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The Truth About Alkalizing Your Blood

Is it true that the foods and beverages you consume cause your blood to become more alkaline or acidic?

Contrary to popular hype, the answer is: not to any significant degree.

The pH of your blood is tightly regulated by a complex system of buffers that are continuously at work to maintain a range of 7.35 to 7.45, which is slightly more alkaline than pure water.

If the pH of your blood falls below 7.35, the result is a condition called acidosis, a state that leads to central nervous system depression. Severe acidosis - where blood pH falls below 7.00 - can lead to a coma and even death.

If the pH of your blood rises above 7.45, the result is alkalosis. Severe alkalosis can also lead to death, but through a different mechanism; alkalosis causes all of the nerves in your body to become hypersensitive and over-excitable, often resulting in muscle spasms, nervousness, and convulsions; it's usually the convulsions that cause death in severe cases.

The bottom line is that if you're breathing and going about your daily activities, your body is doing an adequate job of keeping your blood pH somewhere between 7.35 to 7.45, and the foods that you are eating are not causing any wild deviations of your blood pH.

So what's up with all the hype about the need to alkalize your body? And what's to be made of the claim that being too acidic can cause osteoporosis, kidney stones, and a number of other undesirable health challenges?

As usual, the answers to such questions about human health can be found in understanding basic principles of human physiology. So let's take a look at the fundamentals of pH and how your body regulates the acid-alkaline balance of its fluids on a moment-to-moment basis.

pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a liquid is. With respect to your health, the liquids involved are your body fluids, which can be categorized into two main groups:

  1. Intracellular fluid, which is the fluid found in all of your cells. Intracellular fluid is often called cytosol, and makes up about two-thirds of the total amount of fluid in your body.

  2. Extracellular fluid, which is the fluid found outside of your cells. Extracellular fluids are further classified as one of two types:

    • Plasma, which is fluid that makes up your blood.

    • Interstitial fluid, which occupies all of the spaces that surround your tissues. Interstitial fluid includes the fluids found in your eyes, lymphatic system, joints, nervous system, and between the protective membranes that surround your cardiovascular, respiratory, and abdominal cavities.

Your blood (plasma) needs to maintain a pH of 7.35 to 7.45 for your cells to function properly. Why your cells require your blood to maintain a pH in this range to stay healthy is beyond the scope of this article, but the most important reason is that all of the proteins that work in your body have to maintain a specific geometric shape to function, and the three-dimensional shapes of the proteins in your body are affected by the tiniest changes in the pH of your body fluids.

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A liquid that has a pH of 7 is considered to be neutral (pure water is generally considered to have a neutral pH). Fluids that have a pH below 7 - like lemon juice and coffee - are considered to be acidic. And fluids that have a pH above 7 - like human blood and milk of magnesia - are considered to be alkaline.

It's important to note that on the pH scale, each number represents a tenfold difference from adjacent numbers; in other words, a liquid that has a pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than a liquid that has a pH of 7, and a liquid with a pH of 5 is one hundred times more acidic than pure water. Most carbonated soft drinks (pop) have a pH of about 3, making them about ten thousand times more acidic than pure water. Please remember this the next time you think about drinking a can of pop.

When you ingest foods and liquids, the end products of digestion and assimilation of nutrients often results in an acid or alkaline-forming effect - the end products are sometimes called acid ash or alkaline ash.

Also, as your cells produce energy on a continual basis, a number of different acids are formed and released into your body fluids. These acids - generated by your everyday metabolic activities - are unavoidable; as long as your body has to generate energy to survive, it will produce a continuous supply of acids.

So there are two main forces at work on a daily basis that can disrupt the pH of your body fluids - these forces are the acid or alkaline-forming effects of foods and liquids that you ingest, and the acids that you generate through regular metabolic activities. Fortunately, your body has three major mechanisms at work at all times to prevent these forces from shifting the pH of your blood outside of the 7.35 to 7.45 range.

These mechanisms are:

  1. Buffer Systems

    • Carbonic Acid-Bicarbonate Buffer System
    • Protein Buffer System
    • Phosphate Buffer System
  2. Exhalation of Carbon Dioxide

  3. Elimination of Hydrogen Ions via Kidneys

It's not in the scope of this post to discuss the mechanisms listed above in detail. For this article, I only want to point out that these systems are in place to prevent dietary, metabolic, and other factors from pushing the pH of your blood outside of the 7.35 to 7.45 range.

When people encourage you to "alkalize your blood," most of them mean that you should eat plenty of foods that have an alkaline-forming effect on your system. The reason for making this suggestion is that the vast majority of highly processed foods - like white flour products and white sugar - have an acid-forming effect on your system, and if you spend years eating a poor diet that is mainly acid-forming, you will overwork some of the buffering systems mentioned above to a point where you could create undesirable changes in your health.

For example, your phosphate buffer system uses different phosphate ions in your body to neutralize strong acids and bases. About 85% of the phosphate ions that are used in your phosphate buffer system comes from calcium phosphate salts, which are structural components of your bones and teeth. If your body fluids are regularly exposed to large quantities of acid-forming foods and liquids, your body will draw upon its calcium phosphate reserves to supply your phosphate buffer system to neutralize the acid-forming effects of your diet. Over time, this may lead to structural weakness in your bones and teeth.

Drawing on your calcium phosphate reserves at a high rate can also increase the amount of calcium that is eliminated via your genito-urinary system, which is why a predominantly acid-forming diet can increase your risk of developing calcium-rich kidney stones.

This is just one example of how your buffering systems can be overtaxed to a point where you experience negative health consequences. Since your buffering systems have to work all the time anyway to neutralize the acids that are formed from everyday metabolic activities, it's in your best interest to follow a diet that doesn't create unnecessary work for your buffering systems.

