pH Balance

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Your Acid-Alkaline Balance

Your acid-alkaline balance is an on-going and dynamic part of your body’s functions. Health professionals use the pH scale as a way of noting the acid level of body fluids. The pH scale is measured from 1 – 14. Because of the way it is calculated, a lower pH corresponds to a higher acid level, while a higher pH represents greater alkalinity (or lower acidity).

Your body’s pH is affected by the balance of two general factors, namely the production of acid on the one hand, and the mechanisms to neutralize and excrete acid on the other hand. If acid production increases, or the ability to neutralize and excrete acid decreases, then the body will shift toward a more acidic state. This can impair many aspects of your cellular functioning, and can contribute to a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. Maintaining proper pH balance is therefore one important key to restoring and maintaining good health.

Many factors can contribute to an increased acidifying tendency, including your diet, fluid intake, level of stress, metabolic inheritance, hormonal balances, the presence of chronic allergy and inflammation, and many other things. The proper function of key enzymes in your body requires adequate levels of vitamins and minerals. This is one way that nutritional deficiencies can contribute to acid-alkaline imbalance.

Many factors relating to your lifestyle and environment also influence your acid-alkaline balance. For example, if you are under tremendous stress, your body’s acidity will likely increase because of the demands on your cells to become more active. Chronically hectic schedules, inadequate sleep and rushed, unbalanced meals can all contribute to this unhealthful condition.

An essential element of your body’s ability to neutralize acid is a complex set of natural biochemical processes called buffers. The function of some of these acid-meutralizing buffers depends on an adequate supply of alkalinizing mineral substances. When your body has a tendency toward acid accumulation, fortifying your system with supplements of these alkalinizing mineral compounds is often very beneficial.

The absorption of alkalinizing mineral salts from your diet or supplement program depends upon proper digestion in your stomach and upper small intestine. When long-term pH trends indicate depletion of alkaline reserves, it is also important that the status of your digestive function be assessed. Furthermore, overgrowth of certain abnormal bacteria can impair the lining of your stomach, and food allergy and other factors can impair the lining of your upper small intestine. These conditions can themselves impair the digestion and absorption of key nutrients, and they should also be evaluated.

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