Benefits of a Balanced pH Level and Diet
By Christine Dreher, CCN, CCH &
author of "The Cleanse Cookbook"
The evolution of our modern-day lifestyle continues to bring more challenges to our health and well-being. Most of our diets include so
many refined, processed foods and sugar. Not to mention having to deal with the chemical pollutants in the air we breathe and the food we eat. I believe these factors and
excessive stress, are the main reasons that the occurrence of disease continues to escalate.
The Evolution of Disease
Disease is our body’s way of telling us that something is out of balance. It is a cry for help. I believe that our bodies are capable of
healing themselves when given the right tools, care and attention. The problem in our society is that we tend to address the symptoms of the imbalances, instead of
treating the causes.
An example would be the overworked, stressed-out manager, plagued with afternoon fatigue (maybe due to depleted adrenal glands,
hypoglycemia or candida), who rushes off for the “sugar fix” of a candy bar or coffee to keep going.
This is like putting a band-aid on a volcano. It may create a short-term remedy, but in the long run it makes matters worse. What started
off as a small annoyance tends to escalate over time, requiring more drastic band-aids to quiet the uncomfortable symptoms. Eventually a small, annoying symptom can grow
to become a chronic problem or disease.
So What Causes These Imbalances?
One of the major causes of an imbalanced system is the food in our pantries and refrigerators. The amount of processed and refined foods we
consume has continued to increase over the last several decades, including foods treated with preservatives, chemicals, pesticides and hormones. Not only are the
chemicals creating havoc and toxicity in our systems, but the continual consumption of the processed and refined foods are also throwing off the delicate pH balance of
What Is the pH Balance of the Body?
The pH level is one of the most important balance systems of the body. The pH level is a measure of acidity or alkalinity, on a scale of
zero to fourteen, with zero being most acid, fourteen being most alkaline and seven being mid-range. You may have seen shampoos advertised as pH balanced. These are
shampoos designed to match the pH level of the hair. The pH levels of our bodies vary from one organ or system to the next.
For example, the stomach pH is much more acid than the intestinal pH because the stomach needs an acid environment (hydrochloric acid) to
break down food for digestion. Whereas, the flora (good bacteria) of the intestine need a more alkaline environment to assimilate and process the nutrients from the foods
digested by the stomach.
How Does Eating Affect Our pH Level?
In my book, “The Cleanse Cookbook,” I write about the importance of maintaining a balanced pH level. In order to do this, we need to eat at
least 75% alkaline-forming foods. The average all-American diet consists of about 80% acid-forming foods! Because processed and refined foods are extremely acidic to our
systems, the body creates a buffering system (a chemical process to protect the body from being harmed by the acids). This buffering process requires the use of many
nutrients from the body, including electrolyte minerals (organic potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, to name a few). Electrolyte minerals are not minerals from the
ground. They minerals from plant sources that have gone through the process of photosynthesis.
Why are Electrolyte Minerals Important for our Bodies?
Electrolyte minerals are vital to the metabolic functions of our body systems. When we have a sufficient reserve of electrolyte minerals,
the buffering process (the cushioning and removing of unwanted acids from our systems), is not a problem. When we are young, we usually have sufficient reserves. Over
time, the electrolyte mineral reserves can become depleted by ingesting too many processed and refined acid-forming foods, or from excessive mental or emotional stress.
When we run short of electrolyte minerals, our body is no longer able to maintain an efficient homeostasis (a state of equilibrium).
The body has a hierarchy of priorities for survival. Second only to breathing and sustaining our heartbeat, the most important metabolic
function that our bodies perform is maintaining a specific pH. The most important pH level that the body must regulate is the blood’s pH level. The body’s blood pH level
must be maintained at 7.4 (slightly alkaline). If it varies more than a point, death can result from a coma or a seizure. In order to maintain the blood’s critical pH
balance, the body will compromise less important functions. Once the electrolyte reserves become depleted, the body begins to rob these electrolytes from the various
organs and systems of the body to maintain the blood’s pH level. This is where the imbalance begins. The following are examples of altered pH levels and the resulting
imbalanced internal body system:
If the bowels and intestines are robbed of electrolyte minerals, the pH level becomes altered. This creates an imbalance in the bacterial
environment, which can leave the bowels and intestines open to pathogens (including candida and parasites), irritations and disturbances. Have you ever heard of irritable
bowel syndrome or leaky gut syndrome?
Also, when the body becomes depleted of organic sodium (an essential electrolyte mineral, not table salt), the body may not be able to
manufacture enough hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This can create an imbalanced digestive system, where foods are not being digested properly.
These imbalances can be aggravated further because our body systems will generally deplete electrolytes from the weakest areas first. So if
someone already has a weakened body system, the further depletion of electrolyte minerals will cause a greater imbalance and more dysfunction. When our bodies become too
depleted, overall functioning becomes weakened, affecting the immune system and the body’s ability to fight off bacterial and viral infections.
The Good News
We can begin to reverse this depletion process by replenishing the electrolyte minerals in our bodies. By eating more pH-alkaline forming
foods (fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh juices, sprouted seeds, alkaline grains), we can begin to replenish our reserve supply of electrolyte minerals. In my book,
“The Cleanse Cookbook," I explain this process in detail.
pH Testing Tools
Also in “The Cleanse Cookbook," I introduce an amazing tool to measure our pH levels; it’s called
pH papers. pH papers are yellow-colored papers that come on a roll or in strips that you
may have seen in your high school or college chemistry classes. You can use them to measure the saliva and urine pH levels of your body. Three of these tests are
explained in my book. They measure not only your pH levels, but can determine if you are deficient in electrolyte minerals.
The pH papers are a powerful tool for monitoring our pH balance system. pH testing also provides us
with a way to take a more proactive role in our health. We can detect and correct the pH imbalances and electrolyte deficiencies in our systems before they manifest as
symptoms of disease. As a cleanse coach, I have seen dramatic health improvements in so many people who simply get their pH levels balanced and their electrolytes
replenished. The pH tests are easy and quick. All you need are pH papers and the instructions for interpreting your results. Both
the pH papers and “The Cleanse Cookbook," are available on this web site
Products to help balance pH Levels:
Mt. Capra Mineral Goat Whey
Garden of Life:
Food RAW Alkalizer & Detoxifiber powder
ConcenTrace Mineral Drops
To your health and well-being!
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Christine Dreher, CCN, CCH, is the author
of the health-store best-seller “The Cleanse Cookbook,"
She is the President & Founder of Christine’s Cleanse Corner, Inc., which
is a whole-food nutrition & internal cleanse company; Nutritionist,
Herbalist, nutritional & cleanse counselor, and health instructor.She has
spent many years researching the causes and prevention of disease.
Inspired by her own healing transformation, during her first 40-day
cleanse process many years ago, she continues to help thousands of people
transform their lives through her cleanse programs, books, articles,and
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