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Know what your pH has to do with Fibromyalgia
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tiffybanks - January 11

Using pH strips (litmus paper) to analyze your overall pH in your body. Actually, this is the quickest and easiest way you can test your pH. These test strips are inexpensive and therefore offered by many reliable nutrition companies. This paper can be used to examine the urine or saliva, and the color of the paper will change to reflect your pH level. You will just compare the color with the paper to the color scale around side of the package to reveal your pH.
Salivary pH must be maintained in a range of 7.0-7.5 to achieve a healthy body function. When saliva pH falls below 7.0 or urine falls below 6.0, it means that your nutrients are not being absorbed and your body becomes toxic, your body’s cells are bathing acid. Fatigue and body aches are asserted to be the major symptoms of an overly acidic body. Most common fibromyalgia complaints are over body aches and fatigue.
How will you keep the pH from a healthy range of 7.0 – 7.5?
Noted as one of the best methods to correct an overly acid is to have a proper diet and lifestyle! In condition that you are very healthy and absolutely don’t have any chronic health difficulties, to be able to sustain your wellness, your diet should contain 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. In case that you have a fibromyalgia and want to restore your health, your daily diet needs to include 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

This is just information about TMJ I have learned from a chiropractor of great Life Chiropractic. Well her name is Candice McCowin. I still remember what she says; “It is quite important to determine the root cause of everyone’s pain. We, the chiropractors are the practitioners who use specialized techniques and to address both physical and chemical causes of pain, remove interference in the central nervous system so as to promote permanent healing of the spinal discs, nerves, muscles and systems.
This Forum site looks great and I’m looking forward to establish a good relationship with all of you here. Hope to have a good stay ahead


Ena - January 11

could u please tell me more what is PH?


January - January 12

pH is a measurement used in chemistry to measure whether any substance is alkaline or acidic. The H in "pH" refers to hydrogen ions, so when you measure pH, you are measuring them, using a logarithmic scale. An ion is a tiny particle that carries an electrical charge because it has an extra electron (negative charge) or a missing electron (positive charge).

When water (which forms much of the body) is broken up, it splits into two ions: one has a positive electric charge, that is the hydrogen ion, or (H+); the other has a negative electric charge, that is the hydroxide, which is one hydrogen atom plus one oxygen atom, or (OH-). Normally, these two particles attract each other, the positive attracts the negative, and that is how water, H2O (two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom), is formed. But in any glass of water, and in the body, the two ions of water are always coupling and uncoupling.

The pH scale runs from 0 to 14. The middle is 7.0, and that is completely neutral, neither acidic nor alkaline. At pH of 7.0 the (H+) ions and the (OH-) ions are equal in number. The closer the pH moves down towards 0, the more acidic the substance is. The closer it moves up to 14, the more basic the substance is. Two simple examples are vinegar (which is acidic) and bleach (which is alkaline - also called basic). You can tell if something is alkaline because it will feel slippery - and if you've ever gotten Clorox on your hands, you know how that feels. Anything that is very acidic or very alkaline can damage human tissue.

In the body, the pH levels are different, depending on where you look. Human skin tends to be a little acidic, and this helps to keep bacteria from growing. The stomach tends to be a very acidic, because this helps with digestion. (This is why taking pills to neutralize stomach acid can be risky if used long term.) The pH in the gut can vary widely. But the blood pH level stays strictly right around 7.35 to 7.45. If pH is outside this range, it can indicate a medical problem. (Note the normal blood pH is slightly alkaline.) If the blood pH falls below 6.8 (it's called "acidosis") or goes above 7.8 (called "alkalosis"), the person will probably die. Perfect blood pH level is 7.4.

The pH level of urine varies a bit more than blood. Normal urine pH is around 7.0, but it can vary from 4.6 to 8.0.

If you buy strips to test your urine pH level, here is a chart that explains some possible causes of alkaline or acidic urine, from the website for SANITOETS Home Test Kits.

Persistent alkaline urine (pH 7 - 8) suggests:
urinary tract infection
vegetarian diet
pyloric stenosis / obstruction
alkalizing drugs

Persistent acid urine (pH 5 - 7) suggests:
phenacetin intake
predisposition to uric acid calculi (kidney stones)

If you google "ph of saliva" you will find an interesting website called "alakalizeforhealth(dot)net". The best pH for saliva is 7.4, just like blood. This website will give you information about healthy choices you can make. It also discusses where to get strips so you can test your saliva pH level.

Hope this information helps.


tiffybanks - January 23

that was really informative.. Everyone should be aware and value their health.


January - January 24

Thanks Tiffy, and thanks for bringing up the issue. You are so right that an alkalinizing diet helps with many problems. Our Western diet tends to make the body very acidic, and is a factor in a lot of the diseases we suffer from. If anyone needs more information, just google "alkaline diet."

You mentioned you are new, so welcome. This is a nice group of people with a lot of different information. : )


Noca - January 24

My dietician as well as previous doctors suggested that my poor eating habits have brought about metabolic acidosis. Because I am too depressed/anxious to eat or cannot taste my food, I skip meals and take long breaks between eating. This causes my body aches and pains, as well as causing me to be nauseous upon eating my next meal. It brings along headaches, upset stomach and a plethora of other problems.

This could explain why my sleep efficiency was never that of someone with Fibromyalgia, though I had every other symptom.

In an ideal world, doctors would be ABLE to do their jobs and figure this out on their own rather than me having to figure it out on my own. I guess that world where one actually does their job is too ideal for this one.


January - January 25

Glad to hear you found a possible answer, Noca… but sorry it didn't come earlier.

I wish doctors would bear responsibility like most other businesses. If you go in for some medical help or service that they claim they offer - and you walk out with nothing -- why can't you get your money back?? (Even if you have insurance, believe me, ultimately we are ALL paying for it.) If you buy a microwave at a store and it doesn't work, you can return it for a refund. If you take your car in for a repair, but they don't have parts, they send you home but they don't charge you for work they didn't do. If you go to a beauty salon and nobody can give you the haircut you want, you don't pay just for walking in and out. If you ask a lawyer to write a will and he can't do it, I don't think you have to pay for that. If you give an accountant your taxes, but he doesn't do them, I don't think you have to pay him. Medicine is a whole different game… and I do mean a game. With some of them (not all), you walk in the door, get nothing (except maybe insults), and you pay on the way out.

This is a huge game and "doctors" are stealing if they don't provide some answers and some kind of help - I am talking about those "doctors" who just pat you on the back and say "get some rest," or "I don't believe in fibromyalgia." Also the doctors that do no testing, but just start throwing prescriptions at you to see if something will stick. If you get a prescription that just makes you sick and does not relieve your symptoms, that is not good medicine??

Get nothing? Why should you pay? Let's write some letters... if we can get the energy.


tiffybanks - April 9

thanks January for the warmth welcome. Well, the person behind the helpful information I've shared is Dr. Candice McCowin of OC Medical and Disc Institute
According to her -True health is optimum physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Drinking more water, eating nutritious foods, regular exercise and virtually every other healthy habit produces even bigger dividends when you have a properly and healthy body.



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