The Symptoms of Being Acid
The acidity, the pH of the body, it's fluids and cells, is the most important
homeostatic or balancing act the body has to perform. The acidity of the blood
has to remain exactly the same all the time. The fact that we are alkaline
beings by design but acid generating beings by function makes this the most
basic function the body has to perform, no pun intended, besides and including
breathing and pumping one's blood around.
As we become more and more acid, accumulate and store more acids in our
connective tissues this is what happens;
- First, there is an increased sense of well being from the "stimulatory"
reaction of the bodies regulatory system that operates in high gear to process
the excess acid.
- The patient therefore believes her or his self to be totally well.
- This type of person tends to be an over achiever, active, always
- The person is overly ambitious due to the acidic irritation of the
- Later, as the process progresses the patient becomes;
- A. irritable and difficult to please
- B. exhausted, fatigued
- C. listless and inability to get anything done
- D. constantly finds fault
- E. sees only the pessimistic side of life
- F. can't sleep restfully
- G. wakes tired in the A.M.
- H. generalized aches and pains
- I. loss of appetite or ravenous hunger
- J. obstipation (difficulty moving bowels) to constipation
- K. gallbladder pains and frequent headaches
- L. frequent redness of the nose or parts of the nose
- M. hardness and pain of the neck and shoulder muscles with pressure, and
pain of the back of the head nerves with pressure
- N. often coated tongue and halitosis, enlarged tonsils
- O. moist hands with poor blood supply, cold hands, pale to white
- P. tendency to sweat, tendency to development of skin rashes
- Q. susceptibility to colds and bronchitis with large mucous secretions
as an attempt to rid the body of acid, the excretion and reaction phases of
- R. women tend to be pale with scant, heavy or irregular periods
- S. blood pressure tends to be lower at first
- T. The Indicin-Test of the Urine (see below) is usually positive. This
is a test for rotten products in the intestine that are reabsorbed by the
blood stream and re-excreted out the urine when the intestines are in a
dysbiotic condition, when abnormal bacteria are growing there because of the
- U. shows aging as the sodium is depleted from the body fluids and
potassium from muscles causing wasting and weakness, and then calcium from
the bones which is osteoporosis, arthritis and the like.
The Urine and Saliva Test
1. Saliva test upon waking. First thing in the morning right when you get out
of bed, lick and wet the end of an acid test strip with saliva. Note the color
change and write down that pH number. Do this before brushing your teeth,
drinking, smoking, or even thinking of eating any food. This pH should be 6.8.
2. Then test your second urine of the morning. The urine stored in your
bladder during the night, that is ready to be eliminated when you get up, should
be acid so you don't want to test that. Drain your bladder in the morning, the
last time you get up if you get up during the night and then see what that urine
pH is. Again, record this number. This number should be the pH of your urine
after you got rid of your acid load from the day before. The acids should be
gone the second time you go to the bathroom so your urine pH should be around
3. Eat breakfast, an apple will do, anything, and five minutes after
breakfast check your saliva again. Write this number down also. This number
should go up from what it was before you ate, the more the better.
4. and 5. Then check your urine pH between meals, i.e. between breakfast and
lunch and between lunch and dinner. The pH should always be 7.0 to 8.5, a couple
of hours after meals.
These five tests show the following:
1. How well your digestive system dealt with what you ate the night before,
i.e. the AM urine pH. These numbers may change from day to day depending on what
you did eat the night before.
2. How well we treat ourselves in general, i.e. how "strong" the liver is.
This is the AM saliva pH. This number shows the overall state of our health, the
condition of the alkaline reserve of our bodies which reflects the diet we have
eaten over the last months to years. This number stays rather constant and will
only change after some work has been done in re-mineralizing the body. Since the
saliva pH is an indicator of intracellular pH, saliva pH readings should never
be below the pK of the phosphate buffer system, 6.8. (see below). The most
accurate reading of saliva pH is recorded immediately upon awakening--after
sleeping at least five hours and before brushing the teeth. It is during sleep
that the body removes waste and is in an anabolic state restoring and
replenishing the body. If the patient has a saliva pH of 5.5 at this time and
only 5.6 after eating, you know that this person has no alkaline reserve and
that his body is devoid of the minerals necessary to process food properly--his
body cannot adequately respond to the physiological crisis of handling food.
3. The pH of your saliva after you eat gives an indication of what the
mineral reserves of your body are (the pH number should increase after you eat).
My son just thought of a lemon for a minute and the pH of his saliva went up a
whole point. He had enough reserve minerals, which are basic, to pull into his
digestive system to begin the digestive process. The ideal saliva pH pattern is
6.8 on awakening, 7.0 before eating and 8.5 following breakfast.
Besides just thinking of a lemon one can eat one. This is a simple test that
can be done at most any time of the day. It too checks the adequacy of the
alkaline reserve of the body. When a healthy person with adequate alkaline
reserves takes a bite of highly acid lemon, the saliva pH drops sharply for an
instant but returns almost immediately to pH 8.5. The more acidic the food that
is eaten, the more rapid the response of the alkaline reserve, and the higher
the saliva pH should be following a meal.
4. The pH's of the urine between meals should be kept in the basic range, pH
7.0 to 8.5. After one eats, the stomach generates the necessary acid to digest
the food. While doing this, it also performs the opposite action, i.e. it makes
an equivalent amount of base or baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, that is picked
up by the blood stream and delivered to the alkaline glands of the body, the
saliva, the pancreas and the liver. The maximum amount of base in the blood and
therefore in the urine occurs one to two hours after you eat.
This rhythm of the acid and base flow of the body, is called by Frederick F
Sander, the Base-floods and the Base-tides of the Acid-Base household. This
information is from, The Acid-Base Household of the Human Organism and its
cooperation with the nail circulation and the rhythm of the Liver, Frederick F.
Sander, about 1930, translated from the German by Robert Miller, D.C. This book
is not yet in print in English.
Actually the body fluids and therefore the urine is most acid at 2:00 A.M.
(pH 5.0 to 6.8) in the morning (the base tide) and most alkaline at 2:00 P.M.
(pH 7.0 to 8.5) in the afternoon (base flood).
"The ideal pH numbers depend on the time of day. Plotted on a curve it looks
like the double hump of the back of a camel. Two times a day the urine should be
alkaline and that is the top of the humps and corresponds to 10 A.M. and 2 P.M.,
the alkaline tide after meals. During the rest of the day the pH should be
between 6.6 and 6.8. This is optimal urine. The first urine in the morning
should be more acidic because of the decalcification that takes place during the
If all the acids are not all flushed out during the night they accumulate,
day after day. It hurts for one thing and the cycle of chronic disease begins.
It effects different people in different ways; heart disease in one, arthritis,
osteoporosis, stones, ulcers, cancer, in others.
If what you are doing to get better isn't working, if you are sick, be it
with modern allopathic medicines or any of the alternative, complementary
therapies, it is probably because you haven't dealt with this acid problem,
Definitely, this puts the responsibility of caring for one's own health back
into a patient's hands. It guides your therapy and shows you if what you are
doing is working or not.
You do the above tests a month or so after you did the initial ones. The
numbers should be less acid, if you are doing the right thing. If not, you and
your doctor should re-consult. It all takes time.