Recently I spoke
at a health conference (special thanks to Morley,
Robert and all my clients and readers who came up to me to say
hi!) and had several great conversations with many
questions I was asked during and after my presentation ran the
gamut, there was one general reaction that came through loud and
You see, I talked
about the number that is THE most telling indicator about
your state of health and is arguably the most important number
to pay attention to if you want a life free of pain,
inflammation and disease.
It's not your
Your BMI? Nope.
No--it's not your
It's not even your
It's your pH.
Here is what kept
my audience on the edge of their seats...
pH--why in the world?
In a flashback to
high school chemistry, remember that the pH scale goes from 0 to
14. 0 is pure acid, 7 is neutral, and 14 is pure alkaline.
You came into this
world with an alkaline pH. It's how your body was designed and
how you're meant to stay.
ALL of your organs, tissues, bones and joints work best when
your blood pH is slightly alkaline (around 7.365).
If your pH is even
just a little too acidic, that's when your body can begin to
literally break down. Aches and pains begin to creep up. Tumors
(including cancer) can flourish. Diseases can rear their ugly
Although a number
of factors can contribute to an acid pH, (including stress,
environmental toxins, lack of exercise and smoking), far and
away the number one factor is your FOOD.
acid-creating foods (especially fast food, processed food, meat,
dairy, refined carbs and hard to digest meal combinations) pulls
your pH down toward the acid range.
On the other hand,
when your diet contains many alkaline foods (like fresh fruits
and vegetables) and is easy for your body to break down, you
encourage a more alkaline pH.
of your innards
Let take a look at
your innards and see some examples of how your body can break
down when you're acidic:
Your heart pumps
an unbelievable 13,000 quarts of blood a day--enough to fill a
small swimming pool!
If there are
toxins in your blood, that puts a huge strain on your heart to
do its job.
Acid wastes in
your system also rob your blood of oxygen, which causes your
heart tissue to deteriorate.
And you don't want
your ticker breaking down, do you?
The liver serves
over 300 different functions-with two of the most important
being to remove acid wastes from your blood and make alkaline
enzymes for your body.
If you're like
most people who live in industrialized countries, your blood
resembles a war zone with far too many toxins floating around,
and your liver is constantly being stressed cleaning them out.
If that goes on
long enough, it can completely shut down. And so will you.
The pancreas is
super important... in fact, it's responsible for completing
digestion in your small intestine. And it helps regulate blood
sugar by producing insulin. Like I said, super important.
More so than any
other organ, the pancreas is extremely sensitive to your pH and
absolutely CANNOT function when you're acidic -- it MUST have an
If your pancreas
is not working right, you can be looking at type II diabetes,
pancreatitis or even pancreatic cancer (which can kill you
The kidneys create
urine and help get rid of excess acid from the body. About one
liter of blood passes through them every single minute!
If your blood has
too much acid and toxins, your kidneys are over-stressed and
unable to do their job. (Ever hear of dialysis? Kidney stones?)
When your stomach
properly breaks down your food, the small intestine can finish
the job and digestion is completed like it should be.
But foods that are
acid-creating are hard for your stomach to break down, and in
its efforts to do its job, it may overproduce acid. The result
can be poorly digested food, fewer nutrients being absorbed, and
acid rising up into your throat.
Acid reflux, GERD,
IBS, hiatal hernia and gastritis are all on the rise and this is
why. The typical American diet is LOADED with hard to digest,
supposed to easily pass through the colon and "out your back
door." But if digestion has not been accomplished properly, they
don't move through like they should.
Instead they can
clog your colon walls, become a breeding ground for bacteria and
disease and cause you to put on weight. Plus, the toxins can be
reabsorbed into your bloodstream, make you ill and encourage the
development of food sensitivities.
It's no surprise
that colon cancer is the number one cancer killer, and that so
many people suffer with IBS, diverticulosis/itis and chronic
constipation, is it?
An acid pH
is GOOD -- when you're DEAD
There is one time
when you're SUPPOSED to have an acid pH.
When you're DEAD.
automatically becomes acidic upon death so it can decompose like
it's supposed to.
I don't want that
happening any time too soon, do you?
we get this magic 7.365 pH?
gotten the idea of how important it is to have a slightly
alkaline pH while you're still breathing and vertical.
Now I'll tell you the 4 steps to attaining and maintaining an
optimal alkaline pH:
Step 1- Check
your pH at regular intervals
You can get a
saliva test or urine test kit at most drug stores or health food
stores. The saliva test is the least accurate and urine is
slightly more accurate.
You can also have
your blood tested by a doctor. This is the most accurate measure
but also the most expensive. If you want this done and your
doctor won't do it, find one who will.
The normal pH for
urine is about 6.5-6.8 (it's acidic because urine is an exit for
toxins), for saliva 7.0-7.4 and for blood 7.365 is your target.
If you're testing
your pH with saliva or urine, it's important to perform the test
several times at different times of the day, since pH can be
affected by what you eat or drink.
Step 2- Drink
Aim for at least
5-8 glasses per day. Stir in a little fresh-squeezed lemon juice
to make it more alkaline if you'd like. Alkalizing drops are
also available at health food stores.
Water means water
and does not mean coffee, tea, Gatorade, soda or other sweetened
But avoid drinking
tap water as it can contain chlorine and/or fluoride. Strive to
drink filtered or bottled water.
Step 3- Eat
more alkaline foods
thing to note here is you CAN continue to eat some "good" acid
foods that have valid nutrients - so if you don't want to give
up that juicy steak you love or that roasted chicken, you don't
Just make sure
that those acid foods are counterbalanced by a good portion of
alkaline foods. 50/50 is a good place to start, and the more
alkaline, the better.
"Good" acid foods include nourishing things like:
* Chicken, turkey
* Brown rice
* Beef (preferably grass fed and organic)
These foods have
nutrients that do benefit your body. So it's not necessary to
eliminate them. You just need to make sure to keep them under
control, and make sure they represent no more than 50% of your
And remember it's
NEVER a good idea to eat processed food, fast food or drink
soda. Keep those to a bare minimum or preferably none at all.
Step 4- Keep
your digestion efficient
In order to keep
your digestion humming, it's vital to eat meal combinations that
are easily broken down and don't cause your stomach to
overproduce acid, and make sure you have adequate enzymes to do
Easy digestion =
proper elimination of wastes = a more alkaline pH
Poor digestion =
acid waste build-up = Sickness and a more acid pH
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2- Supplement with digestive enzymes whenever necessary
If you've had a
long history of eating next-to-impossible-to-digest meals,
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Without the proper
enzymes for digestion, you can suffer from gas, bloating,
constipation, waste build-up...
...and you'll have
a more acidic pH!
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your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. are all very
important too, it's vital to keep your eye on the MOST important
Do that and your
body will thank you many times over.
To your health,
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