Energy and Acidity Balance

Most of us want lots of energy. However, just as Chi/Energy does not flow properly when there are energy blockages in the body, so too is energy not properly generated in each cell’s mitochrondia (the cell “furnaces”) when the body’s acid-alkaline balance is abnormal. In fact, when the cells are too acidic (extremely common for those eating the so-called Standard American Diet), energy is not produced properly in the cells of the body due to lack of oxygen.

Oxygen and Alkalinity

Oxygen and energy is tied to alkalinity. Ideally, the body should be slightly alkaline, apart from a few acidic areas such as the acidic fluids in the stomach and colon, as well as the urine (often acidic when it contains acids from our foods) and saliva (sometimes acidic). Overly acidic bodies mean overly acidic blood. Mildly alkaline body fluids are capable of carrying 20 times as much oxygen as slightly acidic fluids. Therefore, maintaining the proper acid-alkaline balance of the blood and other bodily fluids is critical to chi, energy and health. In general, the more alkaline the body is, the more efficiently the body utilizes oxygen.

Cells of the body need oxygen. This oxygen must be ingested in our air or food. The lungs allow oxygen from the air to be absorbed into the blood. Any oxygen in food is digested, then goes into the blood. Oxygen is transported by the hemoglobin in the blood to the cells of the body. During all this, this precious cargo of oxygen must be protected from free radicals by anti-oxidants. However, if enough oxygen is not available to the cells, things go wrong, resulting in an “energy crisis.”

Fermentation

In oxygen-deprived cells, the body is forced to replace the normal method of combustion of oxygen and glucose by an inefficient and incomplete method of combustion known as fermentation. Energy production by fermentation leads to the production of lactic acid as well as other acidic substances, which are toxic. These oxygen-deprived cells are always starved for energy and have a huge appetite for sugar used in fermentation. According to Dr. Otto Warburg, a two-time Nobel Prize winner, these acidic and toxic cells can then become cancerous (he also stated that these anaerobic cancer cells are destroyed in the presence of oxygen). Excess acidity in the body is a condition known as acidosis.

Acidosis & Disease

Dr. Theodore A. Baroody, in his fascinating book “Alkalize or Die”, states:
“… illnesses … all come from the same root cause … too much acid waste in the body!”

Many doctors and health researchers believe that acidosis is a factor in many, if not most, diseases and abnormal bodily conditions. The book Alkalize or Die, mentioned above, contains an appendix with an Acid Symptom Checklist, which gives an indication of one’s current level of acidity. It contains three lists related to acidosis. The Beginning Symptoms List (28 items) includes Acne, Food Allergies, Hyperactivity, and Rapid Panting Breath. The Intermediate Symptoms List (28 items) includes Cold Sores (Herpes I and II), Depression, Insomnia, Infections, Numbness and Tingling, and Sinusitis. The Advanced Symptoms List (13 items, with most cancers listed as one item) includes Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Leukemia, and all forms of Cancer. Weight gain has also been linked to acidosis, lack of oxygen, and to lack of aerobic exercise (which would provide more oxygen).

Getting more oxygen is almost a necessity for us living in the 21st Century and eating diets that often make our bodies far too acidic. These diets often also provide excess sugar to cells already in a state of fermentation. Excess tissue acidity (acidosis), has been linked with obesity, cancer, fibromyalgia and a myriad of other degenerative diseases.

Herman Aihara states in his book “Acid & Alkaline”:
“Cancer is a condition in which body cells become abnormal due to the abnormal condition of body fluids.

…, what should be the balance of acidity and alkalinity? The body fluid should be slightly alkaline…!”

Acidity and alkalinity can be measured and quantified using something known as pH.

What is pH ?

Acidic (sour) and alkaline (sweet) values of solutions are measured using a logarithmic scale called pH (potential of Hydrogen). pH ranges from 0 to 14. Extremely acidic substances have a pH close to 0 and extremely alkaline ones have a pH close to 14. On this logarithmic pH scale, a decrease from 6 to 5 is not a mere change of 1 but is actually a ten-fold change, that is, the amount of acidity increases 10 times. A neutral pH is 7.0 and is neither acidic nor alkaline. Normal Blood pH, approximately 7.35 – 7.45, is mildly alkaline.

Minerals and pH

Minerals, most of which come from our food, largely determine the pH of the body. Common alkaline minerals are Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Iron. Common acidic minerals are Phosphorus, Chlorine, Sulfur, Iodine and Bromine. None of these is good or bad on its own – it is the balance of all of them, including other minerals not mentioned here, which makes us Yin or Yang (Chinese medicine) or Acidic or Alkaline (Western medicine). Both medical philosophies agree in one way: the body must be in balance to work properly.

Food, Alkalinity and Acidity

With food, ironically, it is usually (but not always) alkaline foods like meat protein, grains, sugars, and fats that are acid-forming in the body and acidic foods like fruits and vegetables, as well as some nuts and other “plant world” foods that are alkaline-forming in the body. Raw foods are more alkalizing than cooked foods. After digestion, foods will end up as “ash” that can be either alkaline or acidic. The pH of this “ash” is ultimately determined by minerals, which come from food.

Modern Acidic Diet

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a Food Guide Pyramid, split into food groups. The problem is that most food groups are composed of predominately acid-forming foods, whereas only the fruit and vegetable food groups contain mostly alkaline-forming foods. Most grains, animal and dairy products and fats are acid-forming. Eating according to the Food Guide Pyramid, for many people, will often result is a movement toward acidosis – overly acidic tissues in the body.

Eating “fast food” is often even more acid-forming, as fruits and vegetables often comprise an even smaller percentage of this type of food. Sodas are very acidifying, as are meat/fish (chicken, hamburger, fish), grains (buns, bread), dairy products (ice cream) and foods fried in fats (French fries).

Ancient Food Wisdom

One of the best examples of the benefits of an alkaline diet is found in a book readily available to all – the Old Testament. In the Book of Daniel (chapter 1, verses 3-16), there is an example comparing those eating alkaline-forming plants (vegetables which may include our modern legumes) with those eating acidifying foods (meat and wine).

The importance of pH and a less acidic diet is summed up by Dr. Theodore Baroody in the title of his book: Alkalize or Die.

Here are some excellent books on the topic of Acidity and Alkalinity, and how pH affects health:
Acid and Alkaline by Herman Aihara

Alkalize or Die by Dr. Theodore A. Baroody

Balance Your pH by James LeBeau (The Perfect Health Foundation P.O. Box 395 Thiensville, WI 53092 Phone 262-377-2764)

The Calcium Factor: The Scientific Secret of Health and Youth by Robert Barefoot & Carl J. Reigh, M.D.

The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Robert O. Young, Ph.D. & Shelly Redford Young

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