Why pH is Important for Health
- How to help your body regulate pH
- How bicarbonate of soda can be useful
What is pH?
Just a quick science 101… pH stands for “potential hydrogen” and measures hydrogen ions or H+ in solutions. In the body’s case, solutions are fluids and tissues. The pH scale ranges from 0-14. Seven is neutral (as in pure water). Each number below seven is increasingly acidic. Each number above seven is increasingly alkaline.
An excess of H+ ions will tie up oxygen within the body, making it less available to cells. All body systems will be affected negatively if pH is out of balance. Chronic disease will eventually result.
Many people with cancer have become interested in body pH, because regulation of pH has shown very good results – using diet and sometimes bicarbonate of soda (sodium).
What Should My pH Be?
You don’t have one pH measurement… pH varies throughout different areas of the body for practical reasons. Mucous tissues, skin and intestines are slightly acidic so as to control unhealthy bacteria and other flora. Saliva is slightly alkaline, and urine varies, but is usually more acidic early in the day. Our bodies are able to maintain multiple delicate pH balances in its various tissues and fluids, when the diet is good.
Blood pH is Most Vital
Blood should be slightly alkaline, and all sorts of problems occur if the body cannot maintain this very narrow pH range. Illness and death can occur. The cause is usually an overly acid diet.
When the blood becomes too acid, the kidneys and the lungs work to restore balance. If they cannot do this quickly enough, calcium is taken from the bones. Calcium is the most alkaline mineral. When balance is restored, the calcium is dumped from the blood, and can cause bone spurs.
Other Problems Caused By Acid Diet
It’s a common list… Fatigue, depression, headaches, infections, inflammations, fungal overgrowth, unhealthy gut flora, ooor assimilation of nutrients, cramps, ulcers, dry skin hair and nails, skin irritations, heart problems, shortness of breath, gastric problems.
What Should We Then Eat?
The age-old question… a balanced diet with not too many acid foods; fresh and natural wherever you can. Be sure to include fermented foods or a good probiotic. Scroll this link for a good chart of acid and alkaline foods (Link)
The Stomach – a Special Case
The stomach is a specialized organ. During digestion, it is highly acidic for good reason – for proper digestion and to help kill bacteria and fungus. Low stomach acid causes many problems: acid reflux (GERD or GORD), heartburn, indigestion, ulcers and bowel problems – contrary to what we were taught, and many doctors believe. All the antacid preparations cause new problems.
Low stomach acid is also related to gluten and lactose intolerance. The stomach produces its own sodium bicarbonate to regulate acid pH.
What About Sodium Bicarbonate?
also known as baking soda “aluminium-free”
It’s a simple regime: take one teaspoon of bicarb dissolved in a cup of warm water, 30-60 minutes before a meal. Do not take close to a meal, or you will harm digestion.
One of the most important things that bicarb can do is kill Candida overgrowth. The symptoms of candida overgrowth, chronic fatigue syndrome, coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome have much in common… this is a very interesting thing. These conditions are very likely related.
During the treatment time, avoid refined carbs, high sugar fruits and processed milk.
Sodium Bicarb and Cancer
Molasses (or maple syrup) and bicarb together have been used very successfully to combat bowel cancers, amongst other types eg. prostate and breast. Supposedly the sugar helps to open the cancer cells, which love sugar, so the bicarb can kill the cancer cells.
Again, have this about one hour before a meal. Start with half a teaspoon of bicarb and a teaspoon of molasses (or syrup) in a cup of warm water. Cold is OK, but makes it harder to dissolve. This can be taken twice per day. After a couple of days, if all is well, take one teaspoon of bicarb twice a day… always 30-60 minutes before a meal.