Acid and Alkaline-Forming Effects of Common Foods

Generally speaking, most vegetables and fruits have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids.

Most grains, animal foods, and highly processed foods have an acid-forming effect on your body fluids.

Your health is best served by a good mix of nutrient-dense, alkaline and acid-forming foods; ideally, you want to eat more alkaline-forming foods than acid-forming foods to have the net acid and alkaline-forming effects of your diet match the slightly alkaline pH of your blood.

The following lists indicate which common foods have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids, and which ones result in acid ash formation when they are digested and assimilated into your system.

Foods that have a Moderate to Strong Alkaline-Forming Effect

Watermelon
Lemons
Cantaloupe
Celery
Limes
Mango
Honeydew
Papaya
Parsley
Seaweed
Sweet, seedless grapes
Watercress
Asparagus
Kiwi
Pears
Pineapple
Raisins
Vegetable juices
Apples
Apricots
Alfalfa sprouts
Avocados
Bananas
Garlic
Ginger
Peaches
Nectarines
Grapefruit
Oranges
Most herbs
Peas
Lettuce
Broccoli
Cauliflower

Foods that have a Moderate to Strong Acid-Forming Effect

Alcohol
Soft drinks (pop)
Tobacco
Coffee
White sugar
Refined Salt
Artificial sweeteners
Antibiotics (and most drugs)
White flour products (including pasta)
Seafood
White vinegar
Barley
Most boxed cereals
Cheese
Most beans
Flesh meats
Most types of bread

Please note that these lists of acid and alkaline-forming foods are not comprehensive, nor are they meant to be.

If you're eating mainly grains, flour products, animal foods, and washing these foods down with coffee, soda, and milk, you will almost certainly improve your health by replacing some of your food and beverage choices with fresh vegetables and fruits.

The primary purpose of this article is to offer information that explains why I believe that you don't need to take one or more nutritional supplements or "alkalized water" for the sole purpose of alkalizing your body. Your body is already designed to keep the pH of your body fluids in a tight, slightly alkaline range.

The ideal scenario is to make fresh vegetables and fruits the centerpieces of your diet, and to eat small amounts of any other nutrient-dense foods that your appetite calls for and that experience shows your body can tolerate.

I hope these thoughts bring some clarity to this often misunderstood health topic.

 
 

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Newsletter on acidity/alkalinity

Kudos to you for explaining so well the importance of introducing more fruits and vegetables as we nourish our bodies!
Of all the alkaline gurus out there, you have given the best explanation for the non-medical person!
I am sending it to all my McDonald's Chompin' friends for them to digest mentally!
Thankyou once again!

Acid & Alkaline balance

I am always grateful to receive your newsletters which are packed with valuable information in a digestible format. This article grabbed my attention in particular as I have been drinking alkaline water for 2 years and have only just (with the help of an ND) figured out that my candida / yeast overgrowth problems that I suffered for the same length of time as the water intake was due to increasing my body's alkaline level. I know that a lot of women suffer from candida and I urge them to read this article and look at their diet to try and tackle this issue like I did. Thank You!

Acid & Alkaline balance

your candida problem*is the result of depleted levels of magnesium and potassium which occur whenever substances are taken into the body that increase alkalinity. the Mayo Clinic commented on this very thing some time ago in connection to successful (non-mainstream) alternative therapies such as cesium chloride and cesium carbonate for cancer treatment as cancer cells begin to die within 6-8 hours when pH is raised to 8.0. proponents of alkalinated water products rarely if ever mention this little known fact*.

OMG Candida!

OMG, thank you for this statement. I find it quite interesting that you attribute candida to a magnesium and potassium deficiency. I was diagnosed with bipolar 8 years ago and when first hospitalized and given the diagnosis I had candida outgrowth on my legs and hands. Doctors, however, did not know what it was and neither did I at the time. Every time I have been hospitalized for the BP disorder, my potassium levels were low and it was right before my cycle. Over the years I have struggled with the candida and the BP and have begun to eat more whole foods discovering that my outbreaks are fewer except during the week before my cycle when my progesterone is at its highest. Based on what you are saying, the progesterone must be creating a more acidic environment??? Also, based on what you are saying, my extreme mood swings could be a result of these deficiencies?????

Candida/BiPolar

Isn't it WONDERFUL to find out that much of our mood stuff is really about food stuff. (pardon the pun!)

I just had to write you and say I'm glad that you made that connection. Whoever you are, you made me smile today. With this information here I've never felt more loved.

Thank You!

You cannot imagine the connectin that has been made by reading that! You simply cannnot imagine it, especially after looking up the possible side effects of low potassium and magnesium, depression, delirium, and psychosis! Eight years of my life I have been dealing with this diagnosis that I believed to be incorrect. I lost everything in my life as a result of this....lately since taking more supplements I have been feeling better. Unbeknownst to me, which I discovered earlier this week, I was supposed to be taking more than one of the magnesium pills and potassium pills. Every time I am hospitalized I have this rash somewhere on my body and it is right before my cycle starts. I have been arguing with doctors for years saying it was hormonal or some sort of deficiency. Since beginning hormones last month I was better but the depression and mood swings would not go away, the psychosis was eliminated with the hormones. I am now going to up my potassium and magnesium. I went to the ER last week with chest pain and blood pressure spikes, only to return home and find out that magnesium and potassium stopped the heart palps and the pains in my legs and arms!

Thank You!!!

