Alkaline (alkalinity); acid (acidity)

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Acid: Having a pH value below 7.0 on the pH scale of 0-14; the opposite of alkaline.  Not the same as acidity.

Acidity: refers to the amount of acid waste stored in the tissues and circulating in body fluids [urine, saliva and lymph]; a condition that manifests in the face of insufficient bicarbonate reserves needed for de-acidification of acids in the system; the exact opposite of alkalinity.

Acidity is not pH and should not be confused with pH.  Acidity refers to total acid waste load that burden body tissues and fluids.  The more acid waste in the body, the higher acidity.

Alkaline: Having a pH value above 7.0 on the pH scale of 0-14; the opposite of acid.  Not the same as alkalinity.

Alkalinity: the exact opposite of acidity; a condition where bicarbonates are in sufficient supply and are available to offset and neutralize acid wastes in the body’s terrain.

Alkalinity is not pH.  Alkalinity refers to the body’s ability to buffer [neutralize] acidic hydrogen in circulation or locked-up in the tissues.   Body reserves of bicarbonate [reserve capacity] allows the body to manage and maintain pH.

Acid and alkaline are chemistry terms. In alternative medicine and health circles, the term alkaline is loosely and wrongly used to imply a patient’s level of alkalinity.  While it is true that healthy bodies are pH alkaline [above 7.0] and sick bodies are pH acidic pH [below 7.0],  both are bogus concepts.

Buffer [reserve] capacity is based on bicarbonate levels in reserve.  pH does NOT measure buffer reserves. pH is a measure of ‘potential’ hydrogen protons in circulation.


The proton hydrogen is the body’s PRIMARY source of energy.  Calories are an irrelevant metric.

Food and water are hydrogen donors.  Sugar [C12H22O12] contains 22 hydrogens; water [H2O] contains 2 hydrogens.  Hydrogen is lifeforce

The body’s bio-electric energy comes from non-thermal burning of hydrogen.  Hydrogen powers the sun and the body.  ATP [adenosine-triphosphate] powers cellular metabolism.

The ATP energy molecule is weak compared to the energy potential of hydrogen.  ‘p’ in pH stands for potential [hydrogen]!  Digestion frees covalent-bonded hydrogen in food and water.

The body turns acidic if it is unable to process and burn available hydrogen.  Hydrogen is an acidic element.

Urine pH is a measure of unburned hydrogen ions circulation.  Urine acidity rises and falls as hydrogen levels rise and fall.

The better your digestion, the more energy that is available for growth/repair of the body.

Terrain acidification causes urine pH to rise on the acid side, and muscle loss to accelerate!  pH stands for potential hydrogen.  Unburned hydrogen from UNDIGESTED food proteins is the effect of MALDIGESTION!  [The Terrain pH Protocol and Digestion Trio manage these issues.]

Hydrogen powers the Sun and it powers the body [ATP only powers the cell].  Inability to [non-thermally] burn hydrogen limits energy production from food and spikes circulating hydrogen proton levels, causing urine pH to become acidic.  Urine pH measures circulating, unburned, hydrogen protons, and the better digestion is the less unburned hydrogen in saliva, lymph, and urine.  Read about HydrogenMagic, here.]

Terrain management is about hydrogen management, not alkalinity.  Alkalinity as popularly accepted ignores non-circulating, tissuebound hydrogen.  The Terrain pH Protocol frees tissue-bound hydrogen.  [This example of Applied Physiology is counter to physiology taught at university.  [Please read again.]

Dis-ease and aging are side-effects of faulty hydrogen metabolism. The Digestion Trio solves the digestion dilemma.  Ask for help.

See Special Insights, Cancer, Acidity, Fermentation & pH in the Archive link above/below.

Acid vs. Alkaline Body

Sickness and disease manifest in bodies containing excess waste; waste is acidic because it is saturated with ‘unburned’ hydrogen protons.  Waste is a substrate for growth of  bacteria, fungus and yeast.  Iron levels [as measured by ‘ferritin’ iron in blood influence low-grade inflammation levels and ultimately the manifestation of dis-ease.

Yeast produces massive amounts of acid waste byproducts that causes the body to grow ever more acidic.

For example, cancer is a condition of high acidity, low bicarbonate reserves and extreme toxicity from acid waste accumulation due to FERMENTATION of glucose sugars, as opposed to complete burning of glucose during glycolysis. Acidic waste is corrosive in nature. Waste degrades body tissues and damps vital organ function.

A waste filled body is a toxic environment favoring proliferation of parasites and pathogenic microbes. A marginally sick body (sub-clinically sick) has a urine pH in the range of 5-6 range, where bodies suffering from serious, degenerative dis-ease has a urine pH below 5.0 and if severe, below pH 4.0.

The idea that healthy bodies are alkaline is erroneous, even though this idea is popularly believed by alternative practitioners and their patients.  To understand this statement, review the word definitions at the beginning of this discussion.

Understanding the Puzzle

The key to understanding the health and alkalinity vs. disease and acidity puzzle must be understood in terms of TISSUE waste load levels and FLUID waste load levels.

Tissue waste levels are measured by their shadows. The shadows are called symptoms. Some symptoms can be measured by medical tests that lead to the status of a clinical condition. Subtle, shadowy symptoms are are sub-clinical.

Medical tests do not measure early sub-clinical symptoms of trouble in the making.

If you are paying attention and know what to look and watch for, you will discover a fantastic early warning system already built into your body.

Urine pH is a good indicator of waste already resident in the system.  For example, body odor is a classic symptom of trouble in the making. So is bad breath and subtle changes in skin and gums. Snoring, vision changes and compromised hearing are some more examples.

The Bio-electric Age Test in Chapter three of my book, Young Again! provides a comprehensive list of signs and symptoms to look for.

