Week 9: pH and Alkalinity…some thoughts

I especially enjoyed the reading on pH and feel this is very relevant on a personal level and vital to understand and be able to educate clients about the importance of maintaining a healthy, highly alkaline body.  I am going to create a 1 page educational summary to give to clients…that includes alkaline foods that can balance our acidity and the importance of mind/body practices that promote alkalinity.

I liked the simplicity of the reading and how it broke down the basics:  That the “pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration. The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is. The pH ranges from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Indicator above 7.0 is alkaline and below 7.0 is considered acidic.”

I really value understanding the ways in which the body becomes acidic, not only with acidic foods, but with emotional stress, physical/emotional/psycological toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.   I thought it was also interesting to learn when the body becomes more and more acidic, it  compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals such as calcium, which takes calcium from the bones, causing osteoporosis. I also didn’t understand the long-term implications of an overly acidic pH, called Acidosis, which can lead to rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and most cancers.  In general, an overly-acidic system has been blamed for everything from depression, insomnia, and fatigue to cancer.

The Resveratrol conversation was interesting and how levels of resveratrol in pinot noir are higher than in merlot and cabernet sauvignon (and most certainly in white wine), and that Pinots from Oregon test three times higher in resveratrols than most other pinots…

I also thought the “Coffee” portion of the article was interesting.  This is something I definitely want to re-visit so I can explain to patients what is chemically happening to your body when you drink coffee….

A few take-aways:

·         “The blood is slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.35 to 7.40. …Coffee and tea happen to be pure acid in the body. The more acid in the blood, the more the body will retain water in an attempt to neutralize it. This adds weight to your body.”

·         Drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases the level of stomach acid & this can cause stomach pain almost instantly in sensitive individuals. [Acid-Reflux reaction]

·         Coffee becomes pure acid in the body which not only burdens but irritates the stomach as well. When acid-forming food enters the stomach, the stomach has to go to heavy secretion of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid).

·         Drinking coffee reduces the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep by 50% every 6 hours. This can interfere with restful sleep.

·         Caffeine irritates the bladder. Take something to make your urine alkaline, such as a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water…

·         Decaf does not seem to be much better! Both are acid-forming, i.e. each becomes pure acid in the body which not only burdens but irritates the stomach as well. When acid-forming food enters the stomach, the stomach has to go to heavy secretion of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid). Both regular coffee & decaffeinated coffee can cause hemorrhoids to flare up.

·         www.tipsofallsorts.com/coffee.html

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