What is pH?
In scientific circles pH stands for “potential of hydrogen,” but as far as your body is concerned, it can mean your “picture of health.” By understanding how pH levels of your body fluids affect your health, you will be able to learn just how healthy you really are. The relative acidity or alkalinity of substances is measured in terms of pH. The more acid in a solution, the lower the pH number, and the more alkaline, the higher the number. The pH scale goes from 0.00 (completely acid) to 14.00 (completely alkaline). Distilled water, with a pH of 7.0 is right in the middle – neither acid nor alkaline. An acid solution can be made more alkaline by adding alkalizing minerals – such as sodium, calcium, magnesium or potassium – that “buffer” the acid, and alkaline solution can be made more acid by adding acidifying substances.
The pH of a solution can be determined by using strips of chemically treated paper. When immersed in solution, the paper changes color to show the degree of acidity or alkalinity. All of the fluids of your body operate best at particular levels of pH ranging between slightly acid and slightly alkaline. Only stomach fluids are highly acid. blood has a slightly alkaline pH of 7.35 to 7.45. it is crucial for your blood to stay within that narrow rang. If the pH of your blood should fall much below 7.35 or rise much above 7.45, your body could not survive very long.
Simple tests of your saliva and urine that you can perform yourself can give you a good idea of the pH levels of your body. If you are truly healthy, both your saliva and urine should register around pH 7.0 the first thing in the morning (as soon as you get up after at least five hours sleep). However, even though you usually feel good, if your diet consists of mostly of meat pasta, convenience foods, starches, and coffee or cola drinks, your early morning pH will probably register as low as pH 5 or possibly as high as pH 8.
Testing urine and saliva after sleeping at least five hours gives you an idea of how your body is operating. Urine pH tells of how your body is responding to the food your ate the day before. Saliva pH tells your how your body has accepted the pas few weeks and months. If you have not been eating foods that contain alkalizing minerals, your body has adapted its function to keep pH of your blood and other vital fluids as correct as possible. It is often these long term adaptations -adaptations that are necessary for survival- that eventually lead to symptoms of chronic degenerative diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, emphysema, or even cancer.
Alkalizing minerals are stored in many organs and tissues of the body. The liver is the greatest storehouse of sodium; the bones are the greatest storehouse of calcium. Yet these storehouses can be emptied if the minerals that are used cant be replaced. The food you eat determines how well your reserves are replenished. Fresh fruits and vegetables contribute the usable alkalizing minerals you need to restock your alkaline reserve. When there are enough reserves to buffer the acid produced naturally by cellular activity saliva pH will register around 7.0. Readings of considerably lower or higher than 7.0 usually indicate that your buffering reserves have been depleted and your body is being forced to accommodate by other means. Lemons and oranges are obviously acid. However we are talking about the end product of digestion, not the state of the fruit as it is eaten. When you eat any food, the body uses the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals contained in the food and eliminates the parts that are not useable. Yet, there is a part that is digested , but not used immediately – we call this “ash.” It is similar to the ash left after a log has been burned in your file place. This ash can be either acid or alkaline. The ash from fruits and vegetables is alkaline although the food itself may have been acid. The alkaline minerals in ash can be stored in the alkaline reserve to buffer acids in the future. Remember, in order to remain healthy or improve your health, the ph of your body must be slightly alkaline.
It isn’t necessary to become a vegetarian, but you do need to eat vegetables every day. If you eat mostly meats and starches, such as beef, pork, french fries and pasta, you should not make a sudden change from mostly acid-ash producing foods to alkaline-ash producing foods. Even though vegetables and fruits provide alkalizing minerals that will adjust the pH of your body, if your body isn’t accustomed to them, a sudden dramatic change can cause unpleasant effects. The best way to improve your diet is to do it slowly but steadily. If you change your eating habits to quickly, you may experience bladder irritation or other unpleasant symptoms. As you increase the amount of alkalizing minerals available to your body, you will notice a change in your early morning pH readings. Your doctor can advice you about the foods that will improve your diet, your bodies pH, and your health.
* *The urine represents what we are eliminating, the saliva represents what we are keeping. The urine does not accurately represent the state of the body, but does represent what it is eliminating – ideally acidic wastes. The first morning saliva pH is the indicator of the state of the body: tissue, lymph, interstitial fluids and blood.
