Acidity refers to a set of symptoms caused by an imbalance between the acid secreting mechanism of the stomach and proximal intestine, and the protective mechanisms that ensure their safety. The stomach normally secretes acids essential for the digestive process. These acids help in breaking down food during digestion. When there is excess production of acids by the gastric glands of the stomach, it results in acidity. Nowadays, our lifestyle and dietary habits are such that they increase the acidity level of the body. Acidity is also responsible for dyspepsia, heartburn and the formation of ulcers (erosion of the lining of the stomach or intestines).
Acidity is measured in terms of pH. In humans, the normal pH of all tissues and fluids of the body (except the stomach) is slightly alkaline. The acid- base balance of our blood plays an important role in normal day to day functioning of our body. Even a slight imbalance affects the vital functions of the organs, resulting in various health problems.
The term pH stands for power or 'potential of Hydrogen'. It is the negative logarithm of effective hydrogen ion concentration or hydrogen ion activity in gram equivalents per litre of the solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14 (neutral is seven).
The lower the pH, the more acidic the solution and the higher the pH, the more alkaline. For example, a pH of 5 is more acidic than a pH of 6 and a pH of 9 is more alkaline than a pH of 8. Water (H2O) is made of one hydrogen (H+ ) and one hydroxyl (OH-) ions. When these ions are in equal proportions, the pH is a neutral 7. When there are more H+ than OH- ions, then the solution is acidic.
If OH ions outnumber the H+ ions, then the solution is alkaline. The pH scale is logarithmic, which means that each step is 10 times different than the previous level. In other words, a pH of 4.5 is 10 times more acidic than a pH of 5.5 and 100 times more acidic than a pH of 6.5.
Virtually all degenerative diseases, including heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, kidney/gallbladder stones and tooth decay, are associated with excess acidity in the body. Cancer and many other diseases cannot exist in an alkaline environment. When the pH of the body gets out of balance and becomes too acidic, we may experience low energy levels, fatigue, excess weight, poor digestion, aches and pains and other more serious disorders. The symptoms listed on page 41-42 become more prominent. Regardless of your current health situation, you can monitor your progress toward a proper acid-alkaline balance by testing your saliva's pH. The pH of our saliva parallels with that of the extracellular fluid and represents the most consistent and definitive physical sign of the ionic calcium deficiency syndrome.
I have shown a sample of a strip on page 35. For testing the pH of saliva, a red coloured thin liquid called pH testing liquid (measuring 5 ml) is available with all big chemists. If you mix your saliva with this liquid, then the colour changes to one of the eight colours, as shown in the picture on page 36.
Another way to test the saliva (and also urine) pH is to use a pH test strip kit. The pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the slightly alkaline range of 7.3 (dark blue) to 7.1 (blue). The range from 6.5 (blue green), weakly acidic, to 4.5 (light yellow), strongly acidic, represents states from mildly deficient to strongly deficient, respectively.
The pH of the saliva of a newborn child is normally 7.35 (strongly alkaline). More than half the adults show a pH of 6.5 or lower, reflecting calcium deficiency, due to aging and lifestyle defects. A cancer patient's test result will usually show a bright yellow (a pH of 4.5), especially when the cancer is terminal. You should endeavour to keep the pH of your saliva at 7+ level. Then, you will have no health problems.
Eating too many acidifying food, such as processed sugar, meats, dairy products, coffee and alcohol, create an acidic ash in the body. These acids can overload the body’s ability to neutralise them.
Pathogens create acidifying toxins in the body. As the body becomes more acidic, more and more harmful bacteria and yeast proliferate in the body. These organisms eat as well as procreate, resulting in more toxins that are often very acidifying.
Some acids are weak while others are strong. Weak acids, such as citric acid, are more easy to neutralise than strong acids, such as uric acid. The body uses many systems to buffer acids, including breath, mineral reserves and fat. When the body’s buffering systems are compromised, acidity increases.
Maintaining the proper pH in the blood, digestive tract, tissues and fluids is essential for optimal health. High levels of acidity in the body can have far reaching consequences. For example, if the blood becomes too acidic, then:
It is a widespread common disorder. If not treated in time, it leads to ulcer formation in the digestive tract. Chronic hyperacidity interrupts all cellular activities and functions, and interferes with life itself.
If your saliva pH is too acidic, you may have to increase the alkalinity of your body. This can be done by including green vegetable juices in your diet. Green juices are a potent fuel in maintaining good health; and they do not come burdened with fats that accompany animal products.
