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Apr 14, 2021

You will often hear me talking about pH and if you have been wondering why, then keep reading/listening!

If your body’s pH is out then your body cannot take the steps it needs to keep it in balance. Too acid means you have a low pH and too alkaline means you have a high pH. 

Our cells are braided into an extracellular space called the matrix. This matrix has a semifluid consistency. And this semi-fluid consistency is only kept at the right consistency if your blood pH is in balance between 6.8 to 7.2. 

The extracellular space has a very important function in keeping you alive. The nutrients we put into our body and the oxygen we breath, travels through the matrix on the way to the cells that need them to function. If the fluid in the matrix is too acid it will thicken and the nutrients and oxygen will not be able to get to their destination, causing them to malfunction.

The thickening of the extracellular fluid also means the toxins being released from cells (or toxins we have put into our body) get stuck in the fluid and also in the intracellular space (inside of the cell), instead of passing through and being processed for elimination out of the body.

In short, if you do not have nutrients then your body cannot function. And if you cannot detox toxins out of your system then they will make you sick. 

The matrix not only has the ability to bring nutrients to the cell and also wash away the toxins/debris but it also holds most of our bodies fluid. We are made up of about 85% fluid, so this is extremely important. And guess what? When the body is too acid, it cannot hold the fluid and this is when problems start happening. 


What else happens when your pH is low (too acid)?


Your immune system produces ‘killer’ cells that it sends out when there is a virus or bacteria that needs controlling or when you have sick cells that need destroying. If the body is too acid then the affected cells get a halo around them which prevents the killer cells from reaching their target. 

Body structure becomes rigid

Muscles and joints begin to ache and your body becomes generally stiff and rigid.


It is during the first stage of sleep that the body alkalises itself before going into the deeper second and third stages of sleep where regeneration and clearing of emotions occurs. 

If you are waking up around 3am in the morning needing to pass urine then this is a sign your body pH needs balancing because it has been working during the night to correct it (and thus preventing you from going into the 2nd and 3rd stages of sleep). 


A low pH will lead to dry and flaky skin.


The lower your pH, the faster you will age because the body is dumping all the minerals you need to function properly.

Difficulty losing weight

When the toxins can not move through the matrix to be detoxified from the body, they are instead stored in fat cells, which is much safer than having them in the bloodstream where they will cause a lot of damage very quickly. In order to lose weight, we must first alkalise so the body can eliminate the toxins.

Weight loss becomes further hampered by a low pH when the matrix is clogged and hormonal and immune receptors are not functioning/receiving messages.


How does the body correct low pH?

If your blood pH is too acid the body will try to correct this by dumping minerals (beginning with calcium) from the tissues and bones into the bloodstream to buffer the pH. This works to a certain extent but it quickly deprives the tissues and organs of minerals they need to function. 

On top of the mineral deprivation, when there are too many minerals in the bloodstream they can become sedimented and create deposits. For example, calcium spurs can form which can become quite painful. 


What affects our pH?

The biggest culprit when it comes to pH is what we drink but foods also affect our acid levels. Below are some common low pH foods and drinks to look out for:

  • Spirits 
  • Carbonated water
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Fruit juices (even freshly squeezed)
  • Sugar
  • High GI Carbohydrates (white bread, pasta etc)
  • High protein foods like meat


What else causes our pH to drop?

  • Stress
  • Parasites
  • Infections (bacteria produces lactic acid)
  • Medications
  • Excess of salt
  • Dairy products
  • Extreme exercise (We produce lactic acid when we exercise)

As you can see by this list it is very important to keep a balance. Our body is built to keep this balance but if you do or consume too many acid promoting things then your body will not be able to keep it in balance long term, leading to very serious problems. 


What should you do if you are worried about your body pH?

It is very common for people to reach for bicarb soda and to drink this with water. I do NOT recommend this as your body requires a balance of minerals. There are a few products I recommend that have a good balance for your body but I recommend reaching out to me to know what to use and when as there are other things we need to take into consideration like pregnancy and blood pressure medications. 

Apple cider vinegar is another ‘go-to’ for many people. This is helpful for releasing digestive enzymes but will not be enough on it’s own to correct your pH. 

Lemon juice is also not recommended as it is acidic initially and only becomes alkalising to the body once it has been metabolised. This means that it can create a problem with your teeth enamel due to the high acidity. 

It is worth noting that many common ‘fixes’ are not enough on their own to correct the pH when it has been acid for a long time. This includes lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and green juicing. Green juicing will only be effective if the person goes on a complete green juicing diet for a period of time. It is not recommended you go on an extreme diet like this without professional guidance and support as there are many factors that need to be considered and there is likely a better way for you to reach your goal of alkalising the blood.  

When we look at low pH we are not just considering how to alkalise/correct the pH but we are also looking at replacing the minerals already lost (due to dumping) as a high priority. For this reason, any supplement you take which helps to alkalise needs to have enough minerals to both buffer the pH and replace the ones which have been dumped/lost due to acid. 



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