pH Balance

pH is an initial for the potential of Hydrogen. It is a scientific unit used to measure the power of hydrogen ions in a substance, compound or molecule. In order to arrive at this potential, there is a specialised chart known as the pH scale.

The chart ranges from 0 to 14. Substances with a pH range from 0 to 7 are considered acidic while those that have a pH scale of 7 – 14 are considered alkaline. pH 7 is considered neutral so if a substance has this pH value, it means it is neither acidic nor alkaline.

What Is The Ideal Body Ph ?

The ideal pH range for optimal functioning of the human body is between 7.365 and 7.45. However, various organs and components in the human body could thrive under different conditions depending on the level of enzyme activity in them. For instance, the stomach requires a gastric acid that ranges from 1.5 -3.5 in order for it to function properly.

What Happens If The Balance Is Destabilized?

As expected, it is not easy to maintain the ideal pH range for normal human body functioning and one of the factors that causes a variance in the body pH can be the foods that we eat. Because of our fast-paced lives, it has become virtually difficult to monitor the pH value of the foods. Coffee has become a hallmark of our mornings and sodas are inseparable components of our lunches. If you consider this trend alone, then it means that you are already consuming more acidic foods than you should. Add a little citrus fruit to the mix and you will understand why chronic ailments love your body.

But how can you tell that your body is acidic?

Common symptoms include:
constant fatigue, frequent shortness of breath after short physical activity such as walking or jumping.
You may also experience frequent headaches, insomnia, too much water retention, foul-smelling stools, bumps on the tongue, and sensitivity to certain substances such as vinegar and citrus fruits.
If the level of acidity is not checked, you could be exposed to a wide spectrum of life-threatening conditions such as;

>Poor metabolism and inability to lose weight, leading to or complicating obesity.
>Diabetes
>Chronic inflammation
>High blood pressure
>Fungal infections
>Mood swings
>Low energy and lethargy
>Premature aging
>Generalized weak immunity due to inability of the body to detoxify
>Malfunctioning kidney and bladder
>Osteoporosis because the minerals responsible for healthy growth of bones such as calcium, magnesium and potassium are then stolen from the vital organs and used to combat the acidity.
>Cancer
It is also important to note that apart from the food substances highlighted above, there are other factors that may lead to acidity in the human body. These include chronic stress, too much or too little exercise and hormonal changes, especially the changes with regards to the activity of the Human Growth Hormone.

It is also important to note that just as acidosis is dangerous for the human body, so is alkalosis. Too much alkalinity in the human body is caused by food substances such as avocados, honey, corn, molasses, raisins, coconut, fresh fruits and vegetables among others. If the body shows a sustained increase in alkalinity, urgent measures should be taken to restore the pH balance as too much alkalinity may lead to a coma and/or eventual death.

Restoring Normal Body pH

If you suspect you could be suffering from acidosis or alkalosis, you should contact a medical practitioner or a nutritionist to help you through the process of restoring normal body pH. They will run tests on your saliva, urine or blood depending on the severity of your condition and once they have established your overall body pH, they will recommend a course of action that will help you restore the balance.

However, if your condition is not so severe, then you can simply research on the acidity and alkalinity of the various food substances and moderate their intake based on your present condition. Generally, nutritionists advise that you consume a glass of lemon in the morning and then stay hydrated throughout the day. This is because while lemon is known to be acidic, its water is alkaline-forming so this means you will generally start your day with more alkaline as opposed to acidic foods. Additionally, insist on green juices (BarleyLife) and smoothies and shun the processed, caffeinated and carbonated drinks. And whenever possible, have enough exercise, avoid toxic chemicals such as those found in tobacco and most alcoholic drinks and ensure you have enough sleep.

Conclusion

Maintaining a healthy body pH is vital for the general function of the various organs in our body. It is true we cannot always keep within the normal required body pH level but with a little knowledge on how to offset an imbalance, we can ensure we are always within those levels. Ensure you learn more on the acidity and alkalinity of various foods and above all, understand the symptoms that are associated with an imbalance in your body’s pH level because the sooner the problem is addressed the better for you.

REFERENCES
https://www.drdavidwilliams.com/proper-ph-balance/
https://www.livestrong.com/article/30086-signs-poor-ph-balance-body/
http://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/tired-overweight-you-might-be-too-acidic/
http://kriscarr.com/blog/ph-balance-alkaline-foods/