Alkalize Your Way to Better Health

Today we’re shifting our focus from wealth to health. First of all, I am not an expert. If you have a health condition, you should go see your doctor. What I’m going to discuss in this post is something I was first exposed to at a Tony Robbins seminar.

First let me set the stage. It was day for of the Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power Within” seminar in Pasadena, CA. I had been to the seminar before, so I knew what to expect. Or so I thought…

The way the previous seminar had been run, Tony was out of the building–gone–bye-bye. The topic was on Living Health, a subject that Tony Robbins is very passionate about. The story we had been told is that the last time he spoke about it live, he went for 18 hours! Now those of you who have been to one of his seminars knows that this is entirely possible. In fact, the previous days certainly seemed close to that.

Anyway, the seminar started exactly the same way as before. Shortly after it started, I was about to leave. Then they appeared to have video problems. One of Tony’s associates came back on stage and apologized. It looked like they had a legitimate disaster on their hands. Then he asked if there was anyone in the audience who was familiar enough with the material to complete the seminar. Suddenly a familiar voice came over the speakers–it was Tony, live and in person.

The whole thing was a set up. And they had kept it secret during the entire previous 3 days. In fact, the audience that day was a fraction of the audience the days before.

Tony explained that it had been many years since he had taught the seminar live and that there were some new exciting distinctions he was going to share with us that day. There were some things in the previous seminar he now thought were not quite right based on his new knowledge.

Of course, like everyone else in the audience, as soon as he walked on the stage I was riveted. No way I was going to leave now.

What Tony shared for the rest of the day definitely caused a major shift in my thinking about health. Without getting into too many details, he talked about his studies with Robert O. Young and one of the primary (if not they primary) cause of bad health: acidosis. This is the condition of the body being too acid. I have never heard this discussed before.

Tony has a set of recordings of his seminar available called Living Health. I purchased those (actually repurchased those) sometime after the seminar. I may be wrong, but I think the CDs of the second set I purchased were recorded at the seminar I attended. You can learn more about this if you get the Living Health program or purchase Robert O. Young’s book, “The pH Miracle.”

Just to be clear, I don’t get any kind of money for endorsing Tony’s seminar. I just mention it because it has formed the basis of many of the Power Affirmations I created for the recordings on health.

How do you know if your body is too acid? The safest assumption is just to assume that it is. If you get some yellow litmus paper (just search the internet), you can take a small strip and put it under your tongue. If it’s a light shade of yellow, guess what, you’re acidic. If it turns blue, most likely you are alkaline.

First of all you need to understand the pH (potential for hydrogen) scale. It is a logarithmic scale from 1-14 that measures the acidity or alkalinity of a chemical (hint: your body is a chemical factory). A pH of 7 is neutral (the normal pH of pure water).

The fact that it is a logarithmic scale is important. For example, a pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 7. But a pH of 5 is a 100 times more acidic.

The human blood has a natural pH of about 7.4. The human body cannot survive if the pH of their human blood drops to 7 or rises to 7.8! So the body has natural buffers it uses to keep the blood within these narrow limits. Hint: your bones (including your teeth) are mostly calcium–an alkaline substance. So if your body gets too acidic, it leaches the calcium from your bones creating tooth decay and bone loss. Increased storage of fat and water retention is also a way your body protects itself. To get to your ideal weight–alkalize.

Now the real trick is how do you change your body from acid to slightly alkaline and keep it there. It is a fact of chemistry that it takes a lot of alkalinity to neutralize even a little bit of acid. For example, to change a gallon of water with a pH of 5 to 7 would take 20 gallons of water with a pH of 7.5!

Here’s some simple math: your body is 80% water. Water weighs 8.34 pounds per gallon. To find out about how many gallons of water are in your body at any one time, multiply your body weight by 80% and divide by 8.34. Let’s say you weigh about 170 lbs. 170 x 80%=136 lbs. 136/8.34 is about 16 gallons of water.

Obviously, the human body is much more complicated than this. But what this indicates is just how diligent we need to be to alkalize our body.

I believe that the trick is to drink alkaline drinks and eliminate acidic drinks. From what I’ve studied, the closer your drinks are to a pH of about 9 the better.

One of the most shocking things I learned at Tony’s seminar is that fresh orange juice and carrot juice are actually acidic, and so can cause the body to become too acid if taken to excess. Same with eating too much fruit. That was a significant shift from his earlier program. Note: I still like fruit and think it can be beneficial, but only in moderation.

The foods that really shine are the live, leafy greens–what a surprise! He showed some photos that showed the amount of energy in the food (I forget the name of the process) and it was amazing the amount of energy radiating from fresh wheat grass–like a lightening storm!

I think that eating the leafy greens and drinking their fresh juices is one way to increase your alkalinity, but I’ve come across some other products that work well for me (no, I’m not promoting some MLM–most of these can be purchased over the internet or at your local health food store). In order to test the alkalinity of some products, I’m relying on the litmus paper I mentioned earlier.