Acid / Alkaline Balance
Acidosis - A medical condition in which the acid-base balance in the blood plasma is disturbed in the direction of excess acidity, the pH falling below 7.35.
Over acidity, which can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH-balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease.
A healthy body maintains adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands. When excess acids (acidosis) must be neutralized, our alkaline reserves are depleted, leaving the body in a weakened condition.
Every day we wage our own private war against molds, yeasts, bacteria, viruses and fungi. By using antibiotics as the first line of defense we have encouraged the development of more powerful deadly bugs and bacteria.
Our immune systems are becoming weaker and over-taxed in this war. Louis Pasteur declared the germ theory of disease that states germs are the cause of disease. But note Dr. Pasteur's dying words: "The germ is nothing, the inner terrain is everything".
The concept of acid alkaline imbalance as the cause of disease is not new. In 1933 a New York doctor named William Howard Hay published a ground-breaking book, A New Health Era in which he maintains that all disease is caused by autotoxication (or "self-poisoning") due to acidosis in the body.
Now we depart from health in just the proportion to which we have allowed our alkalis to be dissipated by introduction of acid-forming food in too great amount... It may seem strange to say that all disease is the same thing, no matter what its myriad modes of expression, but it is verily so.
William Howard Hay, M.D.
More recently, in his remarkable book Alkalize or Die , Dr. Theodore A. Baroody says essentially the same thing:
The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause...too much tissue acid waste in the body!
Theodore A. Baroody, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.
A Simple Cause of Aging
Modern science has revealed that the cause of aging may be far more simple than previously thought.
Almost 99% of the components of food that we consume every day are composed of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen with only 1% been minerals.
The wastes produced from food are highly acidic and acidosis is one of the main contributors that lead to the aging process and various illnesses. Acid waste is excreted from the human body in the form of urine or sweat. But the wastes not excreted will be circulating around in the blood, in the body. This acidic waste will gradually accumulate somewhere in our capillaries blood vessels, and eventually clog them up. Also as a consequence of this, the cells of the human body will be deprived of their supply of oxygen and essential nutrients, rendering these cells inactive in reproduction. That's the main reason why people age. Moreover, with the capillary blood vessels clogged up, the function of every organ in the human body accumulating acidic waste will begin to deteriorate, causing serious illnesses in the long run.
So when does the accumulation of age-contributing acidic waste begin?
Scientists say that aging begins when a child starts to wean. An unborn child lives on nutrients from his mother while in the womb and the body of the baby becomes alkaline, owing to the consumption of alkaline minerals.
Naturally, this is due to the release of alkaline minerals from the mother. This release of alkaline minerals during pregnancy does temporarily weaken the mother's body, causing a lack of appetite etc.
The baby will remain alkaline while breast feeding, but will begin to reduce in alkalinity once put on infant cereals.
Reduce Acidosis for Longer Life
If the cause of aging lies in acidosis, then the answer to longer life must lie in eliminating such acidic wastes. Hence, to neutralize acidic meals, alkaline water could be the answer. Many doctors recommend a vegetarian or low meat diet as alkaline minerals and vegetables help neutralize acidic waste. But vegetables only contain a very small amount of alkaline minerals and that is why a very large quantity of vegetables needs to be consumed in order to neutralize these wastes in the body.
We live and die at the cellular level. All the billions of cells that make up our human body are slightly alkaline, and must maintain alkalinity in order to function and remain healthy and alive. However their cellular activity creates acid and this acid is what gives the cell energy and function. As each alkaline cell performs its task of respiration, it secretes metabolic wastes, and these end products of cellular metabolism are acid in nature.
Although these wastes are used for energy and function, they must not be allowed to build up. One example of this is the often painful lactic acid which is created through exercise. The body will go to great lengths to neutralize and detoxify these acids before they act as poisons in and around the cell, ultimately changing the environment of the cell. Most people and clinical practitioners believe the immune system is the body's first line of defense, but in actuality it is not. It is very important, but more like a very sophisticated clean-up service. We must instead look at the importance of pH balance as the first and major line of defense against sickness and disease and for health and vitality.
