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Inflammation and Acid pH Balance

November 6, 2018

By Joan McDaniel                                                        November 7, 2018

I have come a long way since being so sick.  Almost 6 years ago (2012) I didn’t have enough energy to get out of bed or even catch my breath.

In Just Ten Years What happened to me?

I am a LPN nurse.  I’m not an expert or professional in the health industry but I have spent hours on the internet asking questions, reading books, researching, scanning, search, and anything else you can do to learn a subject on your own. I wanted to learn how to make myself well again by the food I ate. I guess this subject I was studying would be called Alternate Nutrition and Alternate Health.  What I have learned this month hasn’t changed any of the conclusions or truths I have reached but It has given me enormous insight.  If I had known this before,  I could have increased my speed of recovery much sooner and detoxed much faster.

From the condition I was in at the start of 2012 to now, I have improved my health and energy. It took me several years, but I decided it was time to do a controlled detox or cleanse.  I had been slowly detoxing since beginning the healthy diet but was still feeling the effects of buried toxins. I felt I was now strong enough

I Started a Detox and Cleansing Program

So in September I began.  I took my vacation a whole 3 weeks and began  using suggestion from John Douillard’s web-site on Detoxing. I’m doing it myself without enema’s. Detoxing started well I could feel toxins draining from me.  I had major pain but could see signs that the detox was working,  but one day I was in a store when suddenly  I JUST COULDN’T BREATH.  All over again the illness of 2012 had returned.  It is called Air Hunger

Are You Fermenting?

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Just like it was 2012 I couldn’t catch my breath and I was hyper-ventilating or runners high all over again.  But I was healthy  a minute ago I thought. What happened? This was not mind over matter I COULD NOT BREATH PERIOD. I knew going to ER would do me no good because the last time ER did nothing for me except put me on oxygen.  I knew there had to be a better way!!!!

I got to my friend who’s daughter is a homeopathic specialist what ever that is and for some reason I asked what food can you take to turn your pH back to Alkaline.  I don’t know why I said pH maybe it was something I had just read I don’t remember you are a little hampered when you can’t breath.  The answer came back take a lemon.

I happen to have met my friend in a Irish Pub, the bar keep gave me a Lemon wedge just a small slice and instantly, magically  I COULD BREATH!!! My lungs were working fine I could take a deep breath.  There is something else wrong.

When I got home, I started a massive research into pH.  The Lemon which I replaced with Citric Acid.  What is citric acid?

The first thing I learned was my cherished coffee was one of the worst foods or drink to take for it is almost all acid.  I had to give up coffee at least for a while so I started drinking my herbal teas.  Also I learned you should not drink coffee when detoxing. Detoxing will make you acid because that is what all those toxins are – Acid. Coffee and caffeine will not help they will just make you more acid.  Coffee is the king of acid.

Why I Wrote this Article

Now in the hope to be brief I have written this short overview of what food to eat in case of an emergency path of maintaining an Alkaline or basic balance.

What foods not to eat like Coffee and what food to eat like Lemons.  Remember you need a 60% to 40% ratio of Basic to Acid.  You need a balance. You need them both.

I will also present a quick look at Signs and Symptoms of having an acid balance.

What is Ph?

I had previously researched pH and wrote

What does pH Balance and the “Energizer Bunny” have in Common?

This article has a great deal of further information on Ph and is worth another read.  I am amazed how much I included in it and had completely forgotten about it when deciding what foods to eat.

From the article I wrote;

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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. Corporations are involved with pH to determine how long their products will stay fresh.

Your body automatically fights to keep the pH of Blood levels balanced. pH is a measurement that determines acidity, neutrality or balance.  Our bodies use it as a chemical process that keeps us alive, healthy and strong.  If the body is out of balance it is in a state of acidosis or Alkalosis

Acidosis/Alkalosis/Basic – 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.

Metabolic Acidosis – Is a condition when the body fluid 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.

pH balance

Every food and liquid has a pH value which falls on a scale between 0 and 14, with 7 being neutral.  A pH value less than 7 is acidic; values greater than 7 indicate alkalinity.

Just as your body maintains temperature your body is also regulated and controlled by the pH balance.  Basic or alkaline grows in an Alkaline ph balance. Acid grows in an Acid pH balance.  It is a system that either feeds the body or destroys it.  Oxygen thrives in a basic environment and gets burned faster in an acid balance.  Your body when in a acid balance also burn minerals like magnesium, potassium and calcium.

