STEP 1: RESTORING THE BODY'S ALKALIZING CAPACITY.
This step can require anywhere from 1-4 weeks to stabilize the levels of bicarbonate secretions.
There are 3 categories of supplements that can help in stabilizing the alkalizing capacity
- Direct alkalizers – when ingested, these minerals immediately neutralize gastric acids without a significant involvement of metabolic processes. These are similar to antacids and should only be used on per-needed basis.
- Intermediate alkalizers – these nutrients converted metabolically to bicarbonates that are functionally applied to neutralize the acids in the blood, urine and stomach.
- Nutritional boosters – these nutrients consist of minerals, vitamins and amino acids that are required to replenish the depleted nutritional stores that are required for the proper function of the digestive function and systemic pH balancing. Most of the nutrients should come from the diet because the natural biochemical composition of foods allows the nutrients to be properly assimilated. However, since the digestion may be impaired, increasing the consumption of the selective nutrients may be warranted to achieve a desired nutritional balance.
1. Direct alkalizers are useful in beginning stages of therapy to help to quickly increase the body pH when the acidity needs to be immediately addressed. These can be used 2-3 hours after a meal and 1 hour before a meal. These bicarbonates can be used on as needed basis if the symptoms of acid reflux are bothersome.
- Potassium bicarbonate – is a better option for avoiding increase of sodium levels and those with normal/high blood pressure
- Sodium bicarbonate – is an option for those with low blood pressure and low sodium diets.
2. Intermediate alkalizers help reduce the body’s usage of its mineral stores to neutralize the acids in the stomach and body fluids thus stopping excessive mineral depletion.
3. Nutritional boosters
- Potassium citrate is a mineral that is rapidly absorbed when taken by mouth while excess is excreted in urine. Potassium citrate is great in the way that it gives the body an intermediate element to be converted on-demand by liver to bicarbonate to neutralize the stomach acids immediately post digestion. It also indirectly decreases blood pressure* and the acidity of urine while reducing any urinary tract irritation that may cause frequent urination.
Usage: Should be taken with meals containing acidic foods or following exercise.
Dosage: Potassium citrate should be taken 5 minutes before each meal. Start with 99mg per meal for 2-3 days and measure urine pH levels 1-s hours after a each meal. Raise the dosage if necessary up to 500mg per meal until the urine pH reaches pH 7.0 1-2 hours after a meal. Dosages should be raised every few days as changes will be gradual. As the body recovers its minerals, you will need to gradually reduce the dosages 1-2 months later and eventually stop supplementation when urine levels are at pH >7.0 without supplementation.* If your blood pressure becomes too low from supplementation of potassium, you can combine potassium citrate with sodium bicarbonate in 1:1 ratio so that the total amount of both equals the original amount of potassium citrate.
- Tri-Salts such as those containing Calcium (carbonate), Magnesium (carbonate) and Potassium (bicarbonate). The Tri-Salts are immediate buffers that quickly neutralize excessive acids without the need to be converted by the liver.
Usage: Should be taken at least 1.5 hours after a meal and before bed on an empty stomach. Do not take with meals or immediately after as it will reduce the stomach acid during a digestion process.
Dosage: Start with 1000mg 1.5 hours after each large meal for a couple of days and measure the urine first thing in the morning. Increase the dosage slowly over a week period up to 2500mg until the morning and evening urine is between pH 7.0 and 7.5. You will need to gradually reduce the Tri-Salts supplementation over the next 1-2 months as your body recovers its mineral status.
can help to speed up the recovery of the nutritional deficiencies.
Below, are three of the most common mineral supplements that ultimately should be rotated every 24 hours. If budget is limited, mineral drops would be the first to start with. If you are moderately depleted in minerals, you may initially experience mild symptoms when starting mineral replenishment. If the symptoms make you very uncomfortable, discontinue mineral drops and try coral calcium. Otherwise, you will eventually rebuild your mineral stores via a mineral rich diet.
- Regular swimming in ocean
- Transdermal mineral oils
- Mineral drops such as water-soluble colloidal minerals derived from deposits of prehistoric plants in Utah.
Usage: The recommended dosage should be divided and taken before each meal with the last dose taken at least 6 hours before bed to prevent a possible insomnia from mineral rebalancing.
- Calcium is a major component of acid reduction mechanism. Coral calcium is an excellent way of calcium supplementation which also contains over 70 essential minerals. Coral calcium powder can be diluted in half glass of water and taken before bed and at least 1 hour after the last meal. It also helps relax and have a deeper sleep
Usage: Taken at bed time, at least 1 hour away from the last meal.
Dosage: As provided by manufacturer. Consideration should be given if other mineral supplements are used.
- Fulvic acid enhances remineralization and cellular oxygenation. It dissolves the minerals helping to transport them into the cells while catalyzing enzyme activity. Consider fulvic acid complexes that contain a full spectrum of minerals in place of mineral drops. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you start with mineral drops first to test your tolerance to a full spectrum mineral supplementation, since fulvic acid dramatically enhances utilization of minerals on the cellular level.
Usage: The recommended dosage should be divided and taken before each meal. The last dose should be taken 6+ hours away from the bed time.
Other essential alkalizing supplements
These are optional supplements that can be used to compensate for any existing deficiencies.
- Full spectrum probiotics
- Vitamins A, Buffered C, D [srs], E, B1 [srs]
- 2,000 to 5,000 iu to achieve an optimal Vitamin D3. The researcher, Sonia Talwar, reported that the a dose of 800 iu raised 25(OH)D levels from a baseline average of 47 nmol/L to 71.4 nmol/L after three months.
- Chlorella, chlorophyll