Blood pH is meticulously maintained, but what about the pH of the lymph fluid?
There is a lot of confusion when we talk about alkalizing the body, of course not every fluid in the body is alkaline. When I talk about an alkaline dominant body I focus the attention on the interstitial cellular fluid. The ideal healthy blood and lymph range is around 7.4. While the blood is controlled very well by different buffering systems in the body. The lymph pH is more easily affected and has a high impact on keeping the cells healthy, because it deals with eliminating cellular metabolic acid sewage.
We need tenacity to get well, especially when suffering from any chronic or degenerative diseases. It requires a level of determination, more than just losing weight, it needs to go much deeper than that. Deeper into the level of the interstitial cellular fluid where the blood and lymph merges together and surrounds every cell in our body. Lymph is usually a clear transparent colorless fluid. It flows in the lymphatic vessels and bathes tissues and organs in its protective covering. Its natural healthy level should be equal to the blood 7.4. (In chemistry acidosis starts from 7.2.)
The word lymph in greek means clear river
Lymph represents a pure clear stream with a healthy pH range similar to the blood. Healthy lymph should flow through the body quickly and efficiently, clearing infection, disease and acidic residue, every cell bathes in this oxygen rich slightly alkaline fluid. Research seems to show that due to the overconsumption of an acid dominant diet the average adult has a lymph of 6.2. This acid environment is the ideal environment for fungi and bacteria and we become more susceptible to external microbes and viruses. And even our blood pH will be affected to a certain degree. While still within the healthy range the impact of slight differences in pH can not be denied.
While it’s difficult to measure the interstitial fluid, one can use the saliva pH as a parameter that parallels the extra interstitial cellular fluid. Nevertheless one has to be aware other factors can influence saliva pH. So testing it regularly will show what happens over time when applying consistently an intake of base dominant foods. pH paper test using saliva represents the most consistent and most definitive physical sign of the ionic calcium deficiency syndrome.
The calcium buffering system is used by the body to quickly neutralize acids within the blood stream to keep the narrow blood pH intact. In fact if our saliva would be constantly within a safe alkaline range our teeth would never have cavities and rot. Unfortunately as children on a constant acid diet we already experienced cavities from a very young age.
The saliva pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the 7.5 to 7.1 slightly alkaline range. The range from 6.5 which is weakly acidic to 4.5 which is strongly acidic represents states from mildly deficient to strongly deficient, respectively. Most children are dark blue, a pH of 7.5. Over half of adults are green-yellow, a pH of 6.5 or lower, reflecting the calcium deficiency of aging and lifestyle defects. Cancer patients are usually a bright yellow, a pH of 4.5, especially when terminal.” Our bodies simply can not fight disease if our body pH balance is compromised. A body that tends toward acidity heightens the risk for infections from bacteria, yeast, parasites, and viruses. All of these seek out and thrive in an acid environment.
Optimal pH for Saliva
While the body has a homeostatic mechanism that maintains a constant pH 7.4 in the blood, this mechanism works by depositing and withdrawing acid and alkaline minerals from other locations including the bones, soft tissues, body fluids and saliva. Therefore, the pH of these other tissues can fluctuate greatly. The pH of saliva offers a window through which you can see the overall pH balance in your body. Optimal pH for saliva is above 7 pH, ideally 7.2. A reading consistently lower than 6.8 is indicative of possible insufficient alkaline reserves.
In addition to the signs such as low energy and poor digestion, studies have shown a direct link between an acidic pH and a variety of health issues, including:
• Free radical oxidation (premature aging)
• Inadequate absorption of essential vitamins and minerals
• Low bone density / Osteoporosis
• Poor skin and hair health
• Weight gain (increased cortisol which lays down abdominal fat)
• Internal toxin build-up
• Frequent colds, flu and headaches pH and Weight Loss
Can a healthy pH help you lose weight? Yes it does. That’s because instead of eating processed foods that overload your body and deplete energy, an alkaline-friendly diet feeds your body whole, natural foods for the best energy, digestion, and metabolism. Studies also show a diet heavy in acid-forming foods promotes production of the stress hormone cortisol – which in-turn promotes the accumulation of abdominal fat.
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