“The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause … too much acid in the body”
Dr Theodore A. Baroody, Alkalize or Die.
What does ‘The Acid/Alkaline Balance’ mean?
Your body’s acid-alkaline balance is vitally important to your overall health but is often overlooked when health problems are addressed. Oxidation is a root cause of illness and one way to explain oxidation is by using the terms ‘acid’, ‘neutral’ and ‘alkaline’.
You can feel it
Most people have a deep understanding of what ‘being too acidic’ means. We have all known that achy, stiff, grouchy, irritated, defensive, tired, lethargic, sore, painful condition at some time in our lives. Whether it be after drinking too much, overeating, exercising too hard, eating the wrong food for too many days in a row, or having some kind of reaction to chemicals or toxins in your environment. A hangover is a classic overly acidic body experience. This ‘acid-alkaline balance’ is important because respiration, digestion and metabolism all work best at particular pH levels.
The science of pH
Putting it simply, pH (potential hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution: the lower the pH, the more acidic the solution; the higher the pH, the more alkaline. When talking about acid-alkaline in this instance I do not mean the pH of the stomach, I mean the pH of the body’s fluids, blood and tissues, which is totally different. The theory is that because our body pH level is slightly alkaline, with a normal range of 7.36–7.44, our diet should reflect this and also be slightly alkaline. Eating more acidic food can deplete the body of essential alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Whether you believe the acid-alkaline theory or not, a ‘slightly alkaline, plant-based, wholefood diet’ is what the longest-lived centenarians have naturally followed for centuries.
We are usually born very pH balanced
Healthy babies are born made up of around 90% water, 7% fat, 2% minerals and a pH of around 7.4. As we age, we generally become more and more acidic because the modern diet and lifestyle is so acidic. If you can keep your body tissue pH somewhere around 7.4 then it is very difficult to get sick or diseased. The ideal blood pH level is 7.46 (as shown by studies and research done at University of California by Dr Watson). If blood pH moves below 7 or above 7.5, cells stop functioning, which can lead to cell death or disease.
By alkalizing your body you can absorb far more oxygen into your cells, giving you greater vitality, flexibility and resistance to disease.
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