The concept of pH is complex but simple.  Complex because your body is controlled by it.  Your body doesn’t have much say about its balance because you’re the one stuffing food into your mouth.

Ph balance is only determined by your intake of food, liquids, medicines and anything else you take in.  You feed it acid it becomes acid then develops illnesses.  You feed it a balance of alkaline and basic you body builds on that and stores energy and destroys illness.

As I said, I am just an uneducated student learning along with you. There are many very dedicated people who have done much more research and know a lot more.  I strongly recommend that if you care for the health of your body to continue the research on pH after you read this my story.


I have collected a list of foods and some personal insight but I strongly suggest you do further research on this very important and unwelcome in the modern medical world the world of pH science.

Click this link for one good article.

Alkalize First

Posted by rawnut.

Acid eats away and Alkaline builds.

As I have said often in this blog the Average Standard American diet has an Acid Balance.  It is loaded with sugars and sugar is 100% acid so is all processed foods.  This creates not just decreased energy but inflammation all over the body.  It is my opinion, the major population is plagued with chronic diseases.  The reason is they’re pH balance is Acid.  Acid slowly destroys oxygen and health for every cell needs oxygen to produce energy. If your sick, if you have illness –  you have an acid balance.

The problem with pH balance is how to test it?

You can test your saliva, urine using kits that you can buy to use at home and your doctor can measure your blood pH.

Using the home kit test strips to test the only two fluids left urine and saliva don’t seem to be very reliable let alone result in a number.  The test strips turn a color that may be like a color on the pH chart or close to one of several colors sort of yellow yet sort of green.

Modern Medicine management of pH in Humans

Modern Medicine isn’t into pH very much. They proudly claim “pH of blood cannot be changed” Which is true.  Your body will not allow the pH of the blood to vary from 7.3 to 7.4 to maintain your being alive.  So modern medicine is correct.  They can measure blood pH by doing a blood gas test.  But unless your very sick close to the end your blood pH will always be 7.3 to 7.4.

In my opinion, the only pH the medical world is interested in is getting their PhD.

The pH I am talking about is the fluid around the cells.  Your several organ systems have their own pH.  The stomach should operate with an acid pH that is how it starts digestion of food.  The colon should be more alkaline the further it gets away from the stomach.  Depending on what you have eaten the bladder and mouth balance can be acid or alkaline.  Lungs also have a pH balance.  Since acids hate O2 the lungs should be alkaline and help the body stay alkaline by ridding the body of CO2.  Remember the pH we are talking about is called body fluids or the fluids that surround the cells also call intercellular fluid.  This is controlled by what you eat. But modern medicine doesn’t say that.  They let it be assumed there is only blood pH and that cannot be changed.

Modern medicine can measure blood pH, and use home testing kits to test saliva and urine but that’s it.  They can’t test it, nor control it so they don’t really get very excited about it.  My added thoughts are —It isn’t very profitable or justified spending time with.


So the best way to determine if you have an acid balance is: 

Signs your body may be too acidic

•You feel fatigued, or have chronic fatigue and low energy even when you’ve had enough sleep.

•You feel depressed or have a hard time enjoying things that you used to.

•You find yourself especially irritable for no discernible reason.

•Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and reduction in oxygen

•    Heart problems, arrhythmias, increased heart rate

•You feel like you cannot focus or have “brain fog” often.

•Premature aging

•Immune deficiency – You frequently develop infections, colds and flu’s.

•Your skin is dry, even in the warmer months.

•You have acne or other skin problems.

•Allergies, Acne

•You have hormonal imbalance issues.

•You frequently develop yeast infections or Yeast fugal overgrowth

•Bladder and kidney infections

•You feel like your digestion is sluggish, or frequently experience constipation or diarrhea.

•Weight gain, obesity, and diabetes

•Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

•You find yourself with Respiratory problems like becoming short of breath, and/or coughing often.

•You frequently experience joint pain, aching muscles, and lactic acid buildup

•You often experience confusion, headaches and sleepiness

•You experience chronic allergies or sinus pain.

•You suffer from chronic pain that is not due to an injury or a medical condition.

•Osteoporosis, weak, brittle bones, hip fractures, bone spurs

•Your neck often feels stiff or sore.

• You have Sciatica, and/or lumbago pain.

•You have inflamed sensitive gums and teeth.

