What generates the electrical power in your body is a very fine balance that exists in your bio chemistry. One of the most important systems that depend on this delicate bio chemical balance is your blood stream. This is where pH comes into play.
Have you ever wondered if the diseases in our society have a common connection? Many doctors, herbalists, and nutritionists believe that the connection may come down to one key factor: Acid / Alkaline balance.
High acidity can become a dangerous condition that weakens all major body systems. It makes your internal environment conducive to disease. A pH balanced environment, on the other hand, allows proper metabolic functioning and gives your body resistance to disease. A healthy body maintains alkaline reserves that are used to meet emergency demands.
Few medical practitioners in Western medicine are aware of how your internal pH balance plays a major role in causing almost all disease. So let’s begin with some very basic information on the subject of pH.
What is pH
pH is a logarithmic measure of hydrogen ion concentration, originally defined by Danish biochemist Søren Peter Lauritz Sørensen in 1909. Increased hydrogen ions (less bonding) result in a drop of the pH (more acidic), while a decrease results in a pH rise.
pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14 – the lower the pH the more acidic the solution; the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7, which is neutral. pH has a logarithmic function (mathematical – meaning ten-fold). In other words, a change in pH from 7 to 6 means 10 times more acidic. A further drop to a pH of 5 equals 100 times more acidic.
According to the Compact Oxford English Dictionary, the “p” stands for the German word for “power”, potenz, so pH is an abbreviation for “power of Hydrogen”.
Any change in the pH of the body results in a change in the electrical chemistry. Extended pH imbalances of any kind are not tolerated well by the body. Consider that the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced pH. The management of the pH factor is so important that the body has developed stringent procedures to monitor Blood balance acid-alkaline balances in every cell and biosystem.
Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline (7.35 – 7.45). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. If blood pH moves below 6.8 or above 7.8, cells stop functioning and the body dies.
The most abundant compound comprising about 80% of the body is water. All that water has a biological purpose; it is the basic component of the various mediums that allow nutrients and various chemicals to be transported from one place to another. These water-based mediums can have either acid or alkaline properties. The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio, which is a balance between positively charged ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The body continually strives to balance pH. When this balance is compromised many problems can occur.
Your state of mental health is closely aligned with your state of physical health. When you feel better, often your attitude is also better. Change physical health, and you’ll often impact mental health. The reverse also holds; change the mental, and you’ll change the physical.
Fundamentally, all regulatory mechanisms (including breathing, circulation, digestion, hormonal production, etc.) serve the purpose of balancing pH, removing the normally metabolized developed acids and toxins from body tissues/systems without damage to living cells.
A good way to avoid upsetting this delicate bio chemical balance is to take a look at the things that jeopardise the maintenance of the ideal pH level in your body. What is the main offender in this case? The answer is the creation of acid in your body.
Soon we will explore what causes acid but first it’s important to understand what can happen in the blood when your pH drops to less than ideal.
Red blood cells are the transporters of oxygen to all the cells in your body. As red blood cells move into the tiny capillaries, the passages they have to move through are very small. In fact, the diameter of the capillaries gets so small that the red blood cells sometimes have to pass through these capillaries one red blood cell at a time!