Chapter 3: Alkaline & Acid = pH: An Easy Guide to Health

 

Too Much Acid Equals Pain. Your body has to convert all of your foods into a salty, alkaline state before you assimilate that nutrition. Your blood has to be alkaline because if it turns too acidic you’ll die, which cancels your warranty. What creates an acid state in your body? Stress, acid foods, consuming large amounts of the acid producing minerals; phosphorus, sulfur and chlorine! What creates an alkaline state in your body? Relaxation, joy, alkaline foods and consuming large amounts of the alkaline producing minerals; calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium in an easy to absorb form!

Are there any health problems that are not caused or made worse by an acid condition? Yes! Getting hit by a truck and other such “out of the blue” incidents. But in cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, digestive problems, nervous stress and so on, excess acid due to mineral imbalances is either the direct cause or a major contributing factor. How do we know this? Because since ancient times, when a person corrects their alkaline-acid balance all of these conditions are improved, often dramatically. Amazing coincidence! If you keep your reserves of alkaline minerals high you’ll improve your long-term health, have less pain and more energy. How do you know how good your alkaline and acid balance is? By testing your saliva for its ‘pH’, or potential of Hydrogen, measured from Zero (most acid) to 14 (most alkaline) and 7 is neutral.

An alkaline body conducts electricity better than an acid body. Pain is a sign that an electrical connection isn’t being made correctly. Acid blocks conductivity. Your body’s systems work best within specific pH ranges. For example, blood needs to be between 7.35 and 7.45. Stomach acid ranges around 2, while the intestinal tract is around 8. 

When acid levels exceed the proper range two things happen; pain and excess acids are dumped resulting in rashes and inflammations of the skin and organs. Red and tender skin means that it’s sitting in an acid bath!

Saliva is naturally mildly acidic and its pH goes up or down based upon the overall pH of the body, making saliva a convenient barometer. If your saliva pH is good, then you’re maintaining good reserves of alkaline minerals. If it’s too acid you’re probably suffering from a degenerative problem and pain. Test your saliva in the morning before brushing your teeth or having anything to drink. Get 100 NSP  pH test strips in a kit with a chart. Get an extra 25 pH charts in case you give strips to friends and family. They also have a pH-testing brochure. If your pH is low, there are two strategies to correct that. First, supplement with A Green Drink, 2 to 4 scoops a day in water will restore your reserves of the alkaline minerals, calcium and magnesium, that your body uses as chemical buffers to convert acids to alkaline. It’s the best product to do this quickly. The more you use the less pain you’ll have!

Taken after dinner it encourages a good night’s sleep by neutralizing pain-producing acids. Potassium Combination  supplies potassium and sodium. Important chemical buffers, they also accelerate the flow of nutrients into the cells and the flow of toxins out. Magnesium helps your muscles relax, the bowels become more effective and also aids the absorption of other minerals. While Calcium most people get enough in their diets, but they can't assimilate because of one of two reasons. If they are low in Magnesium their body can't absorb it. And here's the big one; if a person is eating a lot of grains, bread, bagels, muffins, pasta, oatmeal, etc., there is a component in the grains called a phytate that binds onto the minerals and prevents your body from absorbing it. Even though lab tests show that a grain may be high in minerals when it gets in the body most of those minerals are too bound up to be absorbed.

It was long believed that eating too much lean animal protein was causing excessive acid in the body because it is acidic. However grains are also acidic, although not to the extent that lean animal protein like meat, poultry, fish and seafood. However, those lean animal proteins do not interfere with the absorption of the grains, while the grains block the absorption of the high quality nutrients (minerals) in the meat, poultry and fish. Without those minerals it is very hard for the body to maintain the correct pH. If you want to get your pH in line avoid grains. While you are at it avoid beans too because they obstruct the action your body's enzymes which are essential for breaking down those foods. That is why societies that depend on beans produce small people.

Second: Improve your diet. A food is alkaline or acid depending upon the state it produces in the body. This is due to the types of minerals it possesses, not whether the food is alkaline or acid to the touch. For example, meat is alkaline to the touch, but being high in phosphorus and iron it creates an acid state in the body. With that said, one of the biggest problems people suffer from is a lack of high quality lean animal protein, which is also a great source of easy to absorb minerals.

A healthy diet is more alkaline than acid. Depending upon your blood type, the diet should consist of 60 to 80% alkaline foods and 20 to 40% acidic foods. Generally the A and AB blood types need the most alkaline diet while the O and B blood types need more animal products in their diet. The O needs meat and the B needs dairy. But remember, if you’re in pain, you’re acidic. Here is a partial list of foods by acid/alkaline category.

 

Acidic Foods:

Butter, Cream, Cheeses, Eggs, Seeds, Most Nuts, Sea Food, Soft Drinks, Beans, Most Oils, Lentils, Coffee, Cocoa, Flour products, Pasta, Most Grains, Animal Fats, White Sugar, Milk, All Meats, Tea, Dairy products, Wine, Alcoholic Beverages.

 

Alkaline Foods:

Almonds, Bananas, Prunes, Raisins, Figs, Grapes, Pears, Potatoes, Avocados, Melons, Maple Syrup, Dates, Coconut, Spinach, Beets, Molasses,

Green Peppers, Lettuce, Cucumbers, String Beans, Corn, Carrots, Squash, Cabbage, Parsley, Peas, Okra, Olives, Oats, Millet, Yogurt, Soured Dairy Products.

