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How To Test Yourself To See If Your Body Is Too Acidic

Hello Everyone! This is an easy, at home test that you can do to determine if your body is overall too acidic or not.

But first, let me explain how the Acid / Base scale works:

The pH scale goes from 0 – 14.

A pH of 7 is considered Neutral. 

Anything less than 7 is acidic

Anything greater than 7 is alkaline/basic

The normal pH of human blood is about 7.4, so it’s not extremely alkaline. Different parts of the body have different pH’s. Stomach acid has the pH of about 2, super acidic so that it can be able to denature your food. We don’t want our bodies to be TOO acidic or TOO alkaline, this can cause death.

What are the dangers of being too acidic?

Dr. Alex Vasquez shared a position paper on urinary alkalization written by emergency room physicians. These doctors worked with suicide patients that had been acutely poisoned or had cases of industrial poisoning. ER physicians found that when urinary pH was 7.5 (alkaline), the body was able to excrete toxins more readily.

When our bodies are too acidic, we have more incidence of:

  1. Lower functioning immune system
  2. Risk of cancers
  3. Overall poorer health
  4. Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

If you put cancer cells in a petri dish containing an alkaline environment, the cancer cells would die. Cancer and illness can only live in an acidic environment.

What causes our bodies to become acidic?

  • Stress. Stress increases the production of stress hormones such as cortisol , Interleukin-6, which can turn on inflammatory cascades in the body. Constant cortisol secretion can cause weight gain, more food sensitivities (because it deteriorates the gut lining), and sleep disorders (more things too).Blood tests show that a chemical called Interleukin-6 sharply increased in the blood of those who are stressed. Previous studies have associated IL-6 with several diseases, including heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, type-2 diabetes and certain cancers. More detrimental is that the increase in IL-6 can be turned on for up to 3 years after a highly stressful and chronic situation.
  • Diet. Not eating enough vegetables and fruits is the #1 contributor to an acidic environment. Eating grains, wheat, sugar (not fruit), processed foods, dairy, very non-nourishing foods can cause the leaching of calcium from bones to buffer the acidic environment and lead to osteoporosis. Especially with dairy! Dairy is highly acidic in the body, and several studies have confirmed that dairy does not prevent bone loss or make your bones strong. It actually does the opposite, and more incidents of osteoporosis is actually seen in countries that consume more dairy. Alcohol is another thing that when overindulged can do a lot of damage.
  • Mood. Studies also show that when you are a more pessimistic person, negative in nature or hold a lot of anger, it causes your body to have a lower functioning immune system. On the contrary, having an attitude of gratitude actually improves the regulatory T-cell function in your immune system.
  • Emotions. If you watch a scary movie and you’re feeling afraid, you will temporarily become acidic. If you see someone get hit by a car, boom acidic. If you are anxiety ridden or thinking so many overwhelming thoughts, you will drop down into acidic. We really don’t realize how powerful our mind is and how it can master us if we do not master it first.

Okay, now that we are all clear on what creates an acidic environment, lets move onto the test!

 

This is the chart that you will use for the reference ranges.

You will need: 

-pH Strips

         – 1 Tbsp of lemon juice in like 3 oz of water

– A stop watch.

– The chart above.

How it works:

  1. Start by taking 1 strip of the pH paper and placing the yellow side down on top of your tongue, close your mouth for 5 seconds. Make sure the yellow part is fully saturated with your saliva.
  2. Pull the strip out and match the color to the colors on the bottle of the pH strips. This is your starting pH.
  3. Now take the water mixed with 1 tbsp of lemon and drink it. Take another pH strip and place it on top of your tongue again as you did before. This is your pH after you have challenged it with acid. This will temporarily drop your pH down (which is what we want.)
  4. Now, start your stopwatch. You will wait 1 minute from the time you tested your pH after drinking the lemon, and then test your pH again with another strip.
  5. You are going to continue to do this for a total of 5 minutes. Record your pH results each time you do this.
  6. At the end of the test, if you pH is following the red line or above it, you have a good buffering system. Your body is not too acidic! Congratulations! If your pH is not good, and you dropped off after a certain point, you have some opportunities here.

What to do if you are too acidic:

  • First, assess your diet and lifestyle. Are you consuming enough fruits and vegetables? How are you at managing your stress? Do you find ways to relieve your stress? Do you drink lemon/lime water often? Do you smoke cigarettes or over drink? Do you eat too much sugar in the form of processed foods or grains/dairy? Do you live on coffee?
  • These are all pertinent questions that you need to ask yourself. The diet is  first and foremost the biggest thing that can contribute to being too acidic. I can suggest supplements to help you, but if you are unwilling to change any of these factors – it’s not going to work. It’ll be like throwing a bucket of water on a house fire.

