What is your pH (acid-alkaline balance)?

Most people would have no idea how to answer this question. Yet, if they have a swimming pool, they could likely tell you its pH which is maintained at an ideal level. The standard medical book Human Physiology and Mechanisms of Disease by Arthur Guyton, M.D. regards body pH (or acid-alkaline balance) as one of the most important factors in human health. The term pH stands for potential of hydrogen and refers to the balance of positive hydrogen ions (H+) and negative hydroxyl ions (OH-). When they are in balance the pH is 7.0 or neutral. If there are more hydrogen ions, as in HCl (hydrochloric acid), then the pH is below 7.0 and is acid. A pH of greater than 7.0 is alkaline.

When healthy, the pH of blood, spinal fluid and saliva is 7.4. Fortunately, body pH can be measured by a simple ten-second, ten-cent pH test of the saliva. This test provides an immediate indication of the state of the acid-alkaline balance and thus, indirectly, the state of our health.
Interestingly, for swimming pools, the recommended pH range is 7.2 – 7.6.

Just seeing the wrong color result on a pH test strip can encourage a person to be more aware of lifestyle changes they could make to improve their health. I have offered free pH testing at health fairs and had good interest. Children especially are impressed.

If you are standing or sitting reading this, basically if you are alive, your blood pH will be 7.4. When you eat or drink something that is acid forming (soft drinks due to their phosphoric acid content are very acid-forming), as it is metabolized, your blood will start to shift to the acid side – the pH drops. To quickly correct this and keep you alive the buffer system of your body compensates by using the most available and abundant alkaline substance it can find which just happens to be the calcium in your bones. The foods and drinks that will, when metabolized, make your body more acid include meat and dairy, coffee, soft drinks, sugar, processed foods and the more-processed grains (The whiter the bread the sooner you’re dead!). The surprising thing is that milk and dairy products, through this mechanism, actually contribute to calcium loss from the bones! Yes, milk causes osteoporosis!

Dr. Frank Oski, past Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in his book Don’t Drink Your Milk says “Perhaps when the public is educated as to the hazards of milk only calves will be left to drink the real thing. Only calves should drink the real thing.” See more quotes about the dangers of dairy at http://www.natural-pain-relief-guide.com/dairy.html

To help keep your bones strong, your body healthy and your pH alkaline eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Also, eliminate or reduce meats, dairy, soft drinks, sweets, coffee and alcohol. Get more exercise (oxygen intake reduces acidity) and lower stress - an otherwise good lifestyle can be cancelled out by heavy stress. These changes can reduce your risk of osteoporosis and many other serious degenerative diseases and keep your body in the right pH range so, like in the swimming pool, you don’t get the wrong things growing.

For more information on pH and it's impact on your health go to http://www.natural-pain-relief-guide.com/body-ph.html. The effect on health of your pH balance is so great that pH could reasonably stand for Potential of Health.

Author's Bio: 

Ray Foucher, B.Sc. (Biology) builds and maintains his own websites and does research into health and spiritual matters. He believes that when the right nutrients are provided, the toxins removed and a few basic good lifestyle habits are followed, the incredibly-complex and well-designed human body is capable of self-healing. His emphasis is on avoiding pain by preventive healthy living. He has found that looking at health issues from the perspective of how to live a healthy lifestyle rather than through a more medical viewpoint helps to give insights into how to be in health and free of pain.

Ray has been involved in various health programs and markets a variety of health products. He writes a regular health column for a local newspaper and has authored a number of scientific papers in the past, including peer-reviewed journal publications. He has authored one book.

Ray and his wife live and garden in a rural part of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. He can be contacted through his website www.natural-pain-relief-guide.com