We all hear about Ph. But what is it what do we need to know about it?
Chemically pH means power of hydrogen and is a measure of how many hydrogen ions are available in a substance. It focuses on concentrations of hydrogen ions (H+) and hydroxide ions (OH-).
Practically it is a measure of the acidity/alkalinity of a substance.
We use a pH scale to measure how acidic or basic a liquid is. The scale goes from values very close to 0 through 14. Distilled water is 7 (right in the middle).
When your body pH is balanced the cells in your body will oxygenate and cause you to heal at a phenomenal rate. Cancer cells put in a test tube with acidic fluids will multiply. Put those same cancer cells in a test tube with alkaline fluids and they die.
What are the results of being too acidic? To be too acidic (or too alkaline) in the body can
have far reaching consequences. For example, if the blood becomes too acidic:
1) It takes some of the alkaline forming elements from the enzymes in the small intestine to
stay balanced. The small intestine then becomes too acidic to digest foods optimally. The pancreas, gallbladder and liver are then forced to make up for this deficiency in order to metabolize foods properly. This has a direct bearing on metabolic enzyme production, which is literally involved in every biochemical reaction in the body. The result is lowered immune function, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, absorption and digestive problems, etc.
2) The bones will leach calcium, the most alkaline mineral. This can lead to reduced absorption
of supplemental minerals and bone density problems. If you have a problem with not enough calcium in your body it is not necessarily because you are not ingesting enough of it, it may be because your body is very acidic and it is pulling out of your bones the calcium you do have.
3) Insulin levels increase and fat is stored instead of being metabolized. When malnutrition or
starvation sets in, the body becomes acidic and as a safety, insulin is over produced so that all
available calories are stored as fat for future use. As a result, weight gain is common and
weight loss becomes more difficult.
4) Electrolyte imbalances occur which have a direct bearing on the “fluid transport system”.
Electrolytes are important because they are what the cells, especially the nerve, heart and
muscle cells use to maintain voltages across there cell membranes.
5) Once the body is in a state of relative acidity, enzymes, cell membranes, and even the hemoglobin's ability to release oxygen is compromised. Cancer, bacteria, viruses and fungi thrive in an oxygen starved environment.
6) Additional stress is placed on the kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas and other organs
Mild acidosis can cause such problems as:
Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
Low energy and chronic fatigue.
Slow digestion and elimination.
What can you do?
Eat food that are low in acidity (see chart).
Take proper supplements, good quality Greens are wonderful
Here is a simple recipe to help you improve your Ph:
At night before you go to bed, fill the crock pot with soup bones from beef, fish, chicken or lamb (use bones from "healthy" animals like range fed beef, organic chickens) and enough water to cover the bones. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar per 1 quart water or per 2 pounds of bones. Turn it on low and go to sleep. In the morning, skim off surface impurities; add your choice of root vegetables like carrots, turnips, etc. and cook on low all day. When you come home from work, add fresh vegetables until they are tender. Throw away the bones and
enjoy an awesome meal.
Coming home to a house filled with the aroma of fresh soup is a wonderful thing.
Broth may be also frozen for months or kept in the refrigerator for 5 days until you are ready to add veggies and make the soup.