pH (potential Hydrogen) definition: a figure expressing the acidity or alkalinity of a solution on a logarithmic scale on which 7 is neutral, lower values are more acid and higher values more alkaline.
What does this mean for us? The body has the very important task of keeping different parts of the body at different pH levels – in order for it to operate smoothly. While blood may be slightly alkaline, for example, other parts will be slightly acidic.
Too much of a good thing?If there is too much acid = acidosis. Too much alkalinity = alkalosis. Either one of these can cause severe malfunctions in the body and eventually death.
Please be patient, we have a problem…Before I list the possible issues associated with acidosis, let’s first look at how the body maintains a normal pH balance. The body has three physiological control systems in place:
- a buffer system for bodily fluids – controls the hydrogen ion fluctuations with acid-base buffers
- kidneys – they will excrete either an acid or alkaline urine
- respiratory – releasing more carbon dioxide to prevent a build-up of carbonic acid in the blood
Now, if any of these control systems are not working, you will definitely get an acid or alkaline build-up in your body.
How will I know if I have acidosis?
- Disorientation and lack of vitality
- Mood fluctuations
How do I fix this? Eating a diet rich in raw fruit and vegetables, a small number of nuts/seeds, as well as young leafy greens, will go a long way in assisting your body in maintaining the correct pH balance. In turn, this will aid in combating the common ailments due to poor diet. It would even be beneficial, to begin with, a (supervised) water fast of between 1 and five days prior to amending your diet.
Together with daily exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and quality water, you will be well on your way to enjoying a healthy life.
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