Please be careful taking

Please be careful taking supplements like Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, and especially Potassium. Try to get them from natural food sources. As you noted...the taking of Potassium made some heart issues you were having subside. The window of toxicity with these salts is very finite, and very narrow. The same symptoms you were having with the chest pain and muscular pain, were resolved this time with K+ and Mg, but too much K+ will cause erratic heart rate, and even stop your heart. The heart becomes irritable reacts to the "highs" and "lows" of all of the above mentioned salts. They are referred to as your electrolyte balance. I am not advising you to cease taking your supplements, just to be extremely careful.

acknowledgement

The information about the excessive intake of minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium has been of good help for me. Me as a person who take these supplements was negligent about the side effects of them. This might have saved me from serious health issues in the future. Getting these minerals from the daily diet is going to me my priority.

BP/low Potassium and Magnesium

You talked about years of low potassium and magnesium and was not corrected then. I thought your doctor would correct it as soon as your blood results were made and reviewed by your doctor and made some corrections.

PH and lymph

I don't want to come off all "angry patient" or "over the top" here but ... ??what the??

- a doctor CORRECTING a thing found in your blood??? Anything?? Especially a thing that shows up as nutritional? A thing that they can't cut out of you, irradiate, or drug?

HA! You live in a different world. Nearly all of them ignore anything that can't be treated with a prescription pad, or by cutting you open.

Most doctors have been taught in school to believe that nutrition just takes care of itself no matter what we eat (magical thinking).

Oh, they talk about a "balanced diet" in terms of "any balanced diet will keep you healthy", but never tell anyone what they MEAN by the term "balanced diet" (you can't pin them down as to what one would be). They also usually have had less than 3 hours total time of nutritional information in medical school (not CREDIT HOURS, actual clock hours)

Most MDs know so little science they do not know how to tell what sort of antibiotic is the right one to use for a given infection and they NEVER check to even see if you HAVE an infection before whipping out the pad (and they can't do even the most simple parts of their own lab work, and do not own a microscope).

They also cannot tell you the symptom picture of ANY nutritional problem (not even scurvy or pellagra), much less know what the long term cumulative problems are from "sub clinical" nutritional problems (ie, those that will not kill you outright, but will make you miserable and slowly kill you).

You have to teach yourself, and treat yourself. Yes this is dangerous. No, it is not the way things out to be. Yes, doctors are SUPPOSED to know this stuff and do it and help you. NO they will not do so. and yes - many people in the general public lack the ability to do this at all safely - and you STILL have to do it yourself, because the alternative is getting no treatment at all - because THEY won't do it. They act more like "talk therapy" shrinks - you wait an hour or so to see them, and then they listen for 5 minutes and do nothing of nay worth.

Imagine that you went to a mechanic to get your car fixed, and that they never REALLY fixed anything; but still charged you $150 just to talk to them for 5 minutes (after waiting for an hour to see them). Imagine you mechanic never did any work on you car. Imagine that they never once looked at your car and did not have even the most simple equipment to do so.

This is a perfect parallel of going to see most MDs. When was the last time you saw an MD with a microscope? Most of them know so little biochemistry that if you take hard science in to them, they can't follow it.

Try (for instance) taking the research into FMS/CFS (hard cold science into : peroxunitrate, NO, dopamine levels and epigentics) to a rheumotolgist or to your GP ... or try talking to an anesthesiologist or a pain specialist about the Cytochrome P450 gene (two of the 50+ enzyzmes controlled by this gene, handle 90% of our prescription medications and also get rid of most pollution - and a huge number of people do not have fully functional P450 pathways) (way over 25%, some racial groups more than others)

Give them any real science to look at in an appointment, and FIRST they will be offended that you presume to know anything - then they assume you are an idiot, and they will be angry that you are informing them about ANYTHING from the wor4ld of science - instead of begging and grovelling at their feet as a supplicant.

They will not react well at all and will be quite offended by the idea that you KNOW anything (even about your own body and what it is doing before your own eyes...things that you can SEE, like a rash, or that you have a sore, or are bleeding - you get anger and ego, not solutions.

Then they will look at you like you grew a second head and ignore you, while trying to look like they are listening, and then take your $150 to $500 dollars (the cost of your 5 minute appointment)and all for doing nothing.

You get better information from reading PUBMED and talking to a microbiologist

pH and Cancer

The notion that what you eat and drink has no effect on your
body's pH is ludicrous. Anyone who has studied cancer knows
that monitoring your body's pH is one of the best ways to pre-
vent cancer. The Einstein of modern medicine, Dr. Emanuel
Revici, discovered that people with cancer have abnormal pH
levels in abnormal cycles. He was able to cure cancer by
administering therapeutic lipids and sterols to his patients
in order to correct their imbalance. Normally, the highly-
acidic western diet is the culprit which creates abnormally
low (acidic) pH in the body that lowers the oxygen levels
in the cells. Without enough oxygen, the cells revert to a
primitive form of respiration - known as fermentation.

If a patient has had conventional treatments, their bodies'
pH can become too alkaline - as a result of the shock, and
the cancer cells traveling in their blood or lymph become
more aggressive. So, even though hyper acidity is the main
cause of cancer, hyper alkalinity can be a factor as well.

Good heavens, this is common knowledge. Please don't take
the lazy route to Heaven. Inform yourself. We need informed
people, or the cancer industry will go on killing us for
profit.

Well said.....I am sick of

Well said.....I am sick of doctors who dismiss and prescribe prescribe prescribe.

However there are many other

However there are many other benefits of alkalized water vs alkalinzated water, alkalized water is made alkaline without having to add minerals, as it strips the acidity out of the water.

i really appreciated your

i really appreciated your article. it made me understand about acid and alkaline balance but according to this article i have several questions for you. How can body get too much acid? Does alkaline balance diet helps prevent cancer or other diseases? if body has too much hydron ion where would they go? is it true that no matter how much alkaline food we not the affect the pH balance?
To prevent cancer or reduce chances of having cancer should we eat foods that have more alkaline?

