The Importance of Alkaline in the Body

by Vashte on May 12, 2012

pH Chart Acid vs AlkalineOur bodies are designed to function at optimum capacity but due to environmental factors, food choices and stress levels (to name just a few) we rarely find this to be the case. Our internal body environment does need to remain as neutral as possible to keep optimum health and avoid dis-ease. When the body takes in excess amounts of acid often a result of poor food choices, this excess needs to be brought back into balance. Our bodies like to measure in on the pH scale at 7.39 which is an alkaline reading. The body will do all that it can to bring itself back into balance when unbalanced. Being TOO acidic is not healthy, just as being TOO alkaline is just as unhealthy, although to achieve a level TOO alkaline is very difficult.

Aim for balance - in all that you do in life.

Each element in the body, whether it is a vitamin, amino acid, fatty acid, mineral, sugar or trace element can be categorized as either acid or alkaline.
When an acid and alkaline element in the body is mixed together, they can have the effect of cancelling each other out. The combination of an acid and alkaline element in the body is a: neutral salt. In much the same way as the neutral colour gray results when black and white are combined, and when the neutral temperature of warm results when hot water is combined with cold; a neutral salt cancels out inherent respective properties of the combined acid and alkaline elements. With no acid or alkaline properties, neutral salts have no impact on the cellular serums or blood in which they are present. (This can be a good thing)

Why? I am glad you asked!
When excess acid is present, the body must go out and find alkaline elements to begin the process of neutralising the excess acid. Alkalines are usually present in the blood but because the blood cannot tolerate much variation in it’s pH level, this is not a good source from which to borrow. A far better source for alkaline elements is the internal organs and tissues as these areas can tolerate a greater degree of pH level fluctuation.

Internal organs you might like to keep.

It is critical that any borrowed alkaline is replaced despite the fact the organs and tissue can ‘exist’ in the short term without the optimum levels of alkaline. Nothing in our body should just ‘exist’. So when the diet is a healthy diet, this is not usually an issue as alkalinity can be balanced via healthy food choices. However, most Western diets today are not healthy diets. This repeated borrowing of alkaline from internal organs and tissue is subsequently not replaced and therein we have a serious problem on our hands.

Unfortunately today, it is common for alkaline to be borrowed and not replenished every single day and even, worse still, many times per day due to our poor diet choices. Like a bank balance, if you repeatedly withdraw funds without putting money in what are you left with? Nothing. Worse still you go into overdraft and accrue interest. Think of this situation in relation to borrowed alkaline in the body. Taking more than is being replenished leaves a deficit. What results is internal organs and tissues severely deficient in essential nutrients. Alkaline has its purpose and its main purpose is not for constant borrowing to help neutralise excess acid in the body, which is how many people are using it.  It is crucial to the proper functioning of your internal organs and tissue.

Today, we are more acidic than we ought to be. The resulting alkaline mineral loss has been linked to a large number of preventable and avoidable illnesses and diseases. Stop eating the fast food designed to keep you sick. Start sourcing whole foods, organic foods, and even considering growing your own. It is actually not that hard to get a pot and plant some seeds. Try it- you will be reminded with a sharp bang what a tomato ACTUALLY tastes like.. unless of course Monsanto have tampered with your seeds….

Fresh Alkaline Whole Foods you might fall in love with all over again!

Some symptoms associated with Increasing Acid Accumulation: Unpleasant but they will not go away by you not being aware of them so suck it up and read. It MAY help save your life, or the life of someone YOU love.

Source – pH Balance the Path to Optimal Health
Source – Dr Theodore Baroody- Alkalise or Die.

Beginning Symptoms of Acidosis (Too much Acid)
Acne, agitation, anxiety, diarrhoea, dilated pupils, extraverted behaviour, fatigue in the early mornings, headaches, hyperactivity, hyper sexuality, insomnia, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, restless legs, shortness of breath, strong appetite, high blood pressure, warm dry hands and feet, muscular pain, cold hands and feet, dizziness, low energy, joint pains that travel, food allergies, chemical sensitivity to odours, panic attacks, premenstrual and menstrual cramping, premenstrual anxiety and depression, lack of sex drive, bloating , heartburn, constipation, hot urine, strong smelling urine, irregular heart beat, white coated tongue, hard to get up in the morning, excess head mucus (stuffiness), metallic taste in mouth.

Intermediate Symptoms of Acidosis:
Herpes I & II; depression, loss of memory, loss of consciousness, migraine, headaches, insomnia, disturbances in smell, taste, vision and hearing, asthma, hay fever, earaches, hives, swelling, viral infections- colds and flu, bacterial infections, fungal infections – candidiasis, athletes foot, impotence, urethritis, cystitis- inflammation of the kidney, urinary tract infections, gastritis, colitis, excessive hair loss, psoriasis, endometriosis, diarrhea, stuttering, numbness, tingling and sinusitis.

Advanced Symptoms of Acidosis:
Crohn’s disease, schizophrenia, learning disabilities, Hodgkin’s Disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid and osteo arthritis, myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, leukaemia, tuberculosis

and CANCER.

Please: Get alkaline.

xx Vashte xx

 

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Antoinette May 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Great Article – thank you.

Maybe a silly question – but how much alkaline should one have in a day??

eg is Lemon – juice of one with water in the morning plus a tomato in your salad & mango as a snack in the afternoon enough ???

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Vashte May 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Hi Antoinette!
It is not a silly question at all :) Considering the toxic environment we live in, the foods covered in sprays, the manufactured foods, the chemicals we wash our clothes,dishes, selves in, the stress of modern day living and then the poor quality of the foods we buy… there might be 1% of the population who can get too alkaline.
In other words, go for gold on alkaline foods. Seriously. Its easier to find a needle in a haystack than get too alkaline or eat too many alkaline foods.
What you are doing is a good start. For sure. Go for loads of leafy greens with your meals, and use lemon juice as a dressing as well! :)
I drink organic green powders through out the day to up my alkalinity. If you have a stressful lifesyle, or negative thoughts.. its very hard to get out of an acidic state no matter what you put in the body. But you can try to help it out.

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