The relationship between chronic muscle and joint pain,
inflammation and saliva pH should be understood in order
to minimize the time for healing and the rehabilitation of injuries. A crucial fact to remember about the overwhelming majority of injuries are that muscle and joint pain problems are, more likely than not, chronic in nature. These chronic muscle and joint pain problems may be secondary to acute or repetitive stress; but typically they develop from improperly managed inflammation and acid/alkaline imbalances in the tissues.
A major factor in the formation of chronic inflammation is the presence of free radicals occurring in greater abundance than the body’s ability to remove them, frequently referred to as oxidative stress. Excess acid forming foods, drinks and acidic lifestyles in general, put an enormous strain on your digestive system, liver, kidneys and areas of chronic inflammation.
The body’s attempt to neutralize all that acid creates free radicals which further damage inflamed tissue cells and rob electrons, “your life force”, from existing healthy tissues. By integrating a simple saliva pH testing technology and consuming a very alkaline,
antioxidant and phytonutrient green drink such as
7.2 Organic Greens, you may see improved outcomes and faster healing times.
How Does Quenching Free Radicals Reduce Inflammation?
What makes free radicals so dangerous and difficult for you when dealing with inflammation is the fact that free radical molecules have lost one of their electrons, are very unstable and will “steal” an electron from other cells in the area. In turn, the next molecule becomes an unstable free radical starting a cascade of events that
further damages the area of injury. The body produces antioxidant enzymes designed to quench these free radicals.
Antioxidants are substances that are termed “givers” because they donate an extra electron which stabilizes the free radical and prevents it from damaging other cells. But if you have too many free radicals your body can’t keep up and your pain, inflammation and healing process becomes impaired.
One significant way to combat free radicals is to reduce your intake of acidic foods and drinks while monitoring your saliva pH and supplementing every morning with an antioxidant rich 7.2 Organic Greens and Organic Vegan Protein Shake that
gives your body plenty of free radical quenching nutrients.
The Science Behind Acid-Alkaline Imbalance
Arthur Guyton, M.D., in his Textbook of Medical Physiology
dedicated an entire chapter on this concept and stated that when the body is alkaline it converts free radicals to harmless water and oxygen which maintains energy and vitality. The acid-alkaline balance relates to the chemistry of the body’s fluids and tissues as measured by pH. The cells of the body must have a slightly alkaline environment to survive.
With a blood pH of 7.365 the cells are in homeostasis and they receive nourishment and release waste with ease. But when you eat, drink and live an acidic lifestyle, your cells and the inner environment become toxic. Your diet and lifestyle choices will either help or harm your delicate pH balance and your overall health.
Basic pH Review
Technically, pH stands for “potential of hydrogen.” The pH of a fluid tells you how acid or alkaline it is. pH is measured on a scale from 0-14 with neutral being 7.0; below that acidic and above alkaline. More oxygen is present when pH is above 7.0 than below which is why all pathogens thrive in an acidic environment but can’t survive with alkalinity. An acidic condition is a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria, yeast and fungi
while an alkaline environment helps to keep things in check.
A lot of people assume colds and viruses happen when you catch a bug when in fact many common infections are actually caused by bacteria that are part of the normal flora already present in your system. When your diet and lifestyle becomes too acidic, it creates a fertile ground for the pathogens to multiply and flourish.
Why is Measuring pH so Important?
The body is designed to operate within a very narrow pH range. Optimally you want to be a little on the alkaline side with a blood pH of around 7.365, with Dr. Guyton giving us a range of 7.34 to 7.45. Blood is the most important fluid and therefore is the most protected pH measurement. Even a minor fluctuation in the blood’s pH in either direction creates distress signals in the
body causing various symptoms that start out small then ramp up as the imbalance continues.
Everything from a runny nose to skin eruptions, heartburn,
eczema, inflammation, arthritis, poor circulation, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, a weakened immune system to the chronic diseases of aging can be tracked back in some way to an acidic inner terrain. In fact a blood pH lower than 7.0 is extremely dangerous, causing oxygen levels to decrease, and cellular metabolism to become impaired. It’s much easier for
you to become too acidic than too alkaline.
The body regularly deals with naturally occurring acids that are the by-products of respiration, metabolism, cellular breakdown and exercise, however when you add to that an overly acidic diet of processed foods, dairy, meats, drinks and an excessively stressful lifestyle, the load on the body becomes too much and it is easily overwhelmed. You can help yourself by shifting your pH
balance toward the alkaline side by eating a more alkaline diet that consists of more fruits and vegetables and other alkaline plant foods along with incorporating a more stress-free lifestyle.
The Simplest Way To Monitor Your pH
The simplest and most accurate way to read your pH is to test your saliva. Saliva pH is the most reliable body fluid to test outside of the blood and can easily be tested using litmus paper strips, available from 7.2 or in most pharmacies.
