Advanced Mineral and Nutritional Therapy - The Foundation of Health and Recovery
A deficiency in minerals (including trace minerals) is a fundamental cause of poor health, disease and premature aging.
When born, if the parents' diet and health are sound, a baby will have the same mineral reserves that the parents had. If the parents squandered their mineral reserve with poor diet/lifestyle, they will pass on this poor mineral profile to the child.
As we age, the body's mineral reserve decreases, and the sooner it decreases the sooner chronic disease can develop. Old age is characterised by a state of the greatest mineral depletion.
One method of determining mineral reserve status is by testing the pH (acid or alkaline) of the urine and saliva over a period of six days.
Improvement of the total mineral reserve is shown by improving pH readings that take place over a period of weeks, months or longer depending on the individual.
Using the correct method of mineral and nutritional supplementation is fundamental to the foundation of health. To neglect improving mineral status means that disease and deterioration into old age will almost inevitably occur.
Whilst one can make great improvements to health using a variety of supplements, benefits are often limited in scope and durability.
Why is the correct method of mineralisation so important ?
The body is basically made from minerals and water. It is the way minerals and water are arranged that creates flesh, organs, blood and bone, etc.
It is not just the physical composition of the body that the minerals play a key role in; they also play a role in the production and transmission of the electro-biological energy that keeps us alive.
The correct balance of minerals is responsible for electrical energy. Without this electrical energy and electron exchange the body would die in an instant. Sufficient electrical energy is required for all the body and cell processes to work efficiently so that we maintain peak health and well-being. This includes the production of energy via the ATP cycle where basic food energy (glucose) is burnt with oxygen to provide metabolic energy for all the body's systems including the immune system.
Dr. Carey Reams found that it is not so much the food we eat as the energy we can extract from it that determines our health, which is common sense really. He achieved a very high success result with his method of mineralisation on all types of diseases.
As we age, or get sick (or as a precursor to sickness), our body's internal energies are reduced; this in turn means we cannot absorb minerals and other nutrients properly, and this leads to further degradation of energy and further reduction in the body’s ability to absorb, use and retain minerals. A downward spiral of degradation.
We need energy in order to absorb, store and utilise minerals properly. Once we have achieved a good mineral reserve and continue to utilise minerals efficiently each day, we have optimum internal energy and we are much less likely to get sick.
The method of remineralisation employed by Dr. Reams is basically quite simple. What he found is that alongside a broad-spectrum mineralisation program, specific types of calcium needed to be taken, depending on the saliva and urine pH of the individual. If the correct type is used then the energy in the body is increased (due to a synergy of positive and negative polarities, acid/alkaline interacting in the body) at the same time that the mineral balance is improving, so we are supplying minerals AND electrical energy. It is very important to note that using the wrong type of calcium will hinder, not help the process.
The pH connection- testing saliva and urine pH
The urine and saliva pH, measured three times daily for six days, reliably reveals the mineral status of the body in a dynamic way. It can indicate mineral reserve levels, the utilisation of minerals, the efficiency of the metabolism and if one is losing excessive minerals via the urine.
Contrary to common misinformation, the urine and saliva readings are not, and should not be the same as the blood or cells. The blood must stay within a very narrow pH range centred at around 7.35. If there are insufficient minerals freely available to keep it at that pH, minerals will be drawn from other parts of the body, including the bones, to maintain the essential pH of the blood. This process is at the centre of the journey towards death.
Generally, minerals from foods and supplements are alkaline forming and the metabolic processes of living are acid forming.
A healthy baby should have a good mineral balance and reserve. Urine and saliva pH will both be 6.4 or thereabouts. As a person ages the health starts to decline, as characterised by a mineral/energy insufficiency that is shown by a double alkaline pH (i.e. both urine and saliva pH being above 6.4). The next stage of decline is alkaline saliva and acid urine, followed by acid saliva and alkaline urine. The last stage of deteriorating health is for both urine and saliva to be overly acid, (i.e. pH below 6.4). This last stage is nearly universal with people with arthritis and other bone-joint health issues, and cancer.
Note: the more acid the urine and saliva are, the lower the pH readings and the greater is the mineral deficiency and therefore tendency to disease. Typically, readings when both saliva and urine are consistently below 6.0 is indicative of serious health concern and progressively more so as pH readings drop towards 5.0 or even below.
Dr. Reams established, over many years of successful clinical practice, that the internal energy of the person and mineral utilisation and balance is at the optimum when both saliva and urine pH are consistently 6.4.
It is possible for a person to be too alkaline and this would only be shown by consistent pH readings of both saliva and urine being over 6.4. In this situation a mineralization program could include an acidic calcium such as calcium lactate. This is a fairly rare situation, usually found in children and pregnant women; normally an alkalinising form of calcium such as coral calcium or a neutral form of calcium such as calcium citrate is required.
