The body is a fine-tuned machine created to heal itself when provided with the tools necessary to do its job. Constant exposure to toxins within the world we live as well as poor lifestyle choices leads to acidity within the body’s cells & tissues. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the quality of food we eat, sugar, stress, decreased physical activity and a lack of sleep create oxidative stress within the body leading to a weakened immune system. As a result, energy levels decrease, mood changes occur, hormone levels become unbalanced, weight gain, increase in aches and pains and over time, chronic inflammatory processes takeover.
NOW is the time to stop being “REACTIVE” and become “PROACTIVE” in you and your family’s health. Strategic gradual lifestyle changes can be implemented that can significantly change overall health.
Understanding pH Levels
pH stands for “potential hydrogen” or “power of hydrogen”
A pH scale ranges from 0-14 with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline.
If our cells and tissues within our bodies are too acidic they do not have enough oxygen available for the cells to stay healthy. When our body is getting enough minerals from our diet, the cells & tissues are better able to stay slightly alkaline and our blood can function normally – delivering oxygen to the cells and carry away acidic waste. When our body constantly has to work and compensates to maintain homeostasis (approximate blood pH level of 7.365) it cannot pick up all of the acidic waste and fat cells are formed. Fat cells are where acidic waste is stored. The body must maintain a blood pH level of approximately 7.365. In order to do so, when the cells and tissues become acidic, it begins to leach from other areas of the body; for example, pulling calcium from the bones leading to osteoporosis.
An appropriately pH balanced body is key. Too much acidity (too little alkalinity) leads to weight gain as well as chronic diseases and illnesses from years of abuse. Cancer cells, disease-causing bacteria, fungus, viruses and parasites can thrive in acidic body tissue. A combination of a quality alkaline diet, supplementation, the water you drink, the air you breathe, the amount of sunlight you are exposed to, how well you sleep, the amount of stress in your life, and how often you get physical exercise, can have a profound effect on the pH level of your cells and tissues. This will affect your overall quality of health.
Separation of Red Blood Cells
Biochemist Otto Heinrich Warburg, one of the twentieth century’s leading cell biologists, discovered that the root cause of cancer is too much acidity in the body, meaning that the pH, potential hydrogen, in the body is below the normal level of 7.365, which constitutes an “acidic” state.
Warburg investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells and discovered that cancer cells maintain and thrive in a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2.
He firmly believed that there was a direct relationship between pH and oxygen. Higher pH, which is Alkaline, means higher concentration of oxygen molecules, while lower pH, which is acidic, means lower concentrations of oxygen…the same oxygen that is needed to maintain healthy cells.
In 1931 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for this important discovery. Dr. Warburg was director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (now Max Planck Institute) for cell physiology at Berlin. He investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells, particularly cancer cells. Below a direct quote by Dr. Warburg during medical lectures where he was the keynote speaker: “Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline.”
In his work The Metabolism of Tumors Warburg demonstrated that all forms of cancer are characterized by two basic conditions: acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). “Lack of oxygen and acidosis are two sides of the same coin: where you have one, you have the other.” “All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception.“
“Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” Dr. Warburg has made it clear that the root cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency, which creates an acidic state in the human body. Dr. Warburg also discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen, as found in an alkaline state.
Dr. Otto Warburg has taught us a basic concept on which to build our health upon.
If disease and illness thrive in an acidic environment, which has been scientifically proven, this knowledge should be the foundation of our health quest.