To test your pH first thing in the morning dip one paper strip into your saliva on a spoon for 1-2 seconds. In about 10 seconds simply compare the color on the test strip to the color on the pH chart and record the number. One reading of a test strip won’t really tell you much, because levels fluctuate.
Test every morning for 10 days and record your results. Throw out the 3 highest and lowest values. Average the remaining 4 values to determine your typical saliva pH. A few weeks of this will give you a fairly accurate reading of your body chemistry. As you continue along with your daily intake of 7.2 Organic Greens and Vegan Protein Shake a more alkaline diet and lifestyle, you will definitely see improvements. After a while, you won’t even need to test, you will know exactly what
will happen when you increase your acidic load. For those times when you simply can’t resist an overly acidic treat you can supplement with the 7.2 Alkaline Boosters.
It’s important to keep in mind that pH operates on a logarithmic scale, meaning that each increase of a single number in either direction away from 7.0 is a multiple of ten. So when your pH moves from 7.0 to 6.0 on the scale, that’s ten times more acidic; 7.0 to 5.0 is a hundred
times more acidic and so on. Coffee, for example has a pH of around 4.0 and soda a pH of 2.0. Dr. Guyton says that it takes 20 molecules of alkalinity to neutralize one molecule of acid, which means when you drink one 8 ounce glass of cola, it will take twenty 8 ounce glasses
of water to neutralize it. It’s obvious how the Standard American Diet (SAD) is producing such devastating effects on health.
It is advisable to eliminate soda completely and when drinking coffee or tea or even water to add the 7.2 Coffee Drops to increase alkalinity.
The Cycle of Destruction with pH Imbalance
The body will do whatever it must in order to keep itself alive, it’s not really focused on good health as much as on survival. The body doesn’t just find pH balance, it works very hard to create it. Since most people eat the Standard American Diet which is extremely acidic the body is left to deal with the cleanup. One of the ways it
regains pH balance is by robbing precious mineral and enzyme reserves from your body.
How Minerals Alkalize Body pH
Your body needs alkaline minerals in order to function properly, and since the body can’t make them you must get them from your diet. In addition to primary alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, your body also needs trace minerals such as zinc, selenium, manganese, iodine, chromium and copper.
The body uses these minerals to make enzymes, proteins, hormones and neurotransmitters necessary for good health. Foods rich in alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium create alkalinity in the body while foods containing acidic minerals such as sulfur and phosphorus increase the acidity.
A healthy alkaline diet stores your body up with plenty of alkaline mineral reserves, while an excessively acidic diet eventually drains all the alkaline reserves and forces the body to use its own alkaline minerals to neutralize acids in order to keep your blood pH at an alkaline level. One of the ways it does this is by robbing
alkaline minerals from your bones, teeth, muscles and organs. When an alkaline and acidic molecule combine, they form a neutral salt. This salt no longer influences your blood pH and is “buffered” from causing harm.
The biggest problem with losing alkaline minerals, is losing calcium from bones leading to osteopenia ( loss of bone mass ) and magnesium from muscles and organs leading to sarcopenia ( loss of muscle mass ). A high-protein, animal based diet is extremely acidic and the only way the
body can compensate for that overload is to mine calcium from your bones and magnesium from your tissues to neutralize the acids. An alternative protein choice would be the 7.2 Vegan Protein Shake.
When the acid overload gets too high for your blood, your body dumps the acid out of the bloodstream and into the acid catchers of the body, the lymphatic system, the joints, arteries and fat cells. The lymphatic system tries to neutralize all the acid and get rid of the waste, but the only way it can do that is to dump the acids back into the bloodstream. You can see how this destructive cycle of acid buildup in the tissues and fat cells occurs.
How Did We Get So Acidic?
The problem isn’t that we’re eating acidic foods, it’s that we’re eating more acidic foods than alkaline foods. In the Standard American Diet, the typical ratio of acidic to alkaline foods is about 80/20, which means 80 percent of the diet is acidic foods while only 20 percent comes from alkaline foods. We need to flip the ratio to between 60 to 80 percent of your foods coming from the alkaline side and only 20 to 40 percent from the acidic.
Remember that this is not an absolute, regular bad eating habits deplete your core energy. As long as the majority of the time you are giving your body what it needs, a more alkaline plant-based diet, the body will reward you with good health.
Acid/Alkaline Protocols For Injuries and Chronic Pain
Since the majority of injuries are muscle and joint pain related and are chronic in nature from improperly managed inflammation and acid/alkaline imbalances, it’s best to assume that the tissues surrounding the area of main complaint are acidic and loaded with free radicals.
As part of your routine treatment of inflamed tissues it makes sense to make a change in dietary and lifestyle habits that favor alkalinity. Knowing that most people are more interested in “getting out of pain” than changing lifestyle habits, it seems most prudent and beneficial to consider an easy and simple way to alkalize your body and quench free radicals as part of your treatment program.
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