Acid Check and the effects on balancing blood pH levels and changes in Endurance and Strength over a 1 month cycle period in a healthy 46 year old male undergoing a cycling interval and resistance training program.

Dr. Joseph A. Sheppard, A Case Report

Introduction:

Proper pH is essential for optimal health and function in the body. Ph is measured from a range of 0 to 14 with 0 being acidic and 14 alkaline. Neutral pH is 7 and our bodies struggle to maintain a slightly alkaline level of 7.4. Changes in this balance interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients, decreased energy of the cells, reduced ability to repair damaged tissues and susceptibility to illness and fatigue. An acidic state in the body allows many diseases to thrive and grow in the environment. The average pH of urine is 6.0 with the ideal range of 7.0 to 7.5. Blood pH is regulated thru the urine by the kidneys, adrenals, lungs and gonads with the secretion of hormones and buffering salts. The kidneys ability to filter these salts, give an indication of what the body is eliminating and the current level health of the person. Your cells and organ systems are in a state of constant maintenance of the balance of what you eat and drink every day. Home pH test strips are an effective and reliable way to monitor and check the status of the body physiology. Athletic performance is directly related to the balance of acidity and alkalinity in human physiology. Many products of intense physical exercise, lactic acid, combined with acidic type foods can impact the performance and recovery of the beginner or seasoned athlete. Understanding the value of pH in human chemistry and diet will not only improve your athletic performance, but increase your recovery. Athletic supplements with acid buffering compounds (potassium hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide and calcium carbonate) have been shown to increase strength, reduce muscle burn and lactate levels in blood, along with increasing recovery time and delay the onset of fatigue in several pilot studies. The purpose of this project is to determine the level of changes in the blood thru an acid buffering supplement/powder formula and the effects on pH in the urine.

Methods:

A 46 year old Ovo-lacto Vegetarian male was tested over a 1 month period using the pHydron and Medi-Test Combi 3A pH testing strips. Testing was performed in the early am (3:45 am) upon waking up, prior to any food or liquid consumption. Interval cycling training and weight resistance workouts were performed 5 days a week. During this time, no other nutritional supplementation in the athletes diet, except 1 Tablespoon Barleans Organic Flax Seed Oil, Schwartz Labs Pro Whey Protein powder 2 scoops daily (am/pm), 1 scoop of  Extreme Fuel drink and 1 Emergen C packet supplement were consumed. My diet also included 6-7 eggs per week, 7-9 daily servings of Fruits and vegetables, 2 cheese serving per week with 2 Soy (soy/rice/coconut/almond (rotated daily) milk, Tofu or soy based protein) based servings a day with 2.5 cups of coffee with flavored creamer every day.

Results:                                                                                                                                         

Pretesting Baseline

November 3, 2012 = Saliva 5.8, Urine 6.4, Protein neg, Ascorbic Acid +, Glucose neg, Ph 6

November 11, 2012 = Saliva 5.8, Urine 6.2, Protein neg, Ascorbic Acid +, Glucose neg, Ph 6

November 17, 2012 = Saliva 5.8, Urine 6.4, Protein neg, Ascorbic Acid +, Glucose neg, Ph 6

 

Initial Acid Check (3 a day in am) consumption Testing start date November 18, 2012

November 30, 2012 = Saliva 5.8, Urine 7.2, Protein neg, Ascorbic Acid ++, Glucose neg, Ph 7

 

Acid Check caplets (3 a day in am) and Powder (1 tsp at night) consumption testing start date November 31, 2012

December 13, 2012 = Saliva 5.8, Urine 6.8, Protein neg, Ascorbic Acid ++, Glucose neg, Ph 6

Posttesting Baseline

December 23, 2012 = Saliva 5.8, Urine 6.2, Protein neg, Ascorbic Acid +, Glucose neg, Ph 6

Conclusion:

During the 4 weeks that I consumed the Acid Check supplement, there were significant measurable changes in the pH of the urine analysis. A 12% change in the initial 2 weeks of consumption of the caplets was noted from 6.4 to 7.2. During that period of testing, my Ovo Lacto vegetarian diet and interval/resistance exercise routine continued as reported. The second phase of testing the caplets were consumed in the early am and the powder before bed snack routine. The pH changed 6% from 6.4 to 6.8. While this change is considerably moderate, I feel that the consumption of both products was excessive on the urinary system and I attained better results with consuming only one Acid Check supplemental product a day.   In the Medi-Test Combi 3A strips, I also measured glucose, protein and Vitamin C levels. Protein and glucose levels were negative during the complete testing cycle. There was an increase of Vitamin C in the urine during the testing period, for which is unknown.  Saliva pH remained the same with no changes during the baseline or testing periods. A more neutral state of pH enabled my body not only perform better, but to recover effectively from a highly intense physical exercise program. I continued to have high levels of energy, improved Lactate Acid threshold with minimal delayed onset muscular soreness. I have documented this objective testing with the Acid Check supplement, that a more alkaline state of homeostasis or balance improves your overall health and athletic performance.