Nutrition is “metabolic energy” extracted from the foods we eat. We digest various combinations of sugars, proteins and fats every day. These are then broken down, absorbed through the stomach and intestines, and converted into chemical forms of metabolic, cellular-energy, (currency). This currency is called ATP, or adenosine triphosphate. ATP is the body’s high-grade fuel. Vitamins and minerals are co-factors of enzymes that control all the chemical metabolic reactions and allow our bodies to assimilate the food for building structural components and energy. Amino acids are used as the raw building blocks to repair and to regenerate aging cells. Much of the food we eat is used to provide chemical energy that allows us to be active, creative beings. This process allows us to literally create a whole new physical body every seven-year cycle. Some students have regenerated in eleven months.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
While the proteins, carbohydrates and fats are being converted into sources of energy, they bring in the minerals which control the functioning of the organs, the metabolism and the activities of the nervous system. When eating chemically laced, packaged, plastic foods we are not supplying the body/mind with the healing minerals and on top of that tragic fact, the body has to work really hard to rid itself of the poisons.
The human body isn’t much different than any other type of energy producing factory. The cell, just like any other energy factory produces a waste by- product.
A car burns fuel for energy and excretes exhaust.
In the case of the human energy factory, the metabolized carbohydrates, proteins, and fats produce organic and inorganic acids. Protein produces sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid. Carbohydrates and fats produce acetic and lactic acid. These acids are all poisonous. The body’s defense against these acids is to neutralize them using mineral compounds stored in the bones and organs.
The mineral compounds used to neutralize the dangerous acids are carbonic salts. When the carbonic salts meet up with the strong acids, the alkaline minerals that make up the carbonic salts utilize this salt to blend with the dangerous acids. This combination produces a new type of salt. The new salt can be eliminated safely through the kidneys without harm. Here is an example: BaCO3 + H2SO4 = BaSO4 + H20 + CO2. This formula translates into: carbonic salt + sulfuric acid = sulfuric salt + water + carbon dioxide. The sulfuric salt is removed by way of the kidneys and the carbon dioxide is removed by way of the lungs. The process of turning acid into a safe salt depletes the alkaline elements; our stored minerals and creates an acid condition in the body fluids. This is a huge factor in health. For cellular health, the body fluids must maintain a slightly alkaline 7.4 pH. This alkalinity must remain constant and even a tiny dip as small as 6.95 pH can result in a coma or instant death. Acid blood causes the heart to relax and stop beating, and alkaline blood causes the heart to contract and stop beating. Tetanic convulsions, or spasms occur at an alkaline pH of 7.7. The mineral supply has to be restored daily by the foods we consume or our storage units run dry and disease begins.
It is not uncommon to hear of great athletes dying from a heart attack during their sport event. It seems odd that people in such great physical condition would just drop dead. Physical strength has nothing to do with acid/alkaline pH balance. Extreme muscle movements produce lactic acid and carbon dioxide. The carbon contained in the foods we eat metabolizes to combine with oxygen and form the waste-by-product of carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide then combines with water and forms carbonic acid (H2CO3). As we exercise, the carbon dioxide and the carbonic acid begins to increase. The natural neutralization for the increased acids during exercise is deeper and faster breathing. During two minutes of rapid breathing, the lungs remove the concentrated levels of carbonic acid and the blood becomes less acidic. However, during the stress of competition acid pH levels are increased. The deeper and faster breathing may not reduce the acid pH quickly enough. In this case the fat cells in our body actually absorb the extra acid and carry it away from our vital organs for storage. The reason that athletes can drop dead from a heart attack is that they have very little body fat to rescue them.
Scientific Nutrition defined:
Scientific Nutrition applies an ecologist philosophy when supporting the human frame. This would mean: conserving energy by eating dense nutrient rich foods that are easily digested and assimilated into high quality fuel that is absorbed effortlessly and expels the least amount of waste.
