Importance of Alkaline Body pH
This article explores the importance (if any) of Alkaline body pH.
pH is a scientific measure which the potential of hydrogen, which is the measure of hydrogen ions in an aqueous solution.
While pH is a logarithmic measure of molar concentration, it is generally denoted as whole figures, i.e. from 1 through 14.
Solutions with a pH less than 7 are Acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are Basic or Alkaline.
Pure water is neutral, at pH 7 (25 °C), being neither an acid nor a base. Contrary to popular belief, the pH value can be less than 0 or greater than 14 for very strong acids and bases respectively
Physiologically speaking, your body is designed to operate in a healthy way within a narrow pH- range around 7.365 which is slightly alkaline.
Why Alkaline Body pH
Did you know that pH affects your health in all sorts of ways?
Every different body fluid is different and has a different pH to create motion and movement, for example, the pH fluid in our stomach is different than the fluid in our blood, and so is the sweat different than the fluid in our blood and brain.
Some medical studies reveal that an unbalanced pH can be correlated with health problems such as heart disease and cancer.
Alkaline body pH creates balance in the tissues. And if you do not feel as energetic as you are, it’s time to check your pH level.
[Also Read: How Ionized Alkaline Water prevents Disease]
Blood pH vs Tissue pH
- Since blood is your body’s most vital performing organ, reaching every cell of every tissue, your body is designed to maintain the blood pH at 7.365 under all conditions.
- However the pH in the various tissues could move up or down (acidic or alkaline) depending on physiological need (like digestion) or pathological condition (like cancer).
Broadly speaking, since your body is tuned to work best at a slightly higher or Alkaline pH, it is recommended to try to support it by maintaining a slightly Alkaline lifestyle.
Excess Acidic stimulus, by way of consuming more pre-processed foods & sugars, lack of rest & exercise, air and water pollution, or chronic psychological stress – has the potential to create chronic Acidosis in your tissues, which is associated with Degenerative Metabolic diseases ranging from Diabetes, Heart & Kidney disease to Cancer.
If the pH of your cells becomes too acidic, your cell system will soon be affected by toxic waste, which will lead to cell death. If your body contains more acid, you will probably experience symptoms of anxiety, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, insomnia, nervousness, digestive problems, etc.
What Happens When Your Body is too Acidic?
When the body is suffering from the high acidic levels, there are different kind of diseases in the body that attack us
Some of them are:
- inflamed sensitive gums
- Shortness of breath
- Yeast fungal overgrowth
- Low energy and chronic fatigue
- Increased heart rate
- Weight gain and obesity
- Osteoporosis – weak, brittle bones
- Kidney Failure
- Headache, confusion and sleepiness
Can Your Body be Too Alkaline?
Contrary to popular belief, your body can also go into Alkalosis.
However since you are operating with a slightly Alkaline machine (your body) in an environment loaded with Acidic stimulus, Alkalosis is a very rare phenomenon, mostly caused by long periods of vomiting or over-use of diuretic medicines.
More health problems are likely to befall you with your tissues being “acidic,” closer to 7.3 or lower, than “alkaline” or 7.40, since a slightly alkaline pH that falls within the normal range can be beneficial to your health.
Symptoms of Alkalosis
- Twitching of muscles
- Increase urination
- Increase irritability
- Tremor in hand
- Muscle spasm
Ways to balance your pH
In general, alkalinity measures the ability of each solution to neutralize acids to equivalent carbonates. For the human body, however, a pH of 7.4 must be maintained, which is alkaline. Its ability to combat acids measure the alkalinity of each solution.
Conscious of nutrition and diets, alkaline diets rich in fruits and vegetables are becoming increasingly important. It is thought that alkaline water is beneficial for hydration and helps to eliminate toxins from your body. It is also thought that you need to restore the right amount of pH in your body.
If you’re a health conscious individual like me, you’ve probably heard about the importance of alkaline water. Its proponents state alkaline water’s many benefits including neutralizing acid in your bloodstream, improving the body’s ability to absorb nutrients effectively, increase energy levels, and even fight cancers. These are only a few of the myriads of benefits that drinking this type of water has.
It’s important to note the distinction here. Alkaline water is not necessary filtered water, and filtered water is not necessarily alkaline water. Watch for these claims carefully because some claim to do both when they don’t, so read the labels carefully.
However, by choosing a good quality Ionization system, it’s easier to have peace of mind that water is not only free of contaminants, but it’s also pH balanced (i.e. the pH is close to neutral or slightly higher for good health) and better tasting as well.
[Also Read: Health Benefits of Kangen Ionized Water]
Now we know the balance of pH, and it’s important, but how do we do that, and now let me tell you other super effective ways to help you keep the pH balance and keep your body more alkaline –
- Drink warm water with organic apple cider vinegar or squeeze of lemon in the morning
Raw apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain pH balance by restoring the alkaline body state. Also, lemon and vitamin C helps in getting rid of acidity and prevent acid reflux, so including this drink in your daily routine can maintain your pH balance in your tissues throughout the day.
- Avoid Caffeine, Sugar and Alcohol
Avoid Caffeine as it causes Osteoporosis; Sugar gives us the feel-good high and Alcohol relaxes us.
However, these three increase the acid level in our body and make us irritable in the long run, with severe Ups and Downs in our energy levels.
- Reduce Pathogenic bacteria in the stomach and become a High Energy individual
Adding a green drink to your routine is the easiest way to add more veggies to your diet.
It helps remove food cravings and provides you with a burst of nutrition and energy.
Another POWERFUL way to smoothen energy spikes, and reduce cravings for unhealthy snacks is to drink Kangen Water.
- Eat leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy greens alkalize your body, so increase the leafy green in your diet. In the morning, eat raw leafy green vegetables for breakfast. You can buy a juicer that juices vegetables, they are much better.
- Eat more Nuts and Seeds
Learn to listen to your body. Eating alkaline-forming foods helps keep your pH balanced, but if you tend to eat more acid- than alkaline-forming foods, your body pulls from its alkali reserves to maintain proper pH levels. Most nuts and seeds, including walnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans, are slight to moderately acid-forming, but a few varieties have an alkalizing effect.
- Practice yoga
Yoga is the ideal mix of exercises for many active people. It is a balanced diet that strengthens the body, concentrates the mind and helps to create a sense of the brain.
Practice yoga with a well-educated and caring yoga teacher. The idea is to work individually with a teacher who is interested in you and can design the exercise according to your needs.
Yoga practice cleanses acids from joints and organs by moving the body with love and intelligence and breathing.
This is the most important part of it, meditation can help restore nutrient pH levels and assist the body in balancing healing and regenerating itself.
Dr. Uma says this is also something she does every day according to her theory in the video. Watch Dr Uma’s video above and understand all about pH and how to balance it.
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