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  • #76
    The Truth About Alkalizing Your Blood
    by Dr. Ben Kim
    I like this article because Dr. Kim is scientifically correct, and explains WHY we need to monitor our pH occasionally and WHY we need to change our diet according to our pH measurement.

    Is it true that the foods and beverages you consume cause your blood to become more alkaline or acidic?

    Contrary to popular hype, the answer is: not to any significant degree.

    The pH of your blood is tightly regulated by a complex system of buffers that are continuously at work to maintain a range of 7.35 to 7.45, which is slightly more alkaline than pure water.

    If the pH of your blood falls below 7.35, the result is a condition called acidosis, a state that leads to central nervous system depression. Severe acidosis - where blood pH falls below 7.00 - can lead to a coma and even death.

    If the pH of your blood rises above 7.45, the result is alkalosis. Severe alkalosis can also lead to death, but through a different mechanism; alkalosis causes all of the nerves in your body to become hypersensitive and over-excitable, often resulting in muscle spasms, nervousness, and convulsions; it's usually the convulsions that cause death in severe cases.

    The bottom line is that if you're breathing and going about your daily activities, your body is doing an adequate job of keeping your blood pH somewhere between 7.35 to 7.45, and the foods that you are eating are not causing any wild deviations of your blood pH.

    So what's up with all the hype about the need to alkalize your body? And what's to be made of the claim that being too acidic can cause osteoporosis, kidney stones, and a number of other undesirable health challenges?

    As usual, the answers to such questions about human health can be found in understanding basic principles of human physiology. So let's take a look at the fundamentals of pH and how your body regulates the acid-alkaline balance of its fluids on a moment-to-moment basis.

    pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a liquid is. With respect to your health, the liquids involved are your body fluids, which can be categorized into two main groups:

    Intracellular fluid, which is the fluid found in all of your cells. Intracellular fluid is often called cytosol, and makes up about two-thirds of the total amount of fluid in your body.

    Extracellular fluid, which is the fluid found outside of your cells. Extracellular fluids are further classified as one of two types:

    Plasma, which is fluid that makes up your blood.

    Interstitial fluid, which occupies all of the spaces that surround your tissues. Interstitial fluid includes the fluids found in your eyes, lymphatic system, joints, nervous system, and between the protective membranes that surround your cardiovascular, respiratory, and abdominal cavities.

    Your blood (plasma) needs to maintain a pH of 7.35 to 7.45 for your cells to function properly. Why your cells require your blood to maintain a pH in this range to stay healthy is beyond the scope of this article, but the most important reason is that all of the proteins that work in your body have to maintain a specific geometric shape to function, and the three-dimensional shapes of the proteins in your body are affected by the tiniest changes in the pH of your body fluids.

    The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A liquid that has a pH of 7 is considered to be neutral (pure water is generally considered to have a neutral pH). Fluids that have a pH below 7 - like lemon juice and coffee - are considered to be acidic. And fluids that have a pH above 7 - like human blood and milk of magnesia - are considered to be alkaline.

    It's important to note that on the pH scale, each number represents a tenfold difference from adjacent numbers; in other words, a liquid that has a pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than a liquid that has a pH of 7, and a liquid with a pH of 5 is one hundred times more acidic than pure water. Most carbonated soft drinks (pop) have a pH of about 3, making them about ten thousand times more acidic than pure water. Please remember this the next time you think about drinking a can of pop.

    When you ingest foods and liquids, the end products of digestion and assimilation of nutrients often results in an acid or alkaline-forming effect - the end products are sometimes called acid ash or alkaline ash.

    Also, as your cells produce energy on a continual basis, a number of different acids are formed and released into your body fluids. These acids - generated by your everyday metabolic activities - are unavoidable; as long as your body has to generate energy to survive, it will produce a continuous supply of acids.

    So there are two main forces at work on a daily basis that can disrupt the pH of your body fluids - these forces are the acid or alkaline-forming effects of foods and liquids that you ingest, and the acids that you generate through regular metabolic activities. Fortunately, your body has three major mechanisms at work at all times to prevent these forces from shifting the pH of your blood outside of the 7.35 to 7.45 range.

    These mechanisms are:

    Buffer Systems

    Carbonic Acid-Bicarbonate Buffer System
    Protein Buffer System
    Phosphate Buffer System
    Exhalation of Carbon Dioxide

    Elimination of Hydrogen Ions via Kidneys

    It's not in the scope of this post to discuss the mechanisms listed above in detail. For this article, I only want to point out that these systems are in place to prevent dietary, metabolic, and other factors from pushing the pH of your blood outside of the 7.35 to 7.45 range.

    When people encourage you to "alkalize your blood," most of them mean that you should eat plenty of foods that have an alkaline-forming effect on your system. The reason for making this suggestion is that the vast majority of highly processed foods - like white flour products and white sugar - have an acid-forming effect on your system, and if you spend years eating a poor diet that is mainly acid-forming, you will overwork some of the buffering systems mentioned above to a point where you could create undesirable changes in your health.