Ecology is that branch of biological science that studies the interrelationships between organisms and their environments. This discipline attempts to bridge the gap between the biological world of living organisms (biology) and the physical or environmental world (physical science) of geology, soils, climatology, limonology, oceanography, chemistry, physics, ect. Vogl, Richard J., A Primer of Ecological Principals. Pyro Unlimited, Cypress, CA (2003).
Huge amounts of waste-by-products and/or high stress levels depletes the minerals storage units; the bones and organs within the body. A build up of acid is also the cause of fatigue and low energy. Many clients complain constantly of fatigue. Fatigue is a direct result of an acid condition. Carbon dioxide is not removed instantly from the lungs because it has to travel to get there. Carbon dioxide normally travels outside of the cell where it combines with water and forms carbonic acid. This blood acid damages the medulla oblongata which is the part of the brain that regulates breathing, heart rate, and the diameters of the blood vessels. When this regulatory center is damaged, breathing is reduced. The reduction in breathing causes less oxygen to be inhaled. This results in less oxygen for cell metabolism, which leads to fatigue.
We must constantly replace the alkaline elements (minerals) through food. Alkaline forming minerals are: calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium and iron. The acid forming minerals are: sulfur, phosphorous, chlorine and iodine. When our bodies metabolize plant food sources such as vegetables and fruits, the pH transitions from acid into alkaline. When we metabolize animal and grain food sources, it transitions from alkaline into acid. The cleaner we eat the less we have to eat. Our body is capable of storing large amounts of nutrients in reserve. Those reserves run dry quickly when eating the chemically, laced, packaged food products and animal foods.
ACID AND ALKALINE FOODS
Acid and alkaline forming foods have a completely different effect on our system once they have metabolized compared to the foods that test acid or alkaline before metabolism takes place. For instance, a lime has a pH of 1.9, which is very acidic on the pH scale. Acid tests as a low number and alkaline tests as a higher number on either side of neutral, which is 7. Therefore, even though a lime is a strong acid, it produces an alkaline pH condition in the body. The acid and alkaline bases are the heads and tales of the same coin. They are a chemical property of any solution. The balance of these two bases is what the body balancing act is all about. Proper food choices keep the alkaline mineral elements available to the body. Remember that 9 out of the top 10 killers in the USA are food and stress related. Here is how acid and alkaline contributes to these statistics:
- If we consume more animal protein then we need, the excess breaks down to produce blood urea nitrogen. Urea has a diuretic effect on the system, and so high levels of it in the blood cause the kidneys to excrete too much water. Along with this excess excretion of water, alkaline minerals such as calcium, sodium and potassium are lost in the urine. This occurs with over-consumption of animal protein or protein from beans and bean products.
- When we overeat foods such as sugar, candy, sodas, alcohol drinks, chemical drugs, pills, beans and dry grains, which have no mineral content, then the alkaline minerals needed to neutralize an acid condition must come from the storage tanks located within the storage units; the bones and organs.
This is the last stage of learning how to use food as an offense for perfect health. Once again, the cell can help explain this delicate balance of acid and alkaline. Remember that the body is a blown up version of the cell with all the same systems, including this balancing act system. The cell membrane works constantly to maintain the critical ratio of sodium to potassium. The potassium salt activates oxidation, and the sodium salt inhibits oxidation. This holds true for the whole body. Just as cellular balance relies on the potassium/sodium ratio, our body does also. The two inorganic alkaline minerals necessary for balance are potassium and sodium. These two minerals have very similar characteristics. However, when they combine with acid and form salts, those salts are antagonistic to each other in their function in the body. As an example you can use the analogy of the armed forces; the army is made up of nutrients. The carbohydrates are the soldiers. The largest part of an army is comprised of soldiers. The soldiers are the ones who take action and make it all happen. It is the carbohydrate sector that produces the glucose.This is the sugar that the body runs on. The proteins and fats are the officers. Potassium is a general, while sodium is a lieutenant general. All the parts are important in different quantities and with different orders to carry out. All parts are in constant communication with each other in order to insure efficiency.
