An Acid Body Is a Dead Body
Can what you eat really effect your pH levels?
Numerous people when told that what they eat can make their body either more acidic or more alkaline say: "What I eat doesn't matter!! The body can only be acid if it's dead!'
And I say: Exactly! An acid body is a dead body!
The pH of a healthy baby is 7.4. At this pH level, the red blood cells can carry more oxygen, thus providing more energy to the cells (oxygen is the key ingredient in turning sugar into energy at the cellular level) and a stronger immune system (oxygen kills viruses and bacteria).
Simple Math... 7.4 pH Blood + Long Term Acid Residue From Food = 7.2 pH
Certain foods, once digested, leave an acid residue behind in the body.
When these acidic residues are too strong, they must be neutralized before the body can extrete them. If they weren't buffered with alkaline materials, a person would experience very strong and painful burning when urinating.
Since the blood starts out at a pH of 7.4 (which is slightly alkaline), an overabundance of acidic residue is going to reduce this pH, perhaps as low as 7.2 pH.
The body can't really survive below 7.2 pH. The ability of the red blood cells to carry oxygen is largely dependant on the pH of the blood. A higher pH allows the cells to carry more oxygen.
When the blood's pH drops to 7.2, the red blood cells carry 10x less oxygen than at a pH of 7.4.
Side Note: This is why many people with chronic fatigue have 7.2 pH blood, because oxgyen is directly related to energy production in the cells.
[Note: the pH scale runs from 1 - 14, with 1.0 to 6.9 being acidic and 7.1 - 14 being alkaline]
Add More Acid Residue And the Result...
The body has to buffer this acid somehow. If a person's net daily intake of foods is leaving an overall acidic residue, the body must buffer this acid (otherwise intense burning would occur during uriniation).
The body has numerous alkaline reserves. One of the largest is the calcium in the bones. As more and more calcium is depleted from the skeletal system, oesteoporosis sets in.
If these alkaline reserves contain to be depleted...
...only one result is possible - death.
The body cannot live with acidic blood. Thus, before the blood can even drop below 7.0, the person will be dead. No oxgyen can be carried by the red blood cells, which means the sugar in the cells cannot be converted into energy.
Imagine placing your car in a vacuum sealed room. All the air has been sucked out, including the oxygen. What would happen when you remotely attempted to turn the ignition? Nothing. The car would be dead.
What happens when you take oxygen out of the blood? Same thing. The person would be dead.
Which foods leave an acidic residue?
Foods high in protein leave an acidic residue in the body. These foods include dairy products, meats, and grains.
Numerous drinks, such as beer, coffee, tea, and soda (CO2, which creates the bubbles in soda pop is acidic).
Which foods increase alkalinity?
Most vegetables and many fruits provide alkalizing nutrients for the body.
Here is a nice list of alkaline and acid foods.
How else can can alkalinity be increased?
In addition to eating more fruits and vegetables, a person can take alkaline supplements which are basically raw foods that have been put into tablet or powder form. A popular alkalizing supplement is green barley powder.
The best form of alkaline supplements are those that 1) are 100% natural, 2) derived from raw sources (heat turns foods more acidic).
Sources for Alkaline Supplements