URINE AND SALIVA TESTING
This is an old and simple test of urine and saliva that was used extensively before modern blood tests came into existence. The amount of information it provides is considerable and forms a basis that unites all forms of medicine, makes them all work if you will. Things change; acid base, this is pleo-morphism. As stated above, the basic premise is that as societies become more “advanced”, protein consumption, fast foods, (not necessarily, fat, cholesterol) become the basic foods. These foods are converted to strong acids which must be eliminated by the kidneys. Every acid molecule that is passed through the kidneys must take a mineral with it so we develop a relative base deficiency, i.e. we become acid. Acid base has to be in ballance. As a result, pleomorphism and its change come out of the blood, out of the cells themselves to clean up the mess. This is chronic degenerative disease. Base powder prevents this process. So, the healing process, no matter what is wrong with you, begins with RE-MINERALIZATION.
This urine/saliva tests shows basically how many minerals are left in our bodies, i.e. what the MINERAL RESERVES of the body are and what we must do to remineralize it. This lays the foundation for any and all healing therapies.
* The test is simple:
USE THE PH STRIPS ENCLOSED TO PERFORM THE FOLLOWING PH TESTS ON YOUR URINE AND SALIVA.
All of the following ph tests should be done on same day.
1. Saliva test upon waking. First thing in the morning right when you get out of bed, lick and wet the MIDDLE BOX OF THE PH TEST STRIP. Note the color change and write down that pH number. Do this before brushing your teeth, drinking, smoking, or even thinking of eating any food. This pH should be 6.8.
2. Then test your second urine of the morning. The urine stored in your bladder during the night, that is ready to be eliminated when you get up, should be acid so you don’t want to test that. Drain your bladder in the morning, the last time you get up if you get up during the night and then see what that urine pH is. Again, record this number. This number should be the pH of your urine after you got rid of your acid load from the day before. The acids should be gone the second time you go to the bathroom so your urine pH should be around 6.8 also.
3. Eat breakfast, an apple will do, anything, and five minutes after breakfast check your saliva again. Write this number down also. This number should go up from what it was before you ate, the more the better.
4. Then check your urine pH between breakfast and lunch. . The pH should always be 7.0 to 8.5, a couple of hours after meals.
5. Then check your urine pH between lunch and dinner. The pH should always be 7.0 to 8.5, a couple of hours after meals.
These five tests show the following:
1. How well your digestive system dealt with what you ate the night before, i.e. the AM urine pH. These numbers may change from day to day depending on what you did eat the night before.
2. How well we treat ourselves in general, i.e. how “strong” the liver is. This is the AM saliva pH. This number shows the overall state of our health, the condition of the alkaline reserve of our bodies which reflects the diet we have eaten over the last months to years. This number stays rather constant and will only change after some work has been done in re-mineralizing the body. Pleomorphism and its changes can be viewed under the darkfield microscope, but the saliva pH shows what you will see.
Since the saliva pH is an indicator of intracellular pH, saliva pH readings should never be below the pK of the phosphate buffer system, 6.8. (see below). The most accurate reading of saliva pH is recorded immediately upon awakening–after sleeping at least five hours and before brushing the teeth. It is during sleep that the body removes waste and is in an anabolic state restoring and replenishing the body. If the patient has a saliva pH of 5.5 at this time and only 5.6 after eating, you know that this person has no alkaline reserve and that his body is devoid of the minerals necessary to process food properly–his body cannot adequately respond to the physiological crisis of handling food.
3. The pH of your saliva after you eat gives an indication of what the mineral reserves of your body are (the pH number should increase after you eat). The ideal saliva pH pattern is 6.8 on awakening, 7.0 before eating and 8.5 following breakfast.
4. The pH’s of the urine between meals should be kept in the basic range, pH 7.0 to 8.5. After one eats, the stomach generates the necessary acid to digest the food. While doing this, it also performs the opposite action, i.e. it makes an equivalent amount of base or baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, that is picked up by the blood stream and delivered to the alkaline glands of the body, the saliva, the pancreas and the liver. The maximum amount of base in the blood and therefore in the urine occurs one to two hours after you eat. The body fluids and therefore the urine is most acid at 2:00 A.M. (pH 5.0 to 6.8) in the morning (the base tide) and most alkaline at 2:00 P.M. (pH 7.0 to 8.5) in the afternoon (base flood).