Drink Alkaline, Ionized Water
Drinking alkaline water is an easy and efficient way to help neutralize an acidic human body.
Water, the origin of Life, contains 2 parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. Alkaline water is water that contains a larger amount of oxygen as compared to hydrogen. By drinking alkaline water, we increase our intake of oxygen compared to drinking plain water. The advantage of drinking alkaline water is that while being absorbed by the body, it helps neutralize acidic wastes, making them more soluble in the blood vessels. Thus, acidic wastes will be easily drained out of the body in the form of urine or sweat.
If we were to ask what is killing us, the answer might be ACIDOSIS. It has been demonstrated that an acidic, anaerobic (lacking oxygen) body environment encourages the breeding of fungus, mold, bacteria, and viruses.
Let us look at an example. If we were to seal the door to our freezer and then unplug it, come back and open the door in two weeks, what would we find? Mold, bacteria and microscopic bugs that are growing and multiplying. Where did they all come from? They did not sneak in - remember the door was sealed. The answer is . . . they were always there.
It is simply that the environment changed to a more inviting and healthy one for these 'critters' to live in. This can be likened to a shift in our biological terrain from a healthy oxygenated, alkaline environment to an unhealthy anaerobic acidic environment. You see what is healthy for us is unhealthy for the body attackers and what is healthy for them is what is unhealthy for our body.
pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the
acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is
measured on a scale of 0 to 14 - the lower the
pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the
pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution.
When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it
has a pH of 7 which is neutral.
Water is the most abundant compound in the
human body, comprising 70% of the body. The
body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio
called the pH which is a balance between
positively charges ions (acid-forming) and
negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The
body continually strives to balance pH. When
this balance is compromised many problems can
It is important to understand that we are not
talking about stomach acid or the pH of the
stomach. We are talking about the pH of the
body's fluids and tissues which is an entirely
How to Test Your Body's Acidity Level
It is recommended that you test your pH levels to determine if your body's pH needs immediate attention. By using pH test strips, you can determine your pH factor quickly and easily in the privacy of your own home. There is much to discover so that pH test result can be meaningful.
More about pH Testing Here
The results of urine testing indicate how well
your body is assimilating minerals, especially
calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. These
are called the "acid buffers" because they are
used by the body to control the acid level. If
acid levels are too high, the body will not be
able to excrete acid. It must either store the
acid in body tissues (autotoxication) or buffer
it - that is, borrow minerals from organs,
bones, etc. in order to neutralize acidity.
You may also want to test the pH of your
saliva. The results of saliva testing indicate
the activity of digestive enzymes in your body,
especially the activity of the liver and
stomach. This reveals the flow of enzymes
running through your body and shows their
effect on all the body systems. Some people
will have acidic pH readings from both urine
and saliva. This is referred to as "double
Balance Right for Excellent Health
Your body is able to assimilate minerals and
nutrients properly only when its pH is
balanced. It is therefore possible for you to
be taking healthy nutrients and yet be unable
to absorb or use them. If you are not getting
the results you expected from your nutritional
or herbal program, look for an acid alkaline
imbalance. Even the right herbal program may
not work if your body is struggling with
A state of acidosis is simply the lack of
oxygen and available calcium which the body
uses to maintain its alkaline balance. Calcium
makes up 1.6% of our body weight. It is
literally the human glue that holds the body
together. Calcium is so biochemically active
that it has been likened to an octopus. A
calcium ion can hold onto seven other molecules
while it grabs onto one molecule of water. No
other ion can do this. And it is the right size
to easily get in and out of the human cell. As
it does this, it takes a chain of nutrients
into the cell and then leaves to get more
me to be Acidic?
The reason acidosis is more common in our
society is mostly due to the typical American
diet, which is far too high in acid-producing
animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and
far too low in alkaline-producing foods like
fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat
acid-producing processed foods like white flour
and sugar and drink acid-producing beverages
like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many
drugs, which are acid-forming; and we use
artificial chemical sweeteners which are
extremely acid-forming. One of the best things
we can do to correct an overly-acid body is to
clean up the diet and lifestyle.
