Most people do not give a thought about the acid/alkaline balance of their blood, or know how proper pH is a crucial to our health. Understanding the importance of pH is crucial because a balanced pH protects us from the inside out, as disease cannot take root in a body with a balanced pH. An imbalance of acidity and alkalinity allows unhealthy organisms to flourish, damages tissues and organs and compromises the immune system.
What is pH?
The term pH is short for “potential of hydrogen, and is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the body’s fluids and tissues. It is measured on a scale from 0 to 14, where the more acidic a solution is, the lower its pH, and the more alkaline, the higher the pH. Having a pH of 7 is neutral. The healthiest pH is one that is slightly alkaline, so we want a pH of 7.365, but this number will fluctuate throughout the day, so a normal range is between 6 and 7.5.
When the body is plagued by high degrees of acidity, it forces the body to take minerals from the bones, cells, organs and tissues. This drains our cells of enough minerals to properly dispose of waste or oxygenate completely, and causes vitamin absorption to be compromised by mineral loss. When this happens, toxins and pathogens will accumulate in the body and the immune system becomes compromised.
Things That Cause Acidity
- Alcohol & Drug Use
- Overuse of Antibiotics
- Breathing Shallow
- Excess animal meats in the diet
- Artificial sweeteners
- Food Coloring & Preservatives
- Processed & Refined Foods