TUMS doesn't turn the acidotic environment in the stomach into an "alkaline" environment. It just helps neutralize "some" of the acid that might be splashing up into your esophagus... Influenza doesn't normally gain entrance via your stomach, so why start there when trying to prevent it?
I was going to ignore this topic because I didn't think it was worth my time, but my conscience won't let me. Did you even read my link that I posted? Because I read the links that other people have posted in these acid VS alkaline environment articles.
I'm not doubting that influenza might shy away from an alkaline environment... influenza probably shys away from any pH that is not normal
to the human body. The big myth is that WE can change the "alkalinity" or "pH" of our bodily fluids by what we eat. Your body works double overtime trying to maintain a NEUTRAL pH.
Your lungs and your kidneys do a great job of maintaining this acid/base balance.... THAT's why your urine can reflect extra alkalinity (buffer) OR extra acid ~ because our bodies are trying to get rid of. You're pissing OUT what your body does NOT want.
You are assuming that the alkalinity of your urine is a reflection of the alkalinity or pH of the rest of your bodily fluids. THAT is not true. Whoever told you that is not being honest with you, and they have their OWN agenda. Urine is in your bladder......... it is Waste (Stuff your body cannot use) so of course if you take in alkalotic foods or drinks.........you will piss out the same, because your body doesn't need it. Our bodies are experts at maintaining a NORMAL pH. Wanna know what happens if you get extra acid in your blood? Just hold your breath. Carbon Dioxide is an acid in your blood.... within seconds you are going to feel VERY uncomfortable.... That's not about a lack of oxygen, that's all about your blood pH changing outside of its normal value. (That's why they have to TRAIN fighter pilots to recognize signs of oxygen deprivation, because those signs are subtle) Carbon dioxide is what makes you immediately air hungry, NOT a lack of oxygen. Your body wants to gasp for air due to a rapid pH change in your blood/body.
For all of those folks who believe that their bodily pH fluctuates according to what they eat... if it did, we'd all be dead. Our bodies, our enzymes, our cellular functions ONLY work within a narrow pH range. Our bodies will suffer and cause us extreme discomfort when we are outside of that normal blood pH.
Did you EVER blow up a raft and get dizzy? The reason you get dizzy is because you are breathing OUT (in large quantities) carbon dioxide (an acid) in your blood, and you are rapidly changing your blood pH into an alkalotic state.
When you do this... the blood vessels in your brain constrict (because they are very sensitive to carbon dioxide..
Why? Because the opposite holds true... when you cannot breathe, your blood vessels (in your brain only) dialate... so that in any suffocating event, the blood is shunted to the most important organ in your body, (your brain.)
I've written this in another thread.... our bodies cannot function outside of a neutral pH for long. We are NOT designed to be "alkalotic" neither are we designed to be "acidotic" ....... we are Designed to be within the narrow margin of "Neutral" .
WHERE do you think we got the definition of "neutral" ? (From that place in which life exists.)
I make my living helping people breathe. I draw blood gases to check for blood pH many times a day, and I've done this for the last 20 years. I've never seen an individual with a blood pH outside of normal (either acidotic or alkalotic) who did not have symptoms of extreme distress. That's my 20 years of clinical observation.
It's my opinion that the people who are writing these articles are ONLY trying to cash in on society's fear of the Pandemic, just like individuals have for the last 91 years. And this is a very complicated topic, and it is easily twisted and distorted to make a buck.
I'm SURE there are a lot of folks who believe in this theory,
But I am done with it. I think it's a crock of sh*t.
Life is SACRED..... we are not products "only" of everything we eat. Our bodies are designed to sift through the garbage we take in, and pick out (within reason) what is essential, and to discard the rest.
There are monkeys in the depths of the deepest jungles on this planet who have viruses. Are they ALL eating junk food? Are they all consuming pollutants? Is somebody somewhere trying to convince them to eat differently?
No... because they know monkeys don't have bank accounts. YOU do.
Viruses have been on this planet WAY longer than we have. Viruses may even be the REASON That evolution began in the first place. The fragments of Viruses are intertwined into the double helix of our DNA.
Viruses are an evolutionary equalizer... they bring things back into balance. They don't care "who" has been good or bad, or who is a vegetarian and who is not, or who is eating "right" or "wrong". They target a species, without judgement.
That's just Mother Nature,
and that's how she rolls.
(I guess she lets God sort the souls out in the end.)
Now I'm done with this topic. for good. (This wasn't directed at you CML, only towards the marketers who keep pushing this philosophy.) If you try it, and it works... then more power to you.) All's fair in love and Micro-War.