Fascinating, complex system

I love your logical, science-based approach to every health topic as it's exactly how I approach these issues as well. As a university student studying physiology, I just learned all the information included in this article this past year and this is not only a great, quick refresher but also helps me to use the information I've learned in a different setting.

I had just come across a few websites advocating alkalizing supplements and alkaline-water and had been wondering about them, and low and behold, it's the next topic you cover! I had assumed basically what you concluded: the body's pH is barely altered from hour to hour and day to day, but by balancing the acid and base levels in our body through the foods we eat we may be able to reduce the amount of work/energy our buffering systems (the lungs and kidney which I learned about) must use to keep our pH levels in check. The human body (or any mammal's for that matter) is truly amazing!

Acid/Alkaline-forming effects of Food...

Thank you for this very informative article and for not trying to sell your brand of alkalizing supplement like pretty much the rest of the acid/alkaline cyberworld is up to!

I Agree

I agree this is an amazing article to educate people concerning their health and it was very generous of you to offer the information without trying to push products and sales on people.....Thanks!

Your article on "Acid and Alkaline-Forming Effects of Food . ."

As usual, your professional, factual and straight forward article makes it easy for lay people to understand this very important aspect of our body and how it works to keep us healthy.

Dr Kim, I have been reading your newsletter for some time now and the above article really set my mind at ease about the Acid/Alkaline question. It is so easy for a professional to frighten or confuse people who have less knowledge on a subject - without making false statements even, but couching the information in such a way as to alarm us. It is apparent that your goal is to inform and educate people so that we are in a position to make informed decisions about how we treat our bodies.

For that, and the work that you and Margaret do is much appreciated. I know that a lot of your time is spent in writing these articles for us so I just wanted to be on record to say a big THANK YOU!!

Thanks for this article.

Thanks for this article. This is the best way I have ever heard someone explained this alkaline and acid forming effect. Thanks again.

Acid and Alkaline Forming Effects

12.75

This was a good article but I have a question. I have had 3 episodes of kidney stones and have been told I have high levels of acid in my system. I drink a gal. of water daily to keep my system flushed out and do not drink anything else but a casual glass of milk occasionaly (once twice a month) I work hard at keeping the acid foods down in my diet. I just learned even with this life habit I have another kidney stone. It was found by accident when I had an x-ray from a car accident. It is to alrge to pass and will have to be lasered. Do you have any suggestions.

Acid/Alkaline forming effects

Are you drinking well water? I had 13 stones during a two year period of drinking well water. Am using only distilled now (but also take good minerals) and have not been bothered with kidney stones for several years.

acid alkaline balance

Hi,
you drink a gallon of water daily, what type of water?
Many types of water are acidic like some bottled and all distilled and R/O are dead water and acidic in pH.
what is the makeup of your diet? most people eat more acidic foods than alkaline. alkaline foods are simply vegetables and fruits, preferably raw. pasteurized juices are not necessarily alkaline.
Highest acidity items include drugs, caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, grains-esp. white flour, processed foods, alcohol, fast foods, meat, dairy. Acidity can also form through negative emotions-- anger, fear, worry, etcetera.
Acidity does not mean grapefruit, lemons, oranges--these are alkaline forming in the body.
Ideally try to have 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic in your diet. Try a change and notice the results, allow for a detox period.
hope this helps, rachel........

Kidney Stones

If your kidney stones are calcium oxalate, and 80% are, you should drink juice from a fresh squeezed lemon every day. My husband had chronic stones. He would suffer two episondes a month and since jucing lemons everyday he hasn't had one in over a year. The lemon can also help with your current stone. So far so good!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVjLdBwTVjM

Kidney Stones

I am an herbalist who also works with nutrition. I have assisted several people who preferred no laser or surgery in dissolving kidney stones that were too large to pass. The most dramatic was a friend with a 9mm stone. He began taking a strong tea of Gravel Root (Queen of the Meadow ROOT not leaf) and Hydrangea Root. In a few weeks the stone was 5mm. In a few more weeks it was still 5mm but transparent and broken into several pieces. After some months it was completely gone. All progress was monitored with ultrasound.

I also had him daily use umeboshi plum paste, a Japanese food that helps keep calcium from being improperly deposited as stones. He used the tea for over 6 months and still uses the plum paste frequently several years later. If you eat cooked greens or other cooked foods high in oxalic acid, it is important to use some either umeboshi vinegar or apple cider vinegar on them so stones do not form.

Thank you

Awesome Charla, I don't have kidnney stone ,so far I'm very healhty, but I don't know about the umeboshi paste, I saw it but never buy it , here is very expensive ( fl )but i will start using it, to avoid any future problem,My sister have a huge stone they did the operation but it was so big that she still reamain the same as before the operation, I will tell her your opinion, thanks a million.11

kidney stones

There is a supplement called Chanca Piedra by Amazon Therapeutix that dissolves kidney stones rapidly. Not many health food stores have it, but if the ones in your area don't you can order it online and have it overnighted to you. It's very effective, I know a few people who've used it and had great success. One person had 3 large stones too big to laser and were going to have to be taken out by surgery on a Monday. She started taking Chanca Piedra on the Friday before and when Monday rolled around and she went in for her surgery, the kidney stones were all gone! Costs about $10 for a 1 oz bottle.

