Acid and Alkaline
Excerpts from Dr Hidemitsu
Director of Tokyo Water Institute
Water from mountain lakes and streams has long
been known to be the healthiest water in the world and unlike
distilled water, which is dead, this water can be called "living
When an atom or molecule gains or loses an electron,
ionization occurs. When water is ionized, the molecule splits
into two parts, the hydrogen ion (H+) and the hydroxyl ion (OH-).
These ions combine with other solutes in water, often minerals
like calcium or potassium, to create an active chemical reaction.
When water carries more hydrogen than hydroxyl ions it is said
to be acidic; when hydroxyl ions predominate, then science calls
water alkaline. Our blood system is always working to keep itself
at that critical pH of 7.4. This process is called homeostasis.
When we drink popular soft drinks like colas,
which have an acidic pH of 2.5, the bloodstream does not lower
itself to that level. Rather, sugar and other elements of the
drink is process by the blood into acid wastes; some are eliminated,
and others are stored at various locations in the body.
What is it causes us grow old? Several theories
exist today and they all seem to have one thing in common; they
cannot stop, hinder, or slow down the aging process. They certainly
have not produced better health and they have not answered the
question of why we age. Yet there is another theory of aging and
illness that has been around for many decades. A few doctors and
nutritionists in the US and Europe, but mainly by doctors and
scientists in Japan, Korea, Asia and other Pacific Rim countries
voice it. Briefly, this new theory says that that aging and many
diseases result from the accumulation of acid waste products in
Poor diets, either a present one or one in the
past, can cause acid wastes to be stored in the body. A meat and
potato diet for example, can cause the body to become more acidic.
When acid wastes enter our bloodstream, the blood, in order to
maintain that narrow pH range will store them somewhere else.
Acid salts stored in the body, over the decades, will overburden
the system. A way has to be found to rid the body of wastes, so
that alkalizing the bloodstream can treat adult diseases.
Western medicine does not attempt to remove
acid wastes from the physiological system; so today's modern medicine
is deficient in treating adult diseases. Even if medicines cure
the disease, and the acids are not removed form the body; the
treatment's effectiveness will only be temporary. Bad diets, including
meat and potatoes, fried foods, refined bread, soft drink colas
and sugars, build up acid salts in the body. Often these deposits,
by having to be stored away from the blood flow, can remain in
the body for decades. Stress, both mental and physical, can create
acid deposits in the body. Mental stress can make you feel depressed.
While the physiological, scientific connection to stress in the
body has not been completely established, there exists a school
of thought in psychology, called psychosomatic, which maintains
that one's mental state will influence health. Doctors in Japan,
following more than forty years of research and testing, believe
that daily drinking of alkaline water can lift depression.
Lets look at some of the healing benefits of
drinking ionized alkaline water.
Obesity is a major health problem in America.
It arises from the overeating of carbohydrates and fats. When
the metabolic process is not able to burn them away, the blood
must place these fatty acids somewhere. It first stores them under
the skin, around the waist in men, and around the hips, thighs
and breasts in women. Then it deposits wastes around organs and
tissues, which then receive a smaller supply of nutrients and
are thereby damaged. This second stage is more deadly.
An easy gentle way to lose weight is to wash
fatty acids out of the body by drinking six to eight glasses of
alkaline water a day. This practice has been employed in Japan
for the last thirty years, and doctors there record numerous instances
of weight loss.
Dr. Keiichi Morishita in his book, "The
Hidden Truth of Cancer", states that if the blood develops
a more acidic condition, then these acidic wastes have to be deposited
somewhere in the body. If this unhealthy process continues year
after year, these areas steadily increase in acidity, and their
cells begin to die. Other cells in the affected area may survive
by becoming abnormal; these are called malignant. Malignant cells
do not respond to brain commands. They undergo a cellular division
that is out of control. This is called cancer. Modern medicine
in America treats these malignant cells as if they were bacteria
or viruses. It uses chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to treat
cancer. Yet none of theses treatments will help very much, if
after all the acidic environment remains.
Drinking water that has a high alkaline pH,
because of its de-acidifying effect, will help in preventing cancer,
and in Asia, alkaline water is regularly served to patients.
As the body consumes toxins, the kidneys become
over burdened with acid wastes. Nephritis, uremia poisoning, and
bladder problems are all acid related conditions, which can be
treated by the consumption of alkaline water. Kidney stones begin
as tiny specks and they gradually build into solid stones, composed
of phosphates, urates and others. They are another form of acidic
salts. Drinking plenty of alkaline water will prevent kidney stones
from forming, and even after their formation, it can dissolve
them. Japanese doctors have used alkaline water for years to treat
Alkaline water is produced using electrolysis
to electrically split filtered tap water into alkaline and acid
water. The machine first developed in Japan in the early 1950's,
and approved for use a medical device by the health and rehabilitation
ministry in 1966. The ionized minerals in tap water are important.
Common alkaline minerals are sodium, potassium, magnesium, and
calcium; the common acid minerals are chlorine, lead, sulfur and
phosphorous. The water ionizer has two chambers, with positive
and negative electrodes. When the process is complete, one chamber
provides alkaline water with its ionized alkaline minerals. This
is what we drink, the water that is so healthy for us.
Alkaline water, having a pH of between 9 and
11, will neutralize harmful stored acid wastes, and if you consume
it every day, will gently remove them from your body. Yet, since
the water is ionized, it will not leach out valuable minerals
like calcium, magnesium, potassium or sodium.
Alkaline water experiences; a woman in her forties
under high stress was diagnosed with high blood pressure and was
told she had abnormally high cholesterol levels. She began consuming
one and a half quarts a day of alkaline water. After a few weeks,
both her cholesterol and blood pressure were lowered; and as an
added benefit, her stomach began to feel much better.
A teenager with severe acne began drinking the
water and after three months, the condition was cleared up. He
consumed two quarts a day of alkaline water.
A man worried about the effect of the prescription
drugs he was taking for overweight began consuming two quarts
a day. After six months, he had thrown away his drugs, and had
lost over thirty pounds.
In California, a man had been suffering from
super acidity for many years, and after eating a meal would unpredictably
vomit. He began consuming six glasses of the alkaline water per
day. Within a week his acidity ended; he also lost fifteen pounds
in three months, and discovered a dramatic rate of increase in
his ability to heal small ailments, like cuts and bruises.
A woman had suffered constipation for thirty
years, and began drinking the water on a regular basis, and completely
rid herself of this condition. She had also lacked an appetite
for years, but has now developed a healthy one.
One man, who likes to consume alcohol moderately,
noticed when he began consuming the water on a regular basis that
he quit suffering hangovers, and the drowsiness he regularly experienced
had left him.
A female athlete in her twenties began consuming
the water for a stomach condition; she felt an increase in her
general energy level, and after a day of strenuous training, found
that the alkaline water minimized the aches and pains she had
always previously experienced.
For years, a woman had suffered ulcers, and
was feeling nauseous from her medication; a regular consumption
of the water allowed her to cease her medication and the ulcer
to go away.
One could go on and on with these stories, and
there are many more, but what we suggest you do is simply try
the water yourself.
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