The "pH Factor"
Imbalanced "ph" the "silent killer"
What is "pH"?
The body is largely made up of water, a medium which is biologically
useful in allowing nutrients, oxygen and biochemicals to be transported
from place to place. This water-based medium can have either acid or
alkaline properties which are measured by a graduated scale called pH
(for "potential hydrogen"), wherein 1.0 to 6.9 is considered acidic,
7.0 is neutral, and 7.1 to 14.0 is alkaline. The lower the pH number,
the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH number, the greater the
Why should I be concerned about my pH levels?
Since most of the body is water-based (making up 50-60% of our
total body weight), the pH level has profound effects on all body
chemistry, health and disease. An imbalanced pH describes the pH
level of the body when it becomes too acidic or too alkaline for
long periods of time. Extended pH imbalances of any kind are not
well tolerated by the body. Indeed, the management of "pH" is so
important that the body has developed strict accounting procedures
to monitor acid-alkaline balances in every cell. Fundamentally,
all regulatory mechanisms (including breathing, circulation, digestion,
hormonal production, etc.) serve the purpose of balancing pH, by
removing caustic metabolized acid residues from body tissues without
damaging living cells. If the pH deviates too far to the acid side
or too far to the alkaline side, cells become poisoned by their
own toxic waste and die.
Is an imbalanced body pH really that dangerous?
Yes, indeed it is! Nothing does well in an overly acidic or alkaline
pH medium, least of all the human body! Just as acid rain can destroy
a forest and alkaline wastes can pollute a lake, an imbalanced pH
continuously corrodes all body tissue, slowly eating into the 60,000
miles of our veins and arteries like corrosives eating into marble.
If left unchecked, an imbalanced pH will interrupt all cellular
activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the
neural firing of your brain... An imbalanced pH interferes with
all life itself!
Can an imbalanced pH cause serious problems?
Yes, especially as a person grows older! Although it may generally
go unnoticed and undetected for years, an imbalanced pH (either consistently
too acid or alkaline) leads to the progression of most, if not all,
degenerative diseases including Cardiovascular Disease (the #1 killer
in the U.S.), Cancer (the #2 Killer in the U.S.), and Diabetes, as well
as the never ending frustration of excessive systemic weight gain. The
U.S. National Center for Health Statistics estimates that if Cardiovascular
Disease alone could be eliminated, it would add an average of 9.78 years
to our life span! That's almost 10 years of additional life per person!
What causes pH to become imbalanced?
Most diets cause an unhealthy Acid pH. In fact, diet appears to
be the major influence in maintaining appropriate pH levels throughout
the body. Research demonstrates that when food is metabolized and
broken down, it leaves certain chemical and metallic residues, a noncombustible
"ash" which, when combined with our body fluids, yields either acid
or alkali potentials of pH. Certain foods are "acid-forming" in nature,
whereas others are known to be "alkali-forming."
Which foods are "acid-forming" and which ones are "alkaline-forming"?
Most high protein foods (such as meat, fish, poultry and eggs),
nearly all carbohydrates (including grains, breads and pastas)
and fats are "acid-forming." And most fruits and vegetables are
"alkaline-forming." Although citrus fruits, such as oranges and
grapefruit, contain organic acids and may have an acid taste,
they are not acid-forming when metabolized, leaving no acidic
residue. Similarly, Free Form Amino Acids are not acid-forming,
but instead offer unique buffering capabilities to the body to
help offset acidic wastes.
How so I rebalance my pH?
Watching your diet can help. If you're too acid, increase
the number of fruits and vegetables you eat. If you're too
alkaline, increase the amounts of acid-forming foods consumed.
An easy way is to take
Green Dragon and consume 1.5 to 3 liters of water treated
with Green Dragon daily!
You may want to consider a water system that simultaneously
filters your tap water and creates alkaline water. Find out
more about Alkaline
Water Equipment. Over the long run, using this system
is more cost effective and health effective than purchasing
bottled waters. (Note: almost ALL bottled waters, and ordinary
tap waters have slightly to heavy acidic pH levels and are
therefore making your body more acidic instead of less so.)