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Health tips from Bryan - Body pH

24/10/2011 12:34:40 PM

Bryan McLeod

Maintaining your body at the desired pH level of 6.9-7.0 when eating is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your immune system and health.

 

Body pH is influenced primarily by the amount of saliva ingested, type of food eaten and the speed at which you eat. During this process and during the period immediately following, your stomach and intestinal pH decreases.  During your rest time following eating the pH should return to normal – but does it always? NO! - Read on

 

How is pH influenced?

Saliva, fibre and the protein/energy balance are the key factors in maintaining a good body pH.

Fibre and Saliva

  • Foods that are easily digested lower pH
  • Lack of chewing means low saliva intake resulting in low pH
  • Quick eaters naturally have a lower pH due to lack of saliva

 High protein foods are acidic foods and they lower your body pH

High nitrogen foods are high protein (N% x 6.25 = crude protein%)

 Vegetables and meat contain high protein  eg Lettuce 30-35%, cabbage 25-30%, spinach 30-35%, rocket 30-40%, beef 25-35%, pork 50%, chicken 16%, fish 16%.

 

High protein foods lower the stomach pH, reduce appetite and increase blood ammonia.  When they are combined with body fat, the liver produces urea which is excreted in the urine, so you lose weight. But in the meantime you have a reduced life expectancy by stressing your liver and kidneys. Continued intake of excess protein can result in fusion of the liver cells

 

High blood ammonia and low pH mean:

  • Low blood and muscle oxygen
  • Low muscle glycogen so low energy
  • Low immunity
  • Increased illness
  • Increased susceptibility to cancer which thrives on high blood and muscle nitrogen
  • Increased arthritis
  • Increased calcium deposits – gall stones, kidney stones, bladder stones and blocked arteries

 

In farm animals we see the following problems. Could they also relate to humans? - my answer is yes - what is yours?

 High/excess protein diets in animals result in:

  • Low digestive and intestinal pH
  • Reduced appetite
  • Reduced salivation
  • Increased blood ammonia
  • Weight loss
  • Infertility
  • Kidney/liver problems
  • Still born young
  • Weak young at birth
  • Mis-mothering (post natal depression)
  • Lameness
  • Increased production of histamines
  • Constriction of arteries around the heart forcing blood to the outer extremities of the body
  • Calcium deposits in arteries
  • Increased production of uric acid in the joints – arthritis
  • Increased requirement for supplementary minerals and vitamins – depressed vitamin A – calcium – magnesium – often increased potassium

If high protein diets cause these problems in animals, isn’t it logical to assume that they will have similar debilitating effects in humans?

 

 # Bryan’s Tips: Eat a balanced protein/carbohydrate diet and only eat high protein if you are overweight. Chew your food well to promote good saliva flow and chew gum after a meal especially if you feel full or suffer from indigestion.  If you do have that over full feeling from too much to food or drink take some baking soda or chew a little more gum and be surprised at how good you feel, no need to go to the chemist