- Created: 20 August 2014
I have been undertaking quite a bit of information about Acidity and alkalinity and i have chosen to share this with you.
Acid and Alkaline Balancing
Every action that happens in our bodies from the beating of our hearts to the nerves in our bodies requires a precisely balanced pH. We know that the electrical functioning in the body is dependent on electrolytes and these levels are reflected by our pH. This means that without the appropriate pH our bodies will not receive the nutrients and energy that they require.
When electrolytes are not controlling proper function of the cell then tissues followed by organs begin to malfunction. Disease most often begins to occur after we have altered our normal pH range. Being out of balance in pH the cells are not able to absorb their nutrients. Most diseases will occur when the cells become deficient in minerals, especially electrolyte minerals. This is minerals from organic matter.
What is pH?
pH is a symbol that is used to measure the acidity or alkalinity. pH simply means potential hydrogen. It is the hydrogen ions that regulate the pH. A pH from 0 to 6.9 is acid, a pH from 7-14 is alkaline.
The Importance of pH
Diseases such as cancer, arthritis, obesity and pre-mature aging all exist in an acid environment. An exact pH is necessary for blood purification, enzyme activity and full immune potential. The more acidic we become the more the liver and other organs are impaired. The result is an impaired immune system, the lack of stomach HCl formation, bile turns acidic, our friendly bowel bacteria mutates and we become susceptible to disease and infestations.
Being acidic is when the body’s pH level falls below 7.35 to 7.45. The pH needs to stay at this level to allow the body to rebuild its tissues. Whenever our pH is slightly off balance then it is a sign that we are depleting ourselves of valuable electrolyte minerals. The body then starts to have a reduction in enzyme activity, this reduction in enzymes leads to deterioration of cell health. Organs and glands become under stress. A slight change in pH will cause extreme alterations in the rate of chemical reactions inside and outside the cells. Some cells will be accelerated and some will be depressed.
Eating an alkaline diet means eating a diet high in fresh vegetables, citrus fruits, nuts, tubers and legumes. It discourages eating dairy, grains, meat, processed foods and too much salt. Eating this kind of diet will keep your body in the optimal pH range and it creates a homeostatic balance in the blood.
Being alkaline is not just about food, drugs and emotions are acidic and alkaline as well.
Vegetarians may think they eat an alkaline diet, though if they eat lots of bread, pastas and grains then they too can become very acidic. Most meat eaters are acidic. Being over acid means you are electrolyte deficient.
Are you too Acidic?
The main causes of mineral depletion in the Western world is the over consumption of acid forming foods and too much stress. High acid diets will deplete us of minerals such as sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and sulphur. This is because these 6 minerals are important in balancing and maintaining proper pH. They act to impact pH, fluid viscosity, tissue softness, cell function and bowel chemistry.
The major symptoms of acidity are muscle and joints aches and pains and fatigue.
- Feeling drained
- Dry skin and nails
- Brittle nails
- Muscle cramps
- Mood swings
- Mouth sores
- Swollen gums
- Cracking at the corner of the lips
- Low immunity
- Joint problems
- Heart problems
Factors affecting pH and acidity
We lose our pH balance by Drinking alcohol, sweet drink, carbonated drinks and coffee, Taking drugs either recreational or medicinal as these cause metabolic stress, Being stressed as emotional stress drains the body of electrolytes the same as if eating acid foods, Eating acid forming foods, Strenuous exercise, Illness and infections, Fasting