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What is body pH?

pH and Acid-Alkaline Balance


What is PH?

In chemistry, pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity of a liquid. Water has a neutral pH of 7.0. Anything below that is considered acidic, with 1.0 being the highest level of acidity. Anything with a pH above 7.0 is considered alkaline, or basic, with the highest level of alkalinity being 14.0.

The human body, its blood and all its liquid media have a measurable pH. All cells, organs and bodily fluids need a specific pH to function at their best. The body’s enzymes are very sensitive to acidity levels and take on a specific shape according to the pH of the medium they’re in. Consequently, they and work poorly unless they’re in a medium with a very specific pH. This sensitivity is all the more pronounced in blood, for which any variation in pH can change the shape of hemoglobin and impact its ability to bind with oxygen.

The optimal pH of blood ranges from 7.3 to 7.35. For saliva, it ranges between 6.5 and 7.5; for urine, between 6.5 and 7.0, though when you first wake up in the morning, it can be slightly lower, between 6.0 and 6.5; and for the colon, it ranges from 4.5 to 5.0. 

What is the Acid Alkaline Balance?

The acid-base equilibrium is the “harmony” between acidic and alkaline substances found in the body. Achieving this equilibrium, which is essential to managing, digesting and eliminating the alkaline and acidic foods we take in, calls for an endless and ongoing series of adjustments.
A number of factors can contribute to variations in pH:

  • Stress (which increases the production of acidic toxins)
  • Dietary imbalances (lack of fruits and vegetables, refined foods that have been stripped of their nutrients, too much saturated fat and meat, etc.)
  • Poor elimination of toxins (our kidneys, liver, colon, lungs and skin are organs that usually help eliminate waste matter from our body)
  • Insufficient oxygenation (caused by increased production of acidic toxins) 
  • An imbalanced intestinal pH

Rebalancing the intestinal pH can be done by using A.Vogel’s Molkosan. After all, a body’s acid-base equilibrium starts in the colon.

Since pH is a measure of an aqueous solution’s acidity or alkalinity, saliva and urine can easily be analyzed to determine the body’s pH.

Measuring saliva or urine pH is easy and involves using litmus paper. Litmus paper measures pH values ranging from 5.5 (acidic) to 8.0 (alkaline).

Because your saliva’s pH varies according to the foods you’ve eaten recently, it’s best to do the test first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. To test your urine, we recommend measuring in the morning and in the evening for several days to get a more precise idea of its acidity level.

Effect of a high acidity level

Scientific studies have shown that an overly acidic environment can promote demineralization (osteoporosis in particular), as well as muscle atrophy and some types of kidney stones. Often, metabolic acidity coincides with fatigue, bad breath, poor digestion, imbalances of the intestinal flora accompanied by putrefaction, dark urine with a strong odour, muscle pain, joint pain, skin problems (eczema and psoriasis), excessive perspiration, cramps, various fungal infections, migraines and so on.

Many metabolic reactions will not complete properly without a specific pH. Changes in pH, i.e. the acid-base equilibrium, can hinder these reactions, particularly because of the changes’ impact on enzyme activity, which affects all chemical reactions taking place in the body. 

What you can do

To correct a faulty pH and thereby slow the production of acidic toxins, it’s important to manage stress effectively. This can be accomplished by using A.Vogel’s Vital Energy in conjunction with relaxation techniques. Good oxygenation through deep breathing techniques is also a very important means of slowing the production of toxic waste products.

A proper diet that includes whole foods and high-quality, raw fruits and vegetables will provide all the alkalinizing elements needed for good health.

To help the kidneys eliminate toxins effectively, it is also important to drink a lot of water and cleanse the liver properly (A.Vogel’s Boldocynara or Milk Thistle) at least twice a year.

Lastly and most importantly is rebalancing the intestinal pH using A.Vogel’s Molkosan.

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