Alkaline and Acid: Understanding pH in the Body

Acid and Alkaline pH BalanceAlkaline and acid verbiage is thrown around a lot in healthy living circles. However many do not fully understand how important these two spectrums of the pH scale is to our well being.

This article will describe in understandable terms what is pH, what is acid, what is alkaline and why should you care.

pH

Potential of Hydrogen (pH) is measured on a scale from 1 to 14. 1 is the most acidic and 14 is the most alkaline. A logarithmic scale is used to measure pH which means that each number up or down on the scale represents a tenfold change. A pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than 7 and an 8 pH is 10 times more alkaline than 7.

The pH of our bloodstream is vital to our health. In fact our body works tirelessly to maintain a 7.2 – 7.4 pH which is slightly alkaline. The ideal pH is 7.365. Our body goes to great lengths to maintain our pH at a healthy range. If our pH is lower or higher than this narrow range we most likely have a severe late stage disease.

Acid

Acid on the pH scale is not the same as acid reflux. Acid reflux is stomach acid and not the same as the acid level of your blood.

When our blood is overly acidic our bodies will extract alkaline from its reserves found in the minerals of our organs and tissues. Such minerals include sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. These minerals will neutralize or detoxify acids.

When this occurs for a lengthy time our mineral depleted organs and tissues can become diseased or die. Many illnesses result from the body going into emergency detoxify mode. The body will also keep fat, especially abdominal fat, as a buffer to protect against too much acid. More moderate forms of over acidity can still produce loss of bone mass, lean muscle mass loss and increased body fat.

The most prevalent thing we do to affect the acid in our bodies is what we eat and drink. Many foods today, especially processed foods, are extremely acidic. The normal North American diet places a heavy load on our bodies to combat excess acid. Many believe this is the key contributor to why half of us will die from heart disease or diabetes and a third will die from cancer.

Alkaline

Alkaline or base is the opposing force that balances acid. As already stated, the body will go to great lengths and put enormous demands on the body to maintain a slightly alkaline pH. We have alkaline reserves that the body will use to maintain the right pH balance. When this is overused, parts of our body start to shut down and die.

Our choices with food and beverages can positively impact acidosis (extremely high acid levels). Highly alkaline foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and seeds can provide the body with a steady source of alkaline. Whole foods are almost exclusively more alkaline than processed foods. When the body is in an alkaline rich state, alkaline reserves will be filled and the body will no longer rob organs of vital minerals.

A body with a balanced pH operates efficiently and is less stressed. These people will experience less disease and illness. A properly balanced pH produces more energy, efficient lean muscle growth and an increase in fat loss. Researchers have shown that it’s impossible for cancer to survive in an alkaline environment.

Testing pH levels can be done by using strips that require applying urine or saliva. These tests are most accurate when you use them first thing in the morning before you do anything. For the best results see your doctor for a blood pH test. When testing it’s important to journal your results to measure your growth.

Taking steps today to improve your pH can have long lasting benefits. Starting a whole food regimen, drinking lots of water and exercising regularly is a great way to start.

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Billy Robbins is a fitness nut, who loves tennis, running and weight training. BeKidd provides Billy a chance to share his dramatic lifestyle changes. He loves helping others reach their goals. Find Billy on Twitter @be_kidd

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