conditions that no one seems to recognize or be able to treat, maybe it’s acidosis.
This can be corrected with proper food combining. It might seem like a dramatic change from what you’re used to but if you feel better, you can get back to your old self. A raw food study conducted on an experimental group by Victoria Boutenko showed that after 2 days of eating raw foods, IQ levels rose by 40%!
I’m including some basic food combing concepts so you can plan your next meals…
Sending green healing energy from the North East Kingdom ❤