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Quote: I’m a bit confused by your post. Lemons and limes, like many other acidic foods, have been shown to be alkaline-forming when digested. Just because something is acidic doesn’t mean it remains so after taking part in the various chemical reactions that take place throughout the GI tract. Perhaps citric acid would have the desired effect in the mouth, but by the time it reaches the bowels, it’d be alkaline. Similarly, alkaline substances like coffee can become extremely acidic, as counter-intuitive as it sounds.

Reply: I understand what you are saying, however, these facts do not keep the citric acid in the fruits from being absorbed and used by the body, nor does it keep the lemons from having a cleansing effect on the body when used several times a day mixed with water.

Quote: Since the ideal pH of the body is somewhere around 7.3 (slightly alkaline), it’d make sense that candida and other dysbiotic critters would prefer an unhealthy, acidic environment to develop. If they did prefer alkaline, then surely all healthy individuals would be at risk.

Reply: In understanding the normal pH balance of the human body you first have to realize that there’s a huge misconception about this balance, and it all stems from the way our pH is normally tested. The way that’s usually done is to test the blood, urine, or saliva, and all three of these have a more alkalized than acidic nature. But this is misleading; just because the blood, urine and saliva are more alkalized doesn’t mean all the other sections of the body are the same.

The only way to get a true picture of the alkaline/acidic amounts in the human body is to look at one section at a time, because some parts of the body are naturally more acidic than others, and some more alkaline than others. So if you did a pH check on the individual parts of the body you would find the following.

You would find that the skin, digestive system, colon, and vagina are more acidic than alkaline, while other areas, as well as bodily fluids (saliva, urine, blood, and semen) are more alkaline. Knowing this, how can we claim that the ‘average’ pH balance should be a particular number when it really depends on which section of the body we’re talking about?

The reason a more acidic environment is natural for the skin is because the skin must be able to protect itself from environmental factors such bacteria and other toxins. The vagina also maintains an acidic environment for protection, and when the pH balance goes too high (too alkalized) yeast and bacterial infections can be the result.

The digestive system is normally highly acidic because of digestive acids which are a natural part of the process of digesting and utilizing the foods we eat as fuel, plus the acidic environment protects us from such things as fungal infections in the digestive system. When the digestive system becomes too alkaline because of eating too many alkalizing foods such as fruit, or eating too much sugar which is food for the natural yeast in our bodies, then yeast is allowed to multiply and Candida infestations are often the result.

Below are some facts about the human body which show how it’s impossible for fungi to survive in an acidic environment but will thrive in an alkaline environment.

Research studies have shown that pathogens are destroyed in an acidic environment and thrive in an alkaline environment (I’m referring to the intestines and colon which are normally more acidic). On a normal basis yeast may not be considered a pathogen, but once the yeast turns fungal, meaning Candida albicans, these certain are a pathogen.
“Candida: Any of the parasitic imperfect fungi that make up the genus Candida, which resemble yeasts and occur especially in the mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract. Though usually benign, Candida can become pathogenic, causing diseases including Candidiasis and thrush.” Source, Online Encyclopedia

The sweat and oils on the skin create an acidic environment so that harmful airborne pathogens can be destroyed by the acid.

It’s recommended that anyone with a Candida infestation should take high doses of probiotics, and this usually turns out to be the major reason the infestation is cured. It’s a well documented scientific fact that beneficial flora in the intestines create lactic acid which balances intestinal pH, they also produce short chain fatty acids as a by-product of fermentation in the intestinal tract which serve as food for the mucosal lining of the intestines and are indispensable to musocal health and its functioning. In other words, the beneficial bacteria produce an acidic environment in our lower digestive system.
If producing an acidic environment isn’t a beneficial function for our digestion system, why are the bacteria that cause this environment called ‘beneficial’?

Why does the human body naturally produce HCl (Hydrochloric acid) in the stomach? The reason is the hydrochloric acid kills most of the contaminating microorganisms in the stomach which in turn allows for easier digestion.

Even though most people believe that Candida cannot be contracted through sexual intercourse, research shows that it can. The vagina normally has an acid pH making the normal environment for the vagina acidic, but semen has an alkaline pH; because of these facts, having unprotected sexual intercourse three times or more within a 24 hour period will produce an alkaline environment in the vagina, and providing other aspects are suitable, such as the normal American diet consisting of high carbohydrate foods and sugar, this makes it ideal for a Candida overgrowth or yeast infection.
According to the theory that an alkaline pH is needed to kill Candida, and the vagina is predominately acidic in a healthy female, and Candida thrives in an acidic environment, why do all women not have yeast infections — all the time?