    For example, your phosphate buffer system uses different phosphate ions in your body to neutralize strong acids and bases. About 85% of the phosphate ions that are used in your phosphate buffer system comes from calcium phosphate salts, which are structural components of your bones and teeth. If your body fluids are regularly exposed to large quantities of acid-forming foods and liquids, your body will draw upon its calcium phosphate reserves to supply your phosphate buffer system to neutralize the acid-forming effects of your diet. Over time, this may lead to structural weakness in your bones and teeth.

    Drawing on your calcium phosphate reserves at a high rate can also increase the amount of calcium that is eliminated via your genito-urinary system, which is why a predominantly acid-forming diet can increase your risk of developing calcium-rich kidney stones.

    This is just one example of how your buffering systems can be overtaxed to a point where you experience negative health consequences. Since your buffering systems have to work all the time anyway to neutralize the acids that are formed from everyday metabolic activities, it's in your best interest to follow a diet that doesn't create unnecessary work for your buffering systems.

    Acid and Alkaline-Forming Effects of Common Foods
    Generally speaking, most vegetables and fruits have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids.

    Most grains, animal foods, and highly processed foods have an acid-forming effect on your body fluids.

    Your health is best served by a good mix of nutrient-dense, alkaline and acid-forming foods; ideally, you want to eat more alkaline-forming foods than acid-forming foods to have the net acid and alkaline-forming effects of your diet match the slightly alkaline pH of your blood.

    The following lists indicate which common foods have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids, and which ones result in acid ash formation when they are digested and assimilated into your system.

    Foods that have a Moderate to Strong Alkaline-Forming Effect[list]
    Foods that have a Moderate to Strong Acid-Forming Effect[list]
    Please note that these lists of acid and alkaline-forming foods are not comprehensive, nor are they meant to be.

    If you're eating mainly grains, flour products, animal foods, and washing these foods down with coffee, soda, and milk, you will almost certainly improve your health by replacing some of your food and beverage choices with fresh vegetables and fruits.

    The primary purpose of this article is to offer information that explains why I believe that you don't need to take one or more nutritional supplements or "alkalized water" for the sole purpose of alkalizing your body. Your body is already designed to keep the pH of your body fluids in a tight, slightly alkaline range.

    The ideal scenario is to make fresh vegetables and fruits the centerpieces of your diet, and to eat small amounts of any other nutrient-dense foods that your appetite calls for and that experience shows your body can tolerate.

    I hope these thoughts bring some clarity to this often misunderstood health topic.
    The Truth About Alkalizing Your Blood
    Last edited by Grizz; 08-15-2013, 12:03 PM.


    • #77
      Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
      Wtf, this guy is being added to my quack watch list right along with the guy who thinks his vascularity is a sign of a connection with the cosmic pull of the planet, and worse than both, Mercola, who thinks you should get your vitamin d from tanning beds.
      Lol, Derp. I read Mercola's articles sometimes. I feel like he copies from other people in the paleosphere a lot, and I also think that the tanning bed thing is ludicrous!

      My journal


      • #78
        Originally posted by Grizz View Post
        The body PH and the blood ph are not the same.
        That's what we have been trying to tell you.

        We are measuring urine pH which reflects body pH and diet.
        It is a measure of the excess being excreted. Urine Ph does not "reflect" body Ph at all.

        If our average urine pH is too acidic, then we need to change our diet.
        No, it means your body is doing its job. There is no such thing as urine that is "too" acidic or alkaline. You are measuring waste products while your body Ph goes unchanged.


        • #79
          Acidosis and Chronic Diseases - Acidosis and Our Modern Acidic Diet

          Acidosis is mostly due to our modern acidic diet and is a very dangerous condition that weakens all our body systems. It is very common today. Over-acidity creates a body environment conducive to disease as opposed to an acid-alkaline balanced Unhealthy Food Illustration: Modern Acidic Dietenvironment that keeps large alkaline reserves (calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium) and which allows normal body function to develop and maintain a vibrant health, as well as to resist diseases. Those alkaline minerals function as buffers. Buffers are chemical substances that help maintain and balance the body pH against the introduction of too much acidity or too much alkalinity. Healthy body strives to maintain alkaline reserves. In the case of over-acidity, excess acids must be neutralized by taking calcium and other alkaline minerals away from our bones, teeth and tissues, leaving therefore our alkaline reserves depleted, the microstructure of our bones damaged and our entire body weakened.

          Maintaining a balanced alkaline body pH is definitely our first line of defense against aging and disease. As do many biochemists and physiologists, Dr William Howard Hay of New York in his book (A New Health Era, 1933) and Dr Theodore A Baroody (in his book Alkalize or Die, 2006) maintain that by creating conditions for body autotoxication acidosis is nowadays the leading cause of degenerative chronic diseases. All the billions of cells that make up our human body are slightly alkaline and must maintain alkalinity in order to function and remain healthy and alive. But as each cell performs its task of respiration, which gives cell the necessary energy to function, it secretes acidic metabolic wastes. These wastes which are normal metabolic end products should not however be allowed to build up.

