pH Balance in Body is Vital to Good Health

Are you doing enough to maintain your health? Maybe you are or maybe you aren’t but with the amount of information available I’m very sure you have been able to pick up quite a number of healthy living or wellness tips. When it comes to health, people have become more conscious and are likely doing a lot of things right – watching what they eat, making sure to exercise regularly and taking actions to reduce stress wherever possible.  However, you need to be conscious of one factor. Studies show that your health is affected by your body’s pH balance and impacts it directly thereby playing an important role in determining your energy levels, digestion, and skin health.  Your risk for certain diseases may be increased including for osteoporosis, cancer, and obesity.

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Maintaining Optimum Health through pH balance

According to a recent study, optimum health can only be achieved through pH balance. In a healthy human being, the body fluids – blood, saliva, and spinal fluid have a pH of approximately 7.4 but this does not include that of the stomach. Because the pH of these body fluids are almost the same, with a slight difference that is negligible, the use of the pH result from the test carried out using saliva can serve as a good indicator of the pH level of these other body fluid. The electrical chemistry of the body can be interfered with if there is a rise or drop of either one.

An acidic pH has been found to be more harmful than an alkaline pH so also, will an extremely alkaline pH adversely affect the body’s chemistry. So the key is to maintain balance.

The reason why there is so much talk about an acidic pH is because the diet of average westerner consists of foods – meat, dairy, poultry, fish etc. that result in the production acidic waste ash.  Critical elementary mechanisms inside the body can be disorientated by an extremely acidic environment. Do you know that acids are able to remove the negative charge from red blood cells thereby causing them to clump together? This will result in reduced flow through blood vessels. When this occurs, there is a tendency for tissue or cell death as the cells of the body receive less oxygen because there is little gas exchange in the capillaries. The impact of the alkaline and acidic mineral intake on our body is, in fact, more than we ever imagined.

A medical study has found that there could be a connection between chronic excess acidity and deteriorative diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, premature aging, obesity, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and tooth decay.

Immediate symptoms could result if a condition called acidosis occurs when the overall body pH reaches an acidic state.

The Alkaline/Ph Diet: Fad or Not?

The health and wellness industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and a vast one when you quantify what that means in terms of the information available. Sometimes this information could be detailed and be from respectable sources, at other times it could be vague, and other times available data is propagated by businesses who are trying to sell one product or the other.

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Nutrition, Vitamin absorption, and pH

According to the alkaline diet proponents, it may seem that your body can’t digest nutrients because it is too busy maintaining the acid-alkaline. They claim that if you reduce the acidic load you can reverse this situation. Mathematically this may sound true or feel authentic, but what people fail to understand is the body is the ultimate machine and can conveniently take care of itself. Your body will only be that “busy” if the organs responsible for taking care of toxic wastes in your body no longer function properly – and this only happens during certain disease states.

Urine and Blood pH

The stomach contains hydrochloric acid – a lot of it – and its pH value is between 2 and 3.5 because it is necessary to decompose food, whereas the human blood is slightly alkaline – always. The blood pH value can only fall out of normal range during certain disease states. This is in no way connected to the foods one eats each day. Your blood pH remains constant when you are healthy. Your body’s mechanism is capable of regulating the pH balance closely making it almost impossible for external influence to negatively affect it. We would be always fighting some kind of illness if this weren’t true.

What people misinterpret is the value of the pH of the urine. If you go ahead to test the pH of your urine a few hours after eating a diet that is rich in meats or any acid producing meal, you will notice it to be more alkaline. What they fail to realize is that the organ – the kidney – necessary for removing toxic substances has simply done its job. Urine is a poor indicator of body pH because it is subject to other factors asides diet. According to an article on – The Acid-Alkaline Myth: Part 1 most of the proponents of the ‘alkaline diet’ base their arguments on the ‘acid-ash hypothesis’. This hypothesis fails to recognize the ability of the kidney to deal with ‘acid ash’.

Clinical trials made by researchers also noted that acid-forming diets do not have a negative impact on calcium metabolism. In fact, it has been noted that increased protein intake benefits ‘calcium metabolism and on markers for bone health’.

Not clinical trials, nor physiology, nor observational data support the ‘acid-ash’ hypothesis of osteoporosis.


Hence, eating healthy, exercising regularly, effectively managing stress, and taking as much rest when needed are the activities you require to maintain proper pH balance and optimum health. If the necessary organs for toxic bodily waste are working efficiently as designed then you have nothing to worry about.

James Kelly

High Wycombe, Western Australia, 6057


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