What does pH Balance and the “Energizer Bunny” have in Common?
What does pH Balance and the “Energizer Bunny” have in Common?
By Joan L. McDaniel February 27, 2014 Updated March 4, 2014, Aug. 9, 2016
Energizer bunny is the advertising slogan and marketing icon of Energizer batteries of North America. Energizer batteries are an alkaline based product. Compared to the normal zinc-carbon batteries, Energizer batteries have a higher energy density and last longer, therefore the slogan “keep going and going…”
What is pH? pH Balance
The alkaline battery is a perfect example of how the scientific and universally accepted pH measurement scale is used. pH is a vital measurement which is used across the chemical, beverage and food industries, pharmaceutical, scientific , and yes, in the world of medicine. Your local farmer is deeply involved with the pH of his soil to determine which crops grow best and where. Your body automatically fights to keep the pH levels balanced.
pH is a measurement that determines acidity, neutrality or balance. It determines how a product is used. Our bodies use it as a chemical process that keeps up alive, healthy and strong. If the body is out of balance it is in a state of acidosis or Alkalosis
Acidosis – Is an increased acidity in the blood and/or other body fluid. It is an increase of hydrogen and a decrease of oxygen. pH balance below 7.
Alkalosis – For our purpose it has the same effect on the body as Acidosis.
Metabolic Acidosis – Is a condition when the body pH balance is acid or below 7. Another term used for it is dehydrated.
pH is an acronym for “potential of hydrogen” is a value that indicates the acidity or alkalinity of a liquid. The measurement of the hydrogen ion concentrate in a liquid determines the pH value.
So what is an example of an acid?
If you live in the northern hemisphere or where ever it has been snowing and the temperatures have taken a tumble below freezing, you only need to look outside at the snow and the plowed road. Road salt or Rock Salt is used to melt the ice away. Road salt is an acid.
I let my Body Tell me How to Get Well Again
I am not a chemist, doctor, engineer or scientist and as I remember I even failed High School chemistry but I was eating using the pH scale and not even knowing it. Even though it sounds complex and is difficult to put down on paper, it isn’t for your body. The human body doesn’t need much. It doesn’t need a pile of complex science created and very expensive drugs. All it really needs is God’s blessing and some good old raw natural food.
I let my body tell me how to get well; I just had to learn how to listen. The solution to getting well was very simple.
“A wake up call for conventional medicine – most health problems has a simple solution. Health is all about body chemistry, either for good or for bad. Your body’s chemistry is carried out by what you put in your mouth.” Dr. Rashid A. Buttar
I may not have the complete story, but I have my story.
Illness, Inflammation, oxygen, and pH balance
This is a quick review of what I have covered in my past articles. I have attempted to find pictures that give illustrations of what I have learned. Your body gets its energy from the food you eat. It converts food to energy using chemistry. Parts of your body use fluids with an acid balance to break things down like your stomach and colon. Other parts use an alkaline balance to build things up or create energy. To convert food to energy, the body needs oxygen and oxygen needs an alkaline balance. Acid hates oxygen and destroys it, for that is how it breaks things down. This process is called oxidation using free-radicals to remove the oxygen from the atom.
“All Illness is caused by Inflammation”
Inflammation is you body’s response to injury or the damage done to the cell walls by free radicals. You cut your finger and it becomes red and swollen. This is the healing process. (NaturalNews) “Persistent, systemic inflammation is at the root of practically all known chronic health conditions, including everything from rheumatoid arthritis and high cholesterol to dementia and cancer.
Free radicals – are needed in an acid balance like in your stomach but for the rest of your body free radicals destroy healthy cells. The antioxidants found in natural food help protect your cells from oxidative damage or loss of oxygen.
Antioxidant – Found in natural unprocessed food. Antioxidants provide the electrons that free radicals destroyed. An Antioxidant inhibits the cell destructive effects of oxidation. Antioxidants stabilize cell membranes by plugging up the holes in the cell walls that the free-radicals created.
Another Way to look at Illness is using the Principles found in High School Chemistry
Keeping Your Body in pH Balance
Battery Acid value is low 1 and Baking Soda is high 14.
Stomach and colon acid is a completely different system from the rest of the body. That system needs to maintain an acid balance for that is how you break down and digest food. The other organ fluids need to be alkaline to use oxygen and generate ATP cell energy, much like the “Energizer Bunny”
In order for you system to create ATP in the cells mitochondria, your overall body pH is needs an alkaline balance. This balance means there is enough oxygen to keep the cells energized and alive. Acid like the rock salt eats and breaks things down.
Acidosis – Is an increased acidity in the blood and/or other body fluid. It is an increase of hydrogen and a decrease of oxygen. The pH balance is below 7. Research has shown that illness like autoimmune disease, cancer, chronic fatigue, diabetes, osteoporosis and many other degenerative diseases are caused by ‘metabolic-acidosis’
And guess what also is highly acidic?
An acid balance loves sugar and hates oxygen.
CRITICAL: OXYGENATION – pH BALANCE ALL CANCER BODIES are oxygen depleted, highly acidic, and like sugar just like arthritis, bacteria, cancer, diabetes, decreased energy, inflammation, infection, fungus and yeast overgrowth.
Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of OXYGEN in normal body cells by a fermentation of SUGAR.” – Dr. Otto H. Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner 1931
Acid and Sugar hate oxygen and destroy any they can find, alkaline conditions love oxygen and promote good health.