In addition to calcium, the other essential elements of the re-mineralisation programme are
- Low Sodium Ionic Liquid Minerals (multi-soluble-minerals and trace minerals with an emphasis on magnesium. Essential for balance when supplementing calcium)
- Celtic Ocean Sea Salt (with trace minerals and bitterns)
- Vitamin C is included as an optional resource, as most health concious people take care of their Vitamin C needs via diet or supplementation as a primary step, however if that is not the case then it should be considered an essential of this programme.
More details on these later in the article.
Determining the need for remineralisation and the type of calcium needed with pH testing
6.4/6.4 The perfect Balance
This indicates optimum internal alkaline pH of around 7.35 for body fluids and tissues, suggests a good state of mineralisation and balance and optimum metabolic energy. It usually indicates a good state of health. If this represents a long term situation then the mineral reserves are good. If this has recently been achieved due to correct mineral supplementation/improvements in diet and lifestyle, then if it is held there, the mineral reserves of the body will increase. Staying at 6.4 for both urine and saliva or very close to it will insulate the person against serious health disorders, and as long as it is held can be predictive of good health into longevity.
Excessively alkaline pH of both urine and saliva
pH readings consistently more than 6.6 for both urine and saliva, indicate a deficiency of acidic calcium (such as calcium lactate). It may further indicate that a range of minerals are not being absorbed or utilised properly. This profile is sometimes indicative of heart disease/cardio-vascular issues occurring in the future. If insufficient water is being taken it results in minerals being over-concentrated in the system and more water must be drunk (with average adult weight about 2 L daily is typical but this varies with activity and climate). If calcium is taken it needs to be either acidic calcium (calcium lactate) or a neutral calcium (such as calcium citrate, gluconate, aspartate or hydroxyapetite). High alkaline urine and saliva is common during pregnancy.
Note: Although adequate water intake can dilute high pH readings, insufficient water intake doesn't cause high pH, a deficiency of acidic calcium does.
Split pH - Alkaline saliva pH and acid urine pH
Saliva pH readings consistently above 6.6 and urine pH readings consistently below 6.2 indicate that some minerals are not being utilised properly, so even though the saliva readings are overly alkaline, alkaline calcium such as coral calcium, is a required part of the re-mineralization program. This will help re-balance the body’s ability to utilise all of the minerals and so levelling the split pH readings.
When there is very alkaline saliva (pH consistently above 7.0) and only slightly acid urine (pH consistently around 6.0 to 6.3) use one of the neutral pH calciums such as calcium citrate, gluconate, aspartate or hydroxyapetite alongside the rest of the re-mineralisation program.
Split pH - Alkaline urine pH and acid saliva pH
Urine pH readings consistently above 6.6 and saliva pH readings consistently below 6.2 indicate a significant degree of mineral depletion. The alkaline urine indicates minerals are not being retained, so being lost in the urine. In this situation an alkalising calcium such as coral calcium is also required as part of the re-mineralization program.
Those who have overly alkaline urine, if they have consistent or episodic low blood pressure, especially via the orthostatic hypo-tension blood pressure test (most often accompanied by chronic fatigue), are losing mineral salts due to inadequate adrenal hormones. This may be rectified in most cases with Liquorice or if adrenal insufficiency is extreme, then bio-identical cortisone may be needed in addition to the Liquorice. Please see the articles Adrenal Boost
(Liquorice) and Adrenal MAX Support
(Hydrocortisone) for further information.
Adequate Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) is also important for adrenal issues. Zell Immunocomplex
is an excellent source of all the B vitamins.
A note about Split pH
The greater the split is, the more serious the situation. Split pH indicates very poor digestion because the digestive enzymes that the liver is producing are very weak. This is basically because it doesn't have the minerals and alkaline calcium to produce them.
With Split pH readings it has been found that it is best to bring both the saliva and urine to around 6.8 for a period of time so that mineral stores can be built up, then later they can be brought to ideally 6.4/6.4 for optimum physiological energy and long term health.
Excessively acid pH of both urine and saliva (Double Acid)
This is the most mineral depleted situation where the body's mineral reserves are at a minimum and physiological energy is very low. It is quite common in elderly people and in that case can be seen as a deteriorated body state that sooner or later leads to death.
In younger people it is a serious warning that disease, if not already present, is highly likely to occur as the body's resources and ability to resolve health crisis are extremely compromised.
It can be associated with any chronic disease (for example, arthritis, diabetes or cancer). Not all of those with double acid pH (the more acid the readings are, the more de-mineralised the body is) will get cancer but all cancer patients have consistently high acid pH readings (i.e. under 5). In this double acid situation a dedicated program of re-mineralization is a high priority.