          How Acidosis Causes Chronic Diseases
          The pH range of a healthy blood is 7.35-7.45. In that condition the blood cells are far apart from each other and the blood as a whole is very fluid. As a result, your blood can move easily throughout your entire body, and get into all your small capillaries, bringing oxygen (energy) and all nutrients your body needs to sustain life, and transporting wastes to the organs where they are going to be either destroyed or eliminated. In addition the very mechanism for the transport of oxygen and CO2 through the body, as well as metabolic, physiological and immune system processes can take place in an optimal way only in that very limited zone of pH. So keeping our body slightly alkaline is what we need to assure an optimal metabolism, physiology and immune system and to maintain vibrant health and youthfulness.

          In Case of Acidosis the accumulation of acidic wastes in and around the cell constitutes a toxic condition for the cell and for the whole body (over-acidity/acidosis). In that case the body strives to restore the acid-alkaline balance by using the body regulatory systems.

          Normally when the pH turns to be unbalanced, the body uses at first its primary regulatory systems (breathing, circulation and eliminations) to repeatedly bring the blood pH back into the physiologic range. But as the acid excess starts building up the body will fight to restore the acid-alkaline balance also by using and depleting our mineral alkaline reserves: calcium specifically is leached first from blood and tissues, and after then from bones, teeth, cartilage (hypocalcaemia, osteoporosis). As an another mechanism of defense to protect our vital organs against damaging acids, our body will start producing fat cells and packing acid wastes in those cells (cellulite/obesity build up). So a return to a healthy acid-alkaline balanced body will help fight obesity and lose excess fat.

          Moreover the more the body becomes acidic, the more the blood cell will agglomerate and the less the blood will be fluid. Your blood will no longer be able to get to all the little capillaries throughout your body. Poor blood circulation causes through the body a lack of oxygen (energy) and nutrients, and an insufficiency in the elimination of wastes. This situation impairs your overall metabolism and physiology, as well as your immune system and leads to most degenerative chronic diseases (Candida infections, obesity, osteoporosis, premature aging, acid reflux, arthritis, autoimmune diseases and so on).
          Acidosis: Cause of Most Chronic Diseases


          • #80
            Couldn't sleep..... Found interesting thread about DH's CBS mutation.


            I wonder if pH is a topic on or elsewhere?
            Do you have your SNPs?


            • #81
              Found it:


              "...gut health should always be taken care of before methylation will work at it’s full potential. PH balance, parasites, bacteria and mold are just a few things that will disrupt gut absorption."


              • #82
                Benefits of Alkaline Diet for Diabetics

                Human Body Design and Alkaline Diet

                The human body is, to some degree, alkaline by design. By maintaining it alkaline we allow it to run at an ideal level. Nevertheless, millions of reactions of our metabolism yield acidic wastes as end products. When we consume an excessive amount of acid-producing foods and not enough alkaline-forming foods we aggravate the body acid intoxication. If we let these acid-wastes build-up throughout the body, a disorder known as acidosis develops over time.

                Acidosis will progressively debilitate our body vital functions, if we do not quickly take corrective actions. Acidosis, or body over-acidity, is in fact one of the leading causes of human aging. It makes our body highly vulnerable to the series of the deadly degenerative chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, as well as heart diseases.

                For this reason, the biggest challenge we humans have to face to protect our lives is actually to find the right way to reduce the production, and to maximize the elimination of the body acidic wastes. To avoid acidosis and the age-related diseases, and to continue running at its highest level possible, our body needs a healthy lifestyle. This lifestyle should include regular exercises, a balanced nutrition, a clean physical environment, and a way of living that brings the lowest stress possible. A healthy lifestyle allows our body to keep its acid waste content at the lowest level possible.

                The alkaline diet, also known as the pH miracle diet, seems to fit the best the design of the human body. This is mainly because it helps neutralize the acid wastes and allows flushing them out from the body. People should look at alkaline diet as general dietary boundaries for humans to abide by. The persons who have particular health issues and special medical diets might better accommodate those diets to alkaline diet boundaries.

                Alkaline Diet Benefits for Diabetics

                The miracle alkaline diet will help improve the overall health of the persons suffering from diabetes. As it does for other human beings, alkaline diet will help boost their body physiology and metabolism, as well as their immune system. This diet will allow diabetics to have a better control on their blood sugar. It is also going to help not only in reducing their weight gain and the risks of cardiovascular diseases, but also in keeping their cholesterol level low.

                In fact, the alkaline diet allows a better management of diabetes and, as a result, it helps diabetics avoid more easily the degenerative diseases connected to their condition. So by following an alkaline diet, despite their health situation, diabetics can, at the same time, live healthier and extend considerably their life expectancy.