If you turned out to be too acidic, don’t freak out! This is just an area that we have an opportunity to improve : )

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Sources:

www.tuesdayminute.net

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-stress-kills/

Coffee Enemas: The best part of waking up, is coffee in your butt!

Did the title catch your attention?! I hope you sang the title to the Folgers commercial song! Allow me to explain:

Coffee enemas have been around since the time of the civil war. Since their introduction during the late 1800s  they were used to help speed up healing following surgeries or to help heal cases of accidental poisoning. And if you didn’t know, surgeries were very unsterile and dangerous procedures until the introduction of washing hands before surgery & also the introduction of anesthesia.

The Gerson Protocol For Cancer

“Stay close to nature and her eternal laws will protect you.” – Dr. Max Gerson

In the 1950s coffee enemas were made famous and became more widespread thanks to Dr. Max Gerson (founder of the Gerson protocol which is practiced at the Hippocrates Institute in West Palm Beach). Dr. Gerson began using coffee enemas as a key to treating cancer patients, others are now turning to this procedure for various ailments that don’t respond well to traditional treatments or prescription medications.

“Dr. Gerson observed that cancer patients exhibited markedly degenerated organs, especially the liver, presumably caused by the clearing of toxic materials of an unknown type that the disease produced. He also noted that the situation became worse after chemotherapy, probably because of more toxic products entering the bloodstream. Gerson’s regimen focused on helping the liver rid the body of toxic substances while restoring and maintaining healthy liver function.”-www.cancer.gov

The purpose of coffee enemas are to assist in detoxifying the liver. Your liver is a filter for all the toxins that your body is exposed to from medications, air, pesticides, hormones, etc. The caffeine from the coffee travels through the portal vein through your intestines, to reach the liver.

The University of Minnesota conducted a study that demonstrated that coffee enemas are able to help stimulate the production of an enzyme created in the liver called glutathione s-transferase. Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant in our body that helps our liver detoxify, removes heavy metals, helps us age slower and have an overall better status of health.

Other things that coffee enemas can help with (that I have seen in my practice):

  • I have seen coffee enemas be the only thing that eliminates unremitting nausea from cancer patients going through chemotherapy.
  • I have hear testimonials from patients about coffee enemas stopping a gall bladder attack.
  • I have seen pictures and heard testimonials of gall bladder stones (the size of quarters and nickels) being released with the administration of a coffee enema.
  • I have seen pictures of parasites being released from the intestines after doing coffee enemas.
  • Bloating and digestive issues improved because once coffee gets into the liver, the bile ducts are opened up and increase production of bile that’s needed for digestion and excretion.
  • Massive amounts of energy afterwards.
  • Skin appearance improved on face and body/acne/boils gone away.

Caffeine enemas cause dilation of bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of toxic cancer breakdown products by the liver and dialysis of toxic products from blood across the colonic wall.

  • Coffee enemas can produce the excretion of gallbladder stones, which will range from yellow to dark green in colors.  Cholesterol can even be excreted, which is a light green color. Mucoid plaque can be seen sometimes if you’re doing a series of enemas..this is a rubbery dark brown substance. Impacted debris that has been stuck in the crevices of the intestines is also common to be excreted.
The Coffee Enema Protocol:
This is the protocol that I follow, and it was given to me by an Iriodologist that I had went to in 2015:
  1. Mix 5 1/2 cups of Distilled Water and 4 tablespoons of ORGANIC CAFFEINATED GROUND COFFEE.
  2. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Place the liquid in the fridge or freezer for 20 minutes (periodically checking on it) When the liquid is cool use a fine colander to strain the coffee.
  4. The coffee will have boiled down to about 4 cups. You will pour the 4 cups of coffee into the enema bag.
  5. Take some coconut oil or olive oil and lubricate the enema tip. Insert the enema tip, set the timer for 15 minutes and turn on your right side.

(The first time you do this it may be difficult to go for the full 15 minutes – but some people do it. You will feel contractions that will make you want to go to the bathroom, but try and breathe/rub your belly to get past this. The contractions will come and go.)

  1. After the 15 minutes sit on the toilet and all that liquid will be flush out.

(You may notice you feel an increase in energy and stomach may feel flatter. Some people even notice  pains in their body decrease after doing these enemas.)

  1. You may even notice gallbladder stones floating to the top in the first enema or in future ones.

Things To Consider With Coffee Enemas:

Things that could be harmful are:
– If you don’t strain out the grains well which could lead to inflammation of the colon.
– Obviously you should wait until the liquid is cool enough before doing the enema, you don’t want to scald your insides. I say this because there is always that ONE person out there.
– If its not organic coffee beans being used. Coffee is one of the most highly sprayed crop. Don’t even drink non-organic coffee!
– There is also the risk of perforating your colon, if you’re shoving it in your rectum unlubricated or with too much force. (Even water colonics present their own risks, as well as benefits.)
– Electrolyte imbalance with over use of enemas or colonics can happen, I suggest drinking an electrolyte replenisher afterwards. I use Ultima Replenisher.

