You undoubtedly learned about pH levels in high school. But whether something is alkaline or acidic doesn’t just pertain to science class.
The human body is also subjectable to pH levels.
In fact, some may even argue that the pH level of your body is the single most important determinant of your health. And the fluids in your body can be affected by everything you ingest, absorb or come in contact with.
Every chemical and compound in your body, and even every metabolic process your body undergoes, is designed to function at a specific pH level, so when things are not as they should be, your body will automatically try to set things right—something known as homeostasis.
A PERFECT STATE
The perfect overall pH for your blood is slightly alkaline at 7.35 to 7.45, where 7 is neutral on the pH scale. This number will fluctuate throughout the day, but for the most part a normal pH can vary a little.
Some parts and systems in your body naturally differ in their homeostatic levels, however. For instance, your stomach (pH of 1.35 to 3.5), needs to be slightly more acidic in order to properly digest food. Your skin also needs to be quite acidic (pH 4–6.5) to serve as a protective barrier against the environment and microbial overgrowth.
PH LEVELS AND DISEASE
The relationship between pH levels and disease is not new. Back in the 1920s, a biochemist, Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg, determined that disease, more specifically cancer, can only survive in an acidic body.
He was actually awarded the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his discovery. His research, titledThe Metabolism of Tumours, was published in 1926 and irrefutably showed that “…all forms of cancer are characterized by two basic conditions: acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). Lack of oxygen and acidosis are two sides of the same coin: where you have one, you have the other.”
He also stated that “All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen— a rule without exception. Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.”
His theory holds true for all disease in fact, and is something many health professionals have been saying for decades. Dr. William Howard Hay discussed the issue in his book in 1933, A New Health Era.
In 2006, Dr. Theodore A. Baroody wrote Alkalize or Die. Both doctors, although 70 years apart, knew that acidosis (the state of being too acidic) is the leading cause of degenerative chronic diseases.
WHAT CAUSES ACIDOSIS?
There are a variety of things that can lead to acidosis, but one of the main contributors is diet.
Numerous studies have researched the relationship between diet and disease and many have directly linked diets high in acid-forming foods to such things as cancer.
“Acidogenic diets, which are typically high in animal protein and salt and low in fruits and vegetables, can lead to a sub-clinical or low-grade state of metabolic acidosis.”
When your body becomes too acidic it starts to destroy itself, killing off your cells. It can cause your immune system to weaken and even collapse. Your body begins to age at an accelerated rate.
As your system becomes more acidic, in order to function, your body begins to use minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium from your vital organs and bones to affect homeostasis by neutralizing the acid and safely remove it from your body.
Other things that can lead to acidosis are:
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