                Diabetics Acid-Alkaline Food Chart

                In general, people who want to follow an alkaline diet need to select their daily food items from an 'Acid-Alkaline Foods Chart'. We recently published a 'Diabetics Acid-Alkaline Food Chart'. The use of this specific chart allows diabetics to conform to both the alkaline diet rule and the glycemic index rule.

                The alkaline diet rule sets general nutritional guidelines. According to this diet plan, our daily food intake should be composed of a minimum of 80 percent of alkaline-forming foods, and of no more than 20 percent of acidifying food products. Additionally, the diet highlights that the more alkaline a food item is, the better it is actually; and on the other hand the more acidifying a food product is, the worse it should be for the human body.

                As for the glycemic index rule, it divides foods into four main categories with respect to their ability to raise the blood sugar. This ability is now measured by the glycemic index GI that ranges from 0 to 100. (1) Foods that contain almost no carbohydrates and that have, in consequence, a negligible glycemic index (GI~0); diabetics may take them freely. (2) Foods containing carbohydrates with a low glycemic index (GI 55 or less); people with diabetes should eat these products with some precaution. (3) Foods that have carbohydrates of high glycemic index (GI 56 or more); diabetics must, so far as possible, exclude them from their diet. (4) Processed foods; diabetics will need to consult the manufacturers' labels to figure out their particular glycemic index values.

                You can find more details on the glycemic index of foods on the web, at the following locations: the University of Sydney and the American Diabetes Association.

                Diabetics Top Best and Top Worst Foods

                Intended for the people affected by diabetes, the 'Diabetics Acid-Alkaline Food Chart' divides foods into six categories. The list below goes from the top best to the top worst foods.

                1. Alkalizing food items with GI~0. They are among the top best foods. Diabetics may eat them freely.

                Asparagus; broccoli; parsley; celery; lettuce; carob; vegetable juices; mushrooms; squash; okra; zucchini; cauliflower; garlic/onions; green beans; beets; cabbage; raw spinach; lemons; avocados; limes; goat cheese; herb teas; stevia; lemon water; ginger tea; green tea; canola oil; olive oil; flax-seed oil.

                2. Alkalizing food products that have a GI of 55 or less. People who have diabetes should take them with moderation, because of their glycemic index.

                Barley grass; sweet potato; carrots; fresh corn; olives; peas/soybeans; tomatoes; bananas; cherries; pears; oranges; peaches; grapefruit; mangoes; kiwi; papayas; berries; apples; almonds; Brazil nut; wild rice; chestnuts; coconut; quinoa; hazelnuts; lentils; soy milk; soy cheese; goat milk; breast milk; raw honey; whey.

                3. Acidifying foods with a GI~0. Diabetics should consume them with caution, being their acid-producing character.

                Rhubarb; cooked spinach; pork; shellfish; liver; oysters; beef; venison; lamb; cold water fish; chicken; turkey; eggs; butter; buttermilk; cottage cheese; cheese; corn oil; lard; margarine; sunflower oil; wine; beer; coffee; cocoa; tea; mayonnaise; molasses; mustard; vinegar; artificial sweeteners.

                4. Acidifying foods having a GI of 55 or less. Considering both their acid-forming feature and their glycemic index, people with diabetes will need to eat them with restraint.

                Lima beans; navy beans; kidney beans; pinto beans; blueberries; cranberries; sour cherries; prunes; plums; brown rice; sprouted wheat bread; corn; oats/rye; whole wheat/rye bread; pasta/pastries; wheat; walnuts; peanuts; pistachios; cashews; pecans; sunflower seeds; sesame; yogurt; cream; raw milk; custard; homogenized milk; ice cream; chocolate.

                5. Alkaline-forming foods with a GI of 56 or more. Because of their high glycemic index, these products are among the worst foods for diabetics. Therefore, people who suffer from diabetes need to avoid them.

                Turnip; beetroot; tofu; potato with skins; figs; grapes/raisins; dates; melons; pineapple; watermelon; rice syrup; maple syrup; raw sugar; amaranth; millet.

                6. Acid-producing foods with a GI of 56 or more. These items are too acidic and have too high-glycemic index carbohydrates. They represent the top worst foods for diabetics. Thus, diabetes sufferers need to cut them completely from their meals.

                White bread; buckwheat; pumpkin; white rice; spelt; potatoes w/o skins; white sugar; brown sugar; processed honey; soft drinks.

                Dan Altic - PhD Science; 30+ years experience in "Nutrition and Lifestyle as Prevention, Cause and Treatment of Chronic Diseases".
                Benefits of Alkaline Diet for Diabetics



                • #83
                  Originally posted by LinD View Post
                  Found it:


                  "...gut health should always be taken care of before methylation will work at it’s full potential. PH balance, parasites, bacteria and mold are just a few things that will disrupt gut absorption."
                  Thank you for that, and I can add that anything made from wheat causes terrible gut related health problems. Dr. Davis explains how modern wheat creates a Pandoras Box of health problems, view his blog here:
                  Wheat Belly Blog | Lose the Wheat Lose the Weight



                  • #84
                    PH and the Lymphatic System

                    Did you know the Lymphatic System carries as much or even more fluid than our blood system? But there is no heart to pump it though as with blood, and it requires exercise to move the fluid. It is our bodily Sewer System to move excrement from our cells through Lymph Nodes for filtration and then on to the blood stream.

