Alkalizing Your Body
Causal Therapy For Latent Acidosis
Getting at the cause, the Causal Therapy for the removal of the deposit-hydrochloric-acid logically consists of removing excess acid from the organism while decreasing the intake of protein acids. This Causal Therapy is done in two ways; by adding bases (sodium, potassium bicarbonate, etc.) and by removing acids (amino-acid metabolites). Depending on your Metabolic Type, you may be alkalized by carbohydrates and acidified by Proteins and Lipids, or the other way around. Especially if you have a chronic disease, consider taking the Advanced Metabolic Typing Test to help guide you to better results.
A. Cooked protein consumption is a contributor to acidity. You may need to reduce cooked proteins and switch to raw, vegetarian proteins:
- cooked eggs
- cooked meat
- pasteurized dairy products
- boiled or baked grains, such as bread, pasta, crackers
- beans (they are difficult to eat raw)
- nuts – almonds, walnuts, pecans, brazil, pistachio (unless they are soaked-sprouted)
B. Increase the intake of raw food. It is easier with fruits and vegetables, and possible with eggs and fish, and even steak Tartar …
An “apple a day does keep the doctor away”. Protein depletes us of our main minerals; sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride. These are the main electrolyte ions called macro-minerals – we need a lot of them. When we get them from living foods, they are in the right form. If you have Acidic dominant metabolism (Sympathetic or Fast Oxidizer), the statements below in sections C to F are true. If you have Alkali dominant metabolism (Parasympathetic or Slow Oxidizer), they are not, because your balancing systems run in the opposite manner.
C. Balanced Base Powder
One can take, by mouth, the necessary quick bases (sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate) that the body needs to neutralize stored acids in the body and correct the relative base deficiency, the “latent acidosis”. Balanced Base Powder also provides necessary chloride ions in the form of whole salt and potassium chloride that are needed to recharge the hydrochloric acid producing ability of the stomach, and thereby and even more importantly, its sodium bicarbonate producing ability.
Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Balanced Base Powder in water or juice between meals. If this is not available, use the same amount of baking soda in water or fruit juice, between meals and before bed, i.e. three times a day.
The important thing is to take it on an empty stomach, so it can bind with the excess “deposit acid” from the acid producing cells lining the stomach (thereby generating more bicarbonate that goes into the blood stream) and not interfere with the production of acid that is needed at the times of eating. One needs acid in the stomach to digest food so the Balanced Base Powder or baking soda should not be taken around meal times.
If you eat breakfast at 8:00 A.M. and lunch at noon then you would take the first dose of Base Powder at 10:00 A.M., you would take another between lunch and dinner. It is best to sip it slowly, so it can react with acid from the stomach over a longer time, not all at once as with one big gulp. If there isn’t time to sip it, just drink it anyway. This, done consistently, over time, is what makes the difference. It is best not to eat before you retire at night. If you don’t eat before bed time then you can take 1/2 to 1 tsp. of Base Powder before bed also. If you do eat before bed then you would not take the Base Powder that night.
The amount of Base Powder you take should be determined based on your urine pH at the same times as you would take the Base Powder (don’t take the Base Powder and check your urine on the same day), i.e. between meals, say at 10:00 A.M. or 2:00 P.M.. The urine should be kept at a pH of 7.0 to 8.0 at all such times. If it is below this number, i.e. if it still acid then you need more Base Powder. If the pH stays between 7.0 and 8.0 then you can try to decrease the amount of powder. It is not necessary to check these pHs often, the pH of the urine at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M., once every week, and later per month, is sufficient.
It takes a long time for us to become acid, for the connective tissues and cells of the body to become saturated with the stored acids. For the same reasons, it will take some time to de-acidify the body, to neutralize and excrete all the stored acids. This process can take one to two years depending on how ill and/or old you are. This method is not a quick fix, but it will prevent and eliminate the problems that come with being too acid, namely the problems of pleomorphic, chronic, degenerative disease.