 

Sources:
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/42/4/1193
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25136541
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/gerson-pdq
WebMD.com

Sauna Bathing Decreases Cancer, All Heart Disease By 40% & Extends Life Span

In 2015 an incredible 20 year study of 2000 men aimed to measure the benefits of sauna usage. At the end of the study, they measured who died from non-accidental deaths, cancer, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease. What they found was:

  •  Men that used to sauna 2-3x/week were 27% less likely die from anything cardiovascularly related when compared to men who used the sauna only 1x/week.
  • Men who used the sauna 4-7x/week were 50% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease related deaths when compared to men who used the sauna only 1x/week.

Not only was frequency of sauna use important, but duration of sauna use was also vital! 19+ minutes had the most profound affect on lowering cardiovascular disease and cancer when compared to only 11 minutes of usage. Are you kidding me? 19 minutes or more?! It’s that easy??

How Is The Sauna So Beneficial?

If you think about it, the sauna in some ways mimics cardio exercise. When you’re in there, you’re sweating because it’s hot and your heart rate goes up. Blood flow increases to the heart, oxygen to the tissues increases. The sauna equates to a brisk walk.

Other Findings:

  • 2-3x/week of sauna use resulted in 24% lowered all cause mortality risk.
  • Men who used sauna 4-7x week were 40% less likely to die of cardio vascular diseases, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, respiratory disease and all other non-accidental diseases.
  • The sauna sensitizes the brain to endorphins (the feel good chemicals in the brain).

  • The sauna activates the activates FOXO3 gene that allows you to age slower and live longer.

  • The sauna Increases your own production of HGH – Human growth hormone.

  • Long-term sauna bathing may help lower blood pressure in those with hypertension and improve the left ventricular function in those with Congestive Heart Failure.
  • The sauna poses no risk to healthy people from infancy to old age, including healthy women in their uncomplicated pregnancy.

Sauna Bathing Activates Heat Shock Proteins: Which Lowers Dementia & Alzheimer’s Risk

Heat Shock Proteins (HSP) are proteins in the body that make sure that other proteins maintain their structure and work optimally. When proteins become damaged, they kind of fold,  this causes something called “protein aggregation” within our cells. This folding leads to protein aggregates (Beta amyloid plaque) within our brain.

As a normal part of existing in this world, the proteins in our body are being damaged every day. They become damaged more readily as we age because we are exposed to more toxins as we get older. This is why it is important to eat fruits and vegetables, the antioxidants repair that free radical damage and repair those aggregated proteins.

The Significance of “Protein Aggregation”: This leads to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and other Neurodegenerative Diseases.

HSP can reverse, repair & prevent those damaged folded proteins. This is precisely what is preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease & neurodegenerative diseases. All of this is available to you simply by using the heat sauna.

Heat Stress From Sauna Bathing Activating FOXO3 Gene: Which Extends Life Span & Slows Aging

The FOXO3 gene is the master regulator of other genes, that have to do with stress and  the ability to handle stress. Many different kinds of stresses can damage our DNA…such as environmental toxins, pesticides on our foods, EMF’s from Wifi, unclean water. (The list can go on). But there is also GOOD kinds of stress, such as heat and cold, which activate the FOXO3 gene.

  • FOXO3 activates genes that repair DNA damage before it can form a mutation. FOXO3 is also involved in apoptosis (cell death) which is a protective mechanism against cancer. We have cancer cells in our body right now, but our loving immune system is there to perform apoptosis – which destroys these little buggers.
  • FOXO3 activates antioxidant genes that prevent damaged cells from secreting inflammatory cytokines. These damaged cells that secrete inflammatory properties are what accelerate the aging process in our body, our skin, our face. In mice studies, the FOXO3 gene actually activated other genes that allowed mice  to live 20% longer than their normal life span.
  • FOXO3 also activates your body’s own ability to create stem cells. As we age, we do not create as many stem cells.
  • Centenarians (those that have lived to 100 years old) were shown to have increased activity in the FOXO3 genes.

To summarize, if you want to live longer, have a better quality of life, reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, neuro-degenerative diseases, create more stem cells, increase your growth hormones, increase production of endorphins in your brain, then start sweating it out in the sauna! It’s a no brainer.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25705824

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27932366

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11165553

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9100952

 

Images from:

Doityourself.com

Psychologytoday.com

Sciencemag.org

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