For those with active cancers a period of about 2 weeks using sodium bicarbonate is sometimes chosen to quickly raise pH and oxygen levels. See the article Cancer: Helping to Win The Battle with Nutritional Therapy
. However, long term pH recovery should be established with coral calcium since this approach will provide more physiological energy than relying on sodium bicarbonate and hence give a better long-term outcome.
Taking pH readings
For pH readings, we supply the very highest quality Hydrion pH testing papers
. These are the only papers we consider have the accuracy needed for this kind of testing. They are specifically designed for urine and saliva testing.
pH meters can be problematic as they usually have to be re-calibrated every few days. If you do purchase a pH meter, make sure it can read a small 2ml saliva sample (the type with the long thin tube/probe - Checker by Hanna for example).
Urine pH Testing
The first time you urinate each morning, the urine is too concentrated to use for testing and so the second time you urinate should be the one to test. The exception to this would be if you have already urinated within the two hours before rising for the day. The first test should be before eating in the morning.
For the other two urine tests of the day, do not test within an hour of eating.
You will need to put a sample of the urine in a clean container to dip the pH paper in. Do not urinate directly onto the pH paper.
Saliva pH Testing
Do not drink anything (including water) in the 15 minutes before testing.
Before testing, swish the existing saliva around in the mouth and spit that out. Use the next saliva that generates in the mouth for testing.
You will need to put a sample of the saliva in small, clean container to dip the pH paper in. Do not put the pH paper in your mouth.
General testing notes (applicable to both of the above)
After you have dipped a piece of the pH paper (3/8”-1/2” long) into the specimen, within 5 seconds compare it to the colour chart on the side of the pH paper container. Use a separate pH strip for each specimen and each test.
You don’t have to follow a rigid schedule, but neither should you test at 7am one morning and 11am the next morning. Try to keep it within a reasonable period of an hour (for example between 7am and 8am each morning) and the same for the other two tests. Try to allow at least 6 hours between each test of the day (for example 7/8am, 2/3pm and 10/11pm is good spacing).
You can download a record keeping sheet here
for a 6 day test period
Once you have finished the 6-day pH testing, if you have an acid pH (urine or saliva or both) below 6.0, or if your pH readings fluctuate from day to day or morning to evening (above and below 6.4), application of this remineralisation programme would be an essential part of a comprehensive health-improvement regimen.
Essential Remineralisation Supplements
Calcium (either Coral Calcium or Calcium Citrate as determined by pH testing as outlined above).
Start at a low dose and gradually increase. Even for more robust individuals, taking too much too early in the restorative program can induce a healing crisis and or detoxification symptoms. Those with low or borderline adrenal hormone output need to be especially careful about taking too much too soon.
Please click on the link here
for details of how to test for adrenal hormone insufficiency by way of blood pressure monitoring.
The majority of people will require Coral Calcium for this re-mineralisation programme. This will have a powerful effect on raising physiological energy, hence the need to go carefully with dose introduction. For example; for the first few days one capsule daily with one meal. If no over-strong reaction increase to two capsules each with a meal, daily. If, after the end of that week, you feel you can take more increase to one capsule three times daily each with food. Dose can thereafter be gradually increased to up to 2 capsules three times daily.
Who shouldn't take coral calcium?
It takes energy to metabolise calcium, to break it down. Babies, children, the frail, elderly and the very sick don't have strong enough digestive capability (stomach or small intestine) to break it down. So in these cases we recommend an easy-to-digest calcium like calcium citrate. This supplies calcium that the body can use whilst healing without adding to the struggles the body already has.
Low Sodium Ionic Liquid Minerals
This is a highly absorbable source of all the soluble minerals and trace elements, with an emphasis on magnesium. Similar mixture and balance as found in a healthy extracellular fluid and blood, except with the sodium chloride (salt removed*) They are low in calcium and to balance, the calcium is taken separately as discussed. It is generally advised to gradually increase dose as you become adapted to the product. It is also advised for best results, improved absorption and to reduce the bowel loosening effect to take in divided amounts over the day and/or drink the diluted product slowly.
Celtic Ocean Sea Salt
Full spectrum ocean minerals & trace elements with many unexpected health benefits. A pure, natural salt such as Celtic Ocean Sea Salt has the perfect balance of minerals, nutrients and sodium chloride that we need for optimum health; the body can recognise and absorb these essential nutrients efficiently.
The slight moisture of the product reflects the ability of the crystals to retain the salts and minerals in a form that the body can assimilate.
