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50 Shades of the pH Rainbow: How Acidic Are You?

The Acid DangerJamie is a slightly overweight 37-year-old investment banker who walks like an obese 60-year-old, his chronic pain evident in his slow, deliberate gait. He’s been in and out of doctors’ offices so many times the lab techs recognize his name.

After a brief mix-up at the lab combined with a hodgepodge of symptoms, Jamie was almost happy to think he had Hepatitis C, just so he could know what’s wrong. According to his tests nothing is, but more and more he’s finding it harder to think, harder to work, harder to get out of bed each morning.

You’ve probably heard of a story like Jamie’s or been like him yourself. Something’s wrong but isn’t, and yet nothing feels right. You can’t boil it down to depression or stress or something happening in your life right now that’s unusual. 

If Dr. Wolfgang R. Auer, author of The Acid Danger, is correct, any story like this likely has a connection to an acid-alkaline imbalance.

More and more we hear about our oceans and our rain becoming acidic. It’s not a stretch to think our bodies could be, too.

In our bodies this acidic condition is called acidosis, which, according to Auer, is “a condition in which the acid/alkaline balance (more familiarly known as the pH balance) of the body has shifted unfavorably and body fluids have become excessively acidic.”

He argues that what it means for our health isn’t often apparent until it’s too late. “Acidosis is often at the root of many common health complaints, but it usually isn’t considered a cause of disease until after a health problem has been wrongly diagnosed and unsuccessfully treated for years.”

The author takes the pH imbalance of acidosis and follows it to its linear conclusion, looking at what it is, what causes it, what it causes and how to prevent it.

What’s different about Auer’s book is that its approach is not as black and white as some of its counterparts. Most proponents of trying to rebalance an acidic condition in the body provide a comprehensive chart of foods that range from acidic to alkaline. You will find a very limited listing of foods in Auer’s book. He instead elaborates on how the necessary act of eating can become acidic depending on when food is eaten, how much, how often and how much fat is in it.

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Additionally, he states there is a difference between acid-forming foods, acidic foods, alkaline foods, and alkali-forming foods. Some foods that aren’t acidic become so through our body’s digestive processes.

Auer argues that it would take eating an absurd (and unrealistic) amount of alkaline or alkali-forming foods to counterbalance acidosis. The crux: “A deacidification process cannot be performed merely through consuming more alkaline foods and beverages; it’s simply too difficult to eat enough of these foods to make a difference

Instead, he contends that maintaining the body’s necessary neutral condition must be done by supplementing with an alkaline, mineral-based powder. The balance provided by this powder allows the body to release its store of acidic pockets over a range of time, depending on its acid saturation.

The author warns about looking in the wrong place for the inception of illness. If we end up with diabetes, we look at our blood sugar levels or pancreas. If we end up with allergies, we take an antihistamine and accept that we should take shots. If we end up with heart disease, we look at our cholesterol levels.

The mistake, Auer suggests, is in simplifying our bodies’ condition to a single source instead of taking a more holistic approach to our entire body. Acidosis, he says, is often a latent, underlying condition that takes time to convert to an actual disease.

The book does its best to provide a straightforward, no thrills layout of how balance works in the body, what’s underlying acidosis, how prevalent it is, and what you can do to fix it.

Ultimately, Auer relies perhaps too much on the idea that we should all just assume we’re acidic instead of more thorough explanation than 68 pages will allow. While this may be the case, it may not be convincing enough to everyone.

Readers may also pause at Auer’s continual return to an alkaline powder as the only thing you can really supplement your diet with to keep a healthy pH balance. Those who use apple cider vinegar, lemons or baking soda to alkalize may disagree–or may find the powder a useful addition.

What’s your experience with acid/alkaline balance? Is it a new concept to you?


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