For those of you who are new to the Alkaline Diet, undecided, or confused by the million different types of so called ‘health’ diets out there, I want to help simplify the process and thinking for you today.
There are certain numbers that we all know that the body has to maintain on a regular basis within a very tight range to be healthy, and to be alive. Our body regulates its temperature at 98.6, our blood pressure at 120/80, 100 or less for blood sugar, less than 200 for cholesterol, etc.
Usually your doctor monitors these numbers for you when you go for a checkup.
Well, there is another number you MUST know about that you are probably not tracking - the pH of your body (through saliva and urine). And if you are having trouble with weight loss, energy, and other health issues, this is probably a number you should be paying attention to.
What is pH?
It’s a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of your body, and they are opposite sides of the same coin.
The pH scale goes from 0-14, where 0 is pure acid (burning a hole through steel), 14 is pure alkaline, and 7 is neutral. Just like your body temperature, the pH of your blood ALWAYS tightly regulates itself at 7.365 (good way to remember – 7 days a week, 365 days a year) and that will never change (when you are healthy)!
One of the questions I get all the time from my patients is, “If the pH of my blood is constant and always tightly regulated at 7.365, why do I have to eat and drink alkaline?”
In fact, another client recently sent me an article from the AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research) the other day and the so called ‘experts’ were saying the same exact thing! They missed the whole boat!
Why is your pH SO important?
The purpose of eating alkaline foods and drinking alkaline water is NOT to try and raise the pH of your blood. The whole purpose of getting off your acid and eating alkaline is to prevent your body from having to do all the regulating.
Just as your body needs to tightly regulate its temperature at 98.6, it will do anything to maintain that. If you were to stand on an iceberg wearing nothing but shorts, what will happen?
If you’re there long enough – you will DIE. But before that happens, your body will start to shiver and will expend massive amounts of energy to generate heat to maintain that temperature. Next, your body will start to move all the blood from the arms and legs to the organs. Why? To keep you ALIVE!
That’s right - your body will sacrifice its big toe to keep you alive…BUT, you better get off the iceberg!
It’s no different with the pH of your blood.
Highly acidic foods and beverages rob your body of alkaline ‘buffers’ needed to regulate its pH. So, if you drink a soft drink which can have a pH anywhere from a 2 to 3 (the closer to 0, the worse the acidity) which is 10,000 times more acidic than tap water, your body will begin to deplete its own resources and pull MINERALS (which are your alkaline buffer system) from your system to counteract the acidity of the soft drink. That is innate intelligence in action!
Did you know it takes your body about 32 glasses of water to neutralize 1 cup of coffee, carbonated drink, or cola? That’s CRAZY! If you consumed one glass of water with alkaline minerals, it will accomplish the same thing.
If you aren’t hydrating with enough water or drinking Daily Minerals, your body will find a way to get them. It has to because it needs to maintain 7.365 at all costs to keep you alive.
Your body has a small built-in buffering system to neutralize daily acids created by breathing, digestion, energy production, etc. The problem lies when we consume too many acid-forming foods from the Standard American Diet (SAD) which depletes any buffering system we had.
If your body isn’t getting enough alkaline foods and minerals, where does it get them from?
Your body has a priority system that it uses to find these minerals to neutralize the damaging acids and toxins in your body. Your blood is King and is most important. Your body will take minerals from anywhere in the body before it lets the blood become too acidic, and the first place it goes to is your mouth.
The saliva in your mouth has a small amount of alkaline minerals to act as a buffer, and that is why pH testing of you saliva is so important. Though not as accurate as urine pH testing, it will provide an early warning system for when you are becoming too acidic.
How do I determine my body’s pH?
At optimum health, the pH of your saliva (and urine) should be 7.2-7.4. If it is below 7.0, you are acidic and lack the necessary mineral buffers your body needs to neutralize any acids or toxins in your body. The result is an environment that becomes more vulnerable to things like, colds, viruses, candida, bacterial overgrowth, fungus, mild parasites, and even cancer.
Unfortunately, your saliva doesn’t contain a big reserve of minerals, so you soon run out.
After extracting what it can from the urine and muscles, your body turns to its greatest mineral bank – the bones. It’s been estimated that the Standard American Diet robs our skeletons of almost half its calcium over a period of 20 years. No wonder pharmaceutical companies are making millions from osteoporosis drugs!
In summary, the alkaline diet’s goal is NOT to change your blood pH – it’s designed to make your body more sufficient in alkaline minerals and nutrients and remove the daily chemical stresses that result from an acidic lifestyle.
This is WHY it’s so important to pay attention to your pH. Saliva and urine pH testing IS important, and if you want to take your health and energy to the next level, it’s a number you need to start tracking on a regular basis.
There is so much more I could teach about the proper pH and its importance to your body’s proper functioning. But if you’re new or considering the alkaline lifestyle, this is a great starting place to educate yourself today and prevent worse health problems in the future. I would love to help transform your life just like I have mine and so many others.