                    A different view of PH

                    Understanding Your Body's Blood pH

                    Your body tightly controls its blood pH to keep it slightly alkaline (between 7.35 and 7.45 on the pH scale).

                    red blood cells flowing through an arteryOur bodies will go to great lengths to ensure that our blood stays in this range. This includes putting serious strains on other parts of the body to do the job.

                    Why? Because when our blood falls out of this range, it means that our bodies are suffering. Just a little higher or a little lower reading from normal also makes us susceptible to illness and disease.

                    And if the blood falls to 6.8 or rises above 7.8, we die. Quite simply, our cells cannot live in such an environment and they stop functioning.

                    The dangerous cycle of acidity

                    A lot of us do not eat foods in the proper acid alkaline balance - we are unaware of how important it is.

                    When we are too acidic, the body is forced to steal calcium from bones and magnesium from muscles in order to buffer those acids.

                    If there aren't enough buffering minerals available, the body resorts to storing excess acids in our tissues.

                    Then our immune system tries to do what it can to neutralize the acids in these tissues. Whatever it can't neutralize gets dumped back into the blood stream.

                    Then the blood stream tries again to neutralize the acids by pulling more mineral reserves out of the body. Whatever it cannot neutralize gets thrown back to the tissues.

                    It's a perilous game of "hot potato." Neither the blood nor the immune system wants the acids – both are desperate to get rid of them any way they can.

                    But what frequently happens is that a critical part of the immune system (the lymphatic system) is already overwhelmed and not functioning properly.

                    Why? Because a lot of us do not get the amount of exercise we need to keep the lymphatic system flushed.

                    (You probably never thought about that as a benefit of exercise. Yet another reason to get moving today!)

                    When the lymphatic system is clogged, the acids remain in the tissues. And of course these acids eat away at our tissues, paving the way for disease. This is the condition called acidosis.

                    Remember - if there aren't enough buffering minerals available, the body resorts to storing excess acids in our tissues. This is why it is wise to test your saliva pH and urine pH.

                    Another problem with an acid pH

                    Our red blood cells are what carry oxygen to our tissues (see lung functions).

                    When our blood pH is too acidic, our red blood cells stick to each other like rolls of coins.

                    This makes it incredibly difficult to get oxygen out to the tiny capillaries. (Blood flows from the heart to the arteries, that narrow into arterioles, that narrow further to the capillaries.)

                    So the body becomes oxygen deprived and sick. And people wonder why they’re always tired?! Their bodies are deprived of oxygen!

                    Correcting an acidic body

                    Our bodies are perfectly capable of healing themselves if we simply provide the right raw materials.

                    Even a body heavily burdened with toxic acids can find its way back to body pH balance.

                    If you are looking to shift your blood pH more to the alkaline side, start eating more alkaline forming foods, like raw fruits and vegetables. And be sure to drink plenty of pure water.
                    Blood pH - Understanding its Role in Body pH Balance
                    My ALL NEW PH References File:

                    Last edited by Grizz; 08-16-2013, 10:07 AM.


                    • #85
                      Lower high Blood Pressure by 20 Points

                      Dr. Morris,Jr, Dr. Frassetto, & Dr. Sebastian all from UCSF authored a research report on why we should add more Potassium Bicarbonate to our diets. Paleo man ate far more Potassium than we do today, and it is required to help boost sickly body PH. They suggest 1 tsp Potassium Bicarbonate in a glass of water each day.

                      Potassium bicarbonate lowered my blood pressure nearly 20 points to 121/72 mm Hg - YouTube

                      Here is the research discussed in the video:


