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At Home Acid Buffer Test

Take the Lemon Test to Learn if You Need to Alkalize

The home acid buffer test is very easy to do. Scroll down for instructions.

Acid/Alkali Balance – What is it REALLY About?

The technical measure of acidity and alkalinity is pH, and the pH of our blood must stay between 7.35 and 7.45 to remain healthy and alive.  Because this pH is so critical to life is tightly regulated by various mechanisms in the body.

In fact, it is so important to keep the blood at the right pH your body will may well break down bone, or pump your arteries full of cholesterol in extreme cases of pH imbalance.

acid alkali balance

Because today’s modern diet, lifestyle and stress levels all contribute to acidity in the body, it has become a focus for many clinicians to ‘alkalise’ the body.

This has given rise to lots of confusion as the body does not really become acid or alkali.  What is happening is that the ‘alkaline diet’ provides your body with what it needs to stay in the perfect pH range without having to break down bone (causing osteoporosis), or raise cholesterol.

There is more to it than this, including the fact that the more ‘acid stress’ we put on areas of our body, the less oxygen is transported, and the more chances of cancer.

The basic overview of the alkaline diet is ingest  less acid forming substances – dairy, wheat, meat, tea, coffee, alcohol – all the usual suspects – and have more alkaline forming foods – green vegetables!

Notice I said ‘acid forming’ and ‘alkaline forming’ as opposed to just acid and alkali.  This is because what a food starts of as on the outside of your body is not the same as it gets broken down to inside your body.  Milk for instance is alkaline, but once digested is more acidic.  Lemons, although acidic, break down to be alkaline forming.  Some foods, like eggs, are OK cooked, but not raw.  Wheat in any form is a major acid former, except when puffed! (Don’t ask me why – I’m sure the answer is out there).

alkaline foods

What made me realise understanding acid/alkali balance could be a major key to health came from listening to an Anthony Robbins course – Get the Ultimate Edge.  In the section on health he relates two stories, both about people with genetic disorders who were helped enormously by ‘alkalising’.

The first was a lady who had genetically high cholesterol and was obese.  She had apparently been studied since she was 14, and no diet and no drug made any difference. Then she started an alkalising diet and lost 6kg in 6 weeks, and halved her cholesterol too.  The theory was that she had high cholesterol in her blood to help lower her acidity – so remove the acid and the cholesterol goes down to!

The second example was more extreme.  A 21 year old who had broken over 200 bones, and could break more just by sneezing or coughing.  He was expected to die soon and his dying wish was to meet Tony Robbins.  Tony introduced him to alkalising and 12 years or so later this fragile man is now pumping iron and has become a motivational speaker – Sean Stephenson.

Now I’m Going To Blow Your Mind

The single biggest cause of acid stress is exercise.  By a long, long way.  This often comes as a surprise, even though most people are aware of lactic acid being linked to exercise. So if you exercise, and are not taking alkalizing super nutrients you are probably in trouble. The only way to know is to do the test below.

The best single alkalising superfood is the reishi mushroom (aka ganoderma lucidum) , which we recommend in combination with a multi-greens powder.  For the exact makes we use scroll to the bottom.

Ganoderma is Good for You

Ganoderma is Good For You

How to Test your own Acid Buffering at Home

Take this test before your 7 Day detox, and then again at the end.  If it is not perfect then you need to increase the alkalising superfoods until it does improve. (You may need to take the greens powders up to 20 times a day in severe cases)

The Acid Buffer test is a dynamic measurement of your body’s alkaline mineral reserves, which are one of the system’s that your body uses to deal with acid and alkaline imbalances.