Early, subtle symptoms are unlike clinical measurements of: blood, hormones, albumin, etc.  Other subtle symptoms are: arthritis, fibromyalgia, eczema and gout, all of which scream acid waste overload.

Fluid waste levels are best gauged by measuring urine pH.  Blood is not a practical measure and saliva is less accurate. Urine is an easy and useful tool.

Readers should acquaint themselves wit the TERRAIN pH PROTOCOL to better understand the connection between pH and acidity/alkalinity.

Often, people LOADED with non circulating tissue-bound hydrogen waste ‘urine test’ within acceptable ranges and may not experience or measure as having health issues. This is not uncommon.

BUT, when circulating waste levels and tissue waste levels rise and overload the body’s ability to cope [buffer/neutralize] the acidic wase, healthy people either develop non-life threatening issues or they suddenly manifest serious, life threatening signs and symptoms overnight.

Sub-clinically sick people seldom see major trouble coming because they ignore subtle changes going on under the surface in their urine pH.  Good health is good until it isn’t.

pH must be understood in terms of tissue load levels, circulation levels of hydrogen protons and the body’s ability/inabiltiy to manage and buffer the acid.  Stress and and anxiety levels both affect and are affecty by acidic pH.  Inflammation is associated with excess waste and the pre-diabetic/diabetic state.

People with, so-called, pH balanced systems [7.0] often contain heavy loads of acidic waste which explains why [so-called] healthy people age poorly and die prematurely even though they live a healthy lifestyle.

Acceptable pH Range

Healthy bodies maintain urine pH of 6.8 – 7.2.  7.0 is NEUTRAL and not much is going on here.  Below 7.0 is acidic and the need to introduce bicarbonate to neutralize the acids exists.  The food you eat and your digestive efficiency greatly determine acid waste levels and circulating pH as measured by urine.

Baking soda is used to raise bicarbonate reserves in the body and neutralize excess hydrogen protons in circulation.  The target of 8.0 pH [urine] when achieved gets the best results.  pH is always allowed to return to 7.0 or below before additional baking soda [bicarbonate] is repeated at the rate of 1 tsp. in a glass of water.

NOTE: because soda is 65% sodium, the product Vitality Complex is taken along with the soda to prevent sodium invasion of the cells and reduction of the cellular energy molecule ATP.  Sodium invasion occurs when the cells and tissues suffer from a deficit of Essential Elements.

Additionally, soda needs something highly acidic to REACT WITH.  The best source is plain, old ascorbic acid [vitamin-C] in pill or capsule form washed down with the soda water mix.  DO NOT mix vitamin-C in cup with soda; you want the reaction to occur in your stomach, NOT in the glass.

DO NOT be concerned if pH in the low 6s or 5s or 4s does not respond to soda.  Poor response says the body is LOADED with acidic hydrogen waste that CONSUMES the bicarbonate.  When acid waste release slows, urine pH will rise more quickly and maintain longer between doses of soda.

pH will rise and fall throughout the day according to hydrogen proton levels circulating in the body fluid, URINE.  Do not rely on saliva pH as it is not as accurate as urine.

Such is the ongoing cycle of waste management.  Be sure and STUDY the following information.  Here is the link

The lymphatic system is responsible for waste management and circulation of extracellular waste OUT of the tissue spaces; this is NOT the responsibility of the blood circulatory system.

Blood carries oxygen and nutrients into the tissues and carbon dioxide out.  Both of these are gases. The gateways OUT OF THE BODY for acidic waste are the liver (90%) and the kidneys (10%).

FYI:  pH 6.0 is ten times LESS ACID than pH 5.0, but neither pH is alkaline; one is simply less acid that the other.

Less acid is always desirable. This is a vitally important concept to understand if you wish to enjoy perpetually enjoy good health and not experience premature aging or early death.


De-acidification of the body is an ongoing process. Every day, waste is produced and if it is not released from the system it accumulates in the tissues, organs and joints.

The absolute best and fastest way to remove accumulated structural waste from the body is by following the Tissue & Liver Protocol. You can read about it, here. Consider it your GET OUT OF JAIL CARD!

The Terrain pH Protocol should be practiced each and every day, forever, and you use pH test strips and guidance from YoungAgainClub to gauge decisions about pH.

The simplest daily routine you can adopt is the Enema Protocol.  Read about it here.

pH, Aging & Alkaline Water

Acidification of the body is a progressive process that takes place over one’s entire lifespan, but accelerates around age 244, again at age 35 and in the mid forties.

Drinking alkaline water and eating foods that are so-called alkaline forming has little to do with making the body more alkaline.  The health industry is overrun with half-baked experts who espouse all kinds of crackpot ideas. was established to teach people what actually works and hopefully, enlarge their knowledge base in chemistry and the life sciences; specifically, CRITICAL THINKING not based on formalized training.

Except for the field of biochemistry, very few credentialed experts know much of anything.  And proof is to be found in all the sick and dying credentialed experts and patients who rely on them for direction and understanding.


Bad food, junk food and non-food, along with poor digestion, drive acid waste overload and slow deterioration of the liver and kidneys plus progressive, mitochondrial dysfunction.

Body acid/alkaline balance is greatly influenced by the regulatory hormones: insulin, leptin, adrenaline, cortisol and glucagon.  See Special Insights, Change Your Food Habits, Change Your Life.



  1. Change your lifestyle and your diet.
  2. Embrace Young Again Club Protocols.
  3. Ask for help and be open to new ideas

Read my book, Young Again! 6th edition for additional information.  It is available FREE by download on the website!

See the terms: toxic, waste, lymph and scar tissue in the Glossary link below.

See Special Insights, OSTEOPOROSIS and GOUT in the Archive link below.

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