pH Balance: What It Is and Why It Matters

pH Balance: What It Is and Why It Matters

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The normal pH of a healthy body ranges somewhere between 7.25-7.45. In this range, blood circulates easily throughout the body maintaining a constant circulation, providing nutrients and energy to every part of the body, and transporting oxygen. However, as the pH shifts towards a higher or lower value, all the metabolic, physiological and immunity processes become imbalanced.

Now to maintain your body in natural pH range, it is imperative to keep a check on it via testing fluids of the body. You can check your urine or saliva pH at home using testing strips or have your blood pH tested at the doctor’s office, which is the most accurate. If home testing indicates acidity, then your body is most likely in a state of acidosis and is more prone to disease.

What exactly is acidosis? When the body pH shifts from normal to a lower value, acidosis is detected. This condition usually arises because of accumulation of acidic wastes in the body. Very amazingly, acidic food is the prime cause of acidosis. When it occurs, the body tries to regulate it using its metabolic system, circulation and breathing. Acidosis forms an underlying cause for a majority of diseases. Dr Theodore A. Baroody (in his book “Alkalize or Die” 2006) states that acidosis is a leading cause of degenerative diseases such as arthritis. So when the acidic stores build up in the body, the body tries to eliminate them using its alkaline reserves, calcium initially. Also fats buildup in the body and blood circulation is hindered resulting in numerous degenerative diseases as hypertension, osteoporosis, heart diseases, obesity, cancers, etc. Thus acidosis must not be taken lightly. Every condition that shifts the body from its normal functioning may lead to serious illness in the future.

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