There is a lot of debate and confusion around the issue of acidity and alkalinity, but even if such a subject is large, and therefore daunting, it pays to learn as much as you can about it, after all, your long-term health could very well depend on it.

Many of us tend not to think too much about our health until something goes wrong. However, by the time something goes wrong, the illness that you are dealing with could well have grown very deep roots within your system; symptoms often don’t appear until a condition is technically chronic. Take cancer, for example. Have you heard of Dr. Otto Warburg? Perhaps not, but he is the person credited with discovering the true cause of cancer. In 1931 he even won the Nobel prize for the work he had done in this area.

One of the main issues is that as soon as somebody detects an anomaly, something in or on their body that they’re unfamiliar with, the compulsion is to automatically label it ‘disease’. The focus instantly shifts to the symptom – the ‘disease’ – and how to remove it. This is the first mistake. When something appears ‘wrong’ to us, we just want it gone, but if we do not pay attention to the cause of this ‘disease’, what hope do we really have in ensuring that it doesn’t return at a later date?

The labels you use are important

This is especially the case with most cancers, as there is often a lump, or tumour, detected. Dr Warburg came to the understanding, after extensive and thorough research, that the body can recover from cancer without invasive treatments that damage not only the cancer cells but all of the healthy surrounding cells as well; this is what leads to (sometimes permanent) degeneration of health and the body’s natural immunity.

It is interesting that Dr. Warburg is remembered for discovering the cause of cancer, the information that he also felt he had discovered the cure for it is not widely publicized. It is also worth remembering that there are certain industries that stand to lose their main source of income if this information were to be commonly known.

Dr. Warburg did, at the time, share his practical knowledge on how the body can recover from cancer. He had written a book called “Cancer: Its Cause and Its Cure.”

An alkaline state is an oxygenated state

In this book, Dr. Warburg discussed his conclusion that cancer is unable to exist in an alkaline environment. If this is the case, then it makes perfect sense that alkaline foods and drinks are going to assist the body in becoming more alkaline, thus making it difficult for cancer cells to thrive. Dr. Warburg stressed that oxygen and alkalinity were imperative if the body is to deal effectively with cancerous growths. He believed that it was not possible for any disease to thrive within an alkaline environment.

A quote from Dr. Warburg’s book states that: “Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline. Water splits into H+ and OH- ions, if there is an excess of H+, it is acidic; if there is an excess of OH- ions, then it is alkaline. All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.”

Essentially he is saying that oxygen deficiency is the reason behind cancer. This is so because it facilitates an acidic environment within the body. He found that cancer cells are ‘anaerobic’, meaning that they don’t use oxygen as healthy cells do; on the contrary, large amounts of oxygen actually prevent their existence. An alkaline state equates to an oxygenized state. Dr. Warburg’s advice for sufferers of disease is simply that you must get more oxygen into your body and ensure that the environment remains alkaline.

How can I alkalise?

There are several ways you can do this. An obvious one would be deep breaths, like the ‘Prana’ breathing famous in yoga practices. You could incorporate this breathing style into a meditation practice for an extra boost to your health and mental wellbeing. After all, the two go hand in hand!

Another way would be to get out into nature more often. City dwellers have so many more environmental toxins to contend with, and unfortunately far less health-boosting negative ions floating around. You’ll need to get out into the woods for those! The former substances detract from your oxygen levels while the latter promote it.

A manageable and simple way to keep your body alkaline and oxygenated is through healthy diet. pH health are always recommending that people consume alkaline foods (plenty of natural, organic and ideally locally sourced vegetables and fruits), and we also understand the power of certain natural supplements that encourage alkalinity and remove acidosis from the body.

Prevention is better than cure; after all, nobody really wants to wait until they have a chronic condition to cure. This can be as worrying as it is expensive, and those that are in good health with an alkaline environment and lots of oxygen pumping through their blood will surely testify that their vitality, wellbeing and mental clarity are all at an enviable level!

pH health will always advocate this enjoyable, preventative state over a struggle with fear and sickness. If you’re not sure where to start, or what you need to do to alkalise and oxygenate your body, come and talk to us. We are experts in this area and are very happy to help!