Many professionals in the medical community do not agree on all aspects of what is involved in keeping a person healthy.
The one thing that many physicians, nutritionists, herbalists and alternative health practitioners can agree upon is that there are many diseases and sicknesses that are prevalent in the world today that are connected to an acid alkaline imbalance in the body.
When the body contains too much acid it can open the door to any number of health issues. What you want instead is an internal environment that is pH-balanced. This helps all of the body’s system to remain strong and in excellent working order. It also contributes to a well functioning immune system that can fight off bacteria and viruses.
A body that is in good health is one in which there are alkaline held in reserve for the times when an emergency happens and they are needed without delay. When excess acids must be neutralized from the body this is when the alkaline reserves start to drop and can cause the body to become weaker and less resistant to illness.
It has been theorized that a great many diseases of the human body are the result of autointoxication or self-poisoning which is brought about by an unhealthy build-up of acid in the body’s tissues. When too much tissue acid waste accumulates in the body it can spell trouble with a capital T.
The Definition of pH:
A clear understanding of the acid alkaline imbalance can only come about by first knowing what pH is. The acronym pH stands for “potential of hydrogen.”
It is a measure of the acidity or the alkalinity of any particular kind of solution. The pH is measured by a scale and can range anywhere from zero to 14. The lower that the pH level is the more acid there is in the solution. On the flip side, the higher the pH level is the more alkaline or alkaline base there is in the solution. A solution that contains neither acid nor alkaline has a pH of around seven and is deemed as neutral.
Water (or H2O) is the substance that is found in the human body in the highest quantity. Approximately 70 percent of our body is composed of water. The pH level of the human body is referred to as its “acid-base ratio” or its “acid-alkaline ratio.” It is the balance that exists between the acid-forming or positively charged ions and the alkaline-forming or negatively charged ions.
One of the jobs of the human body that it works tirelessly at is to balance out the pH level to keep it within a normal range. However when the pH gets out of control and is compromised, this is when health problems take root.
Be aware that the pH level we are talking about here is the one that is in charge of the fluids of the body and the body tissues. There is another type of pH that can be found in the stomach. This is not the kind we are discussing here.
Continue on to part two of “Understanding the Acid Alkaline Balance in the Body” to learn more about this important subject.