                      Tony Rankin 1 week ago
                      Can I add potassium bicarbonate to food the same way I would add salt when cooking? Would I get the same benefit as drinking it dissolved in water?
                      I presently take it dissolved in water but don't like the taste
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                      Larry Hobbs 1 week ago
                      Yes, you would get the same benefit by adding it to food, but if the food is cooked in water, & you pour the water away, you will also lose most of the potassium bicarbonate.
                      You might also try adding it to something like orange juice or tomato juice or coconut juice to mask the taste.
                      You could also try adding it to apple sauce to mask the taste.
                      I only use a couple ounce of water to the potassium bicarbonate, so it goes down in one or two gulps, but the taste does not bother me
                      Larry Hobbs
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                      Zii Miller 4 weeks ago
                      How much can you take? How many teaspoons a day is safe? I have low potassium.
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                      Larry Hobbs 4 weeks ago
                      I take 1/2 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate twice a day for a total of one teaspoon per day.
                      I've taken this since 2000, that is for 13 years at this point.
                      This amount of potassium bicarbonate contains roughly 2000 mg of potassium per day.
                      You can get the same amount of potassium by drinking 20 ounces of LOW Sodium V8 Juicer per day.
                      Each ounce contains 100 mg of potassium, so there is 2000 mg of potassium in 20 ounces.
                      Larry Hobbs
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                      Zii Miller 4 weeks ago
                      So you're saying that 1 teaspoon of KHCO3 weighs 20 ounces? Or am I missing something... But thank you anyways
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                      Larry Hobbs 4 weeks ago
                      Here is what I am saying.
                      One teaspoon per day of potassium bicarbonate contains roughly 2000 mg of potassium.
                      20 ounces of LOW Sodium V8 Juice per day also contains 2000 mg of potassium.
                      So you can either take one teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate per day OR drink 20 ounces of LOW Sodium V8 Juice per day.
                      Either of these contain 2000 mg of potassium plus bicarbonate.
                      Larry Hobbs
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                      lmulkey2011 1 month ago
                      Thanks for this! Great Informaiton
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                      njsongwriter 2 months ago
                      My wife has been taking potassium bicarbonate for over a month and while she has seen improvement in her BP - it is still erratic and not normalized.
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                      Larry Hobbs 2 months ago
                      For me, potassium bicarbonate lowered blood pressure within a few weeks, and over the next couple of months, my blood pressure continued to drift slightly lower.
                      I've taken potassium bicarbonate for 13 years -- since 2000.
                      Julian Whitaker, MD, who uses mostly natural treatments, has said on his radio program that for someone with severely elevated blood pressure, blood pressure comes down VERY RAPIDLY when they increase potassium intake.
                      Larry Hobbs

                      njsongwriter 2 months ago
                      How long does it take to lower BP with potassium bicarbonate?
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                      Rachael Jean 8 months ago
                      can you please share where you got the info that says potassium bicarbonate is 39 % potassium and 61 % bicarbonate? thanks
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                      Larry Hobbs 8 months ago
                      Ruby Jean,
                      The information that potassium bicarbonate is 39% potassium is from the Merck INdex which is a book that lists all chemicals, what they are made of, and briefly what they are used for.
                      If you are interested, I will be glad to email you the page from the Merck Index where it shows this.

                      Larry Hobbs

                      Rachael Jean 7 months ago
                      I'm a little confused by this. I take potassium chloride supplements from a doctor and each pill is 2,000 mg of potassium.... so is a percentage of that 2,000 mg chloride and not entirely 100% potassium or am I also getting am unknown dose of chloride along with the 2,000 mg potassium? How do we know that 5,000 mg of potassium bicarbonate is really only 39% potassium or approx 2,100 mg and not 5,000 mg potassium?
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                      Larry Hobbs 7 months ago
                      Potassium Chloride is 52% potassium and 48% chloride.
                      Potassium Bicarbonate is 39% potassium and 61% bicarbonate.
                      If your pill is potassium chloride, and it says the pill is 2000 mg, then it contains roughly 1000 mg of potassium (2000 mg x 52% = roughly 1000 mg).
                      I take potassium bicarbonate as powder, so I weighed it myself and multiplied by 39% to get the potassium content.
                      I will post another comment why I like potassium bicarbonate BETTER than potassium chloride.
                      Larry Hobbs
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                      Larry Hobbs 7 months ago
                      Here is why I like potassium bicarbonate BETTER than potassium chloride. A great paper on the evolutionary aspects of diet said that we used to consume a lot more potassium and a lot more bicarbonate-generating compounds and a lot less sodium and a lot less chloride. They also showed results of a study where potassium bicarbonate dramatically reduced strokes in rats wheres potassium bicarbonate did not. Therefore I take potassium bicarbonate rather than potassium chloride Larry Hobbs
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                      Larry Hobbs 7 months ago
                      By the way, the clinical guidelines on potassium replacement in medical practice recommend using potassium chloride, but I think they are WRONG.
                      I think they are basing their recommendation on theory, NOT on studies.
                      Potassium bicarbonate has numerous benefits that potassium chloride does not.
                      If you want a copy of this paper on the numerous benefits of potassium bicarbonate, I will be glad to email it to you to show to your doctor.
                      Larry Hobbs
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                      itsno1duh 4 months ago
                      The MDs I have known are satisfied to "control" a symptom, they do not seen qualified or interested in upping the overall quality of the human organism or it's ability to function OPTIMALLY. The potassium bicarb seems to fall in the later category as it just makes sense to improve "the whole" as opposed to controlling one iota of the function. It is just too much like (yeah) RIGHT for the money making illness management industry (IMI). Thanks for the breakdown on this subject.
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                      Larry Hobbs 4 months ago
                      I agree.
                      To restate it slightly differently...
                      Blood pressure drugs only treat the symptom of high blood pressure, but they do NOT treat the cause.
                      (Nobody has high blood pressure due to a lack of these drugs.)
                      Potassium (bicarbonate) treats the cause of high blood pressure.
                      My guess is that a relative potassium deficiency is at the root cause of most causes of elevated blood pressure for most people with hypertension.

