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I wanted to touch upon how to set your body’s pH, where pH is defined as:

pH: A measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution, numerically equal to 7 for neutral solutions, increasing with increasing alkalinity and decreasing with increasing acidity. The pH scale commonly in use ranges from 0 to 14.

[p(otential of) h(ydrogen).]

So, there we have a scale of acidity to alkalinity. Body processes work best at close to a 6.4 pH, but folks eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) consistently run nearly a point below this towards acidity. A single point is HUGE when measuring pH because measurement is in tenths of points.

The sad SAD is extremely acid-forming, as are many of the normal body processes (waste is acid). Couple this with the fact that it takes 7 parts of an alkaline substance to neutralize just 1 part of an acid, and you can see how vigilance in helping your body up out of low pH can be very worthwhile.

To "set" my own system pH first thing in the morning lately, I’ve been drinking about 4 ounces of pure warm water with a capful of raw apple cider vinegar. I do this when I get up, at the shriek of dawn, to let my dogs outside. I have been liking how it subtly increases my feeling of well-being (as in no tummy twinges at all) when I arise for the day a couple hours later. The water/vinegar combo can really turn around a queasy stomach at any time of day, I’ve found.

Ironically, fresh-squeezed lemon juice and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar have an alkaline reaction in the body. And you thought they were acidic, right? Well, they are IF cooked or processed in any way; fresh, unpasteurized juices are made extremely acid-forming when readied for market. Citrus juices are particularly acid-forming from a bottle or carton.

Of course, this article about drinking water speaks only about plain water first thing in the morning — lots of it — 45 minutes prior to any food or other drink. I believe it may work well for Americans because the body uses enormous amounts of water to process refined carbohydrates particularly, and carbohydrates make up most of the sad SAD.

I’m going to increase my early morning water and increase the cider vinegar to 2 capfuls. If any readers out there try something of this method, let us know what you discover here at We Want Organic Food.

Contributing Author Lynn Cameron owns the AromaVital.com website and has conducted her own research into the complementary health field since the early seventies.

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