Green vegetable juices also contain large amounts of vitamins B 1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B6, B12, C, carotene, choline, folic acid and pantothenic acid. They are high in minerals, such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and phosphorus. They are full of enzymes useful for digestion and assimilation; some contain over a hundred known enzymes necessary for human cell response and growth.
Green drinks also have anti-infective properties. They remove acid wastes, increase body pH levels, and are an excellent source for mucus cleansing. They can also help in clearing the skin, cleansing the kidneys, purifying and building blood supply. Green drinks are critical to the success of not only the Acidity Cleanse but also for every cleansing program. The chlorophyll present in various green juices is highly alkaline and forms the basis of our treatment.
Blood and chlorophyll resemble each other structurally in the following manner:
Only use clean and fresh vegetables. You may combine different vegetables in any proportion to suit the needs of your body and taste. Organically grown vegetables are preferred.
Alternatively, they may be soaked overnight in potassium permanganate (KMnO4) solution. I use fresh vegetables (which may have been cultivated using pesticides and fertilisers), purchased from the ordinary market, without potassium permanganate.
I feel that after undergoing numerous Kidney and Liver Cleanses, the immunity of the human body is sufficiently enhanced to fight the detrimental effects of pesticides and fertilisers.
Do not mix fruits and vegetables while extracting the juice. Wash the vegetables, cut them into small pieces and put them in a juicer. Buy a juicer if you don't have one. Meanwhile, you may use a mixer- cum-grinder. Strain this mixture through a coarse strainer (Úveveer) with large holes, so that you get enough fibre. The large holes in the strainer allow medium and small pieces of fibre to flow with the juice. Only large pieces, which you find difficult to swallow are strained. The residual green paste can be used in chapati flour.
Drink it fresh, since it spoils quickly. Do not use it beyond 11⁄2 days, even if it has been stored in the fridge. For example, if you have prepared the juice today morning, you can use it only until tomorrow evening.
Whether your stool sinks or floats is dependent on its fat as well as water soluble content. Stool that has spent a relatively long time in the large bowel (constipation) will have had most of the water removed and will be dense and heavy, so, it will sink. In comparison, when someone is suffering from diarrhoea, the stool is rushed along the large intestine and very little water gets removed. This results in loose stool, which tends to float. The condition that can affect the colour and density of stool is malabsorption, where some of the vital nutrients from the diet are not absorbed by the small intestine and are left in the stool. This occurs when the pancreatic gland is not working properly, and can result in the passage of large, pale coloured stool, which floats due to the high fat content. Sometimes, they float due to microscopic air bubbles, trapped inside.
Whatever be the condition, observe your stool after drinking 200 ml of green vegetable juice three times a day for a week. Ingested food will be well digested and absorbed. All the fat will be properly metabolised, the stool will become soft and will sink.
Remember that I want you to take enough fibre, chlorophyll, proteins, carbohydrates, mineral electrolytes and nutrients in their natural form. Drink one glass (200 ml) three times a day (nearly 600 ml in a day). After that, decide on the quantity best suited to you. Modify the dosage according to the tolerance level and physical condition of your body. Bear in mind that it is impossible for us to imbibe these juices in excess, since nature has designed us to eat raw food and has provided an inbuilt limiting mechanism that helps us know when to stop.
Witness the miraculous cure, for all your problems, unfold within a week. Many of my friends have replaced their morning tea with a glass of green vegetable juice. Drinking this fresh green juice overnight fights stomach acidity and provides a great start to the day.
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2) All citrus fruits, e.g., orange and lemon, are acidic, however, all juices are digested in the stomach and give an alkaline effect, as desired. It can be verified by burning the juice of these fruits. The residue will come out to be alkaline in a litmus test.
Drinking fruit juices are a quick wash for the insides of your body. Their high water and sugar content speeds up metabolism and releases wastes quickly. The alkalising effects of these juices helps in reducing sweet cravings:
The normal immunity level of a common person is very good. On Dec 02, 2015, the entire city of Chennai was flooded. Sewer water got mixed with the water supply provided by municipal corporation at some places. However, there were no outbreaks of diseases or epidemics. This was not due to spraying of insecticides or pesticides, but because general immunity levels of people are good. I am also against drinking bottled or so called mineral water. Regular tap water is good enough for 98% of the urban population. The remaining 2% also have good immunity levels, but the marketing jargon of water bottling companies confuses the consumer. They decide to avoid risks and follow the advise of drinking bottled or mineral water.
I drink tap water without any problems. Don’t we rinse our mouths and gargle after brushing with regular tap water? Only a few drops of contaminated water may have enough germs to make us sick. However, we rarely fall sick even though we use tap water regularly.