Magnesium is an important macro mineral that needs to be replaced. It is not included in the Base Powder because of its laxative effects. Everyone that is in any state of acidosis requires extra potassium and magnesium as these are lost from the urine and cells when your acidity rises. The Potassium is in the Base Powder. You can use Magnesium citrate, obtained from a drug store laxative section. If you drink the whole bottle it will clean you out quite well. Minerals are best taken on an empty stomach. There is a better option: transdermal magnesium – energetically treated magnesium chloride that is absorbed through your skin. It not only supplements your magnesium, but also the much needed chloride ion.
Vomiting also rids the body of excess acid. Perhaps old time doctors were justified in their use of emetics, medicines that help you vomit. Emetica (Apomorphine, Ipecac) were frequently used for the purpose of correcting one’s mineral balance. The problem created by this method is that as the hydrochloric acid (HCl) is expelled, the excess acid (H+) ion is eliminated, but the needed chloride (Cl–) ion is also eliminated resulting in a relative chloride deficiency. Chloride ion must be replaced if it is lost through vomiting. The chloride ion can be replenished by sole therapy (whole salt brine) or salt baths with Dead Sea salt or Magnesium Chloride. Making yourself vomit after eating something you ‘shouldn’t haven eaten’, is not bulimia, just because you did it. In the process, it does rid the body of the ‘dietary indiscretion’ along with, excess acid.
F. Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate
This simple, harmless and cheap practice can be set up with your medical practitioner. Mix 35 cc of 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate (70 meq) plus 24 cc of 20% Magnesium chloride (70 meq) in 500 cc of sterile water. This solution is isotonic and variations can be made to suit the situation. This solution can be administered over a period of one hour or more. The only problems I have ever had with this IV alkalization were in one patient in kidney failure (ready for dialysis) and one in heart failure in which case it was necessary to use lasix. I recommend this IV one time per week, except in very ill patients where it can be given every day. I have treated all types of patients with IVs like this. It will de-acidify quite thoroughly. For instance ulcers, in time will just go away.
G. Micro-Minerals or trace minerals
There are some ninety identified trace minerals, including gold, silver, and many others that get depleted all the time. These trace minerals used to come from plants, as they were in the soil the plants grew in. Most of our farm land has been over farmed with the use of NPK fertilizer (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) used today. The trace minerals are no longer there. Adding a trace mineral supplement is a great idea. You can use whole salt, such as Himalayan Crystal salt, teaspoon of brine every day.
You can also drink a third of a glass of sea water every day. Eating seaweed, kelp, spirulina and other Superfood blends can help a lot. Liquid trace mineral supplements are preferred over powdered. Clark’s Minerals is the oldest, least expensive and well known. These liquid trace minerals come from the mud of volcanoes. The trace minerals are still present deep under ground. Another way is to fertilize your garden with rock dust. Coal, being crushed dinosaurs and the like, has all the trace minerals in it too.
H. Drainage Remedies
If only we’d quit putting toxins into our bodies. But ‘we all know better’ so really we don’t talk about that one issue. We pay doctors to say they can ‘take care of’ our indiscretions but it has very little to do with medicine. Use herbal remedies to increase the flow of the excretory organs of the body, namely the kidneys, the liver and the intestinal system, in that order. These organs of course are the organs that have to do the work in eliminating the toxins and acids.
Pythagoras, after a trying career as a physician, ended up saying that the only good medicine was fresh air, healthy food, exercise etc. Every physician is ‘trying’, trying to heal, to help yet there is a basic paradox contained in the concept of “healing”. Who is kidding who? Doctors don’t heal anybody. The patient does, and if they are in the mood, they can even do it by will. Give Nature a break. If you don’t choose to eat poisons when you are healthy, why would you do that when you are sick? All drugs are poisons, even concentrated herbal medicines, all of them. If they aren’t poisons they are foods.
Your kidneys are the most difficult to stimulate and take the longest to clear. Your kidney cleanse should be started first and kept up for some time. Herbs that help the kidneys include dandelion (the most specific herb for the kidneys), uva ursi, bucchu, horsetail tea (a good mineral tea), juniper berries (a good diuretic), golden rod, asparagus and parsley. Parsley as food is the best for the kidneys, it nourishes them specifically. Uva Ursi contains a chemical that is changed by the kidneys, as it passes through them, into phenol as in Lysol. This is a urinary disinfectant and works well. Fresh asparagus juice is an excellent diuretic. Golden Rod is good for acute and chronic conditions of the renal system, promoting diuresis and excretion of matter usually eliminated with the urine. Horsetail Tea is used in Germany as a diuretic for edema, gout, enuresis, and dysuria. Asparagus was used by Hippocrates as well as Paracelsus for urinary conditions, a good diuretic, for gout, skin conditions etc.
