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Who is Angel?
What is pH?
pH stands for the Power of Hydrogen. Broken down to the simplest form, our
bodies are composed of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. The pH measures the action
of hydrogen and the balance of acidity and alkalinity in the living system.
When testing pH, the result is a number from 0 to 14. Neutral
is 7 with lower numbers representing an acidic condition and higher representing
an alkaline condition. Our bodies are alkaline by design but acid by function.
All of the cells that make up the body are slightly alkaline and must stay that
way to remain healthy and alive. The optimum range of pH is from 7.2 to 7.6,
You can test your pH with litmus paper available in many drug
stores simply by wetting the paper with your saliva and matching the color of
the paper to a chart.
The Importance of
Do you remember
learning about Hydrogen in your high school chemistry class? You may remember
that it is the smallest Critical Element and is capable of passing through the
cell wall. In order for our cells to function they must communicate with each
other through electrons but electrons can not move in the body without hydrogen.
Cells must have oxygen but oxygen does not work without hydrogen. Cells cannot
multiply or grow without hydrogen. The very fabric of our being, our DNA, is
held together by Hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen is literally the fuel of life.
When we are born we have plenty of Hydrogen but as we age our
Hydrogen pool becomes depleted. When this occurs, free radicals steel it from
essential areas thus accelerating aging and disease. It is now accepted that the
aging process and virtually all disease is the result of free radical damage to
What Does This Mean?
The pH measures the
condition of our critical bodily fluids (blood, saliva and urine). These fluids
make up our internal environment that is critical to our health. Simply stated,
an acid system is conducive to sickness while alkalinity is required for normal
healthy cellular function. A saliva pH below neutral (7.0) is a warning sign
that your body is acidifying and moving away from health toward degenerative
disease and rapid aging.
Why is it so Difficult
to Maintain a Healthy pH?
Our bodies are in a
constant state of metabolization. The problem is that the process of metabolism
creates acid, which is needed for energy and other biochemical processes. Normal
healthy metabolism creates acid wastes such as cholesterol, uric acid and acetic
acid. Even with the best diet these acid wastes are unavoidable but they must be
neutralized and eliminated from the body or harsh consequences will result.
To further compound the problem, our food, water and air are
loaded with acid forming substances like chlorine and an increasing assortment
of chemicals. Soft drinks, especially COLAs (pH 2.5), are extremely acid forming
and are the mainstay of our children's diets. Poor choices of foods, acidic
ingredients and low mineral content all contribute to a condition of acid
Maintaining a proper, slightly alkaline, pH is considered the
most important aspect of a healthy body and a long disease-free life. An
imbalance of alkalinity creates a condition favorable to the growth of bacteria,
viruses, yeast and other harmful organisms--even Cancer.
Accumulation of acid wastes are also closely linked with
degenerative disease, lack of vitality and aging in general. Even when there is
no toxic substances in our food, there are waste products that must either be
eliminated or stored. Toxins change into poison and must be detoxified or they
will eventually destroy the system.
Our Bodies Defense
The human body has an
incredible ability to maintain life, however the compensations our bodies are
forced to make come with a price. As the damage accumulates over a period of
years we may experience no obvious ill effects but eventually the bill comes due
and we pay the price.
Having an acidic pH is like driving your car with the oil
light on. The car will continue to run without any apparent problem but
eventually it will simply stop. To maintain life our blood and cells must be
defended against all of this acidity. Should we become too acidic, we would die.
Calcium and magnesium are two key alkalizing minerals.
Fortunately we have what amounts to an alkaline mineral bank in our bones and
teeth. To buffer the acid overload the body will make withdrawals from this bank
account. While this is effective in the short term, in the long run we see bones
becoming more brittle with age and in extreme cases it results in osteoporosis.
Another way the body raises blood pH is to solidify acids and
deposit them in the tissues. This enables our blood to remain in an acceptable
pH range but as these harmful byproducts accumulate, overall pH goes lower,
oxygen levels fall, and the seeds of a variety of degenerative diseases are
This process of gradually depleting minerals from the bones an
building up acidic deposits in body tissues is a slow one. For many years we
have no symptoms, no clue as to the storm that is building. Eventually we begin
to experience aches and pains, declining energy levels, and other subtle signs
that we associate with getting older.
These are not an inevitable part of getting older. They are
warning signs. Heart
and circulatory disease, blood
sugar disorders, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue (even cancer) are all
directly associated with an acid pH.
What is the Aging
As we age, we
gradually dry up at the cellular level. As the years go by, the cells of the
body (where all biochemical processes occur) become thicker. As a result the
amounts of vital nutrients and oxygen brought into them declines while the
amounts of toxins and metabolic waste products increases. The result is a loss
of youthful cellular function and the beginnings of degenerative disease.