Hi Terri, kidney stones are

Hi Terri, kidney stones are formed from minerals in your diets. Kidney stones are formed when the pH level of the urine is unusually high or low - and without knowing your exact diet, I can only see the excessive consumption of water as the cause. If you're a female 2.2 litres (about half a gallon) and 3.0 litres for men are enough water and some of this comes in form of liquid in our food (especially soups and fruit). If you drink a gallon a day on top, then your kidney will be working to get rid of it as it upsets your electrolyte balance. Too much water and not enough solutes (sugars and salts) creates a hypotonic environment. This means water will be rushing into your body cells and cause them to burst. Ergo, the kidneys are trying to re-establish balance by removing the water from the blood. A lack of solutes also causes a more acidic environment in the urine (minerals are alkaline) and are a good sign that you don't have enough minerals. I would recommend replacing the pure water with more isotonic liquids, such as a water-juice mix (4:1 or 3:1 ratio), herbal teas with a spoonful of honey etc. So instead of avoiding acidic foods, increase foods with minerals!

Food for good digestion

12.75

I found this to be true but, Why do some people eat healthy but seem to be craving
sweet deserts a lot? What kind of food can just wipe out the sweet tooth?

I had an invelievable

I had an unbelievable craving for sugar and sweets. In fact, I had dessert as a dinner a few days in the week. The only thing worked effectivley to stop that was drinking "Thyme water". You need to add 1/4th of a glass to a glass of water.

sugar cravings

I may be wrong, but if you are craving sugar, this may point to a need for more minerals such as potassium.

Using Baking Soda to alkalise the body

We have been using a pinch of baking soda in our water. After we checked the p.h we were shocked to find most bottled water and tap water is very acidic ..often below 5. Adding just a pinch is enough to bring it to a ph7.

Baking Soda/Akaline

Make sure your baking soda is aluminum free. Some say they are and others say not a thing. Making me think they may have aluminum in them?

I am told one teaspoon a day is sufficient with out crossing the line. Yet, I agree with this article one should not need a supplement.

May consider if they have a condition (cancer)that causes a very acidic condition. This is also used to prevent Metastasize(spreading) of cancer by some chemo therapies.

Some alternative medical use this basic method to eliminate cancer in Italy(Dr. Tullio Simoncini).

Aluminum is not in baking SODA

Aluminum is added to most baking POWDER. Baking SODA is pure sodium bicarbonate. See Wikipedia for the differences between the two.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baking_powder

fight radiation and cancer

Food grade baking soda has no aluminum. Check out chlorella its an algae supper food bentonite clay to detox taking metals out of your body eat a teaspoon daily moistened glass water before and after repeat for five days then again monthly if you wish. ionic silver solution pure water better than silver collodial. All of these work on a cellular level to assist on body blood cleansing buy bulk in health stores.

They are using bicarbonate in

They are using bicarbonate in Italy, and elsewhere, and it is promising. It is also effective according to released information. However, the bicarb is inhaled, and IV. I am wondering if the same effects can be achieved with ingestion. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a treatment for cancer that has NO side effects, and really works? Since my husband died of NHL, recently, I try to keep up with EVERYTHING. I hope by keeping the "knowledge base", that maybe I can keep it from happening t another loved one, perhaps. There is also a young girl that has created some type of nanocell that destroys cancer. Recent news. Not just one cancer--all cancer. Going to research that, next.

Make sure you are testing the

Make sure you are testing the water with an electronic PH meter. Sometimes the water is SO PURE that strips or liquid drops cannot properly detect the PH and will show it as far more acidic than it is. Adding the baking soda is simply providing some contaminants to the water to make the PH strips or drops function properly.

Even RO water PH is in the 6 range, so still acidic but not like what a PH strip or drops will show.

acid-alkaline balance

I believe that the foods and drinks we ingest CAN AND DO have a direct influence on our pH. From my own experiences and from what I have read and studied a regular, almost consistent ALKALINE pH (and it appears the ideal is a 7.365)
helps us to maintain health and wellness. I am a holistic practitioner (a reflexologist) but am not a nutritionist or an M.D.
Personally I have been a vegetarian for 22 years. I have tried every form of vegetarianism and tried being 100% raw on and off for years. I am not 100% raw but i believe the energy level you feel and high nutritional benefits and enzyme benefits are wonderful. I believe raw foods are good for everyone to add to their daily routine however I think going 100% raw is too extreme for most people. Try to consume 50% of your foods in a raw form and see how your energy level feels.
One or two days of consuming lots of acid forming foods is not going to ruin your life. Consistently consuming stimulating foods and drinks, those labeled highly acid-forming, is what creates the problem(s). Most Americans consume MOST of their calories from acid forming foods, and instead we should concentrate on consuming 80% alkaline forming foods and only 20% acidic forming; thats' the key to balance.
In addition negative emotions are highly acid forming such as anger, fear, worry, hatred, jealousy, resentment, and so on. Its' not just becoming alkaline by eating well and getting fresh air, sunshine and exercise.
A regular, consistent acidic pH shows that your body is not working efficiently to detoxify/eliminate acidic metabolic wastes. These wastes will build up and gradually create symptoms like pain, arthritis, lumbago, loss of energy, insomnia, and so on. As the acidity increases the symptoms get worse and can include becoming chronic, and leading to diabetes, leukemia and even cancer.
Want to see if your food consumption CAN and will affect your acidity and energy level? try a personal experiment. Buy some pH paper at the health food or pharmacy. Test your pH a few times a day and see how it measures for each experiment. Remember if you test your urine it will naturally measure more acidic than your saliva.
For the first two to four weeks eat an extremely CLEAN diet-plenty of fresh raw vegetables and fruits, good quality water, and stick to 50% raw and overall 80% alkaline and 20% acid foods. Whatever is comfortable for your palate to have yet stick to the alkaline/acid 80/20 balance.
For the second two to four weeks consume a typical S.A.D.
diet. Have all of the white flour products, soda, sugar, alcohol, fast foods, meat, dairy, coffee, cooked foods and pre-packaged foods you want. See how your energy level and general health feel. See what happens to your pH testing.....
Yes I believe the food we eat and drink DOES make our pH go alkaline or acidic. The Standard American Diet is maiming and killing American's and is the cause of multiple symptoms and diseases. The only cure for anything is the removal of the "cause" (prevention), this is the root of the problem. I believe over-acidity and an over-acidic pH is the basis for most if not all symptoms and disease.
Among the foods I do consume I have lots of fresh raw vegetables and fruit and love green salads and raw smoothies.
I do sell an alkaline-ionized water filtration system (the Alkal-Life) and I also do drink water with a pH of 9 or 10. It helps me maintain a healthy alkaline pH in my body and gives me clean water to drink and to cook with.
namaste', rachel
www.AmethystBiomat.com

