Issue #9: Update: Proper pH Balance

“Conquering Arthritis is a take charge, take your own health back, prescription for effective treatment of arthritis.”

Joe Durepos
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In this issue:
Update: Proper pH Balance
My pH Story
Newsletter Special

The year following my move from St. Louis to Phoenix was a difficult year for me.    The upside for you is that I now have more information to share with you on how to continue to remain arthritis-free over the long haul.

As many of you may already know, I first came down with arthritis in 1988.  It took me until 1993 to discover that one of the underlying causes of my arthritis was food sensitivities.   In 1999 I totally cleared all my food sensitivities and thereby completed the process of healing from my arthritis.  My book gives the details.

I have often been asked, “Does that mean that you can eat anything you want?”  I typically answer, “Sure, but like anyone else, I feel better if I eat healthy food.”

What has changed is that I no longer have to worry about hidden allergens triggering my arthritis.

What hasn’t changed is that unhealthy food choices put me at risk for many kinds of problems, including redeveloping arthritis.

Because of my experience in the months after I moved, I now also have a  more refined answer to what healthy food I (and everyone else) require to stay arthritis-free.

This refinement has to do with the acid/alkali balance in the body (referred to as pH balance).

Arthritis and many other diseases are strongly influenced by pH levels in your body.  Too much acidity causes problems.  You can test your pH level yourself, using pH test strips.  Details are given in next week newsletter.

The major point here is that your food choices have a major effect on the pH of your body.  Proper food choices bring you back into a healthy range.

Around the time of the move, I stopped cooking so much for myself.  For years I had continued to mostly eat like I was while I was recovering from arthritis because I liked the way I was eating and because of force of habit.

The combination of living alone for the first time, and a move that  invited me to break all sorts of old patterns, resulted in a big change in my eating habits.  In short, I started eating much more like a typical, rushed American on the go.

When I moved to Phoenix, I also lost:

  1. My vegetable garden,
  2. A small locally owned health food store, and
  3. The farmer’s market at which I used to love to shop.

It took a while to find places I actually like to go for these types of items here in Phoenix.  In the meantime, I was making due with the often less than optimal choices available at my nearby regular grocery store.

For about 10 months, I set myself up for problems, mostly by not getting enough fruits and vegetables (most have an alkalizing effect on the body), by eating too many grains (most are acidifying) and by eating too much meat (most are acidifying).

The common recommendation is to eat a diet consisting of 80% alkalizing foods to maintain proper pH.

In retrospect, I realize that after years of eating mostly alkalizing foods, the occasional day or even a week  when I was eating a preponderance of acidifying foods didn’t have much of an effect on me.  I had enough alkali in my system to buffer the acid.  I also rather quickly returned to an alkalizing diet.  Being too acidic was never a chronic problem.   I always bounced back.

The diet I was on for about 10 months after I moved to Phoenix gradually used up that alkaline buffer and put me into a chronically acidic state.

As is often the case when our bodies are stressed, I wasn’t feeling my best, but for a long time the effects were minor. Overall I was tired and less resilient, but not to the point where there was anything obviously wrong.

It wasn’t until two major pH stresses hit that spring that I knew my pH was definitely out of balance.  By the time the second one hit, not only was I exhausted, but I actually felt like the arthritis was in the early stages of coming back.  I could feel the old familiar pain patterns starting to reform in my hands and feet and spine.

The first stressor was a trip to St. Louis.  I stayed with some old friends who were on the Atkin’s diet. Back when I lived in St. Louis, I’d never had a problem eating just one Atkin’s type meal with them, but I noticed that to eat that way off and on for the week I was there was hard on my body.  I came away from that trip feeling deeply exhausted and like I desperately needed more vegetables.  I also left  with a mild revulsion for meat, which I don’t normally have.

The key here is that meat is acidifying.  (Chicken breasts are one of the exceptions, but that wasn’t what we were eating.)  My body was already too acidic and the revulsion was to continuing to eat something that was throwing my body even more out of kilter.

The second stressor was a visit from my parents.  I usually feel a little physically run down after eating as they do. I thought I was taking care of the problem when I purchased whole grain bread, lunch meat without nitrates, and other more healthy alternatives, so that they could eat at my house the way they normally eat.  I thought with the healthier alternatives, I could eat that way and still feel okay. I was wrong.

In retrospect, I now realize that they eat more cereal, bread and meat than I usually do.  Left to my own devices, I eat more fruits and vegetables than they do.  Again, most grains and meats have an acidifying effect on the body. Most fruits and vegetables have an alkalizing effect on the body.

I finally realized all this shortly after they left.  A light bulb went off in my head.  Too acidic of a body predisposes people to all sorts of chronic problems, including arthritis and fatigue.

In next week’s newsletter:

  1. How to do a simple test to determine your own pH and
  2. How to bring your pH back into balance if you are too acidic.


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Your Champion of Renewed Health and Vigor,
Barbara Allan

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5 Responses to Issue #9: Update: Proper pH Balance

  1. Suzanne Shearer says:

    This was very interesting. I was unaware that chicken breasts created alkalinity when eating them. Take care. Suzanne

  2. Meade Coplan says:

    Spot on with this info, Barbara. I am my own worse enemy, but can’t be faulted too much. My alcat results allowed me to eat bison, beef, veal, and GF carbs, which I gladly did, figuring that my choices were somewhat restrictive on the Alcat rotation plan, so I relished eating the meat protein. I had so many good days when I was just eating veggies, beans, fruit. But I am back in pain again, tolerable, and it must be from the acid causing foods. Thanks for article. I’ll get back on track again. Eating raw cauliflower as I write.

    • Meade,

      I’m so glad this article was helpful to you. Enjoy your meats and GF carbs, and whatever else you can still eat, but remember to overall eat mostly vegetables. I’m smiling as I read that you are eating cauliflower as you write. 🙂

  3. Sally says:

    Dear Barbara.
    Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge with us.
    I ended up in A&E with crippling pain in both my knees, the Triage Nurse squeaked when she saw my knees, one was much more swollen than the other but they were both red hot to touch and puffy looking.
    She got a doctor to see me within 10 minutes and his initial reaction was Septic Arthritis, a blood test proved that it wasn’t that, so what was it.. a quick process of elimination revealed that I had had milk in 2 coffees the day before, having not had any dairy for ages.
    Ah said the doctor, I am sending you to see a knee specialist and I’ll lay a bet with you that you’re allergic to dairy and that you have OsteoArthritis.. and sure enough, he was absolutely right. Sad.. I lurve Goats cheese..
    But just a little amount of milk / wheat / corn / nightshade family can trigger a severe attack if you’re allergic to it.
    Yes, I do miss toast.. sigh but I much prefer being able to walk downstairs without the pain.. vegetables and fruits are my favourite foods with some fresh fish on Tuesdays.
    I wish you and all of us many happy pain free years.

  4. Dianne says:

    Interesting posts, I have osteoarthritis, can barely walk due to being bone on none in left hip. Need hip replacement but dr.s are because of bone density.

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