Can this be avoided? Consider this: "Dr. Alexis Carrell,
a famous French physiologist, conducted an experiment in which he took cells
from the heart of a chicken and put them in a solution containing minerals and
nutrients in the same proportion as chicken blood. Every day he changed the
solution keeping the fluids constant and disposing of the waste products
produced by the cells. The result, for which he won a Nobel Prize, was the
chicken heart lived for over 28 years. When he stopped changing the solution the
cells promptly died."
As revealing as this experiment was, the question remains, how
can we accomplish this in the living system? What steps can we take to achieve
similar results? To answer that question, we first must explore the cause of aging.
The Cause of Aging
Phosphoric Acid is
produced in protein metabolism. Excess amounts are solidified as salts and can
result in the formation of kidney stones. These acid salts also build up in the
walls of our cells and cause them to stiffen. The resulting thickening creates
an inability to properly hydrate the cells. It also creates a severe decline in
nutrient and oxygen delivery into the cells and toxin and waste removal from the
cells. In other words, a steady decline in cellular function results --we call
this decline aging. Highly alkaline fluids will wash these acid salts away and
help return cells to a more youthful level of function.
How Health Conditions Link to pH
One highly alkaline
mineral responsible for neutralizing acids in the body is calcium. As stated
earlier, when we allow our pH to decline into an acidic condition the body is
forced to withdraw calcium from the bones and teeth in order to maintain life.
In spite of the tremendous push over the last 20 years for
calcium supplementation, the incidence of osteoporosis has increased
dramatically. The drain placed on bone mineral content by excess acidity is
simply too great. The prevalence of low or acid pH places incredible strain on
our bones and teeth. In areas like Hunza, where the people are blessed with
abundant highly-alkaline drinking water, problems like osteoporosis do not
Cholesterol is an
acidic byproduct of fat metabolism. As the body becomes more acidic, it defends
itself by solidifying cholesterol in the blood and depositing it in the cells of
our blood vessels. Over a period of years plaque builds until circulation is
impaired resulting in surgery, medication or heart attacks and strokes.
When pH is raised to an alkaline condition the body is better
able to neutralize these wastes and flush them out of the system. Not only does
accumulation of plaque stop but deposits can be dissolved, neutralized and
washed away as well.
Another byproduct of
normal healthy metabolism is uric acid. Like cholesterol the body deals with
excesses by solidifying it into a salt that tends to build up in the joints. The
result is gout and arthritis. This accumulated acid can damage cartilage and
irritate joints. Blood can not carry out wastes as effectively in the joints,
which is why the acids tend to accumulate there. Drinking highly alkaline water
can do a good job of cleaning out the uric acid over time, remembering that it
took years for the damage to accumulate.
system is a sophisticated clean-up service. It is composed of your body's
army of white blood cells or natural killer (NK) cells. Each NK
cell is manufactured by your body as needed to kill off a specific invader.
For example, there is a specific cell to kill cancer, another one for the cold
germ, and still another for a virus. Sometimes, the pathogens multiply faster
than the body can manufacture the matching NK cell...hence advanced cancer,
a bad cold, a long drawn-out flu.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could help the immune system by
preventing these pathogens from taking hold in the first place? Bacteria,
viruses, molds, yeast and fungus that attack our bodies thrive in an acidic
environment. In a slightly alkaline (or extremely acid) environment they are
weakened significantly and do not multiply efficiently.
In the preferred slightly alkaline pH range, the immune system
can clear the potentially harmful microbes out more easily, often before we have
any symptoms. They are weakened and do not multiply as prolifically. Ultimately
health wins out.
An acidic condition
also corresponds to low oxygen levels. There is a direct correlation between pH
and available oxygen. An alkaline environment provides literally thousands of
times the oxygen needed for all bodily functions. Oxygen is essential to energy
production. In very simple terms, natural energy production in the body boils
down to oxygen burning hydrogen.
Another aspect of energy and vitality vs. fatigue is proper
enzyme activity. Acids literally turn off enzymes, which are tiny proteins that
control chemical reactions. Without enzymes there is no life. Maintaining a pH
in the range of 7.2 to 7.6 is critical to slowing down degeneration and
maintaining a more youthful vitality.
intelligent choices of food and beverages is an important starting point. The
problem is the difficulty of eating properly
with our modern life styles. Below is a list of acid and alkaline foods.
For the exact pH of the foods listed here, click on pH
Foods from the Links page.
(pH under 7)
All meat (beef, pork, lamb, chicken) and fish
Rice (white, brown, or basmati)
Cornmeal, oats, rye, spelt, wheat, bran
Breads and most other grain products like cereals
(hot or cold), crackers, pastries
The following beans (unless sprouted, in which case
they become alkaline-producing): pinto, navy, mung, lentils, black, garbanzo,
red, white, adzuki, and broad
Cheese (Parmesan is the worst, along with the
The following nuts: walnuts, pecans, cashews, dried
coconut (fresh coconut is alkaline-producing), pistachios, macadamias, filberts,
Brazil nuts, and peanuts
Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
Colas (I've warned numerous times in the past how
the phosphorus in cola turns to phosphoric acid and destroys bone.)
