What is pH?
pH is the potential of Hydorgen or concentration of Hydrogen ions and is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0-14. The lower the pH the more acidic the solution is and the higher the more alkaline (or base) the solution is. When a solution is neither acidic or alkaline, it has a pH 7 which is neutral.
Water is the most abundant compound in the human body comprising of 70% of the body. The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio called the pH which a balance between positively charged ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming). The body continually strives to maintain a balanced pH. When the balance is compromised health issues arise.
It is also important to understand that we are not talking about stomach acid or the pH of the stomach which is always acidic since it uses acid for proper digestion. Food in the stomach is acidic while food in the intestines is alkaline. We are talking about the pH of the body’s fluids and tissues which are entirely different matters. The human body has adapted to two types of digestion:
- alkaline for starches
- acid for proteins
pH Balance for Good Health
The body is able to assimilate minerals and nutrients properly only when its pH is balanced. It is therefore possible for a person to be consuming nutrients and yet unable to absorb or use them.
If you are not achieving expected results from a nutritional (including herbal) program, it is possible that there is acid alkaline imbalance.
No nutritional program would work if the body’s pH is out of balance amongst other issues. This acid alkaline state might in turn affect the microbiota (friendly bacteria) of the digestive system.
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