Alkalizing your blood
Some health researchers go as far as to say that “there is only one disease and there is only one cure”. The disease is the excessive acidity of our body and the cure is alkalizing it.
If you are anything like me, then sooner or later you have tried to make sense of all the clutter of information on acidic and alkaline blood environment. I remember that I was so overwhelmed with the amount of different information, that it got me mad.
That is why I will here try to systematize the relevant info and serve it in a way that you can use. Now, this first criterion I introduced is also the broadest. It is broadest in terms that I was to eat all the right foods that were to balance the pH value inside me. To do so, I got a list of foods that promoted acidity or alkalinity of the environment inside.
I was to filter the list further down because even this list is not right for a people suffering from fatty liver. Remember “What is right for a regular folk isn’t automatically right for “us”…
Balance of pH value in our blood is one of the corner stones of the Ezra protocol.
Definition of blood pH
The pH of any fluid is the measure of the hydrogen ion (H-) concentration. A pH of 7 is neutral. The lower the pH, the more acidic the blood.
Question 1: What does it mean to alkalize your blood?
The term alkaline and acidic refers to the pH balance in our blood. The healthiest range is 7.35 to 7.45, which is slightly more alkaline then pure water.
What you eat is a critical determinant of your health status, and the foods that you choose tend to have acid or alkaline-forming effects on your overall system. However, this influence to the blood pH is not direct and this is a good thing, since extreme changes in the balance could be very dangerous. This balance is regulated by a fine and complex system of mechanism that are continuously at work to maintain a range of 7.35 to 7.45.
These mechanisms are:
Exhalation of Carbon Dioxide
Elimination of Hydrogen Ions via Kidneys
If the pH of your blood falls below 7.35, the result is a condition called acidosis, a state that leads to central nervous system depression. Severe acidosis - where blood pH falls below 7.00 - can lead to a coma.
If the pH of your blood rises above 7.45, the result is alkalosis. Severe alkalosis can also lead to death but through a different mechanism- alkalosis causes all of the nerves in your body to become hypersensitive and over-excitable, often resulting in muscle spasms, nervousness, and convulsions.
So, it’s not just that we cannot ‘alkalize’ our blood in terms that it becomes an alkaline environment, but it’s also that we do not want to. However, what we want to do as fatty liver sufferers is keep that pH closer to 7.45.
I know this sounds exaggerated, but let me give you one reason why it’s not. The difference between 7.40 and 7.41 is not actually one hundredth of a scale unit. Surprised? Let me explain:
On the pH scale, each number represents a tenfold difference from adjacent numbers; in other words, a liquid that has a pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than a liquid that has a pH of 7, and a liquid with a pH of 5 is one hundred times more acidic than pure water. Most carbonated soft drinks have a pH of about 3, making them about ten thousand times more acidic than pure water. Please remember this the next time you think about drinking a can.
It is beyond the scope of this book to explain in details how the damage is caused by pH imbalance, because we focus on gearing up with knowledge that you need in you every day fight with fatty liver This is why I will simplify it and just say this:
Fact 1: All the protein that works in your body needs to maintain a specific shape to be metabolized properly
Fact 2: Shapes of the proteins in your body are affected by the tiniest changes in the pH of your body fluids
Another thing that is close to disastrous for people with fatty liver is the fact that eating an acid enhancing diet is the forming of alkaline ash, which is what the residues of foods that have an acid-forming effect are called.
For example, your phosphate buffer system uses different phosphate ions in your body to neutralize strong acids from the alkaline ash. About 85% of the phosphate ions that are used in your phosphate buffer system come from calcium phosphate salts, which are structural components of your bones and teeth.
If your body fluids are regularly exposed to large quantities of acid-forming foods and liquids, your body will draw upon its calcium phosphate reserves to supply your phosphate buffer system to neutralize the acid-forming effects of your diet.
And interfering with the calcium balance in our body is the last thing we need if we are predisposed to fatty liver.
On the next page, I will give you a list of foods that promote an alkaline environment. Note the text in the brackets bringing your attention to the food that I tried to eat in moderation or avoid altogether because they promote inflammation (some veggies from the Nightshade family). This is desribed in detail in the Fatty Liver Bible.