  1. Do this test first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything or brushing your teeth.
  2. You will need a roll of Universal pH paper to do this test, which will take about 7 minutes to complete and consists of taking the pH of your saliva 7 times.pH strips
  1. Take 7 strips of pH paper and lay them out on paper towel. (click on the picture to order some)
  2. Prepare your lemon juice drink: 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of water.
  1. To take a saliva pH reading: Make a pool of saliva in your mouth and dip half of the strip into this pool of saliva, remove and measure pH on the chart that comes with the pH paper. Do not put the whole strip in your mouth or hold it in for too long.
  1. Record this first reading.
  2. Take the lemon juice and swish it around your mouth for 10 seconds before swallowing. Check your pH again and start timing.
  3. Test and record your saliva pH every minute for 5 minutes.

Check your readings against the chart below.  If your readings do not follow this pattern and become mildly alkaline then your system is failing.

Courtesy of www.thedrbob.com

Courtesy of www.thedrbob.com

If your acid buffer system is below the line then for 7 days:

Try and eat ONLY veg, salad, berries, almonds, 1 or 2 pieces of fruit max, fish, AVOID at ALL costs – grains, meat, poultry, dairy (although you can take whey protein powder)

Have 5-20 scoops of Dynamic Greens per day – click here for a testimonial

Have 3-9 Ganoderma Spore capsules per day (put them into your favourite hot drink) – Order Here

Retest your pH after 7 days. If it is improving then carry on with the same regime. If it is not improving, not improved much, or got worse, then call us.

If you are not sure how to interpret your results, or need help with ordering,  then we can help, call 01707 662 704

Checking the acid buffering system is a critical part of improving performance in athletes, to learn the full nutrition protocol that legends like boxer Evander Holyfield followed to beat Mike Tyson, and that many of today’s top US Olympic, NBA, NFL, and WWF stars follow then click on the link below, and fill in the form to get the 5 part series.


How to Detox

How to detox, who needs to detox, and what is detox anyway?

Updated Sept 2017

There are 2 detox programs we use at Body In Balance.

We use the 90 day True Cellular Detox Program which is easy for anyone to do, and more importantly it is effective. We are the only people in the UK to offer this program.

The second program we use is an Intense 7 Day detox (and milder 30 day followup) which we use to get fast change in those who can tolerate it:

More on how we rebuild cells so you can heal and detox

What is a ‘Detox’, and Who Needs It?

Let’s start with the who…

Who Needs Detox

First off, people who are exposed regularly to toxins – which does not just mean industrial chemists. Dentists and hair dressers, and people who smoke – or who have smoked in the past. Remember, hair colouring is a toxic chemical, most make up and perfumes, and massive tattoos are also full of crud.

The truth is though, that there are so many toxins in the environment now that most of us have between 200 and 700 man made chemicals inside us!


5 Reasons You Need to Detox according to Mark Hyman ND

1. You have FLC Syndrome: Feel Like Crap.

You wake up feeling less than a million dollars!. You have symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, achiness, digestive issues, allergies, headaches.  Most of us don’t connect what we’re eating to how we feel

2. You can’t lose weight and keep it off (you want to fit into your jeans).

The scientific establishment has convinced us that losing weight is just a matter of calories in/calories out, that it’s about energy balance, about eating less and exercising more. How’s that working out for you? Possibly not so well! Problem is, the scientific establishment is different from the established science. The science says sugar and flour calories are WAY different from fat calories. Sugar triggers addiction, insulin release, inflammation, and belly fat storage.  Fat does not do that. Avoid nonsense such as low fat foods – including skimmed milk (it contains more sugar than full fat milk)

3. You can’t control your sugar and carb cravings (you may be suffering from food addiction – see above).

The fact is that sugar and flour are biologically addictive.. They takeover of your taste buds, brain chemistry, hormones and metabolism. Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. If you are trying to use willpower alone to lose weight you may fail.

4. You never have detoxed.

Most of us have never in our life taken 7 days to put nothing in our bodies but delicious, whole clean food. Just 7 days. Even if you think you are healthy and feel good, you may not realize that your normal state is not your optimal state. Think of it as a tune-up, a super-quick, super-easy way to supercharge your health.

As I said in the video – Dr Bob Rakowski even gets elite, Olympic athletes to do better after 7 days on his detox protocol.

