Saturday, March 04, 2006

Acid - Alkaline Balance and Health

There are a lot of books out these days that recommend making your diet more alkaline to improve your health. While I do think acid alkaline balance is important in a person's diet, I always find these books a bit odd, because most of my past health problems stemmed from being too alkaline.

I started testing my urine pH years ago before it was "trendy" to do so. In my case my urine pH was out of the normal range on the alkaline side of the scale. Other family members had the same problem. When I switched my family to a more acidic diet, our bladder infections cleared up and both of my children's adult teeth started coming in all of a sudden.

I suspect that previously my children had been suffering from delayed dentition because their bodies didn't have the right nutrients, or perhaps their bodies were not able to absorb the right nutrients to form their adult teeth, due to a lack of stomach acid. I noticed many of their allergies and chronic sinus and ear infections also cleared up as their diets became more acid.

So for the last ten years or so I've been a firm believer in the value of acid - alkaline balance in the diet through first morning urine testing. I know a lot of traditional Western doctors feel this isn't helpful, but these are the same doctors who were putting my kids on endless cycles of antibiotics for years that did more harm than good.

So I do feel in situations like this it is better to trust my own judgments than to blindly follow authority figures' advice, especially when that advice has harmed myself and my children in the past with unnecessary drugs with nasty side effects. Urine testing is inexpensive, easy to do, and seems to help with health issues based on my personal observations. I can't think of any downside to having my urine pH in the normal range.

Listed below are the correlations I've noticed between health issues and out of range urine pH with myself and other family members.

When the urine is too acidic, my family seems to also have many many of the following conditions:
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Acid reflux (heartburn)
  • Acid indigestion
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Heat rashes
  • Motion sickness - (I think movement sloshes the excess acid around in the stomach making people more easily nauseous)

In Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine, an overly acid condition is associated with a pitta dosha. After taking my son to endless traditional and holistic Western doctors, we found the answers to my son's night sweats and stomach aches on the Internet in Ayurvedic web sites.

He fit the pitta dosha descriptions perfectly, and the recommended diets to balance a pitta dosha put him on the road to recovery. (The traditional yoga diet, which emphasizes a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables, istend to be an alkaline diet.)

When the urine is too alkaline, I've noticed the following conditions seems to develop:

  • Bladder infections
  • Allergies get worse
  • More sinus infections, colds
  • Diarrhea / upset stomachs
  • Athlete's foot fungus
  • Itching
  • Mold allergies

Please note most of the above lists are not taken from any books or studies - they are just my personal observations of what happens to my family when their urine pH gets out of normal range.

I think when we don't have enough acid it makes it easier for bacteria and fungus to thrive, hence the onset of bacterial and fungal related conditions. So I certainly don't agree with most of the popular books out today that everyone need to be more alkaline. There is a condition called alkalosis that can occur when body fluids become overly alkaline. Medical symptoms of alkalosis include muscle twitching, spasms, lightheadedness, confusion and tremors.

However being too acidic seems to have it's own issues, including a condition called acidosis. As such, I suspect it is probably best just to strive for a normal range.

Many holistic doctors recommend saliva or urine testing to determine your pH levels, but I've personally never found any correlation between health issues and saliva pH. Urine pH is the one measurement I've found most helpful.

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