                      Larry Hobbs
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                      Gabriela Anghel 9 months ago
                      Thank you for this video/info. Can you take Potassium bicarbonate in juice, tea and not only water? How much liquid at a half teaspoon of Potassium Bicarbonate?
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                      Larry Hobbs 9 months ago
                      Yes, you can put potassium bicarbonate in juice.
                      I mix mine with a couple ounces of water.
                      The same amount of juice -- a couple of ounces -- is enough, but you can use more juice if you prefer.
                      Larry Hobbs
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                      Pendrez 1 year ago
                      How do you consume Potassium Bicarbonate in a safe way ?
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                      Larry Hobbs 1 year ago
                      Potassium bicarbonate is 39% potassium and 61% bicarbonate.
                      So if you were to weight one teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate, it will weighs about 5 grams (5000 mg).
                      But potassium bicarbonate contains 39% potassium, so 5000 mg of potassium bicarbonate contains about 2000 mg of potassium (5000 mg x 39% equals roughly 2000 mg).
                      I take roughly one-half teaspoon, twice a day for a total of 2000 mg of potassium. Larry Hobbs
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                      Larry Hobbs 1 year ago
                      Perhaps a safer way for people to get an additional 2000 mg of potassium per day in the same form is to consume 20 ounces of Low Sodium V8 Juice per day. Each one ounce contains 100 mg of potassium so 20 ounces contains 2000 mg of potassium. Walmart sells it for cheap. (Use the real stuff, not some cheaper copycat product. None of the copycat products I have seen contain as much potassium as Low Sodium V8 Juice.) Larry Hobbs
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                      Ara604 9 months ago
                      ive searched for good potassium sources and I found these:
                      "wholesome sweeteners" brand blackstrap molasses has 730mg potassium per tbsp
                      lewis labs brewers yeast has 600mg per tbsp (and also a TON of every b vitamin, probably more than any food.
                      just thought id let u know

                      MORE Q&A after the Video
                      Potassium bicarbonate supplementation reduces calcium loss from the body. This is evidence of chronic acidosis, because calcium from bone is used by the body as a last resort buffer in response to prolonged metabolic acidosis.

                      PS) Potassium Bicarbonate dissolves instantly in water and I think it improves the flavor of my distilled water.

                      If you missed it, Dexterry recommended Nuts-r- Us for the best prices on this, and I found it to be about 1/2 the price at Amazon.Com
                      Dex also recommended Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) mixed with Potassium Bicarbonate 50/50 as a good way to boost the PH of water.

                      Also Dextery's additional tips to lower blood pH:

                      How To Manage Blood Pressure Naturally by Dr. Bruno reiterates Dextery's tip:

                      Last edited by Grizz; 08-17-2013, 06:39 AM.


                      • #86
                        Grizz, the actual site for the potassium bicarbonate is and this is the link to the potassium bicarbonate. Potassium Bicarbonate - Leaveners & Thickeners -

                        I also get my raw cacao nibs from also.


                        • #87
                          Originally posted by Dextery View Post
                          Grizz, the actual site for the potassium bicarbonate is and this is the link to the potassium bicarbonate. Potassium Bicarbonate - Leaveners & Thickeners -

                          I also get my raw cacao nibs from also.

                          You are my hero for that tip on Potassium Bicarbonate. That tip led me to discovering that University of California report to substantially lower high blood pressure. I do have that problem. I'll let you know my progress report now that I have cured my SICKLY LOW 5.0 pH levels and with 1 tsp Potassium Bicarbonate each day. My wife has started the program also.

                          Best to you & many thanks,
                          Last edited by Grizz; 08-17-2013, 03:07 AM.


                          • #88
                            For high BP, you might try mixing raw cinnamon and grated fresh ginger and turmeric into some greek yogurt. I also add my cacao nibs into the mix. 1/2 teaspoon of the ginger, 1 teaspoon each of turmeric and cinnamon. Sometimes I will press fresh garlic into the mix also. The turmeric and cinnamon I buy in bulk for about 55 cents an ounce from my local health food store.


                            • #89
                              Osteoporosis Natural Treatment -
                              Alkaline Diet With Supplements

                              Dan Altic: The Web Network: "Nutrition Cause and Treatment for Chronic Diseases".
                              30+ years experience on nutrition and chronic diseases.

                              Osteoporosis or porous bone is a degenerative chronic disease that leads to bone fragility and an increased risk of fracture. In United States osteoporosis constitutes an important health problem especially for people aged 50 and over. Presently 10 million Americans are estimated to have osteoporosis. About 80 percent of those affected people are women.

