pH in chemistry is a way to measure the charges of an ion. Whether an ion contains a negatively charged -OH atom or a positively charged H+ atom determines whether or not something is alkaline (basic) or acidic. These charges are measured on a pH scale that ranges from 0-14. Water is a neutral molecule and is measured on the pH scale as 7. Substances that measure 0-6 are considered acidic and substances that measure 8-14 are considered alkaline (basic).
Alkaline and acidic substances have properties that can be corrosive, so it is important that the body maintain a relatively neutral pH. The blood for instance has very little room for fluxuation, it must maintain a pH of 7.35-7.45 in order for your body to receive the nutrients it needs from your blood and for you to live The body does have a regulator for your blood to keep it within this range. pH of your colon, kidneys (urine), and saliva are maintained by a healthy diet, which includes certain foods, as well as plenty of water.
Your colon’s optimal pH is 7.8-8.3. Candida can occur in a gut with too acidic of a pH. The acidity allows for overgrowth and symptoms to show up even outside of the gut (skin irritations, etc). Bad breath and pungent body odor can be a symptom of acidic conditions in the body because your skin and lungs gas off excess acidity.
Saliva is a great pH window because it is the first solution that comes in contact with foods and can change pretty easily. Saliva that continually tests acidic can be an indicator of a lack of neutralizing minerals in the body.
Urine is the best way to see the pH of the body. Urine is not generally changed by external factors. But it can fluxuate during a detox when your body uses your kidneys as a pathway for eliminating toxins. Urine that consistently remains either acidic or alkaline can be a sign that the body is in a state of pH unbalance.
pH effect of effective alkalizing activities
|Generally eating less||Allows daily rest and detox|
|Fruit and Veggie Diet||Leaves alkaline residue in bowel|
|High water content foods||Adds water to expel acids|
|Deep breathing and relaxation||Lungs gas-off acids|
|Exercise with sufficient oxygen||Increased blood and oxygen to muscles|
|Sunlight and Skin Exposure||Skin expels more uric acid|
|Positivity and confidence||Relaxation aids blood flow|
|Acceptance and love||Relaxation aids blood flow|
|Negative ions (fresh air, forests, coasts)||Lessens body’s positive charge|
Least effective alkalizing activities
|Lethargy||Decreases blood flow|
|Shallow breathing||Decreases lung expelation|
|Positive ions (Indoors, cities, pollution)||Increases body’s positive charge|
|Negativity and worries||Generates tension|
|Anger and fear||Create toxic chemistry|
|Stress||Inhibits immune efficiency|
|Dehydration||Decreases acid expelation|
|High protein diet||Encourages uric acid build-up|
|Over-eating heavy foods||Builds up layers of acid saturation|
Foods that neutralize pH
- Green leafy vegetables, tofu and tempeh
- Lemon juice in water or lime juice in water
- Apple cider, apples, lemons, limes
- Spinach, turnup greens, broccoli
- Raw, unprocessed nuts, pumpkin seeds
- Poultry, eggs
- Live-cultured dairy, including yogurt, cottage cheese, blue cheese, swiss, munster.
- Foods high in potassium
Foods that are not acceptable
Refined sugar or foods that contain refined sugar
Limit intake of simple carbohydrates, such as honey and maltose
White flour products
Orange juice, bananas, pears
Phosphoric acid sources, such as when used as preservatives
Corn or potatoes, or products that contain theses foods
Calcium carbonate in your calcium supplements
Antacids containing either aluminum or calcium carbonate
Sodium chloride salt
pH effects of food
|Very Alkaline||Fresh, raw leaves|
|Very Alkaline||Fresh raw fruit|
|Alkaline||Fresh, raw roots|
|Neutral||Raw nuts and seeds|
|Very Acidic||Meat, fish, poultry|
|Very Acidic||Milk, hard cheeses (ex. cheddar)|
It is generally agreed that a diet of 80% alkalizing foods maintains the best moderate balance-this allows for 20% for foods you like that don’t like you.
- Never eat more than 80% of your hunger- if you cannot climb a hill after eating, you ate too much too quickly- slow down and eat less!
- Eat more than 25 different varieties of food each week- Chinese medicine says 55.
- Exercise according to your breathing capacity-if you cannot speak afterward, then it was too vigorous for you today.
- A relaxation regimen should match the exercise taken- aching limbs are a sign of lactic acid saturation caused by insufficient oxygen in available blood flow.
- Sleep in complete darkness to ensure deep relaxation of the nervous system, and take every opportunity to bathe closed eyes in sunlight to stimulated hypothalamus vitality.
- Immerse as much of your body as possible in sunlight as often as possible.
When diet is not enough
In most instances, dietary measures are all that are needed to bring about the desired change in pH. However, if you have chronic yeast infections, cancer, has been chronically exposed to mercury and/or other heavy metals, or has long suffered with chronic inflammation; dietary changes will bring about progress, but may not be sufficient. If any one of these situations exist, you will need to also supplement with potassium citrate or bicarbonate.
Potassium citrate or bicarbonate
Dosage is generally 1/4 – 1tsp. 3 times a day in water or apple cider for one week. It is advised to start at a lower dose and work up, if needed. Once pH has risen to the desired level, diet alone can generally hold the pH at that level. Do not administer to people with a low serum calcium, or an elevated potassium.
In The Healing Gardens Medicinal Store we do carry a product “Bi-Carb Formula” that is potassium and sodium bicarbonate in a capsule form. We also carry pH papers to keep track of your daily pH changes. For more information (970) 472-6802.
The pH Miracle is a great book to read for more information about pH.