PH Balancing

I stumbled across PH balancing a couple of years ago while looking for information on my gum recession and tooth decay. I have had very positive effects from following the guide lines to balancing my PH. I have just recently started researching PH balancing again for the reason my Aunty is very sick with Cancer. I came across your article and so far it has given me the best explanation on how this PH balancing in our body works. Thank you very much I am going to forward this info to my Aunty.

Really good well written

Really good well written article. nice to not be sold supplements. Good sound advice thanks, Beryl

too much acid

I read an article recently which said something along the lines of scientists have known since the 1920s that cancer NEEDS acid to grow and spread through the body , so too much acid in our system is bad in that it can contribute to this terrible disease, and by consuming foods that can affect the alkaline balance in our bodies we can help to prevent it.

How to select foods for both hypothyroidism and osteoporosis

There seem to be a large variety of foods to aid in bone building that will help with osteoporosis. However, many of these same foods are antagonistic with hypothyroidism. I would like help in choosing foods for both conditions. Can you give me some suggestions?

Thank you.

ph

Hi I had been suffer for a condition call IC (interstitial cystitis) and i had read a lot on internet since the dr medicine didn't help I came on with many of the natural medicine pages that one of the problems of my conditions is the unbalance of PH, reading your article I got the big picture of everything I had been reading I was a big fanactic of coca cola prodicts no wonder why my ph it is bad, everytime I got a IC pain condition I felt that I had ulcer pain so. so I will try to start to balance my ph. thanks for the information

did ph balance help your ic

I am curious about weather or not balancing you ph level helped with your IC. I have recently been diagnosed with IC and I have a family member who has been studying the effects of our PH level on our body. He has recomended that I try HTZ water to bring my PH level up. Please let me know what results you have had. Thank you.

IC and PH balance with Baking Soda

I was Diagnosed with IC 12-2010 and have also had Hashimoto's thyroiditis for 20 years. The IC DX was devastating but I have found some wonderful doctors and great diet guidelines and a support group. I have done a lot of research on IC and with instructions from doctors, was using the 1tsp baking soda to 6oz spring water 1-2x daily to lower my PH balance, I do have to say it works quite well.

However, If you are prone to High blood pressure it is not wise to take it that often. I feel that once you start a well balanced diet, avoid the foods that give flares, ie, foods high in acid, exercise be it yoga, walking or whatever works for you, then you are on the road to healing. Now IC cannot be cured but can be controlled. So, please speak with your MD about the baking soda before adding it to your regimen.

Well wishes to all

I also have IC and high blood

I also have IC and high blood pressure problems. I have found taking 1/4 teaspoon three times a day does wonders and has not upped my blood pressure. I have also found juicing greens (1 qt) daily also lowered my blood pressure, the result being lowered medication. Juicing greens is very alkalizing. Hope this helps someone.

Acid/alkaline article

I thought that your article was well researched and very helpful to the general public who are clueless about such things and easily misled.
A short discussion on the renal acid load might have been helpful to illustrate that acid ash plant foods, such as grains, are only slightly so, compared to meat and fish which may render ten fold more acid ash.
I find your website to be honest and very informative and I read your newsletter regularly.

alkalizing

i have great respect for you Dr. Kim......

but in this situation i totally disagree with you as i have been alkalizing with not only food but also drops and i feel better than ever and my entire body is running better......

i have been vegetarian for 40 years and that was not the key......

plus there are tons of doctors that just disagree with you......

and actually you do imply here that alkalizing is good in order not to tax our own systems....i go with your implication and not your actual suggestion.....

i still highly respect and appreciate you.....but my very own experience leads me to believe that you need to look into this further.....

thank-you......

Alkaline - Acid Foods

Your article gave me an easy to understand view of the acid situation in the body. I now understand the need for better balance. I will strive to maintain a better balance. In the past I had kidney stone problems. The doctor only suggested lots of water. However, I think implimenting less acid and more alkaline would be helpful.

PH

Hi The concern of acid/alkaline is of less importance, it's the lack of minerals in our food and water, intensive farming has robbed our food of minerals, now most people in US, are deficient in magnesium, iodine, Potassium and other minerals, its hard to have a natural balanced diet, when the healthy veg and fruits we are supposed to eat are deficient in essential nutrients, only seaweeds and seafoods contain the minerals we need, but unfortunately also contain mercury.

Essential Details on Acid and Alkaline-Forming Effects of Food a

I was wondering if you had any comments on the whole "Ionized Watering Systems" and the effects they claim they have. I'm not even considering purchasing if it is true. What I am curious about is, can you cause alkalosis by drinking a high alkaline? One of the demos suggests to drink water with a pH 9.0 and the only reason tap water is at 7.0 is not a health reason but to prevent erosion of pipes and comparing it to what it is doing inside our bodies. I know what you said in the article about our bodies having a buffer system. But, you also said that you can make that buffer system work too hard and can cause negative health effects. So, could drinking the higher pH be water be beneficial or drinking too much be detrimental? Because what if your someone who doesn't eat right and not enough fruits and vege's, could this help? What about those who do eat right? Could it be harmful?