Refined salt is blasted with heat, changing it's very structure, after it is "chemically cleaned", what you are left with is Sodium Chloride without the life force of the essential minerals and trace elements. Additives, such as dextrose and bleaching agents, are then thrown into the mix creating a product that far from being naturally alive with minerals is in fact a dead chemical.
Celtic Ocean Sea Salt should not be confused with ordinary sea salts - many of these still go through a considerable refinement process. Ordinary 'natural' sea salt is generally missing around 90% of the essential trace elements and minerals. Sea Salt simply means it comes from the ocean. Most of these products have still been exposed to artificial heat, destroying the valuable structure and are mechanically harvested using metallic pipes and bulldozers. If it's a nice clean white colour, it has been refined.
Please click here
to read about the full health benefits of this amazing unrefined salt.
Optional Enhancement Supplements
Both of our vitamin C products contain Acerola Cherry Extract; one of natures highest concentrations of Vitamin C. The extract is the water soluble components of the cherry and contains 17% vitamin C along with all the essential bio-flavenoids and other important co-factors such as minerals and other phyto-nutrients. Acerola extract is valued for its gentleness of action and superior effectiveness, compared with isolated Vitamin C. One of the few products on the market that is retained by our body. The fruit of the Acerola is one of the richest-known natural sources of vitamin C, an ideal food-based source of nutrition. The free radical scavenging benefits are useful for lessening the tendency to degenerative disease and fighting cellular aging.
This is grown on a rich nutrient base to provide more anti-oxidants, more trace minerals of chromium, selenium and zinc, and more Beta Glucans for the immune system.
Rich in all B Vitamins as well as A, E, D, K, beta carotene, minerals, trace elements, and amino acids such as Methione, Gluthathione and Cysteine. Followed by Co-enzyme A and Co-enzyme Q 10 plus a number of other enzymes.
Food state vitamins and minerals are utilised more effectively than refined vitamin and mineral supplements and are therefore required in smaller amounts.
Minerals supplied include Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Molybdenum, Calcium, Zinc, Selenium and Chromium.
This is grown in mineral-rich, certified organic soil that offers nearly all of the minerals and trace elements we need to be healthy.
The well developed root system is crucial to the grasses nutrient density, as it allows the grass to pull minerals and trace elements up from the soil into its blades and to use them to manufacture valuable enzymes.
Synergised® Barley grass juice powder also contains concentrated amounts of virtually all the minerals and vitamins required by the body. However, as mineral deficiency has been so widespread for a considerable period of time it cannot serve as a sole source for our mineral needs.
It contains all of the major minerals plus 50 other trace minerals in a balanced food state form that your body can utilise effectively.
Diet and Lifestyle
The inclusion of a quality diet , (See Dietary Guide
for further information) is very important along side a re-mineralisation program, as is sufficient sleep and limited amounts of stress.
The significance of pH readings whilst undertaking remineralisation supplements
It is recommend to keep the pH at a higher-than-perfect level because those who have previously been acidic (including split pH) and who's pH (both of them) has risen to 6.6-6.8 as a result of alkaline calcium is actually still acidic in the body's bones and tissues, despite the alkaline reading. The 6.6-6.8 reading is mostly a reflection of the presence of the alkaline calcium in the system and does not initially indicate an actual bone and tissue change in the body's pH. This is demonstrated by the fact that, as soon as calcium is stopped, pH reverts to acid.
Ideally, a pH of 6.8 for urine and saliva engendered by taking sufficient minerals should be obtained until the gap in mineral reserve is filled, or at least improved and pH remains balanced (6.4/6.4) even if alkaline calcium and other minerals are discontinued. In other words, pH would be a reflection of their body's (bone and tissue) actual pH, not just the calcium being consumed.
An obvious question is: How long does it take whilst using this programme (supplementing with adequate amounts of calcium, ionic low sodium minerals and full spectrum salt) to remineralise the body? It is unlikely that those over 25 years of age will ever be able to fill/re-build the body's minerals reserves to a perfect degree (i.e. that of a baby). But in reality, as long as sufficient daily supplementation is undertaken alongside the other measures detailed in this article, deterioration will be slowed or halted and health will tend to improve to a greater or lesser extent (depending on the age and initial mineral reserves prior to the re- mineralisation program).
Periodic pH testing is recommended. If after, say a years use of the re-mineralisation program, it is halted (not generally recommended especially for those over the age of 45 or those with a history of marked health issues) deterioration of pH occurs, this is a warning sign to re-start the supplemental program.
After two or three months on the programme one should do another round of pH tests to see if the situation has improved.
As always with any nutritional supplement if the effects are felt to be too strong, stop for one day and resume at a lower dose. As with all potent nutritional supplements sometimes adjustment symptoms are unavoidable and necessary. For a fuller discussion on this subject see the article here