Most people who suffer from unbalanced pH are
too acidic. This condition forces the body to
borrow minerals including calcium, sodium,
potassium and magnesium, from vital organs and
bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and
safely remove it from the body. Because of this
strain, the body can suffer severe and
prolonged damage due to high acidity. A
condition that may go undetected for years.
One of the first warning signs of an acidic
biological terrain is calcium deposits. In
testing where calcium deposits come from, it
has been shown that they come from the
structural calcium of our bones and teeth and
never from the calcium in our water or
This is important because it means that if
calcium deposits are forming, we know our inner
biological terrain is too acidic. Our dietary
intake of calcium is not keeping up with the
calcium buffering needed and we are actively
pulling calcium from our bones and teeth. It
all works like a little train, from the bones
to the fluids and cells, to the blood. As our
biological terrain becomes acidic, our pH level
drops. When this happens we start losing
calcium out of the blood, the bones, and the
tissues. This is a safety mechanism. Now your
biological terrain's oxygen level drops leaving
you tired and fatigued, allowing fungus, mold,
parasites, bad bacteria, and viral infections
to flourish and gain a hold throughout the
body. It is interesting to note that you often
won't have just some of these invaders. If you
have Candida you will likely have bad bacteria,
fungus, and parasites because they all flourish
in the same terrain.
Mild acidosis can cause such problems as:
- Cardiovascular damage, including the
constriction of blood vessels and the reduction
- Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
- Bladder and kidney conditions, including
- Immune deficiency.
- Acceleration of free radical damage,
possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
- Premature aging.
- Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip
fractures and bone spurs.
- Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid
- Low energy and chronic fatigue.
A recent seven year study conducted at the
University of California, San Francisco, on
9,000 women showed that those who have chronic
acidosis are at greater risk for bone loss than
those who have normal pH levels. The scientists
who carried out this experiment believe that
many of the hip fractures prevalent among
middle aged women are connected to high acidity
caused by a diet rich in animal foods and low
in vegetables. This is because the body borrows
calcium from the bones in order to balance
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
The biggest problem scientists have found is
that over time the human body becomes depleted
of calcium. A compound called
mono-ortho-calcium phosphate is the chemical
buffer for the blood. This buffer maintains the
alkaline level (or the lack of acidity) in your
blood. Without it you would die. If the acidity
level of your blood changes even slightly you
die immediately. But in order to supply enough
calcium for buffering we must have enough
calcium being absorbed from our diet or our
body will simply rob the needed calcium from
our bones and teeth.
The more acidic we become, the harder it is for
oxygen to be present, so our biological terrain
also becomes more anaerobic. Without adequate
oxygenation, unfriendly bacteria, viruses,
molds, and fungus can live and prosper. Then
our cells cannot carry on their life-giving
functions in a very efficient manner because
our biological chemical reactions need oxygen.
Diseases and their Relationship to
While the normal cells of the human body
degenerate, and acidic wastes accumulate,
cancer will make a genetic transformation and
keep propagating itself in order to survive in
such acidic surroundings.
There have been two theories on the basic
causes of cancer. One is the oxygen deficiency
theory by a German biochemist, Dr. Warback. The
other is the theory of acidic cells, by a
Japanese doctor, Dr. Airashi.
Dr. Warback discovered that if oxygen is
removed from a health cell, the cell will start
to turn cancerous. Dr. Warback won the Nobel
prize by proving this theory through his many
Dr. Airashi showed that cells that survive in
acidic environments will eventually develop
Even though cancer cells are eliminated
entirely through an operation, they reoccur
because the acidic surroundings still remain
after the operation. So, to help prevent this,
we should stop the development of acidosis by
having a healthy diet, avoiding stress, living
in a healthy environment and exercising.
