Volume 3, Issue 24
July 1, 2010

Is your body a toxic waste dump? It is if this number is low...

Two weeks ago, I showed you how the Acid-Ash diets have more to do with hype than health. However, that doesn't mean you should ignore your pH balance. The truth is you are an acid maker. That's the way God designed you. You use it to produce energy. This is called aerobic energy production. In this process, your body produces acid in the form of carbon dioxide.

But when aerobic energy production is not working efficiently, the body goes into another form of energy production — anaerobic energy production. Anaerobic energy production produces even more acid — 18 times more! So either way you look at it, you are an acid maker.

Regardless of how much acid you produce, your body has to be able to eliminate it as fast as you produce it. This requires that your lungs, your liver, and your kidneys function well. To ensure this, you have to exercise three to four times per week. You also need to make sure your diet is high in fiber, that it's nutritionally rich, and that you're well hydrated with plenty of pure water.

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And your metabolism should function efficiently. That means that you should produce most of your energy aerobically, not anaerobically. An efficient metabolism will produce much less acid than an inefficient one. This means that you must be in good aerobic condition — which requires exercise. (There's that "e" word again!)ÿ You also need to get plenty of rest, not stress out all the time, replace any deficient hormones, and avoid toxins as much as possible.

Now, if you are doing a good job at all of this, your body will not accumulate acid. But how will you know? It's easy. Get some pH test strips at the drugstore, health food store, or the Internet (http://www.phionbalance.com/ph-balancing-products/ph-test-strips/phion-diagnostic-ph-test-strips/). They will cost about $15. Then one morning, right after you wake up and before you eat, collect some urine. Make sure that the specimen you take is the first urine of the day. Urine taken at any other time will not accurately reflect your body's acid accumulation. Immediately dip the test strip into the urine and measure the pH reading. The pH is a measurement of the amount of acid in your urine.

Here's how to interpret the results:

✓ A pH between 6.5 and 6.8 is perfect!

✓ 6.0 to 6.5 means your body is accumulating acid.

✓ 5.5 to 6.0 is starting to get worrisome.

✓ 5.0 to 5.5 means you had better start making some changes.

✓ If your pH is less than 5.0, you have a real problem. Your body has become a toxic waste dump and needs some real cleaning. A three-month detoxification program is a good idea.

I'll have more on how to do a detox program in future issues of my newsletter Real Cures. If you're not a subscriber, you can order it by following this link. In the meantime, you can start by exercising lightly three to four times a week (once you subscribe, you can read all I've written on exercising properly) and cleaning up your diet.

While the Acid-Ash diets are hype, your pH does matter. Get it checked today and take steps to balance it.

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD


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