Ph Balance and Acidity
Your body is constantly maintaining the blood pH of the narrow range of between 7.36 and 7.44. If this balance cannot be maintained, the body will begin to break down and die. The body will stop at nothing to maintain this balance and it will take what it needs from other body tissues and buffering systems. It will start taking calcium and other alkalizing minerals from fat stores, muscle and bones to neutralize the acid in the blood. That is why many say arthritis and osteoarthritis is cause by an acid balance.
Over time, the body keeps burying the unbalanced acid and it slowly builds up in the tissues. Sign are allergies, colds, flu, inflammation, and rashes. If the process continues the cells begin to suffer from a lack of oxygen and begin to die. If this process continues, eventually chronic degenerative disease, and then death, will occur. Note also, fungus, molds, parasites, and yeast thrive in an acid balance they feed on our body’s proteins and fats and deposit toxins. If not kept in check the toxins will overrun the body and organ breakdown and disease is the result.
For more detail and information follow the link to the article “Maintain proper pH balance”
I have included the videos below to help further understand pH balance but also recommend it not to be taken too seriously unless there is a major sickness. You should still pay attention to the benefits of an Alkaline balance and understand your body’s life or death struggle to keep it balanced. Help it along and stop eating acid generating foods.
Now how do you go about learning your body’s pH?
By listing to it!
You can use my way which is listen to your body;
Pain is the first indicator – Pain is a sign of your body calling out for oxygen. Your body’s muscles are full of acid and need the alkaline effect of oxygen.
Other symptoms of unbalanced pH, include headaches, heartburn (a burning sensation in the stomach and acid-tasting burps), bloating, belching and stomach cramps discomfort and pain. This pain may even radiate to the back. Mouth sores and sensitive gums. This is normally called gastroesophageal reflux disease or (GERD). And skin rashes like yeast and fungus.
Acid Reflux and Back Pain
When acid builds in your stomach it can back up and cause pressure. This discomfort and pain can be felt in the abdomen, chest and sometimes the back or to other areas.
I found another great Video it explains in great detail, the Signs you look out for to determine if your Acidic.
click this link for a transcript of Video
2:06 / 2:06
pH Test Strips.
You may or (In my case) you may not remember High School chemistry class and pH. You ran around with pH strips to test the pH of different liquids. pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of hydrogen ion concentration in the body. It has a scale of 0 to 14. Anything below 7 is considered acid and anything above 7 is considered alkaline. Our ideal pH is slightly alkaline 7.30 to 7.45. There are pH strips of pieces of litmus paper you can use to test your saliva or urine.
Allopathic Medicine and pH testing
For the fun of it – it would be nice to know your body’s pH. Your doctor can draw blood and also do a urinalysis. You can get pH test strips and measure your own saliva and urine.
Sample pH Test Strips
Be very careful for this is not the most reliable test. It is better for professional blood work and paying attention to how your body feels.
But my warning to you is, you will be very lucky if your family physician will talk to you about the value of ‘pH balancing”, emotional wellbeing, illness or even for that matter how you feel. Your friendly doctor spent most of his time learning about drugs than nutrition.
Most people including physicians, aren’t familiar with the dangers of acidosis except in extreme cases (like organ failure). Most people do not even think of looking toward nutrition to help correct an acidosis condition.
You will have to do that part all by yourself.
And what can you do to change this balance
The Alkaline Diet Fad
The idea of balancing acid and alkaline food has somewhat of a checkered past. There is an alkaline diet which is said to create a higher pH in order to correct acid-formed conditions like inflammation and illness. The diet has had many misconceptions of human body physiology and in many cases recommended poor un-nutritional food choices . It gave people a false sense of how the body works.
For example, citrus fruits – which are acid by nature – actually have a ‘alkalizing effect’ on the body.
Yet, the Alkaline Diet isn’t all bad, it does have some truths about food basic balance and how it can influence your body.
The only one who knows the real story is your body. You have to learn from it.
What you eat may or may not affect your body’s pH balance. There are many other factors like stress that can change body pH. But food does contribute to this balance.
The world is full of charts and books listing the balance of foods but use them with caution. I have found most foods classified as superfoods, have an alkaline balance. Eat foods that are as raw as possible and, of course, avoid anything processed.
In other words, eat food that is grown in the ground that is as close to your home as possible and don’t eat food that is created in a lab. Your body can only digest natural nutrients the rest it converts to sugar which has an acid balance. Remember acid hates oxygen and alkaline uses oxygen to energize the cells.
I have also found the body’s taste buds to be extremely helpful. The taste of sour and bitter reflect alkaline balanced food.
I am taking natural bitters juice with nothing added at least once a day on an empty stomach and it works wonders but more of that in an later article. I am using the bitter melon and a raw lemon. I will include more information on that in a future article
How to Balance Your pH and Heal Your Body
There are many charts available in the net, just enter pH Chart in a search engine.
pH Balance In the Body Is Critical
You need to go further. These terms are only to give you something to get started with. pH balance is an important indicator of health, It is not the final word. pH test strips are available and you can test your urine and saliva over a 10 day period. If you have acidosis there are some basic foods you can eat but getting away from sugar is a good start. This probably raises more questions than answers but at least I have given you terms to look up.
I have been using trial and error to regain my strength but the first step I took was to take charge. No one else was going to help me. I recommend that you also decide to take charge of your own health and begin research on healthy eating. I have provided terms you can use to make your search I hope a little easier.
Until next time.
The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away by Dr. Rashid A. Buttar
The Canary and Chronic Fatigue by Majid Ali, M.D.
Oxygen and Aging 2001, 2003 by Dr. Ali