One of the most important functions the body performs is maintaining the proper acid and alkaline levels in various systems. This is measured by pH. A pH of 0 is pure acid, 7 is neutral, and 14 is pure alkaline. The blood pH must to stay within the narrow range of 7.35-7.45, which is slightly alkaline. The stomach, on the acid side of the scale, has a pH of 2 through the secretion of hydrochloric acid for digestion. Simply stated, the body converts an acidic liquid of dissolved food called chyme into an alkaline blood system which carries nutrients throughout the body.
When this process is hindered or disrupted because of nutritional deficiency, a person is prone to fatigue and illness. Major minerals that provide alkalinization in the body are calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium.. These must be provided in the diet on a daily basis for maintaining the proper pH of the blood.
“For the life of flesh is in the blood,” Lev. 17:11
Taking a look at the pH chart to the right, notice that lemon, orange, tomato, and black coffee are acidic, being below a 7 pH. Be cautious when looking at charts saying any of these, like the lemon, are alkaline. All acidic foods are buffered in the body, so you may run low on alkaline reserves while consuming too many acidic foods. Enjoy acidic foods in moderation to maintain consistent alkalinity.
The diet and nutritional supplements provide the minerals for maintaining pH. A dentist will acknowledge that teeth dissolve easily in soda drinkers because of ingesting so much phosphoric acid in the soda. Bones contain calcium which buffers high acidity. Non-acidic foods, like green leafy vegetables, do not quickly draw down alkaline reserves, but increase them.
When a person has sufficient nutritional reserves, the body naturally produces an abundance of energy. It is only when reserves become depleted that a person might feel the need to rely on stimulants to keep going.
Are Stimulants Healthy in the Long Run?
If a person is using caffeine or other stimulants for energy production, instead of relying on natural energy production, eventually there will be the feeling of burn out. With burn out, there is a need to consume more stimulants, tapping deeper into tissue reserves. The higher the dosage of stimulants, the deeper the body will tap into its reserves, which contributes to premature aging. When muscles become depleted they become tight and sore. When bones become depleted they become porous and weaken. When nerves become depleted it leads to anxiety or depression.
Between 80-90% of people around the world consume caffeine for energy. Wow! Some caffeine containing products are coffee, black tea, chocolate, soda, and energy drinks, like Monster. Caffeine stimulation quickly wears off while depleting alkaline mineral reserves in the process. Some herbs containing caffeine are guarana, yerba mate, and cola nut. In order to build a healthy reserve of minerals for natural energy production, stimulants must be avoided.
“Consuming as little as 200 mg of caffeine every day can lead to addiction and altered chemistry in the brain. Another 100 mg per day can lead to increased anxiety, panic disorders, muscle twitching, irregular heart beat, flushed skin, depression, and even slurred speech.”1
Totally giving up the use of caffeine and other stimulants is the best solution for overcoming energy depletion. To build reserves consume extra nutrients beyond daily requirements. It may be a long-term process in restoring the body back to a self-sustaining energy level, but it is worth the effort!
Can I Monitor pH Level?
To monitor saliva pH, simply purchase a kit and test your saliva pH first thing in the morning. Take readings before eating because eating changes your base line reading. Monitor your pH periodically throughout the week and chart your improvement. Feel the difference in your energy level when the base line saliva pH raises from a number close to 6 to a number close to 7.
Another method of monitoring alkaline reserves, is monitoring saliva pH as you start eating. As saliva flows to digest your meal it contains an enzyme called amylase which is an alkaline enzyme. Amylase is the enzyme which digests carbohydrates. If the pH test strip does not turn blue (alkaline) then you might not be manufacturing sufficient enzymes for digesting carbohydrates, and this may signal a depletion of alkaline minerals.
Amylase deficiency is not to be confused with gluten intolerance. Gluten is a protein in a few grains like wheat. Protease is an enzyme which digests gluten.
This video demonstrates a pH challenge test for monitoring alkaline reserves. Lemon juice is used as an acid for challenging the saliva to see how long it takes to recover. Take the pH test to see your mineral reserve level!
How do I Increase pH?
For providing extra alkaline minerals and nutrients every day, enjoy a scoop of Capra Mineral Whey, mixed in water or another liquid like a smoothie. Minerals are best assimilated from food sources like whey, not rock powder which is found in the majority of mineral supplements on the market.
Mt. Capra is a family run business located in Washington. The goats are not fed antibiotics or growth hormones and are never exposed to harmful pesticides or herbicides. Through using organic pasture farming, the goats are raised in a healthy environment. Supplementing your diet with a scoop of goat whey each day ensures an abundance of alkalizing minerals for energy production.
Capra Mineral Whey™ Pro is an alkaline mineral concentrate containing over 20 naturally occurring minerals and electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Two tablespoons of Capra Mineral Whey contain five times the amount of potassium as a banana. Continue reading >>Mt. Capra Product Data Sheet.
NitroGreens is a convenient source of incredibly rich (high ORAC value) alkalinizing minerals from all organic vegetable grasses, sprouts, and juices. Just one scoop mixed in water or added to a smoothie increases oxygenation and mental alertness through supporting the production of nitric oxide. When your oxygen level increases so does your productivity level! Being carefully processed at low temperatures this product is enzymatically active for quick absorption. All ingredients are grown from heirloom seeds. There are no fiber fillers in this product and it supports the detoxification of heavy metals. Read more: NitroGreens by Biotics Research.