Coffee and other caffeinated drinks
Most forms of sweeteners (artificial sweeteners,
cane sugar, beet sugar, barley syrup, processed honey, maple syrup, molasses,
Refined table salt
Mustard (dried powder and processed)
Ketchup (unless natural and homemade)
Mayonnaise (unless natural and homemade)
White Vinegar (apple cider and sweet brown rice
vinegar are less acid-producing and preferred)
Practically all drugs
Alkalizing Foods (pH
all fruits with the exception of blueberries, plums, prunes, and cranberries.
Even citrus fruits such as lemons, which we think of as being acidic, are
alkalineproducing in the body. They are rich in organic salts, like citrates,
which are converted into bicarbonates. Beans such as string, soy, lima, green,
and snap Peas ~
such as flax, millet, quinoa, and amaranth
like almonds, pignoli, fresh coconut, and chestnuts
seeds of alfalfa, radish, and chia
like raw, unpasteurized honey, dried sugar cane juice (Sucanat), brown rice
fresh vegetable juices
vegetable and unprocessed sea salt
unprocessed, cold-pressed oils are neutral or alkaline-forming (Even margarine
seems to be neutral, but it is not recommended that anyone eat this "liquid
As you can see from
the list, just because a food is acid-forming doesn't necessarily make it
unhealthy. In fact, many of the acid foods are necessary for proper health. It's
just a matter of balance. The bottom line is that we need to eat enough
alkalizing foods to help our bodies neutralize the acid-forming foods.
Since acid forming foods are a little stronger, the rule of thumb is about 25%
Acid to 75% Alkaline.
Testing your pH level weekly and, if needed, using an alkaline
supplement will go a long way in the prevention of degenerative disease and the
promotion of good health. Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking
Soda) is extremely alkalizing but not recommended for long
periods of time and, of course, an alkalizing supplement should never be taken
with meals because it may reduce the stomach acid needed for proper digestion.
Now that you know the role pH plays in all health conditions,
you may want to test your pH to see where you stand.
How to Increase pH?
There is a supplement
on the market called Mega
H that has demonstrated a powerful ability to
bring cellular hydration into a more youthful condition very quickly. In a two
week independent study using four capsules a day, the increase in cellular
hydration resulted in a 5 1/2 year reduction in the biological age of the cells.
Remember that when we measure pH, we are really measuring the
Power of Hydrogen. Mega H adds huge amounts of hydrogen into water along
with its unique mineral structure. The combination is the ideal water to promote
a healthy pH and optimum body fluids. In addition, the negative charge of
Mega H makes it an extremely potent antioxidant--far more powerful than
Also remember that hydrogen is capable of passing through the
cell wall. Fluid flow through the cells is the only means for essential oxygen
and nutrients to be brought into the cells and for toxins and waste products to
be bought out. Mega H has demonstrated, in independent testing, the ability
to significantly reverse the decline in intercellular hydration--one of the key
aspects of aging.
How to Use
Mega H's powerful antioxidant properties, it is important to start very
slowly with perhaps one capsule every other day for a week or two. Increase the
dosage by one capsule a day every week or two after that until you are taking 4
to 6 capsules a day. If taken in this manner, there are usually no side effects.
The product is more potent when mixed with liquid.
The reason for building up slowly is, if you take too much too
quickly, you may experience a die-off. That's because when Mega H
the pH, pathogens may die and poisons will be neutralized. These must exit the
body and may overload your elimination system. If your liver, kidneys and
intestines can not handle it, the largest organ of the body (the skin) will pick
up the excess and you will break out in a rash. Usually this will occur within
the first three days and last for a week or two. The rash is not uncomfortable.
It just doesn't look very good.
Many people will experience a rash after starting with one a
day for three days. Starting with one every other day usually does not produce a
rash. However, if you were to go overboard and start with 4 a day, you may
experience a rash and flue like systems which would not be pleasant. Debris
would literally flood into your system and your body would quickly be drowning
in its own waste. This can be serious. Build up your dosage slowly and your body
will thank you for it. You should notice positive results once you reach 6 a day
(2 with each meal).
How Fast can I Change
Shifting pH is not an
overnight process. In fact, it is difficult and requires consistent effort.
Consider this: It would take 32 eight ounce glasses of highly alkaline water (10
pH) to bring one glass of cola (2.5 pH) to a neutral 7 pH.
The body contains roughly 10 gallons of water. That same glass
of cola added to 10 gallons of water with a pH of 7.4 (normal body pH) would
bring the overall pH down to 4.6. Fortunately the body has a buffering system
that prevents such a severe decline in pH. If not, drinking cola would literally
The point is, taking proactive steps not only to eliminate
such acidic substances such as soda from our diets but also to assist our bodies
by adding alkalinity is essential. In addition to Mega H, Spirulina is also
highly recommended to replace the alkaline minerals our bodies need.
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