The body does the “rob Peter; body fluid, to pay Paul; blood fluid” balancing act all day and night so that it can maintain a slightly alkaline environment. The reason the body strives to maintain an alkaline environment is because cancer, tumors, yeast and all sorts of diseases can not thrive in an alkaline environment. The connection of acidosis to cancer has been well established by medical and scientist researchers. There are two reasons that cancer is so prevalent in our society:
- The lack of knowledge regarding the nutrition necessary to create an alkaline pH environment of 7.4.
- The moneymaking agendas that capitalize on an ignorant fear-based public, who are the consumers of an acid pH- producing diet.
Alkalizing the body with nutrition allows the body to cure itself, even from previously incurable diseases. The German biochemist Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1931 because of his own theories on the causes of cancer, which he discovered in 1923. In 1966, he stated that millions of men and women would have to die needlessly from cancer because the agnostics are in control. The research has been completed for decades, yet today it is virtually impossible to find a doctor who is aware of these scientific findings. Everyone knows that cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment, but orthodox medicine has little to no training in nutrition, so they do not know how to achieve an alkaline environment. It could also be the fact that they do not know how to make money from teaching their patients how to heal themselves.
We now know that acidosis is produced by many of the daily poisons, such as excessive protein and fat like those found in meat and dairy. Acidosis is also produced by the consumption of coffee, sodas, caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar products, refined grains, and even by stress. The simplest example of a common disease caused by acid/alkaline imbalance is osteoporosis, or bone deterioration. Calcium, magnesium, and boron are a few of the most important minerals necessary for bone health. There is a wealth of calcium stored in the 206 bones of the body. The blood steals calcium from the bones in order to neutralize acid. When this type of theft continues over a long period of time, it depletes the bones of what they need to be strong and healthy, and leaves them porous, brittle and weak.
Calcium is also a good example to explain of how a deficiency of vitamins and minerals can restrict the healthy bone building process. Calcium, combined with phosphorus, gives rigidity and hardness to bones and teeth. The intricate process of bone building requires other nutrients as well as calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D is essential for absorption of calcium from the intestinal tract and the utilization of the bone material. Protein is needed for the framework, and is present in every cell and in fluid circulation. Vitamin A aids in the utilization of the minerals. Vitamin C builds strength within the walls of the blood vessels. When reserves run dry, the calcium must be taken from the bone structure itself usually starting at the spine and pelvic bones.
It is possible to find out how quickly and efficiently your body can balance itself by pH testing. A simple saliva test taken at home can help determine how to maintain this vital balance of acid and alkaline. You need a test strip of litmus paper, which can be found in most drug stores, a clean plastic spoon and juice from a fresh, organic squeezed lemon. Perform this test first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything. Deposit your saliva in the spoon. Then, take a strip of pH paper and put it into the spoon of saliva and record your numbers. Ideally, this number should be at 6.2 pH. After the first test, swirl some fresh lemon juice in your mouth and then spit this saliva in a clean spoon. Take the test again and record the number. It should be 7.2 pH. This result indicates a healthy body and only an occasional illness with rapid recovery. Your emotions are stable and well managed. Your diet is probably 70% vegetables and fruits.
If your saliva test goes from 5.5 to 6.2 there is room for improvement. Symptoms that may appear at this level are: elevated blood pressure, heart palpitations, dilated pupils, tight muscles, cold sweaty palms, increased mental agitation, indigestion and dry mouth. Anxiety may also be present.
If your test is 7.2 – 8.0 or 5.5-6.0, it indicates a health crisis. Symptoms that may appear at this level are: sore muscles, stiff joints, constricted pupils, excessive tearing and saliva, weak muscles, slow reflexes, increased stomach acid, diarrhea and increased heart rate. Emotionally, chronic stress and worry are likely.
Click here to view a list of foods that is published by the United States Department of Agriculture. The acid and alkaline character of the foods listed was determined by their calcium/phosphorus ratio, which is convenient but not always accurate.