The pH of the Body Kelsey Stevenson
Table of Contents • pH in the Body • How pH Fluctuation Affects the Body • Negative Effects of Low pH • So… How Can Body pH Be Maintained? • Chart of Alkaline/Acidic Foods • Manipulation of Body pH • High pH Cancer Treatment • Works Cited
pH in the Body • According to many health professionals, remaining healthy and free of disease is dependent on maintaining the body’s pH. • Human tissue is naturally slightly alkaline, hovering around a pH of 7.4. • The pH of the body is often tested by testing the pH of saliva right after waking up. • When the body is too acidic, it doesn’t function properly. A result of this acidity is difficulty getting oxygen to cells.
How pH Fluctuation Affects the Body • The body has very complex biochemical buffering systems to maintain the pH. When those systems fail, the body can’t function properly. • For example, iodine is a necessary element for the thyroids to function. However, the pH needed for absorption to occur is very narrow, right around 7.4. If the pH is off, then the iodine can’t be used. Malfunctioning thyroids have been connected to cancer, heart attack, diabetes, arthritis, and other diseases.
Negative Effects of Low pH • As the pH of blood gets lower, the usually negatively-charged fatty acids switch to a positive charge. However, the sides of capillaries, arteries, and veins remain negatively-charged. This means that they’re attracted to each other, clogging up the blood vessels. • Enzymes are catalysts in many reactions in the body. There are hundreds if not thousands of enzyme processes which take place in the body. Many are so specific that they are like complex square pegs that need to "fit" into specific square holes in order to carry out their duty. If blood pH is off balance even a little, some important pegs are not "fitting" their respective slots. Enzyme function and thus life itself begins to suffer.
So… How Can Body pH Be Maintained? • Unfortunately, most Westerners do not eat a diet that supports the alkalytic state of the body. • Eating foods that, after digestion, have a high pH helps regulate your body pH. Foods like this include most fruits and vegetables, whole grains, soy products, and yogurt. • Note that a food's acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.
Manipulation of Body pH:High pH Cancer Treatment • Cells, whether cancerous or not, can only thrive in a environment with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Cancer cells can survive in anaerobic acidic surroundings, but die when the area they are in becomes more alkalytic. • According to many naturopaths, consuming cesium in the form of cesium chloride increases the pH of cancerous cells, but doesn’t affect the pH of healthy cells. • Naturally occurring cesium is not radioactive, and should not be confused with Cesium 137, which is artificially produced. • This theory has very little scientific proof, with only one major study performed with a very small sample size of fifty patients. • The medical practitioner who began this treatment was arrested in 2006 for manslaughter of his patients. He is currently awaiting trial in Australia.
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