What Does It Mean To Have Acidic Blood?

You will often hear us talk about Blood pH when we talk about Diet Typing. We describe your blood pH as acidic, normal, or alkaline. However, many people, even after having Diet Typing done, don’t really understand what it means to have acidic blood. Be aware that this may vary if you are reading literature, or getting tested from another source or institution. Also, we are talking about VENOUS BLOOD pH…not urine or saliva pH. Keep that in mind if you are researching pH.

EFFECTS OF ACIDIC BLOOD

When you are outside of the normal range for blood pH, the amount of ATP you produce will decrease. ATP is our energy source, so when it diminishes, so do our energy levels! Energy is one of the keys to good health. Think about how you feel and what you do when you’re tired and feeling drained. Many people will make poor choices when fatigued such as eating the wrong food or bypassing their exercise. The point is that low energy tends to lead to decline in health. For each person the exact health issues that may arise will be different. One commonality that it stems from, however, is not eating properly for your Diet Type.

WHAT TO DO

It’s true that there are a few different ways to normalize your blood pH. Of course we are concerned with how to do it nutritionally. Fats and proteins, meaning meat, eggs, oil, and nuts just to name a few, are foods that will help increase, or alkalinize your blood pH. Those who tend to be acidic are often put on the Hauser Otter or Hauser Lion Diets. This is not always the case due to other factors that we test, but these two Hauser Diets are our higher protein and fat diets and will assist in getting blood pH normal for acidic patients.

If you have been here for Diet Typing and had acidic blood, but were not placed on one of these Hauser Diets that was probably due to a more pressing factor.

Don’t forget the effect that temperature has on your blood pH. People with acidic blood tend to be cold. So they crave hot weather. Heat will alkalinize the blood pH. So sitting in a hot tub or sauna is always an option!

What Does It Mean To Have Alkaline Blood?

You will often hear us talk about Blood pH when we talk about Diet Typing. We describe your blood pH as acidic, normal, or alkaline. However, many people, even after having Diet Typing done, don’t really understand what it means to have alkaline blood. Remember, we are actually testing your blood pH using a CLIA (laboratory governing body) approved machine that is used in most Intensive Care Units in America.

VENOUS BLOOD PH ABOVE 7.384

Our machine at Caring Medical is calibrated so that if your blood pH reads above 7.384 you are considered alkaline. Be aware that this may vary if you are reading literature, or getting tested from another source or institution. Also, we are talking about VENOUS BLOOD pH…not urine or saliva pH. Keep that in mind if you are researching pH.

EFFECTS OF ALKALINE BLOOD

When you are outside of the normal range for blood pH, the amount of ATP you produce will decrease. ATP is our energy source, so when ATP diminishes, so does our energy level! Energy is one of the keys to good health. Think about how you feel and what you do when you’re tired and feeling drained. Many people will make poor choices when fatigued such as eating the wrong food or bypassing their exercise. The point is that low energy tends to lead to declines in health. For each person the exact health issues that may arise will be different, but many may arise as a result of not eating according to your Diet Type.

WHAT TO DO

It’s true that there are a few different ways to get normalize your blood pH. Of course, we are concerned with how to do it nutritionally. Those who tend to be alkaline are often put on the Hauser Monkey or Hauser Giraffe Diets. Carbohydrates such as grains, fruits, and other plant based products will help to decrease, or acidify your blood pH. Coffee and alcohol will also acidify the blood, so most Monkeys and Giraffes are allowed to partake within moderation. These two Hauser Diets are higher carbohydrate diets and will assist in bringing the blood pH into the normal range for alkaline patients.

Occasionally a patient’s other test results may require him to follow a Bear or Otter Diet even with an alkaline pH, but that is not the norm. If you have been here for Diet Typing and had alkaline blood, but were not placed on the Monkey or Giraffe Hauser Diets that was probably do to a more pressing factor, such as your Modified Glucose Tolerance Test or insulin levels. If that was the case, we may have suggested that you supplement with Vitamin C, or other plant based supplements which may also acidify the blood.

One other interesting tidbit is that the cold weather will also acidify your blood. That’s why most alkaline blood type patients often feel warm most of the time. So cool weather and consuming cold foods or beverages, even ice chips, can also help lower your blood pH.


 

Every once in a while we receive an email from someone regarding our use of blood pH testing as it relates to food. It is a very different concept, so it’s not unusual for people to be a bit confused by it.

EMAILER:

Sorry but you seem to have it the wrong way around. If you eat more vegetables it doesn’t make you more acidic, it makes you more alkaline. PK

OUR RESPONSE:

Dear P,

Thanks for your email and we appreciate your opinions, however, we are completely confident in our statements related to the effects of food on whole blood pH, as we have extensively tested the effect of food on blood pH in great detail on real patients, ourselves included.

Often when we receive emails such as yours, the readers typically are referring to urinary pH, which food produces the opposite effect on urine compared to blood. Proteins/fats will alkalinize the BLOOD, acidify the urine. Coffee, carbohydrates, fruits, sugar will produce an acidic effect on the blood pH, alkaline effect on the urine. Hope that helps clarify where we are coming from.

– The Hauser Diet Team

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