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The principles of pH begin with a definition of the term pH. The p comes from the word power. The H is the symbol for the element of hydrogen. Together, the term pH means the hydrion ion exponent. Slightly alkaline intercellular fluids hold 10 to 20 times as much oxygen as slightly acidic intercellular fluids.
An acid pH, or "acidosis," is the term used to describe the imbalanced acidic condition of all our body fluids. Virtually all cellular functions of the body are sensitive to the pH of their fluids. If the pH deviates too far to the acid side, cells become poisoned in their own toxic acidic wastes and die.
Most high protein foods (such as meat, fish, poultry and eggs), nearly all carbohydrates (including grains, breads, pastas) and fats are "acid-forming." And most fruits and vegetables are "base-forming." Although citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit, contain organic acids and may have an acid taste, they are not acid forming when metabolized, leaving no acidic residue. Similarly, Free-Form Amino Acids are not acid-forming, but instead offer unique buffering capabilities to the body.
To get rid of an acid pH, watching your diet can help, especially by increasing the number of fruits and vegetables you eat while decreasing the amounts of acid-forming foods consumed. But an easier way is to alkalize your system while continuing to enjoy the foods you prefer!
If you have taken your saliva and urine pH first thing in the morning and it is averaging 5.0 pH, you do need to take effective action. If you indeed have a pH of 5.0, you are not assimilating the food and supplements you are taking orally that is why it is very important for you to get minerals through your skin with the baths. Drink only water that is 7.2 to 7.4 pH. Use organic baking soda (no aluminum!) to increase the pH of your water. You can take baths that contain 2 cups of Epsom Salts. Apple cider vinegar, high in potassium, balances pH and watermelon does too.
Trying to eat a totally acid-food free diet is probably close to impossible for most of us. Also, probably not a good thing to try to do all at once - too severe a shock to one's system. It is possible to cut back on some of the biggest offenders, however - those soft drinks, coffee, grain products, large portions of meat, etc. It's a matter of retraining your eating/drinking habits, and taste bud too probably.
Drinking 2 large glasses of vegetable juice or even tomato juice will raise my pH to 7 from 6 or lower in less than an hour (tested on urine). Keeping a pH of 7 helps reduce pain from a gout attack considerably!
However, this affects your saliva and urine, but is not indicative of a change in your intercellular fluid. The original reading may be indicative of the pH of your intercellular fluid if you take it first thing in the morning. You have 1 gallon of water in your body for each 10 pounds of body weight. That means that a 100 lb person has 10 gallons of water. It takes more than the minerals in two glasses of juice to change from pH 6 to pH 7.
A pH value of 6.0 has 10 times as much acid as pH 7.0. If you can get the pH of your intercellular fluid to 7.0 or better and get rid of toxic overload, you can eliminate gout attacks.
One of the best ways to get a fairly accurate reading of one's tissue pH is to pass a litmus paper through a urine stream first thing in the morning. The 1st urine in the morning is a pretty good indicator because the body has had all night to process the entire day’s nutrient ingestion and balance itself out -- hence a good indicator of real body tissue pH.
Do not be surprised if you test acidic. Most folks initially will test very acidic in the yellow zone (pH 4 - 5). Time to make changes to move this into the green zone (pH 6.5 - 7). Urinary pH is always more acidic than the saliva. A normal urinary pH reading in the morning should be somewhere between 6.0-6.4 while in the evening hour a healthy range is considered to be somewhere between 6.4 - 6.8. The pH of the saliva should be slightly more alkaline than that of the urine. A healthy pH for saliva fluctuates somewhere between 6.6 - 7.0.