5. You need a STAYCATION.

All of us stray from living in a way that supports our health: too little sleep, too little exercise, too much bad food, too much stress, not enough time for ourselves. The best way to reset your life is a 7-day detox. Simple, delicious foods. No toxins or drugs, by which I mean sugar, flour, processed foods, caffeine or alcohol. Self-nurturing practices: deep breathing, sleeping 7-8 hours a night, a little exercise, self-love. All this works to get your body and mind back to their original factory settings—and quickly!


What is a Detox Anyway

Cleanses and detoxes are trendy, popular, and promise to clear out nasty toxins from your

body and make you healthier.  Chemicals from pesticides, chlorine, bleach and ammonia, and carbon monoxide build up over time and cause disease.  Heavy metals are often a culprit in general ‘illness’.

For example:

•             Calcium is replaced by lead, which deposits primarily in bone, and disrupts the formation of red blood cells. Lead contributes to poor bone health such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.

•             Zinc is replaced by cadmium, which tends to accumulate heavily in your kidneys. Cadmium overload is associated with peripheral neuropathy.

•             Magnesium is replaced by aluminum, which, among other things, induces neurochemical changes and has been identified as a contributing factor to developing Alzheimer’s.

•             Manganese is replaced by nickel, which is carcinogenic.


7 day juice detox

Detoxification is growing increasingly popular.

Juice cleanses, colon cleanses, fruit detoxes, sugar detoxes—we’ve all seen these things,  but do they actually work?  The old idea for detoxing was to fast, but your body needs nutrients to perform optimally under any condition, and that includes performing the tasks of detoxification.

The normal pathway for toxins to move out of the body is through the liver, which converts harmful chemicals into water-soluble molecules that can be flushed out in the urine or faeces. If there’s a delay in elimination, however, those toxins remain in your system longer. As the modern western diet often leads to constipation many ‘detox’ remedies and systems are little more than laxatives – they get a sluggish system going.  They will help some people feel better, but they are not truly detox solutions.

You need to establish a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits FIRST, so you have a reserve that your body can draw on to allow your liver to do its job properly.

If you fail to do this you can easily overwhelm your liver’s ability to process the toxic substances that are being eliminated and you will become very sick, wishing you had never done the detox in the first place.

The Weston A. Price diet recommendations — which were written in 1920 and still, like all truths, hold true today — includes these timeless guidelines:

•             Eat foods that are natural, unprocessed, and organic (and contain no sugar except for the occasional bit of honey or maple syrup).

•             Eat foods that grow in your native environment. In other words, eat locally grown, seasonal foods.

•             Eat unpasteurized dairy products (such as raw milk) and fermented foods.

•             Eat at least one-third of your food raw.

•             Make sure you eat enough healthy fats, including those from animal sources like omega-3 fat, and reduce your intake of omega-6 from vegetable oils.

Additionally, it’s important to understand that if you’re deficient in essential metals, your body will actually use toxic heavy metals as “stand-ins” instead.

So for most people I would recommend going through the full True Cellular Detox Program, and for the more hardy, the 7 Day Intense – both supervised by a health care practitioner.

You will need the correct selection of nutrients – available here

There is another form of detox that I use and recommend….explained in Part 2

Detox Part 2

Stress, Weight Gain and Muscle Loss

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This is a great interview with one of my nutrition and chiropractic guru’s – Dr Bob Rakowski.

I am lucky enough to count Dr Bob as a friend now, and so if I get tough cases, I can give him a call. This is good for you to.

In this interview he shares great tips about beating stress and generally getting in shape.

If you want to try the 7 Day Detox Program that Dr Rakowski recommended for the Olympic Athletes he mentioned in the video, then call us on 01707 662 704.  depending on your condition there are 4 different versions, so it’s important to asses you first for best results.

Learn about Dr Rakowski’s favourite supplement (now also mine) as it helps beat stress, fight fat, improve sleep and give you more energy!  – Read my 30 Day Challenge blog post

Improve Your Health In 30 Days Drinking This One Thing