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Achieving Alkalinity to Treat Illness and Disease: Changing Your pH Balance

Christina Sarich
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August 25th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 6:33 pm
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lemon sliced 263x164 Achieving Alkalinity to Treat Illness and Disease: Changing Your pH BalanceAll life on earth has an ideal and balanced pH level which best suits its perpetuation. Human beings are no different. As ocean pHs have dropped by just fractions from around 8.2 to 8.1 due to increased CO2 deposits, coral reefs have started to die off at an alarming rate. Even the soil we plant our food in has an ideal pH level in order to make sure it grows with the ideal mix of minerals and nutrients like calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, and copper. When the soil is out of balance, the plants tend to grow withered and small, and some even die out completely. Again, humans are no different.

The Power of Being Alkaline

The human must maintain its own perfect pH level in order for its systems to function properly, and this includes keeping rogue cells from becoming metastatic disease, translating into cancerous tumors in multiple organs. Our ancestors didn’t eat in a way that upset this delicate balance in our bodies.

Pre-agricultural societies had a naturally alkaline diet. Today most people consume a diet that is poor in important minerals like potassium and magnesium and is full of saturated fats, simple sugars, sodium, and chloride. According to recent studies, this may induce cancer by creating metabolic acids that are asynchronous to our genetically determined nutritional requirements.

The human body and all its tissues are most optimum at around 7.2 pH. Otherwise, acidosis, a condition wherein the body becomes overly acidic, ensues. Many studies have shown that acute acidosis causes bacteria, yeast, pleomorphic virus, and fungus to take over and spark degenerative diseases like, diabetes, cancer, aids, arteriosclerosis, chronic fatigue, and more. For instance, pancreatic cells become more cancerous and tumorigenic with high acid pH levels in the body.

Furthermore, another study from the Arizona Respiratory Center at the University of Arizona found, “Acidogenic diets, which are typically high in animal protein and salt and low in fruits and vegetables, can lead to a sub-clinical or low-grade state of metabolic acidosis.” These are just a handful of studies that show the unarguable link between acidity in the body and increased risk for cancer.

Fortunately, there are many ways to create a more alkaline state in the body. In addition to consuming more of these top 5 alkaline foods, here are some tips:

  • Drinking water with fresh squeezed organic lemon first thing in the morning not only flushes out toxins but restores our bodies’ natural pH balance.
  • Eating leafy greens helps to alkalize the body.
  • Snacking on raw unsalted almonds offers the body natural alkaline-boosting minerals that we often lack like calcium and magnesium.
  • Exercising moves acidic waste out of the body faster. Staying active keeps us more alkaline.
  • Reducing refined sugars and red meat can also greatly boost alkalinity in the body.

Read: Liver Cleanse Diet: 11 Ways to Support the Liver

While it may take more than one natural ‘cure’ to eliminate cancer completely, certainly changing one’s diet and lifestyle to boost a balanced pH level can only help, and the research is available from multiple sources to prove it.

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  • TheVoice

    Thanks Christina for writing this… as we search for information about alkaline vs acid we discover a lot of naysayers, and that from the scientific community, doctors and dieticians. So thanks again… healthalkaline(dot)com

  • Vinny Grette

    I agree with your advice but have found that the language around this topic needs to be carefully chosen.

    • Vinny Grette

      See what George is saying up there? I think he's right. When we follow the nutritional advice you give, we are supporting the complex biochemical reactions in our body that serve to stabilize our body's pH. It's more complex than balancing acid in foods with alkaline foods.

  • Cerise

    What is the difference between the acid in your body. They said 7 is normal well I don't get it because it shouldn't be over 6 for acid in your blood. Uric Acid. So are there different acids?

  • Len

    "An optimal pH (hydrogen ion concentration) between 7.35 and 7.45 must be maintained; otherwise, the enzyme systems and other biochemical and metabolic activities will not function normally.

    Although the body can tolerate and compensate for slight deviations in acidity and alkalinity, if the pH drops below 7.30, the potentially serious condition of acidosis exists. If the pH goes higher than 7.50, the patient is in a state of alkalosis. In either case the disturbance of the acid-base balance is considered serious, "
    http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/A

    pH of urine is not pH of serum. It's easy to turn your urine alkaline by popping an alka seltzer before bedtime. Has NOTHING to do with overall serum/metabolic pH.

    Peeing in a cup, I've noted the pee produced no bubbles is acidic, and bubbly if alkaline, as measured by pH strips.

    Your body will extract calcium as a homestatic tactic from bones and teeth to fight a too-low pH.

    the best way to keep your pH homeostatis on the healthy high end is a diet of alkalizing foods, while avoiding acidifying foods (sugar, carbs, meat, etc)

  • Monty

    A proper Ph is beneficial for a healthy body.

  • Gretchen

    I would like to know how one’s alkaline level is measured? Is a physician required?

    • cheeseburger

      One easy and economic way is to use readily available litmus test strips. Also add 1/8 tsp of baking soda, not Arm & Hammer tho, it contains some not good ingredients to the lemon water. A good brand is Red Mill baking soda.

  • george

    I at first thought this was an excellent idea until I pondered more on the question of human homeostasis. We may have an opening into which solids and liquids are put but we are not like a test tube into which alkaline and acid is being mixed. We are a highly evolved chemical factory always aiming to achieve homeostasis. I would like to see proof that eating and drinking to achieve an altered blood alkalinity works because the blood is tuned to operate within a very close range to support life. Think of the wide range of diets human beings live on, from total meat/fat like the Inuit to vegans, if the body did not achieve homeostasis they would have a very short life.

  • Jillian

    I have found that tea made from holy basil (tulsi) leaves works better than anything I have ever used to balance pH to a more neutral level.

  • JAMES

    what is maximum daily amount of taking baking soda to balance alkalice /acid?jamw

  • http://www.rickthehealthsensei.com Rick

    I subscribe to Reams' work about treating disease, and his claim to keep urine and saliva pH at 6.4 in order to avoid disease. I've been at or slightly above 6.4 for over three years, and in that time I have not had a cold or flu, ache or pain, and my vision is even improving. I think you're creating an over-alkaline state by shooting for 7.2, and although disease may not manifest for decades from being alkaline like that, it will certainly eventually lead to over-alkalinity and some sort of disease as over-alkalinity causes body processes to slow down and that will eventually be one's downfall as the digestive system eventually becomes burdened.