Is an acidic pH one of the causes of Fibromyalgia? How to get your pH correct…

By Dr. Ed Beyer, DC

Change your total body chemistry by changing this one thing…

Monitoring pH for optimal health 

One of the foremost things we can do to promote health and prevent disease is to keep the body in homeostasis and let it do what it does best: repair, rebuild and replenish. To me the first key to homeostasis is optimal pH.

What is pH? Without getting too technical it simply is a measurement of how acidic or alkaline a solution is. It is measured on a scale of 0-14 with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. 7.0 is neutral, neither acidic nor alkaline such as in water.

Every chemical reaction is dependent on proper pH!

Without the correct pH, hormones and enzymes cannot function at their capacity.

The proper pH for the blood is 7.4 or slightly alkaline. The problem is that the standard American diet is very acidic and therefore, most Americans and especially those with chronic disease are very acidic!

When we become acidic many bad things happen in the body such as:

· Poor digestion

· Low energy

· Can’t lose weight

· Increased aches and pains from inflammation

· Increased free radical production and thus quicker aging

· Heavy metal toxicity which greatly impact thyroid and parathyroid function

· Bad viruses and bacteria love an acidic environment and thus increase colds, flus and infections

· Brain doesn’t work as well so- brain fog, memory loss, depression and anxiety

And…

· Osteoporosis!

Why? Blood pH is very tightly regulated so even a small drop in pH will cause the body to do whatever it has to raise the pH. These mechanisms are called buffering systems.

The first thing the body will do to restore pH is to leach from bone, teeth and soft tissue precious minerals such as calcium, magnesium. It will also grab sodium, potassium and zinc wherever it can get it to buffer the acidic blood.

Most Americans are mineral deficient so the body grabs these from the bone and tissue.

Correcting your pH can stop this and reverse it as I see in many of my patient bone scans.

Remember that the pH scale is logarithmic meaning that each drop is a decrease of ten; for example a pH of 5.5 is 10x more acidic that 6.5 and 100x more acidic than 7.5.

When are pH becomes acidic the powerhouses of our cells (the mitochondria) become impaired and cannot produce enough energy. Fatigue is the number one complaint I see in my practice. The organ that fatigues the most is the brain. These mitochondria then produce more free radicals which ultimately destroy the mitochondria. This process is known as aging! Ever know someone who looks like they are 15 years younger than you think? I’ll bet dollars to gluten-free donuts that they are not acidic! Have you ever seen someone that looks older than they should? They are most likely acidic.

How do we measure our pH? 

It isn’t practical to draw our blood to measure our pH. It may take weeks to months to establish our pH and so we need a more practical way of measuring. The first morning urine is the best way. We do this simply with pH strips. Your morning pH should be 6.5 to 7.0. This equates to a blood pH of 7.4 which is ideal.

How can we get our pH to be optimal?

The most important step is the diet. 

1. Vegetables and fruits have a strong alkalinizing effect on the body. This is mainly due to the minerals they contain. Juicing with vegetables and fruits is a great start.

2. Avoid acidic foods like dairy and grains

3. Taking a hot bath with 1 cup of Epsom salts and 4 tablespoons of baking soda for 30 minutes. The magnesium in the Epsom salts will diffuse into the body and toxins will be released.

4. Drink lots of purified water with juice from a ½ lemon. The kidneys are very important in maintaining proper pH.

5. Use sea salt instead of iodized salt; Sea salt contains many essential bio-available minerals

6. Make sure your vitamin D levels are good.

7. VERY IMPORTANT: if your stomach is not acidic enough (hypochlorhydria) you will not absorb your minerals and the body becomes too acidic!

8. Currently we are getting excellent results using two supplements from Moss products. They are called Magnesium Glycinate and K Alkaline.

We start by taking 2 of each before bed and then measuring the pH in the morning with the urine strips. If the pH is still low we go up to 3 of each. Usually by 5 of each optimal pH is achieved and by doing the dietary changes optimal pH can usually be maintained after a few weeks.

Get your pH right and you will be amazed at how well you feel!

Sincerely,

Dr. Ed Beyer

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