The liver is the most important detoxifying organ of the body and in most of us needs the utmost attention. Herbs that stimulate the liver to ‘clean the blood’ are such things as greater celandine, burdock, yellow dock, dandelion, echinacea barberry, etc. There are liver extracts called liver glandulars and liver liquescenses that help regenerate the liver. One can also manually ‘pump’ the liver by pressing up and under the right, lower rib cage where the liver is. Castor oil packs over the liver area are helpful as is the drinking of lemon juice. Dr. Miller’s Detox tea works rather well.
Care of the intestinal system, elimination of foods that one is allergic too and replenishment of the normal bacteria of the intestine is a topic unto itself. You can read about the rebuilding of intestinal flora elsewhere on the site.
You can also stimulate the skin, which is the fourth largest excretory organ of the body, the kidneys, liver and intestines being the others. While bathing use a Lufa Sponge or rough wash cloth and rub your skin until it gets pink. This gets rid of old skin cells, which are acid deposits, and stimulates the lymph and glands of the skin so they excrete more. Use a soft brush to stimulate your skin with dry brushing. Use a sauna, infrared or steam bath.
I. Eliminate Unwanted Toxins
The best way to “eliminate” toxins from the body is to refrain from consuming more of them or avoid exposure to them. These include such things as fluoride in toothpaste and the water, mercury from amalgam fillings in the teeth and exposure to all heavy metals, exposure to pesticides in the food and environment and unnecessary intake of medicines.
Sweating is an excellent elimination process. A simple way besides the obvious ways is to take a hot bath, as hot as you can stand it, for ‘awhile’, 15 minutes, a half an hour. You can put Baking Soda in the bath, a pound is not too much, along with a cup or so of Magnesium Salts. These suck acid out of your body and supply Magnesium which is absorbed through the skin (Epsom Salts are Magnesium sulfate, Magnesium Chloride is better).
When you get out of the bath and bundle up in clothes or a bath robe, and get under the covers in bed. Lay there for a half hour or so and you will loose a pound of sweat. It is rather amazing and feels extremely good.
J. Deep Breathing
Weak acids are produced in the body by burning of carbohydrates, fat and the like. Exercise and stress produce lactic acid, also a weak acid. The weak acids work in about the same way. These acids are not eliminated like protein, rather they are broken down into water (eliminated by the kidneys) and carbon dioxide (which is breathed out through the lungs). These soft or weak acids do not bind minerals the way protein does, but they are acids and can aggravate an already acidic condition.
For this reason deep breathing is a very important part of eliminating the acid load of the body. Most of us do not breathe enough. Pranayama Yoga is a science of breathing, learn it. Take slow, deep breaths as often as you think of it, relax. Of course aerobic exercise helps here too.
K. Support the lymph system
The lymph system is the detoxifying ‘organ’ of the body. The lymph comes from the fluid that surrounds the cells and therefore is the fluid that carries the toxins and metabolic acid waste that the cells themselves produce.
Rebounding is a well tested method. Bouncing up and down on a mini-trampoline promotes the flow of lymph through the body and therefore helps eliminate unwanted acids and toxins. Massage also does this as does the use of a ‘slant board’. You can lay on a board or a surface that puts your feet higher than your head. This helps the lymph flow out of the lower parts of the body. Yogic inverted poses also help.
L. Increase the oxygenation of the body
Oxygen burns acids and other toxins and therefore helps in their elimination. This topic is covered elsewhere. The biggest help are products such as Co-enzyme Q-10, Glutathione, and vitamins.
M. Stress Reduction
Do this by any means possible. Not to make light of this, but it surely as another topic unto itself. One night without sleep will make you extremely acid by the next day.