Improve Your Body-pH-Balance and Prevent Disease

A body-pH-balance that is slightly alkaline creates a hostile environment for disease pathogens including cancer. There is evidence that disease pathogens and cancer cannot survive in an oxygen rich, alkaline environment.

Potential Hydrogen (pH) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of our bodies. In pure water, which is neutral (neither acidic nor alkaline), the pH is 7. A solution with a pH less than 7 is considered acidic; a solution with a pH greater than 7 is considered alkaline.  

For optimum health, the blood must be maintained at a slightly alkaline state with a “pH” of 7.35 to 7.45. This is a narrow range which the body works hard to maintain.

When the body makes excess acid from what we eat, it needs to neutralize the excess. It does this by withdrawing calcium and magnesium from muscles and bones. These minerals bind to the acid and the body expels it through the kidneys in the form of urine. Research shows that vegetarians tend to have greater bone density than meat eaters and more alkaline bodies.

Foods that encourage a healthy body-pH-balance are vegetables and other plant foods such as lemons and avocados. A diet rich in beef, milk, and sugar plus poor breathing habits and little or no exercise will create an acidic, disease friendly environment. It is not necessary to totally eliminate all acidic foods. Balance your intake of alkaline foods to acidic foods to a ratio of 70:30 percent.

Twelve Steps to Improve Your Body-pH-Balance, manage weight and Prevent Disease

  1. Minimize the consumption of meat. Animal protein is metabolized into acids in our bodies. Eat smaller portions of organic meat and compensate by eating more alkaline foods such as vegetables and legumes.
  2. There are some highly acidic foods that should be entirely eliminated from our diets. This would include sugar in all of its forms. Excessive sugar consumption will tilt the body-pH-balance strongly acidic. Sugar feeds cancer. Eliminate soft drinks and other sugary beverages.
  3. Drink more pure water with a pH of 7 or higher. Maintaining proper hydration by drinking enough water is essential. Drink 10 to 12 glasses per day depending on your body weight. Drinking pure filtered natural water is one of the most effective things that you can do for your health. Add a spot of fresh lemon juice to your water. Fresh lemon juice has an alkalizing effect when we drink it and it helps to cleanse the liver.
  4. Eat legumes and more dark green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach. They are alkaline and are good for the heart and brain health. Tomatoes, lemons and avocados are also alkaline. Alkalizing legumes include Lima beans, navy beans, soybeans and lentils. Use a liquid nutritional supplement containing multiple vitamins and minerals. Always discuss your diet and dietary supplements with your physician at every regularly scheduled visit. Nutritional supplements do not cure or prevent illness and disease.  They only give the body the extra nutrition it needs to take care of itself!  A healthy lifestyle starts with good nutrition.
  5. Eliminate unhealthy, acid forming fats. Be a label reader and avoid anything with trans-fats, hydrogenated fats or partially hydrogenated fats.
  6. Eliminate or at least minimize alcohol intake. Beer, wine and hard liquors are highly acidic and will have a negative effect on your body-pH-balance. If you enjoy a glass of wine or a beer for dinner, don’t overdo it. The difference between moderate alcohol consumption and too much is a fine line. Three to four drinks per day may double mortality rates and increase the risk of congestive heart failure and certain cancers.
  7. Eliminate dairy products. Milk and butter are acidic and there are some good substitutes available such as soy milk, almond milk and rice milk.
  8. Eliminate common table salt, which is acid­-forming. Substitute Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt and/or switch to herbs and spices to flavor your food.
  9. Manage the stress in your life. Stress causes our body to produce hormones that are acidic and can have a dramatic impact on our health.
  10. Aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up and makes you breathe deeply. Deep breathing is extremely important. Exercise also helps to get your heart, lungs, and blood vessels in great shape. It helps your body eliminate toxins through perspiration and by improving the natural action of your lymphatic system. Aerobic activities include walking, jogging, swimming, biking, or any other activity that keeps you moving.
  11. Eliminate food additives from your diet. Think fresh whole foods and avoid processed, packaged or canned foods. Additives such as monosodium glutamate and aspartame are added to enhance flavor. Other additives are used extend shelf life or improve presentation. These additives are acidic and toxic to your system. Read the label. If you can’t pronounce the chemical name or you don’t know what it is don’t buy it.
  12. Reduce your consumption of coffee or black tea as both are highly acidic. Both of these beverages contain healthy substances and drinking moderate amounts can be balanced with alkaline foods and beverages. Green tea is a good substitute for black tea.

We all need to review and modify our lifestyles to improve longevity and most importantly the quality of our lives. Our bodies and our lives are, however, all about balance. Each of us has to make adjustments that work for us as individuals.  

If you are serious about achieving optimal health with a positive improvement in your body-pH-balance, I suggest that you read “The Ultimate pH Solution” by Michelle Schoffro Cook. This book is written in every-day language that is easy to read. Yet it contains some very good information and tips including useful recipes.

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References and Additional Study Material:

  • Retirement Resource Page
  • "Beating Cancer with Nutrition." Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS. Nutrition Times Press, 1994.
  • "The Ultimate pH Solution," Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, Harper Collins, 2008.
  • "Natural Cures, They don't want you to Know About," Kevin Trudeau, Alliance Publishing Group, 2004. 
  • "pH." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite.  Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.
  • "human disease." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.