Treating an acidic pH requires the alkalization of the body. Many common substances can be used to achieve this process and maintain an appropriate pH in the body. Apple cider vinegar as well as several other tonics is effective buffering agents for balancing the body’s pH.
What is Acidic pH?
Characterized by the presence of too much acid in the body fluids, acidic pH or acidosis occurs as the kidneys and lungs are unable to keep the body’s pH in balance. The common symptoms associated with the condition include fatigue, confusion, shortness of breath, sleepiness, rapid breathing, headache, lack of appetite and fruity smelling breath. Several factors contribute to the onset of the condition including chronic airway conditions, injury, obesity, nervous system issues, heart failure, cancer, seizures and others.
Natural Buffers for Balancing pH
A buffer is any agent that is able to regulate the pH and prevent further imbalance. A variety of natural tonics serve as buffers and regulate the pH. Apple cider vinegar, baking soda and magnesium hydroxide are appropriate options for treating acidic pH.
Apple Cider Vinegar
While acidic itself, apple cider vinegar has an alkaline effect on the body. When taken as a tonic, apple cider vinegar causes the body’s pH level to become more alkaline. This tonic also eradicates toxins and other infection causing substances from the body.
Baking soda is another alkalizing component. Baking soda works to alkalize the body and naturally balance the system. The compound also soaks up and neutralizes the overabundance of acids in the system.
Magnesium hydroxide is another chemical known as a neutralizing acid. Also known as milk of magnesia, the compound is safe and nontoxic and helps in treating over acidity of the system. This compound is typically taken as a slurry.
When the bodily fluids contain too much acid, the result is an acidic pH, which can cause a number of issues. Several natural treatments can safely neutralize the system and prevent further imbalance and symptoms.
Ted’s Alkalizing Formulas
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Ted’s Q&A with Earth Clinic Readers on pH
Anonymous (Mt. Vernon, Washington) on 08/10/2005 writes Ted: “You can get an accurate pH reading by using one drop bromthymol blue in urine and saliva. Reading should be between 6.4 and 6.8. Take the test 1.5 hrs. after eating. Test after eating foods to see how your body reacts. Strips aren’t as accurate.”
Ted from Bangkok replied: “Yes, strips are not accurate. Urinary pH changes very quickly even within 1-2 hours after eating so you don’t have to wait that long. This sound like testing them for doing a blood tests. In blood test you must fast for at least overnight. However, urinary pH is fast acting. Also normal salivary pH is frequently over 7. The mentioned method might work for urinary pH. However it is very difficult to know how far off the mark since most urinary pH varies between 5.5 to 7.5. While the mentioned method will tell you reach it, in practice, getting over 6 is usually acceptable. However, there are exceptions such as serious conditions as cancer or flu, in which you have to get them over 7.0 – 7.3 to kill or destroy the virus or cancer.
However, I prefer to use digital pH meters since you can calibrate with greater accuracy. At least here in Thailand, the price of a pocket digital pH is the same as the chemical methods, it was rather easy for me to go digital pH. Obtaining a digital pH is easier than getting chemical versions for most people since you can get them at a garden shop or pet shops also.”
Replied by Ron from Emporia, Kansas on 12/26/2009: “Hi Ted, I’ve enjoyed reading your ideas about and experiences with nutrition.
I have read several references to pH by you in other sections of this site and found myself confused on exactly what you might consider the Ideal pH for the urine or saliva. In this section here you described it very well. The Ideal pH of 6.4 and an acceptable range of 6.1 to 6.8 agrees pretty much with the J. D. Jarvis experiments in his book and with the studies of Carey Reams. Thanks for the clarification.”
Ted replies: “Dear Ron: The pH I am looking for test is either below or above 7. This is true especially of saliva. So a bromthymol blue measures in a range of only 6.4 to 6.8. Therefore the range of bromthymol blue has some limitations also.
For urine pH the range is 6.5, but for a saliva pH, the ideal pH is around 7.3. Hence the bromthymol blue is more ideal for the measurement of urinary pH.
Mostly the urine pH falls between 6. to 6.8 to be acceptable. But when a person is sick, I need to get the pH of the urine to be closer to 7.”
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