 

These Fruits can be acidic in the stomach but yet slightly alkaline in the tissue:

Apricots, Strawberries, Apples,  Peaches, Raspberries, Dried Fruits, Papayas, Cherries, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Oranges, Lemons, Plums, Blueberries, Mangos, Apple Cider Vinegar.

0005-1- Chapter 20: Being Free of Pain

 

The body was not designed to be in pain, especially as a constant state. Pain occurs when there is break in the electrical flow traveling through the nervous system. A nerve that is supposed to be sending a clear signal is either running into static or a serious blockage. Neither sounds very good and they both result in pain!

 

Here are three strategies to get past pain. First, we’re going to get this system to calm down. Next we’re going to get the electricity in the nervous system to flow more effectively and finally we’re going to encourage the affected systems to rebuild.

 

The body is never completely at rest, systems are always moving, electricity is flowing and that means friction and stress develop from things rubbing together and getting overheated. The body keeps everything calm by using special anti-inflammatory lubrication made from lipids (also known as fats), manufactured in hormonal glands throughout the body.

 

To get past pain, start with the Super GLA Oil Blend, a mix of three plants oils that feed those hormonal systems that reduce friction and stress irritation. People with the ‘O and B blood types’ do especially well with the heavier, fish oil based Omega-3 EPA. Taking from 4 to 8 daily of either is a good amount. Against serious pain the more you use, the better, and consider using both, since they feed different systems.

 

Next, get the nervous system to conduct electricity more efficiently. Drink more water. The nervous system is made up of a chain of cells that don’t quite touch each other. The electrical spark actually jumps across the space between the cells through a medium of mineral rich fluid. If the body is too dry, the spark can’t jump. Nature’s Spring Reverse Osmosis Water Filter, will keep your household supplied with plenty of ultra pure drinking and cooking water. To flush the irritating acids out of the system the body needs lots of pure water.

 

Neutral and Alkaline water conduct electricity better than acidic water, but we’re not fans of bottled alkaline water or water machines. We are better off with bottled mineral spring water. Reference the Chapter on Alkaline & Acid = pH.

 

Acid equals pain and Alkaline equals comfort. To boost your alkalinity, follow the instructions in that chapter. Essentially, that means increasing your intake of the alkaline minerals and reducing your acid minerals. Products like Magnesium, pH Green Zone, Liquid Chlorophyll  (also available in gel caps), Super Algae, all help reduce the acid levels in the body.

 

Avoid high acid foods; soda, white sugar, white flour, excessive amounts of carbohydrates in the form of grains and beans and red meat. We’re not saying you have to give them up, just reduce the amounts you consume. Remember, acid equals pain. How much you reduce these foods is up to you, but it also determines how much pain you’re in.

 

While coffee and tea are also acidic they contain large amounts of valuable anti-oxidants. If you like your coffee but want to avoid the acid then cold brew it by soaking the ground beans in cold, pure water for 24 hours, giving an occasional stir if you want it a little stronger. It produces wonderful flavors and reduces the acid by 70%.

 

Up to this point we’ve been talking about the foundations, the core nutrients that the body uses to manage comfort and pain levels. Depending upon the source of the pain there are several routes to take from here. Let’s look at some topical solutions. If the pain is related to the joints then consider the Everflex Pain Relief cream, 2 to 5 times daily depending upon your pain level. This not only reduces discomfort but helps to rebuild the joint. The Tei Fu Massage Lotion, while helpful for joint pain is also good for muscle strain and general pain. It stimulates circulation and has an analgesic effect. All healing involves the fluids of the body, blood and lymph. Increasing circulation to an area accelerates the healing process.

 

For women, the Pro G Yam 500 cream, often helps reduce pain and promotes healing due to the anti-inflammatory action of natural progesterone and its function in the rebuilding of bone. Reference the Hormonal Harmony Chapter. This is a ‘ladies only’ product.

 

Healing AC Cream, an arnica-calendula combination is especially soothing for injuries.  The good thing about using herbal products for reducing pain is that, besides not having any side effects, they also provide nutritional resources to the body. With these natural pain relievers you can feel comfortable using them over an extended period of time, although you may find it helpful to periodically alternate products. That way you give the body a wider variety of nutrients for rebuilding. Here are some pain relievers available in capsules.

APS II ® with White Willow Bark, is a wonderfully relaxing and gentle anti-inflammatory pain reliever, meant for short-term use. Triple Relief, is a cutting edge product that provides the body with a combination of pain reducers.

 

IF-C, is a traditional Chinese formula that removes heat from the body. It’s very helpful for dealing with all kinds of inflammation as well as swelling from an injury. Kava Kava, is wonderful for muscle strain and back pain besides being a great mood elevator.

 

The body is not meant to be in pain, but It is the only way that the body has of asking for help. Usually what the body is asking for is to be fed the correct foods! Everflex Cream, a combination containing CMO’s has been shown in studies to give relief for joint pain 100% of the time.

 

(c) 2015 Ralph & Lahni de Amicis

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