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I realize there is a lot behind the protocol which isn’t fully explained but, is within the protocol nonetheless. I for one thank you for that but, it would be interesting to figure this confusing stuff out as well..
You’re right, Flailing, the pH balance of the body is extremely confusing to everyone who attempts to study it. I’m going to give you a few facts about this phenomenon, which is really the best way to learn about the pH balance and the factors it plays in your health.
(a) The term pH is in reference to the concentration of hydrogen ions contained in a solution. An acidic environment is rich with hydrogen ions, whereas a pH of 7 or greater is considered basic or alkaline and is relatively depleted of hydrogen ions. The pH of biological systems is an important factor to health because this determines the type of microorganisms which are able to survive and operate in a particular environment.
(b) There is no such thing as a universal diet, it simply doesn’t exist. The reasons for this is, each of us are individuals and what works for one person may or may not work for the next. A balanced pH diet is uniquely personal for each person. So when you consider this fact, trying to find constructive answers concerning your own pH balance by discussing it on a forum is completely fruitless. The best you can do is to learn scientific, substantiated facts about the pH of a human body.
(b) Can you change the pH balance of your ‘body’? First of all, let me make it clear that I don’t believe we should even attempt to change the pH balance of our “body in general” by eating specific foods or drinking specific drinks such as water containing baking soda; and I have strong doubts about changing the entire pH balance of your entire body because various sections of the body have a natural and ‘different’ pH balance than other parts. For example:
The blood’s pH range is between 7.35 and 7.45
The pH of the human mouth stays close to 7.0
The healthy range of human saliva is 6.3 to 6.6
Normal ranges for the pH of urine are 4.5 to 8
Normal skin pH levels are in the 4 to 5.5 range
Sweat is acidic and helps to create a more acidic pH on the skin so that harmful pathogens are destroyed when they come into contact with the skin.
And the normal stomach pH is around 1.5 to 2
(c) Can you actually do anything to help control your own pH balance in different areas? Yes you can. For example; compounds which contribute to the number of hydrogen ions (acids) in a solution are called, of course, acids. An example is hydrochloric acid (HCl) which is a strong acid. This is the reason that we advocate the use of HCl during the Candida treatment; because it helps to keep the pH balance of your stomach in the low 1.5 to 2 range.
(d) Certain microorganisms can actually raise the pH of a specific environment to a more alkaline condition by releasing ammonia. This is exactly what Candida albicans do in your body, and this is the reason that they are able to destroy beneficial bacteria and how they add to that sick feeling we all know so well. We refer to this as die-off, but in reality, what we call “die-off” in reference to dying Candida can also be caused by the living Candida which continuously release a highly alkalized ammonia into your body.
A few more facts:
+ Natural rain water has a pH of about 5.6
+ The EPA’s required pH levels for drinking water is 6.5-8.5
+ Acidosis: This occurs when the body contains too much acid, and normally refers to the plasma or blood pH. This occurs when the blood falls below a 7.35 pH level.
+ Alkalosis: This occurs when the body’s pH levels reach a level higher than 7.45
To further explain my comment in the previous post;
It’s recommended that anyone with a Candida albicans infestation should take very high doses of probiotics, and this usually turns out to be the main reason that the infestation begins to substantially diminish. It’s a well documented scientific fact that beneficial flora or bacteria in the digestive tract create lactic acid which produces short chain fatty acids as a by-product of fermentation in the intestinal tract. The fatty acids are food for the mucosal lining of the intestines and are indispensable to musocal health and its optimal functioning.
I’m sure this is still a confusing subject, but I hope it helped a few of you at least.
This is interesting! I was on another forum for candida on Facebook and there was a lady on there who would not SHUT UP about everybody needing to raise their pH, buy the test strips, drink baking soda water with powdered greens and trace minerals to raise the pH. It kinda drove me crazy enough that I left, I felt like every conversation on there turned into her interrogating you about whether you were keeping up with your pH levels.
I take Betaine HCL for the gas that I get due to eating such high volume of vegetables… I was confused about why I should be so concerned with raising my pH but also be taking essentially hydrochloric ACID to help my stomach. Didn’t make sense.