The notion of acid and alkaline is one of the
most misunderstood concepts in nutrition. It is commonly referred to as terrain
medicine, a reference to treating the whole individual. It has been established
that PH in the blood, saliva, urine, and other areas is a critical factor for
How can you determine an acid or alkaline
Blood work, saliva tests, hair analysis, muscle resistance and urine are just
some of the tests being recommended by current nutrition experts. Most of these
tests can show relative amounts of acid or alkaline, which is very interesting
But what people do not know is that there are
so many varieties of acid and alkaline appearing in the system that to get any
conclusive results about acid and alkaline status. It is still best to read the
intracellular fluid—a test rarely performed.
Most current diagnostic tests show the acid
wastes are present in the body fluids such as blood, lymph, urine, mucus and
saliva. The problem with such tests is that they do not show how much acid waste
is within the cellular fluids since these fluids are running through tissues and
removing acid wastes.
It might be possible to measure the relative
acid or alkalinity of body fluids. But it is rare and more complicated to
evaluate the acid or alkaline quality of body tissues such as skin, organs,
glands, muscles, ligaments, arteries, and vessels. The majority of standard
tests focus mainly on saliva, urine, or blood.
What does all this information mean?
The tissue quality of skin, organs, glands, muscles, ligaments, arteries, and
vessels is the determining factor of your health. When acid wastes are not
eliminated, they are reabsorbed through the colon, gets filtered through the
liver, and end up being re-released into the general circulation. Simply means
that you are re-circulating waste, when it is supposed to be cleansed and
Even measuring a person's blood for acid and
alkaline variations is not an easy task. When acid is introduced into the blood,
alkaline minerals from other parts of the body are immediately mobilized to
maintain a crucial pH balance of 7.35 to 7.45. The blood cannot tolerate
elevated acidity. It must alkalize.
To do this, it goes on an alkaline borrowing
spree immediately, with no intention of paying back the bone, tissue, and
digestive juice mineral donors. This means that to do a blood test for an
accurate acid and alkaline reading, testing would require your doctor to take
blood samples at numerous intervals throughout the day and only after eating one
particular food to obtain a good reading.
Very exhausting, costly, and still not that
A number of nutrition writers suggest testing acid and alkaline levels with
litmus paper (saliva) or urinalysis sticks (urine). Determining acid and
alkaline though pH testing is assumptive, simplistic, and misleading.
Saliva or urine is not reflective of your
overall acidity. Such arbitrary and unpredictable testing does not read the
cellular fluid or tissue quality of skin, organs, glands, muscles, ligaments,
arteries, and vessels. It can only give in a partial evaluation.
The proof of your body's acid and alkaline
condition can best be determined by your own experience, not by peer-reviewed
studies, medical establishment support, or static dietary guidelines.
Without getting too technical, the most
practical advice would be to experiment for several weeks with a food plan that
stays close to the middle of the acid and alkaline scale. Check out some diet
that is high on both. You will notice dramatic and positive changes that can
only be attributed to your experiment. This will be your best doctor.
There are supplements and products that will
help you become less acidic and more alkaline. Some say that certain health
problems can only occur if the body is too acidic. Also look at some charts of
common foods and see if what you eat and drink may be closer to a 2 ph than a
Post Edited (tuneup) : 10/14/2013 4:36:31 AM (GMT-6)