Concerns re over simplifying the acid alkaline debate

This is a very interesting article but I do have some concerns. From my study of metabolic typing and functional medicine, it would appear that different body types metabolize food differently. What causes an acidic ash in one type can cause alkaline ash in another. Generally speaking those types classed as protein types, who have a greater need of protein than carbohydrate types, are less likely to have an acidic response when eating meat. I believe this maybe why some people who go on an pH diet do not improve and why others do. We are not all made the same way. "One man's meat is another man's poison" is so true in more ways than one.
I would be interested to know what others think about this

one man's meat is another's poison...

In a way that is sort of true...Wouldn't be if all of us were active and health conscious. But, the information given in this article--except for his opinion--is sound. Our body does have the buffer system to de-acidize and take out toxins, and strives to maintain our blood pH at 7.35-7.45...in the ways he described. However, there has been too much research, and even a bicarb cancer treatment that appears to contradict his opinion. Cancer cell seem to die in an alkaline environment. If you are eating foods that alkalize, you are lessening the production of acid, and therefore the stresses on your body to do the same, and preventing long periods of acid exposure...my OPINION. I have a client with a respiratory disorder that prevents him from blowing of excessive CO2 with normal respiration, At night, or whenever taking a nap he is on a ventilator. I am pointing this out, because if a vent can be medically sound for acid reduction, why can't eating or adding bicarb??? There is no logic. The vent prevents acid, which prevents organ damage. Eating alkaline prevents acid, which prevents organ damage, and possibly even has the boon of stopping and/or curing cancer. My thoughts, and opinion, with a touch of experience.

Were you refering to body

Were you refering to body type or blood type? A friend told me about eating by blood type. When I read the book, the info on Type A fit me to a T. I'm type A. I've never done well with dairy, sugar or too much meat.
When I maintain a mostly vegetarian diet, I feel great and weight gain is no problem. The type A food list is
mostly vegetarian.
A food is listed as Beneficial, Neutral, or Avoid for each blood type.
The theory is that each blood type reacts differently to different foods. I see a lot of similariities. Perhaps
meat consumption in type A leaves an acid ash but leaves an alkaline ash in type O - meats are listed as beneficial for O type and listed as Avoid for type A.
For me, the blood type eating list is so similar to the Alkaline food list. One seems to confirm the other.
Linda

Best explanation I've found

Best explanation I've found after a lot of searching!

PH levels

'Not really' doesn't sound too convincing Dr. I found your article to be splitting hairs, neither here nor there.
I heard the same statements made by Dieticians of Australia about alkaline/ acid - the very organisation sponsored by two dairy companies. If the PH level is so regulated then why don't we just go and eat whatever, knowing that our PH will regulate itself forever.

My take...

I think the article explained that very well. If we eat whatever, the buffering systems can be taxed too much and cause problems. For example too much calcium leached out of bones and teeth.

As the article mentions, the

As the article mentions, the pH scale is extremely coarse, with a lot of variation even in 0.1 point. There is a big difference in enzyme activation, urate solubility, etc, even between pH 7.35 and pH 7.45, both of which this article considers healthy.
I think a good diet, etc, can maintain pH between 7.4 and 7.45, in which range a gout attack never takes place (urate solubility declines rapidly as pH drops)and many other problems are less likely to occur or develop more slowly.
Oxalic acid is one of the strongest organic acid in the body and is present in beer, corn, etc, when there is plenty of Mg, it remains in solution, but when Mg and pH are low, Ca-oxalate (which is much less soluble) precipitates out.
The kidneys use glutamine, the most common free amino acid in blood to regulate blood pH. Unfortunately, even moderate kidney damage results in amino aciduria (long before there is proteinuria) and lower glutamate levels, so that after a large acidic meal the da,aged kidneys will not have enough glutamine to regulate well blood pH, especially if there is also vit B6 deficiency (required to transform glutamate in food to glutamine).

Good idea that you...

mentioned Vitamin B-6, SJ. I suspect that some people will need to supplement with this amazing vitamin because of who-knows-why. B-6, from what I read, has more functions than any other vitamin. Really.

Ben, I kind of take issue with Gibran's idea that you quote: "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the
most massive characters are seared with scars."

I think maybe you should modify this to say that there IS a point of diminishing returns. People die from overstressed bodies and spirits every day. But before they die, they just suffer like crazy. For my part, I don't want to have a "massive character". Just a good enough character. Joan of Arc had a "massive character" and was involuntarily cremated to prove it. Just saying, Ben.

Great comment regarding the

Great comment regarding the 'why don't we just throw dietary caution to the wind implication'...something I considered as well. I think the distinction, for me anyway, is that Dr. Kim qualified the overtone. It's relatively easy to garner a fly by the seat of your pants approach, but I don't believe Dr. Kim mentioned infinity with regard to the capacity of our internal buffering system. And, some systems may be more downtrodden than others so there's quite a bit of variance and room for debate there as well. I liked your characterization of splitting hairs...definitely a very interesting and thought-provoking topic. I'm more on the side of our diets do, in fact, affect our blood pH, if for nothing else, the innate efficiency of these buffering systems that Dr. Kim talks about are not the same in all of us...there are many other health and lifestyle variables at play.

Clarification on the value of alkaline ionized water

Dear Dr. Kim,

While I agree with the majority of your post, I cannot see how you can discount alkaline ionized water from a pH water machine whle advocating alkaline-forming fruits and vegetables since essentially they do the same thing for raising the pH levels of the extracellular and interstitial fluids of the body.

