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There is much misinformation on the internet about alkalising your body. 

Here is what you need to know about Acid – Alkaline Myths:

  • Below pH7 is acidic; above pH7 is alkaline.  7 is the neutral point.  Nothing in the body can ever go above pH 7.4 (plus 1%), ie pH 7.474.  
  • Your pH is determined by the mineral density of the foods you eat.  Disease has a hard time taking root in a body that is pH balanced.
  • pH is a measurement of voltage and being acidic means two things

……………..– low oxygen conditions

……………..low energy (or voltage) conditions

  • The only pH changes made by eating alkaline foods are to your urine and saliva, and even these are temporary.
  • Websites offer ways to ‘reset your body’s pH balance’.  Your body organs each have different pH balance requirements, so no one-size-fits-all adjustment in terms of alkalising or acidifying your body is even possible.
  • There is no acid-alkaline balance in your blood.  Your blood is always alkaline and is maintained at the alkaline level of 7.35 -7.45.  Nothing you eat or drink will change that, especially not alkaline water or lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda. If your blood pH were outside these limits you would become completely alkaline in the process due to lack of oxygen, oh yes and die quickly..
  • We’re told that cancers cannot live in an alkaline environment.  Not entirely true.  Blood cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma are more than happy to thrive in the blood because of it’s pH 7.4  That’s why they’re blood cancers!  To eliminate them by alkalisation you would have to raise your pH to 8. This would kill you, and painfully.
  • You cannot make your stomach more alkaline by eating alkaline foods as stomach acids neutralise the alkalinity of foods to allow digestion.  Stomach acidity measures between pH 4 and 6.5   Your lower stomach is between pH 1.5 to 4 and your small intestines are pH 4 to 6.  They are at these levels for a good reason. When the food you eat reaches the small intestine, your pancreas releases an enzyme causing it to become more alkaline. This is a process you have no reason to change.

Your body’s chemistry allows for one truth and there are no shortcuts around that.

I’d like to write that what you eat and drink makes little difference but people willingly expose themselves to acidic foods and drinks in the form of processed and pre-packaged foods.  Sedentary lifestyles coupled with this constant ‘acidic’ exposure is one factor increasing the likelihood of disease.

How acidic is Coke/Pepsi? Its pH is reported to be 2.6 to 2.7, mainly due to phosphoric acid. As a fizzy drink, it contains plenty of dissolved carbon dioxide, but this makes very little contribution to the acidity.

Acid – Alkaline Myths

Knowing that whatever you eat or drink makes little difference to the pH balance of your body is not a justification to eat junk food and drink carbonated sodas. That’s a mug’s game anyway.  You don’t get healthy when you eat an unhealthy diet.

Diet sodas are no more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. For years, ‘Big Soda’ companies have been handing out millions of dollars in an attempt to prove that their drinks are NOT the cause of obesity.

In an example of this, the New York Times exposed one Big Soda company that paid $1.5 million to fund their own research group to convince the public that drinking soda is safe. 

The food industry thrives on our ignorance and the labelling laws are flouted to our cost.  

There’s a proliferation of websites offering ways to become more alkaline. Each may offer a varying opinion on what food is acidic and what’s alkaline yet you don’t have to strictly adhere to alkaline foods; enjoy a healthy balance, striving to incline your choices in favour of the alkaline. 

Graeme Dinnen

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