The Lemon Test
There is a simple test that can be done at most any time of the day. It too checks the adequacy of the alkaline reserve of the body. When a healthy person with adequate alkaline reserves takes a bite of highly acid lemon, the saliva pH drops sharply for an instant but returns almost immediately to pH 8.5. The more acidic the food that is eaten, the more rapid the response of the alkaline reserve, and the higher the saliva pH should be following a meal.
“The ideal pH numbers depend on the time of day. Plotted on a curve it looks like the double hump of the back of a camel. Two times a day the urine should be alkaline and that is the top of the humps and corresponds to 10 A.M. and 2 P.M., the alkaline tide after meals. During the rest of the day the pH should be between 6.6 and 6.8. This is optimal urine. The first urine in the morning should be more acidic because of the decalcification that takes place during the night.”
If all the acids are not all flushed out during the night they accumulate, day after day. It hurts for one thing and the cycle of chronic disease begins. It effects different people in different ways; heart disease in one, arthritis, osteoporosis, stones, ulcers, cancer, in others.
You do the above tests a month or so after you did the initial ones. The numbers should be less acid, if you are doing the right thing. If not, you and your doctor should, re-consult. It all takes time.
• Acid foods
(Leave strong acid in your body)
Alcohol, Aspirin, Bacon, Barley grain, Beef, Blueberries, Bran, oat bran, wheat Bread, white Bread, whole wheat, Butter, Cake, Carob, Cereals, Cheese, Chicken, Chickpeas, Chocolate, Cod Coffee, Corn, Corned beef, Crackers, soda, Cranberries, Currants, Eggs, white flour, whole wheat flour, Grains( except millet), Haddock, Honey, Lamb, Legumes, Lentils, Lobster, Macaroni, Milk, Mustard, Nuts, Oatmeal, Oysters, Pasta, Peanut butter, Peanuts, Peas, Pike, Pork, Rice brown, Rice white, Salmon, Sardines, Sausage, Scallops, Seeds, Shrimp, Soda crackers, Soft drinks, Spaghetti, Squash, Sugar, Sunflower seeds, Tea, Turkey, Veal, Vinegar, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Walnuts, Wheat germ, Yogurt, Canned glazed & sulfured fruit, All dairy products, All animal, foul and sea animal products.
NEUTRAL ASH FOODS THAT HAVE AN ACIDIFYING EFFECT;
Corn Oil, Corn Syrup, Olive Oil, Refined Sugar,
SOME COMMON ALKALINE FOODS (Help to control acid in your body)
Alfalfa sprouts, Almonds, Apples, Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Beans, Beet greens, Beets, Berries, Blackberries, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard leaves, Sour Cherries, Collard greens, Cucumbers, Dates, Dulse, Figs, Fresh corn, Goat whey, Grapefruit, Grapes, Green beans, Green peas, Green soybeans, Kale, Kelp, Lettuce, Lima beans, Limes, Mangoes, Maple syrup*, Melons, Milk, goats milk, Millet, Molasses, Mushrooms, Muskmelons, Mustard greens, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Parsley, Parsnips, Peaches, Pears, Peppers, Pineapple, Plums, Sweet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Prunes, Quinoa, Radishes, Raisins, Raspberries, Rhubarb** , Rutabagas, Sauerkraut, Soy beans, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerines, Tomatoes, Vinegar, Watercress, Watermelon,
* All foods become acid when sugar is added
** Rhubarb alkalizes but has properties bad for health. Abnormal pH values may indicative of:
Persistent alkaline urine (pH 7 – 8)
1.suggests urinary tract infection
4.pyloric stenosis / obstruction
Persistent acid urine (pH 5 – 6)
3. phenacetin intake
4.predisposition to uric acid calculi (kidney stones)
7.excess hcl supplements or too high protein or meat
Michael Biamonte holds a Doctorate of Nutripathy, and is a New York State certified Clinical Nutritionist. He is a professional member of the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists,The American College of Nutrition and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. He is listed in “The Directory of Distinguished Americans” for his research in Nutrition and Physiology.
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