This is also part of my email to my lovely one about the way I see the Western lifestyle and how
the alkaline diet comes into it:
It all is linked with ph balance in the body. Gonna take you on a super speedy trip down
the chemistry memory lane. Remember the pH scales? Ranging from 0 to 14, with 7 being the
neutral point, and anything below it being acidic, and anything higher than 7 being
alkaline. So, the magic of the scale is that it is logarithmic. Therefore something that
has ph 3 is 10× more acidic than something that has ph of 4, and 100× more acidic than
something of ph 5 and 1000× more acidic than something of ph 6 and so on, I don’t need
to go into this too much. Obviously, you know that something basic of the ph 14 will
neutralise something acidic of the ph 0.
Chemistry lesson over.
Our bodies are designed to work at a certain pH. Human blood is meant to have the pH of
7.35, which is just that tiny bit alkaline/basic. If this balance gets disturbed, then
our body dies. I am not 100% sure how much the range can be but it’s stupidly small in
the grander scheme of things, so I think if the blood ph goes up or down by something
silly like 0.5 ph point, we die. This means that our bodies will do anything they can to
keep this balance.
Western diet and lifestyle is acidic. Not a little acidic, MASSIVELY acidic. At best, the
water we drink from the tap is neutral at 7; but some areas have acidic drinking water at
as low as 5. Mine is around 7 but it’s hard to test without precise machinery.
Considering that water makes up about 70% of our bodies, this is pretty bad. Soft drinks,
sugar, tea and coffee, meat, dairy products, breads and pastas, processed foods — those
are all things we eat and drink every day that lower our pH significantly. It has been
proven that to neutralise and reverse the effects of drinking just one can of coke, one
would have to drink 22 glasses of alkaline water. Scary. On the other side, vegetables
are alkaline. There are lots more things that are alkaline but veggies are the best thing
in the world and what our bodies have been designed to consume. Fruit… well, I am
undecided on fruit. :) Bizarrely, a dash of lemon or lime juice in water is
hugely alkalizing to the body (to do with what happens to the lemon juice when it enters
the digestive tract).
There has been research done on live blood (ie blood just taken from subjects and studied
immediately under microscope) which shows that when blood pH is acidic, blood cells
don’t develop properly. They are wrong shapes, wrong size, and there’s an awful lot
less of them than there should be, compared to healthy — alkaline — blood.
So what happens when a person lives the western lifestyle and consumes the Western diet?
They get fat and weak. They get weak because their bones become brittle and their muscles
waste. This is because the body, in its fight for survival, will leech minerals out of
muscle and bones to neutralize the acids. Things like calcium, potassium, and carbonates
are necessary to neutralize the acids. Wave goodbye to healthy bones and nails and teeth
and hair, and muscles! :)
The next step, when this isn’t enough to neutralize all the acid, is to envelope the
acidic molecule with a wall of fatty acids to stop it burning holes in your system. Yep,
you get fat. The body will hang on to every bit of fat it can, in order to keep the acid
contained. Not only having too many fat cells is ugly and unhealthy, it means that in the
flab, there is a massive amount of rubbish stored that your body cannot get rid of —
toxic stuff like acids, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, medication residues, all
kinds of toxins that have been sticking around for years and the body cannot expunge it.
This is why sometimes, you can go about your life feeling perfectly fine and thinking all
is well, then maybe have an illness that makes you lose your appetite so you stop eating
or eat less and the body starts burning fat stores, releasing all of the above into your
blood stream, making you a lot more ill than you were to start with. Same thing happens
when you go on a detox or start living the alkaline lifestyle — you get flu-like
symptoms (sometimes quite severe) which are actually indicators that your detox/diet is
So you start losing weight and burning fat… but you still have shedloads of toxins
running amok in your body, now having been released from their little prisons of fat
cells. Some will get disposed of through the normal ways — breathing, sweating, urine,
faeces, mucous. But there is only so much your kidneys and liver can manage, and some are
notoriously hard to get rid of — like heavy metals. This is where clay and
sun-chlorella (or cracked wall chlorella) come in. Clay (and chlorella, which is
extremely similar in what it does) is just amazing.
And the water I drink? It goes through an ionizing process which renders it full of
electrons and a pH of around 9 (highest safe pH to be drinking). But this is not all —
it also splits the h2o molecule clusters (my terminology), making them smaller, with more
surface area — making the water more hydrating and useful to the body, getting
everywhere faster — penetrating the cell membranes easier and quicker, it gets more
easily absorbed, generally better for the body (the tap water molecule clusters contain
up to 16 h2o molecules, whereas my water has between 5 and 8 molecules per cluster).
On top of weight loss, an alkaline body inhibits the growth of yeasts, fungi, molds,
cancer, viruses etc.