The human body is very intelligent. As we
become more and more acidic the body starts to
set up defense mechanisms to keep the damaging
acid from entering our vital organs. It is
known that acid gets stored in fat cells. After
all, if the acid does come into contact with an
organ the acid has a chance to eat holes in the
tissue. This may cause the cells to mutate. The
oxygen level drops in this acidic environment
and calcium begins to be depleted.
So as a defense mechanism, your body may
actually make fat to protect you from your
overly-acidic self. Those fat cells and
cellulite deposits may actually be packing up
the acid and trying to keep it a safe distance
from your organs. The fat may be saving your
vital organs from damage. Many people have
found that a return to a healthy inner
biological terrain helps them to lose excess
When acidic wastes accumulate in the pancreas,
diabetes can develop due to lack of insulin in
Doctors say that symptoms of diabetes appear
mainly in people above 40, with no symptoms of
diabetes in their 20s. How do they differ from
In general, the quantity of accumulated acidic
wastes after the age of 40 is far more than
those in their 20s, especially in the pancreas.
Nevertheless, we may help avoid the onset of
diabetes if we flush out the acidic waste in
our bodies by drinking plenty of healthy water.
Hypertension is a common illness that occurs
due to three reasons.
1) Hypertension caused by clogged capillary
vessels due to physical reasons.
2) Narrowed blood vessels caused by acidic
Thus, blood pressure has to be higher naturally
in order to supply sufficient quantities of
blood through the narrow vessels.
3) Lack of oxygen due to chemical reasons,
namely solidified acidic waste in the vessels.
Hypotension can occur as the heart muscles
deteriorate due to a lack of calcium ions,
caused by acidic waste.
A patient with hypotension may regain his
health by drinking healthy mineralized water.
This is because calcium ions in alkaline water
can help to restore the heart's activities when
caused by a lack of calcium ions.
Kidney Ailment and Kidney Stone
One of the major functions of alkaline water is
to purify or help remove the wastes in the
body. The accumulation of excessive wastes in
the kidneys weakens the kidneys. When cells
survive in an excessive acidic environment,
swelling of the kidneys occurs.
In order to remain healthy, cells should expel
all the waste produced by them. But if the
blood becomes more acidic them the waste will
cling to the walls of cells, causing
solidification of acidic fluoride in the
kidneys and kidney stones.
Osteoporosis and Gout
Human bones function as a calcium bank for the
body. A combination of calcium and phosphorus,
bones stay healthy as long as there are
adequate amounts of these two substances
present. To neutralize excessive quantities of
waste or acidity, the body starts to deprive
the bones of calcium, which may be harmful to
the body. Symptoms of calcium deficiency are
not evident through X-ray examinations and are
only visible when 30-40% of the calcium in the
bone has already been depleted.
Gout happens when calcium accumulates in the
capillary blood vessels of the hands and legs.
Normally, gout occurs in toe joints, knee
joints, and finger joints and drinking alkaline
water is one of the best treatments.
Dr. Choi, a medical practitioner at the Seoul
National Medical University, observed 15
patients (10 men and 5 women) who had suffered
from constipation for over a year. Results
showed that the symptoms of constipation were
alleviated when alkaline water was consumed for
a period of 1-2 weeks. Twelve of the fifteen
patients recovered remarkably well after this
period. This is true because by lubricating the
wastes secreted on the walls of the large
intestine, excretion become easier.
Dr. Choi also observed that there was a
remarkable improvement in how alert his
patients were after drinking alkaline water.
Stress and Headache
When we suffer from stress, our body produces
more acidic waste, leading to acidosis.
Physical stress can be relieved by getting a
good rest. Nowadays, however, most of us do not
find the time to relieve mental stress.
Continued long term stress will create harmful
problems like headaches, mental disorder, bad
temper and unbalanced hormone excretion, etc.
There are two kinds of stress. One is physical
stress caused by physical activities and the
other is mental stress caused by mental
To conclude it is reasonable to say that there
are no specific diseases, only specific disease
That is why Dr Young and others believe
there is only one disease. And that one disease
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