The Alkali Connection

Acid-shift­ed metab­o­lism is the first indi­ca­tion of fail­ing ener­gy pro­duc­tion as a decrease in CO2, which trig­gers breath and cre­ates urine alka­lin­i­ty.

This is the first in our series on how LiveO2 real­ly works.


True or false? When you put a pH dip­stick in a jar of your urine, an alka­line read­ing means you’re healthy and an acidic means you’re sick.

Well, If you believe that, good luck.

The Acid/Alkali Cycle

Acid­i­ty or alka­lin­i­ty reflects how much car­bon diox­ide the body makes and dumps: not enough is acidic, while enough is alka­line.

But where does the CO2 come from?

The Krebs Cycle

Well, it’s exhaust from you body’s engine called the Kreb’s Cycle, the process of con­vert­ing glu­cose into ener­gy.

With oxy­gen, called aer­o­bic, your body burns glu­cose into 6-CO2, and 38 units of ener­gy.

With­out oxy­gen, anaer­o­bic or stress ener­gy, it splits glu­cose into two lac­tic acids, and 2 units of ener­gy, with no CO2.

Where it Goes

So, when your body runs eff­i­cent­ly, with oxy­gen, you pro­duce a lot of CO2, and a lot of ener­gy.

When your body runs on the stress ener­gy cycle, there’s a short­age of both CO2 and ener­gy.

So a decline in CO2 shows either shift-to-stress ener­gy pro­duc­tion, or a loss of ener­gy as fatigue, or both.

Both are bad and fore­tell of com­ing prob­lems.


Two mea­sure­ments togeth­er, your breath rate and your urine pH, indi­cate how much CO2 your dumping—and this reveals how well your engine is run­ning.

A low breath rate and acidic urine indi­cates low CO2 pro­duc­tion, hence com­pro­mised ener­gy.

Breath Check

After we fin­ish this video, take 5 min­utes to sit qui­et­ly and count your breaths.

If you count less than 75, your body isn’t mak­ing enough CO2 to trig­ger a nor­mal breath rate—and you are start­ing to have a prob­lem.

If your count 65 or less, your Krebs Cycle is depressed and you’re on a road to trou­ble.

About 80 is ide­al.

Urine Check

If your breath rate was low, your urine is prob­a­bly acidic, too.

You can get pH test strips at most drug stores.

A urine pH of about 6.4 is ide­al. Low­er num­bers usu­al­ly mean there’s less CO2 in your urine than there should be.

But if your breath rate was low, you already know you have an issue.

CO2 Energy Efficiency

Every CO2 mol­e­cule your body doesn’t make is 6 units of ener­gy you had to do with­out, man­i­fest­ing as fatigue.

The more your body does with­out the ener­gy it needs, the soon­er you’ll have prob­lems.

If you’re low on CO2, or ener­gy, then “brownouts” from vas­cu­lar inflam­ma­tion are the first thing you want to elim­i­nate.

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