The Acidity of the Human Body
In schools across the U.S., teachers use litmus paper tests to demonstrate the difference between acidity and alkalinity to elementary school students. But is the concept of acidity and alkalinity relevant in people’s everyday lives? Yes, because every component of the human body has an essential pH level that is necessary for survival. Therefore people must encourage the proper pH levels in their bodies.
Scientists developed a scale for measuring the acidity or alkalinity of various mineral solutions using a pH scale from 0 to 14. Pure water has a neutral pH of 7.0. Any solution with a pH below 7.0 is acidic, with pH 0 being the most acidic. Any solution with a pH above 7.0 is alkaline, with pH 14 being the most alkaline.
The human body, when healthy, retains a slightly alkaline balance. The pH of our blood is a constant 7.4. If the pH of a person’s blood drops to 7.0 they would die from massive organ failure. Organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain require the blood’s pH to remain at a steady 7.4.
So the human body constantly works to maintain the proper pH. This is difficult, because every single cell in the human body is living, breathing, and making waste. And these waste products tend to be acidic. There are several ways in which the body can become too dangerously acidic: if the body gets too much acidic food, if the cells manufacture too much acidic waste, or if the body cannot remove or neutralize these acids. If the acids cannot be neutralized or removed, then the cells are literally bathing in their own waste. This condition is called acidosis, or over-acidity.
Acidosis erodes and eats into the cell membranes of the heart, arteries, and veins similar to the way that acid can slowly eat its way through some of the world’s strongest materials, like marble or metal. Over-acidity causes many diseases, as well as premature aging, through slowly eroding and killing the body’s cells.
Acidity and the Pancreas
Some parts of the body are naturally more alkaline than others. Highly alkaline glands like the pancreas and liver are the most susceptible to acidic damage. Pancreatic juice has a pH level between 7.8 – 8.0. Bile from the liver has a pH between 7.5 – 8.8. But when the acidity of the whole body becomes higher, pancreatic juices and bile also become more acidic. Acidic pancreatic juices and bile become destructive and irritate the surrounding tissues of the pancreas and liver, causing inflammation, stones, ulcers, and even cancer.
Overly-acidic bile also causes reflux, or the backflow of bile through the pancreatic duct, up the small intestine, into the stomach, and up into the esophagus. Likewise, bile reflux affects the duodenum and stomach, causing inflammation, ulcers, and cancer. Acid reflux and bile reflux often appear together, further inflaming the lining of the esophagus and increasing the possibility of esophageal cancer.
Another concern of high body overall acid toxicity is biliary pancreatic reflux, or when the bile backs up into the pancreatic duct. This back-up of bile may trigger an attack of acute pancreatitis and exacerbate the problems of chronic pancreatitis. Acidic bile is also thought to be a major factor in the development of gallbladder stones. Gallbladder stones can cause severe damage to the pancreas and liver through the blockage of pancreatic and bile ducts.
When the blood becomes too acidic it is difficult for pancreatic cells to acquire the necessary minerals and bicarbonates essential to the production of sufficiently alkaline pancreatic juice. Without appropriately alkaline pancreatic juice many problems appear, such as:
Fewer pancreatic enzymes make it through the duodenum, causing indigestion,
A decreasing in the activities of protease inhibitors (the special enzymes that suppress protease from digestion of its own pancreas within the own pancreatic duct). The inflammation of pancreatitis begins as the protease begins digesting its own pancreatic cells,
An increase of calcium in the pancreatic duct that leads to stones that irritate the pancreatic duct,
A decrease in the anti-microbial properties of the pancreatic juice,
Spasm, and subsequent blockage, of the sphincter of Oddi. This blockage creates increasing pressure inside of the pancreas, where trapped pancreatic digestive enzymes begin to digest the pancreatic cells. This causes irritation, inflammation and may lead to the death of pancreatic tissue.
Food, Minerals, and a Healthy Pancreas
Our contemporary diet is naturally acidic and therefore changes the body’s pH balance towards an acidic state called metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis is becoming more and more prevalent as the standard American’s diet moves away from naturally alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables. A body becomes more acidic from a diet too high in acid-producing foods like meat, most dairy products, white flour, sugar, alcohol, refined vegetable oils, soft drinks, and coffee. Other factors that also contribute to the body’s acidity include: stress, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, free radicals, chronic inflammation, and infection.
As over-acidity becomes more prevalent, it is being recognized as a dangerous condition that weakens the entire body. To neutralize and dispose of high acidity, a body must borrow alkaline minerals from vital organs, bones, and muscles. These minerals are essential for good health, and include calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. When these necessary minerals and bicarbonates are leached from the pancreas, the pancreas becomes sick, causing irritation, inflammation, and even cancer.
To help neutralize body over-acidity it is necessary for people to get more minerals and bicarbonates into their diet. These minerals and bicarbonates come from food, but they also come from healing mineral water.
European Treatment for Pancreatic and Liver Disorders
Europeans have been utilizing the curative properties of mineral waters for hundreds of years. European medical doctors are taught the benefits of Balneotherapy, or the science of the curative nature of mineral waters. Many Europeans are encouraged by their doctors to take “health vacations” to mineral hot springs resorts. At these resorts patients drink the healing mineral water from spring. They additionally eat a healthy diet, do daily exercises, and utilize acupuncture and colon hydrotherapy.
One famous European mineral hot springs resort stands above the rest. The thermal mineral water from a small town of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic has been used medically for hundreds of years. Many European doctors and scientists have studied the special properties of the Karlovy Vary mineral water. In fact, many medical articles, dissertations, and books have been printed confirming the positive effect these healing waters have on pancreatic and liver disorders.
Two hundred and fifty years ago a special evaporating method was developed to make salt from the Karlovy Vary thermal spring water. This method was a genuine breakthrough, as the Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt was scientifically determined to have the identical healing properties of water taken directly from the spring’s thermal source.
Now the healing benefits of the Karlovy Vary mineral spring water could be utilized by people from all around the world – through Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt. Even better, the mineral salt solution – healing mineral water is prepared quickly and easily by simply by dissolving the bag of salt in the water.
Water created from genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt has forty essential minerals, bicarbonates, and trace elements in proportions that simulate human plasma. The water is a safe natural alkalizer that helps restore the body to a healthy pH. It neutralizes acid radicals and removes them from the body.
It has been scientifically shown in Europe that use of the Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt decreases gas, bloating, abdominal spasms, stomach pain, and indigestion. It reduces these through increasing the alkalinity of pancreatic enzymes and bile, by opening the pancreatic and bile ducts, and by decreasing inner toxicity, therefore, helping the body to maintain its optimum pH level and proper function of pancreas.
The information in this article is presented for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a qualified licensed professional.
Peter Melamed, Ph.D. received his medical education first as a registered nurse and then as a medical doctor in Russia. He took specialized training in anesthesiology, intensive care, and internal medicine. Working as a physician he became interested in holistic healing through his clinical experience with herbs, acupuncture, healing mineral water and internal cleansing. He was granted a license to practice acupuncture in Russia in 1978, and from that time he combined conventional Western medical treatment with herbs, acupuncture, and other non-drug healing therapies.