Why is body pH so critically important for good health?
Why is body pH so critically important for good health?
Our blood has a very narrow pH range of between 7.35 and 7.45. If it deviates outwith this range then we will be sick or have symptoms of sickness. The body has a number of buffer systems to keep our body pH within the normal range, but research is showing that modern diets are putting these buffer systems under considerable stress and this is leading to deviations in pH normally towards acidity.
Proper balanced body pH is essential to give good oxygen transfer through the body. As the level of acidity increases in the blood so the level of oxygen decreases.
According to leading medical doctor Michael Lam, Director of Medical Education at the Academy of Anti Aging in his book ‘Beating Cancer with nutrition’ the following things happen when the body is too acidic. An acidic environment will:
Decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients.
Decrease energy production in the cells.
Decrease the body’s ability to repair damaged cells.
Decrease the body’s ability to detoxify heavy metals.
Enable tumour cells to grow.
Make the body more susceptible to fatigue and illness.
According to Dr Lam an acidic pH and low levels of oxygen are the principal factors leading to cancer.
However it is not just in cancer prevention and treatment that body pH is important it is vitally important for everyone who wants to maintain wellbeing.
How easy is it to measure body pH balance?
Although we may be exhibiting many of the symptoms that would indicate that our body pH levels are deviating slightly towards acidity it is important to get an indication as to what the levels actually are.
The body has a number of buffer systems to keep the blood and body fluids at the optimal pH level. However recent research has shown that for many people these buffer systems are struggling to cope with the acid load leading to a low grade metabolic acidosis. This manifests as reduced energy levels, less than optimal immunity and if not corrected can lead to more serious diseases. When the blood pH deviates, even slightly towards acidity this will result in lower oxygen transfer throughout the body. Proper body oxygen levels are necessary for good health and a high energy lifestyle.
One of the easiest ways to get an indication of your body pH balance is to check the pH of your saliva and urine. Special test strips designed for saliva and urine testing are available from the Water for Health web site.
pH of saliva is a good indication of our health. It is normally slightly more acidic than blood pH. Ideally you want to see a reading of between 6.5 and 7.0 when you check your saliva pH a couple of hours after a meal. If your pH is consistently below 6.5 it is an indication that you have insufficient alkaline reserves. If you test your pH shortly after a meal your pH should have risen to at least 7.8. If it does not do so it is an indication that your body has a deficiency in alkaline minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium.
Your urine pH is a good indication of how well your body is working to keep your blood pH at the proper levels. As we check our urine pH we get a fairly good indication of our body pH as the kidneys filter out the buffer salts of pH regulation. It is best to check your urine pH first thing in the morning and take an average reading from the first two times you pass urine in the day. The ideal range is 6.5 to 7.25. If it is consistently lower you need to take action to correct your body’s acid alkaline balance.
Many, if not all of todays diseases are believed to be the result of excess tissue acidity caused through improper diet, high levels of stress and environmental pollution. Monitoring your pH levels is a good way to start to get an indication of your current status and then to monitor your progress as you make dietary changes, improve your body hydration and take alkalizing nutritional supplements.
For more details of acid and alkaline foods please see http://waterforhealthblog.com/2012/03/foods-and-beverage-ph-chart/
About Water for Health
Water for Health supply leading edge alkaline ionized water products, quality green superfood powders and alkalising supplements to help clients alkalize and oxygenate the body by supporting better body pH balance.
We are alkaline by design but unfortunately modern diets, lifestyles, stress and environmental pollution can put excessive stress on our body's natural buffer systems leading to excess acidity in the blood and tissues. This in turn if not corrected can lead to serious health problems.
'The countless names attached to illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause.... too much tissue acid waste in the body!' ..... Dr Theodore Baroody author of Alkalize or Die
At Water for Health we passionately believe that good hydration and quality nutrition can have an enormously beneficial impact on our health. We believe that they are essential if we are to maintain good health and are vitally important for our recovery from health problems.
Our products to help better hydration and proper acid alkaline balance are supported by a high quality caring, personal service driven by a desire to make a real improvement in people's health. The web site is divided into a number of sections with leading edge products supported by relevant information. These products are all geared directly or indirectly towards helping you gain the proper body pH balance with all the benefits that can bring. If you are new to this subject then feel free to call us and we will be happy to point you in the direction of information and products that you might find helpful.
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