pH Balance (Acid-Alkaline balance)
Acidity and alkalinity in the human body is proven to be a very important factor to health and vitality. Many studies suggest that this is even more important than just a health condition and claim that inbalance may be a cause or promoter of cancer cells.
Acidosis is a condition in which our body chemistry becomes overly acidic and alkalosis is a condition in which the body is the inverse of acidosis, i.e. the body is too alkaline.
A balance of acidity and alkalinity is measure according to a pH Balance which pH stands for potential of hydrogen. Pure water has a neutral (neither acidic or alkaline) state of pH 7.0 and any substance below 7.0 is regarded as acidic and above is regarded as alkaline.
For the human body, some slight variations from pH 7.0 are normal and the according to publications dating back to 1950’s the ideal pH range for the body is regarded as between 6.0 - 6.8 which is mildly acidic.
Many recent studies, however, suggest that optimum health for a human body is when the pH balance range between 7.0 – 7.5 and this keeps the body mildly alkaline instead of mildly acidic. There is also another factor to consider: what is the most adequate pH balance for our stomach, and one for the blood, and the intestine? The most critical pH balance to be concerned with is in the blood.
Normal blood pH has a very small window of acid/alkaline pH balance range between 7.35 and 7.45 to ensure that there is an adequate amount of oxygen in the blood. Any slight decrease in pH will result in lower oxygen levels in the blood and, therefore, in the cells. All other organs and fluids will fluctuate in their range in order to keep the blood pH level around 7.5 or mildly alkaline. This process is called homeostasis. The body makes constant adjustments in tissue and fluid pH to maintain pH balance in the blood. A normal pH of all tissues and fluids of the body (except the stomach) is slightly alkaline. The stomach pH is much more acid than the intestinal pH because the stomach needs an acid environment (hydrochloric acid) to break down food for digestion. Whereas, the flora (good bacteria) of the intestine need a more alkaline environment to assimilate and process the nutrients from the foods digested by the stomach.
Increased acidity (acidosis) of the body leads to many uncomfortable conditions such as insomnia, arthritis, migraine headaches, abnormally low blood pressure, dry hard stool, alternating constipation and diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, halitosis (bad breath), burning sensation in the mouth or under the tongue, sensitivity of teeth to vinegar and acidic fruits, frequent sighing, water retention, bumps on the tongue or the roof of the mouth and other respiratory and metabolic conditions.
Excessive alkalinity in the body also creates some worrisome health conditions such as excessive excitability of the nervous system where the peripheral nerves are effected which can result in hyperventilation and even, in rare cases, seizures. Other symptoms can include protruding eyes, edema, drowsiness, sore muscles, creaking joints, asthma, night cramps, night coughs, allergies, hyperthermia, hard dry stools, prostatitis, thickening of the skin, and itching sensation specially on upper shoulders and lower back.
How do we keep a healthy pH Balance in our body?
- Eat a diet of 50% raw foods. Raw foods help maintain a correct balance of acid/alkaline level in the body while providing a much higher level nutrients that are easily absorbed and assimilated by your body. Some great raw foods include: all vegetables, avocados, blackberries, apples, pears, strawberries, and blueberries.
- Chew your food slowly to make sure your food is mixed with saliva and avoid drinking fluids during meals.
- Avoid overeating. Stop eating before you feel totally full.
- Avoid animal protein as much as possible.
- Practice deep breathing.