By John M. Burgstiner Founder/President of Logos Nutritionals, LLC
The human body is in a constant state of flux, always
seeking to maintain a metabolic state of balance known as homeostasis.Perhaps the most critical self-regulating
function the body has to perform is the removal of metabolic wastes and
maintaining an internal environment that is slightly alkaline.This is God s way of making our bodies unfriendly
territory to destructive viruses, bacteria and fungi and virtually impregnable
However, this task is becoming increasingly more difficult
as our planet and our bodies become more and more polluted.Our soil has been stripped of its alkaline
trace minerals and denatured with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides
and fungicides.Our food is therefore
deprived of the nutrients, enzymes and beneficial microorganisms that our Father
intended for us to ingest on a regular basis in order to thrive.
The air we breathe is laced with acid
chemical particulates.Add to that the
standard American diet (high in protein, sugar, fats, chemicals, and stress)
and you have a recipe for disaster!
Living in a Compromised World
The world we are living in today aggressively
promotes an acidic environment in the body.Our skyrocketing rates of cancer and degenerative disease are the
inevitable and direct result.As we will
see, our lust for convenience, profit and the momentary satisfaction of our
sensory desires have come at a high price.
Christians are called to be in this world but not of it.We are not to follow blindly along with the
patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds
Sadly, when it comes to
maintaining our temples, the enemy appears to be having his way with too many
of us, thereby stealing our health, our joy and souring our witness.Our coming inheritance does not excuse us
from the consequences of our ignorance and apathy here and now.So, let us take a look at the causes and
perils of (and remedies to) acidosis, the real silent killer.
What is pH ?
The body is a water based medium that
can have either acid or alkaline properties which are measured by a graduated scale
(0-14)called pH (for potential hydrogen).The lower the pH value, the greater the acidity.Numbers greater than 7.0 (neutral pH) are
considered increasingly more alkaline.pH levels have a profound effect on our health at the cellular level.Just as acid rain destroys forests and
alkaline wastes can pollute a lake, an imbalanced pH slowly corrodes all body
What causes pH
Diet is the most important factor (within your
control).When food is metabolized it
leaves behind chemical and metallic residues, a noncombustible ash which
combines with body fluids to yield either acid or alkaline potentials of
Certain foods are considered
acid-forming (generally high protein foods such as meat, fish, poultry and
eggs, nearly all carbohydrates and fats) while others are known to be
alkali-forming (most fruits, nuts and seeds, and vegetables).Although citrus fruits contain organic acids, they are not acid forming
when metabolized, and leave no acidic residues.
Although blood pH remains fairly
constant around 7.4, there are no normal values per se for urine and saliva. Their levels are a constantly changing dynamic depending on what you ate last night (in the case of
urine) and what you ate in recent months (in the case of saliva). Body pH levels fluctuate with the time of day and may be greatly affected by stress
level.Test strips are used to measure
the pH of urine or saliva, usually in a series of 5 tests within a 24 hour
Wisdom of Nature
The pH of the urine most
accurately reflects the pH of body tissues.It reaches its lowest point (maximum acidity) around 2:00am and its highest
alkalinity around 2:00pm, a couple of hours after the mid-day meal.This natural rhythm or fluctuation is known
as Base Flood and Base Tide.
From the estrus cycle in women to the life breathing flow of the seas into inland estuaries, to the inevitable changing of the seasons, the wisdom of our creator is evident in the cycles of renewal that surround us.
Why is meat acid forming?
When a high protein meal is ingested, hydrochloric acid, pepsin and other strong proteolytic enzymes are produced in the stomach in order to begin breaking down the proteins into their constituent amino acids. In response, sodium bicarbonate levels increase in the blood (Base Flood), urine becomes alkaline,
and sulfuric and phosphoric acids are excreted by the kidneys as urinary or bile salts
(further depleting minerals).As
minerals are progressively depleted from the body, acids accumulate in collagen
fibers and in the extracellular fluid.
generally occurs from two major causes:
- Demineralization (not enough fruits and vegetables) coupled with too
much protein, refined sugar and flour or alcohol in the diet (see Strong Bones article).
(from within) sources - Intestinal fermentation produces vinegar and
alcohol, dysbiosis, exercise (lactic acid), and other metabolic acids.
Poor digestion and assimilation, joint and muscle pain, shortness of breath,
rapid heartbeat, allergies, fatigue, fluid retention, and poor function of
glands and organs.
Eat more fruits and
veggies, and less protein.Eliminate junk
and fast foods.Drink lots of pure, clean
water (no chlorine or fluoride), and avoid soft drinks like the plague!
Destress - Quiet time, prayer and
meditation, plenty of rest and exercise, time off.
To get an accurate assessment of your pH, do the following:
test immediately upon waking " before brushing teeth, drinking,
smoking or even thinking about eating.This test shows overall state of health, strength of liver and
alkaline reserves.Should stay
second morning urine (first urine still has residual acid load from
yesterday).This test shows how
well you digested what you ate yesterday and may fluctuate based on what
you ate last night.
breakfast, wait five minutes and test saliva again (gives you an idea of
your mineral reserves - this number should increase after you eat).The ideal saliva pH pattern is 6.8 upon
wakening, 7.0 before eating and 8.5 following breakfast.
4. Check urine pH between meals (a couple of
hours after lunch and dinner).These
numbers should be in the slight alkaline range (7.0-8.5).
Indicator Solution - Turmeric is a yellow powder but in a basic
solution it turns a ruby red color.It
turns color right at a pH of 6.8 the pH that urine and saliva should be most
of the time.Add one teaspoon of
turmeric to a pint of rubbing alcohol.To small quantities of the solution in a test tube or small glass, add a
couple of drops of urine or saliva if it turns red, you are alkaline!
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