The Cause of Disease: pH Imbalance

Have you ever wondered if many of the diseases raging through our society have a common cause? Many doctors, herbalists and nutritionists believe that the explanation may come down to these simple words: pH Imbalance.

Acid Alkaline Imbalance

Over acidity, which can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease. A healthy body maintains adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands. When excess acids must be neutralized our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition. A pH balanced diet, according to many experts, is a vital key to health maintenance.

The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause…too much tissue acid waste in the body!

                                                                                        —Theodore A. Baroody, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.
Most people who suffer from unbalanced pH are acidic. This condition forces the body to borrow minerals—including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium—from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this strain, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage due to high acidity—a condition that may go undetected for years.

Mild acidosis can cause such problems as:

  • Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of      oxygen.
  • Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
  •  Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
  •  Immune deficiency.
  • Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
  • Hormone concerns.
  • Premature aging.
  • Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
  • Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue.
  • Slow digestion and elimination.
  • Yeast/fungal overgrowth.

Understanding pH

pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14—the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7 which is neutral.
Water is the most abundant compound in the human body, comprising 70% of the body. The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio called the pH which is a balance between positively charges ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The body continually strives to balance pH. When this balance is compromised many problems can occur. It is important to understand that we are not talking about stomach acid or the pH of the stomach. We are talking about the pH of the body’s fluids and tissues which is an entirely different matter.

Food Category

Most Acid

Acid

Lowest Acid

SWEETENERS

NutraSweet, Equal, Aspartame, Sweet ‘N Low

White Sugar, Brown Sugar

Processed Honey, Molasses

FRUITS

Blackberries, Cranberries, Prunes

Sour Cherries, Rhubarb

Plums, Processed Fruit Juices

BEANS VEGETABLES LEGUMES

Chocolate

Potatoes (without skins), Pinto Beans, Navy Beans, Lima Beans

Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans

NUTS SEEDS

Peanuts, Walnuts

Pecans, Cashews

Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds

OILS

 

 

Corn Oil

GRAINS CEREALS

Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta

White Rice, Corn, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye

Sprouted Wheat Bread, Spelt, Brown Rice

MEATS

Beef, Pork, Shellfish

Turkey, Chicken, Lamb

Venison, Cold Water Fish

EGGS DAIRY

Cheese, Homogenized Milk, Ice Cream

Raw Milk

Eggs, Butter, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese

BEVEAGES

Beer, Soft Drinks

Coffee

Tea

Food Category

Most Alkaline

Alkaline

Lowest Alkaline

SWEETENERS

Stevia

Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup

Raw Honey, Raw Sugar

FRUITS

Lemons, Watermelon, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Papayas

Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Raisins

Oranges, Bananas, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados

BEANS VEGETABLES LEGUMES

Asparagus, Onions, Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic

Okra, Squash, Green Beans, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Carob

Carrots, Tomatoes, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Peas, Potato Skins, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu

NUTS SEEDS

 

Almonds

Chestnuts

OILS

Olive Oil

Flax Seed Oil

Canola Oil

GRAINS CEREALS

 

 

Amaranth, Millet, Wild Rice, Quinoa

MEATS

 

 

 

EGGS DAIRY

 

Breast Milk

Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey

BEVEAGES

Herb Teas, Lemon Water

Green Tea

Ginger Tea

 

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