                              Most Common Cause
                              For each individual chronic disease a variety of causes are generally blamed. At the end however acidosis or body over-acidity appears to be the most common leading cause for nearly all degenerative diseases, including osteoporosis. The majority of nutritionists and many other scientists agree that acidosis itself is primarily due to a nutritional deficiency related to our modern acidic diet.

                              Our body metabolism, physiology and immune system, which are the essential processes and system that sustain our health and life itself, work at their optimum levels only when our body pH is slightly alkaline. That is the case when our blood pH is in the range 7.35-7.45. Below and beyond the optimal pH zone, the body vital functions will undergo a progressive deterioration and as a consequence degenerative diseases, such as osteoporosis, will develop with time one after another.

                              In the case of acidosis the accumulation of acid excess in and around the cells constitutes an extremely toxic condition for the individual cells and for the whole body. For that reason, in presence of acidosis, the body will strive either to eliminate or to neutralize the acid excess by using its primary regulatory defense mechanisms. First of all the body will try to eliminate the acid excess trough blood circulation, breathing, sweating and urination. But if the acid excess continues to build up the body will start using and depleting its mineral alkaline reserves. At this stage calcium specifically is leached first from the blood and soft tissues, and then from bones, teeth and cartilages. This last process will lead over time to osteoporosis.

                              The foods we eat are divided into two categories: alkaline-forming foods (vegetables, fruits) and acid-producing foods (animal products, cereals, sugars). More details on individual food acid-alkaline properties are given on our website in the Acid-Alkaline Foods Chart. To keep our body slightly alkaline for a vibrant health we need to adopt an alkaline diet which should consist of at least 80% of alkaline-producing foods and of not more than 20% of acid-forming foods. This goal is of course hard and almost impossible to reach with our today lifestyle. But to get our nutrition balanced anyway we need to add to our modern diet on a daily base a number of nutritional supplements.

                              Osteoporosis Natural Treatment
                              Consistent with all the statements highlighted above and according to nutritionists osteoporosis can ultimately be slowed, stopped and even reversed with an alkaline diet enriched with nutritional supplements and alkaline mineral water (an individual person should drink at least 2.5 liters of water a day). That is what we recommend as osteoporosis natural treatment. Keeping our body slightly alkaline is the only way to empower our body to prevent and heal osteoporosis or other degenerative diseases with or without prescription medications.
                              Osteoporosis Natural Treatment - Alkaline Diet With Supplements



                              • #90
                                Originally posted by Dextery View Post
                                For high BP, you might try mixing raw cinnamon and grated fresh ginger and turmeric into some greek yogurt. I also add my cacao nibs into the mix. 1/2 teaspoon of the ginger, 1 teaspoon each of turmeric and cinnamon. Sometimes I will press fresh garlic into the mix also. The turmeric and cinnamon I buy in bulk for about 55 cents an ounce from my local health food store.

                                I started on your Super Greek Yogurt today. It had a great taste ! I was surprised. We are almost out of ginger, will have get more. I discovered that Nuts-r-Us also has good prices on these ingredients.

                                I'm seeing my 1st results from my new pH Diet. I have been suffering with exercise induced asthma for decades. Today I was able to do my 3 mile walk without ANY asthma attacks ! A new first for me ! If this keeps up, maybe I can even toss my inhalers where they belong: in the GARBAGE.

                                Asthma linked to Acidosis articles:
                                doctors at the University of Virginia have found that the breath of asthmatics who are having an attack is a thousand times as acidic as normal.
                                Acidic Breath of Asthmatics Hints at Better Treatments -
                                Natural sodium is often robbed from the lining of the esophagus. If enough erosion happens, it can prevent the sphincter muscle at the top of the stomach from closing properly, resulting in heartburn, acid reflux or GERD. Damage to the esophagus can cause difficulty in swallowing or a narrowing of the esophagus.

                                To protect you, the body will try to eliminate acid through the bowel, kidneys, skin and respiratory system.

                                Eliminating [acid] through the lungs (lower respiratory system) can cause asthma. If acid settles in the sinuses (upper respiratory system), the body will try to dilute it with mucus, which can result in post nasal drip or sinus problems.

                                Eliminating through the urinary system can cause blood in the urine and/or bladder irritation, cystitis, and later on kidney damage. It can also increase the likelihood of developing UTI's (Urinary Track Infections).

                                When the body's pH is acidic for a long period of time, it can start changing the blood's pH from an ideal 7.41 to a more acidic 7.35, which can cause irritation and inflammation in the arteries. In response to this, the body will line the arteries with cholesterol to protect the arteries from the pH imbalance.
                                Acidosis, pH imbalances problems and solutions
                                Respiratory acidosis

                                • Lung disorders, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, severe asthma, pneumonia, or pulmonary edema
                                • Sleep-disordered breathing
                                • Diseases of the nerves or muscles of the chest that impair breathing, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
                                • Overdose of drugs such as alcohol, opioids, and strong sedatives
                                Confirmed by my experience.

                                Last edited by Grizz; 08-17-2013, 12:53 PM.