Also, by the time the produce is picked, packaged, shipped, received, put on shelves, brought home, and prepared it has lost much of its nutritional and pH value, whereas soaking your fruits and vegetables in alkaline pH ionized water can revive their pH level to their freshly-picked state and optimize the negative ORP (oxygen reduction potential or antioxidant level).

Therefore, having a supply of alkaline ionized water on hand to supplement the plant-based diet you propose is extremely valuable. I have been a vegetarian for four years and started drinking alkaline ionized water 7 months ago and am now feeling better than ever before.

Ionization Vs. Natural alkalizing

Christina,
It's important to note that, if you are looking into buying a water alkalizing system for your home, that you purchase one that doesn't use electricity to alkalize the water, as that can lead to health problems over the course of years due to lack of minerals. There are many systems that alkalize the water naturally by running the water through stones that contain minerals, thereby allowing you to get your minerals via the stones that alkalize the water. Much like what happens in nature!!! In addition, as you have recently become a vegetarian, it is important to either grow your own fruits/veggies, so you can monitor the mineral composition of your soil, or buy organic locally, preferably from someone you know, because it's not only the travel time that diminishes the nutrients in our fruits/veggies, although it does contribute, it is mostly due to the soil they are grown in, the pesticides that are sprayed on them, and the quality of the seed. Choose wisely!!! =)

Acidosis

I do believe I experienced a case of acidosis earlier this year. This came after a round of unhealthy eating throughout the holidays. The symptoms I experienced were severe fatigue, slight jitters, teeth sensitivity, difficulty breathing as if I couldn't catch my breath, anxiety, and a dental carie on a front tooth.

I drastically changed my eating habits, cut out all processed foods, and detoxed on a raw food diet. All my symptoms went away including the dental carie! Now the only issues I am still battling are indigestion (low HCL, bad bacteria in gut), joint pain/aches in my knees and elbows, and sensitivity of 1 tooth when tapped with my finger. I am praying for complete healing of my body as I am a 29 year old female and at times I feel so much older.

Thank you for your helpful articles!

Acidosis

I too am a 29 year old female that has been wondering what has been going on with my body and making me feel at least twice as old as I am... have been displaying signs of multiple autoimmune disorders since I was 15 and they have gotten significantly worse since 2007... In the last 2 years I have experienced a sinus infection that lasted for 9 months despite multiple rx's of antibiotics, 2 lung infections resulting in pleurisy, severe allergy symptoms, thinning hair and fragile nails and teeth, chronic severe pain, depression, and fatigue... have actually been forced to cut back on exercise because the muscles in my arms and legs will "freeze up" and stay that way for up to 4 or 5 days... I also get frequent headaches and migraines mostly due to nearly constant muscle spasms in my neck... I could go on and on, LOL... I try to eat very balanced meals if I feel like eating at all and I take a couple different kinds of multivitamins in an effort to avoid having my muscles "freeze up" on me and avoid getting sick but my problems continue anyway... This information has just made my day!!! I have already started alkalizing my body with baking soda and water and hopefully it will work quickly to start just making me feel better, because it's such a drag to try to prepare healthy food when you are sick and tired and in pain all the time... I just want to be happy and healthy and feel like myself again... I also really hope that raising my PH balance reduces my allergy symptoms because right now almost all fruits and veggies make my mouth and throat itchy or give me hives... It's no fun eating my fave healthy foods when all of a sudden I have miserable reactions to them... Good luck to all of you who have decided to alkalize your bodies!!!

hi

please try to alkaline your body Baking soda and honey hot water helps the quickest and will help flush out acid and put your body back to an alkaline state

Your muscle problems are

Your muscle problems are probably due to magnesium depletion from all the antibiotics, especially if you were taking Cipro, Levaquin, or another antibiotic in the fluoroquinalone family. The FQ antibiotics literally chelate (tie up and remove) magnesium from your body. Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in the body and is known as the relaxation mineral since it allows muscles to relax. Get your magnesium levels back to normal by using magnesium oil (magnesium chloride brine). You'll feel a rapid improvement in your muscle problems. I am speaking from personal experience.

Acidosis

What u described is me the cant catch your breath check your self out . I discovered my sarcoidosis like that not catching breaths 28 years old here i feel like sixty in bad shape and just getting blowed everyday more this article was informative

sarcodiosis

Regarding sarcoidosis. There is a bacteria often associated with sarcoidosis-Chlamydophila pneumoniae. When you get enough vitamin D3 (from the sun or supplementation) your body creates 'cathelicidins'. These kill Chlamydophila pneumoniae......So it might be that too low vitamin D is causing sarcoidosis. See pg 210 in "Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox" by Dr Kate Rheaume-Bleue, ND. Great book.....she talks about the bacteria and cathelicidins. I then looked up sarcoidosis on the internet and found that the bacteria is associated with it. The book also talks about vitamin D and vitamin A--both involved with vitamin K2.

ALLERGIC TO FRUIT,VEGETABLES AND NUTS

Hello,
I found your article to be most enlightening. Strange as it sounds I am allergic to the foods listed above that have the alkaline forming effect. I realize that this is not a comprehensive list, however I also notice that they are all plant based. I supplement heavily, eat lean meat,
and whole wheat in an attempt to maintain my health and weight. I would appreciate any other input to help me maintain my health. I was not always allergic to fruit,vegetables, and nuts, this happened to me after having kids.
Thank you in advance

Have you looked into doing a

Have you looked into doing a Candida cleanse? I know that an imbalance in intestinal flora or overgrowth of yeast can cause food allergies.

Alkalizing your body

Thank you for your insightful explanation. This was exactly the info I was looking for.

 

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