How to improve your alkalinity

1. Drink plenty of water (alkaline water (Water with lemon)when possible)

2. Remove a majority of acidic foods

3. Replace a traditional lunch with a large green salad.

4. Replace the flour bread or wrap with lettuce leaves like collard greens.

5. Try not to consume processed foods or reduce as many as you can

6. Eliminate soda, sugars, and coffee. Replace them with herbal tea, caffeine free, herbal coffee, and green drinks

7. Replace dairy milk with coconut or almond milk

What you eat matters

Though attempting to change the overall pH levels of your body is not something that can be directly changed, supporting your body through nutritious whole foods that lean towards a more alkaline state can help you feel more energetic and vibrant.

There is no question about it, what you eat has a direct impact on your overall health. It was Ann Wigmore, founder of the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute who said, “The food you eat can be either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”


A Brief Look 

If you’re in a crises like I was there is are emergency foods you can eat to temporarily restore an Alkaline balance

For Emergencies

Alkaline Water – is simple lemons or citric acid and water

Baking Soda – or Sodium Bicarbonate Can also add 2 Tbs lemon juice with 1/2 tsp baking soda for an instant alkaline cocktail.  Allow bubbling to settle and add 8 oz. water.  Drink at once.  You can substitute ACV for lemon juice

Banana – If you feel like you’re becoming Acid eat a small ripe banana.  It traps the toxins

Cream of Tartar – In cases of extreme emergency when you need to get alkaline fast.  Mix 1/2 tsp cream of tartar in 8 oz. water and drink immediately

Lemons – a small slice of lemon or Apple Cider Vinegar

Minerals – Acid foods strip your body of minerals, therefore increase you intake of Calcium, magnesium, Potassium, Sea Salt (Himalayan Sea Salt 84 minerals), Vitamin C as soon as possible

Peppermint – Fresh or Essential Oil helps pain and breathing

Pineapple – Fresh helps belching and bloating

Seeds – Caraway, Celery, Cumin, Fennel, Sesame suck or chew on seeds.

Strawberry – Fresh

I will provide once I finish it a complete list of Alkaline-forming foods

General Alkaline foods

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Diluted start with 1 tsp and 8 ounces of water to 1 tablespoon

Anything that would stain your shirt.

like cherries, turmeric, beets and beet juice

Anything that is slimy like Okra,

Most Fruits and Vegetables

Dark Green leafy vegetables arugula, collard greens, kale, spinach, and Swiss chard along with beets, carrots, lemons, turnips, Cayenne Peppers, and Garlic

For Your Information:

Acid-Yielding Foods

Alcohol – Don’t drink

Animal proteins

Cereals, all



Chloride found in tap water.  Filter your tap water

Coffee – is extremely Acid you’ll have to give up on it for a little while I loved my Coffee but you can do it

Lunch Meat, and canned meat



Processed Foods

Sugar all Forms


White Flour, White Rice, Whole Wheat Flour and/or rice


If you’re making a healthy drink you cannot forget lemon. High in vitamin C, full of antioxidants and minerals which hydrate and detoxify your body. Lemons boost your metabolism and cleanse your body. The benefits of lemons are seen on your biggest organ – your skin.

So there’s your list of ingredients: the superfoods that will go into this super drink. If you read the whole way through you’ll see they were each chosen for pH-balancing properties but they also all have agents that help cleanse and regenerate your skin. So your insides will be working properly and your skin will be showing it off.

Worth The Squeeze

Serves: 1 tall glass


•1 lemon, juiced

•1 tsp of aloe vera

•1 tsp of apple cider vinegar

•1-2 cups of water (room temperature or hot, based on what you want)

•1 tsp real honey

•A few mint and fresh basil leaves.

To get Started on approaching an alkaline diet, make a pitcher of this, and drink it every morning on an empty stomach to get all the benefits, or before going to bed are best.  Drink this for 5 days and you should notice you’re waking up more rested and with more energy.  You should have fewer digestive problems.  That is if you also stop eating processed foods, including sugar and soft drinks and coffee.

Just in Passing

I’m Ok now, It took about a week to get back to my old level of action and energy.  I still carry an emergency kit with me incase I suddenly turn acid. But I’m sure I have enough minerals in reserve now but — With the detoxing and cleaning still going on I do feel better.  But did I get a major scare.  This has taught me a real lesson and I have developed a real insight as to how my very complex body really works and what I can do to help it. Your body doesn’t ask a great deal just stop feeding it stuff that makes it sick.  Now I have a new enemy it isn’t just sugar and other processed foods it foods that have an acid balance.  Do remember you must have both you need a balance.  Your body loves things in balance. 60% alkaline to 40% acid.Your body wants one thing that is understand its cycles and balances.  It isn’t that hard or expensive.

Till Next Time,


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