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Acid-Alkaline Balance In The Body

Monday, October 19, 2009  |  11 Comments

The foundation for optimal health is pH Balance. The foundation of pH balance is proper nutrition. A body that is pH balanced (acid-alkaline balanced) is a body that's healthy, energetic, and vibrant. When your body pH is out of balance, it may become sick, tired, and diseased.

Before World War II, there was considerable interest in how the food we eat affects your body's pH. While today the subject is not receiving much attention in orthodox circles, many alternative practitioners place considerable stress on pH balance, body chemistry, and the acid-base balance characteristics of various diets. In spite of a certain amount of ongoing debate, it is generally acknowledged that the food that is eaten is a major source of acid and alkaline for the body.

Many body functions are involved in the regulation of acid-alkaline balance including respiration, excretion, digestion and cellular metabolism. In the blood stream, there are substances known as buffers that act chemically to resist changes in pH. The most important of these compounds in the blood are bicarbonate, albumin, globulin and hemoglobin. Other regulation of blood pH is done chiefly by the lungs and kidneys.

Some confusion in terminology has resulted because of the way that the discussion evolved. In investigating how different foods might affect the acid-alkaline balance, various foods were burned to ash in the laboratory, and the pH of the resulting ash was measured. These foods were then classified as acid, alkaline or neutral ash foods. In addition, various alternative practitioners such as Edgar Cayce and Bernard Jensen have referred to acid and alkaline-forming foods, based on the reaction of foods in the body.

The acid-alkaline balance is certainly an important factor in the health and functioning of the body. Diet is one factor that influences acid-alkaline balance both through the acid or alkaline forming nature of the foods that are eaten and through the nutrient content which affects metabolism. Nutrient rich traditional diets (diets high in vegetables and fiber) provide the essential factors necessary for excellent metabolism, good acid-alkaline regulation and optimal health.

Since most of the body is water-based (making up 50-60% of our total body weight), the pH level has profound effects on all chemistry in the body, health and disease. An imbalanced pH describes the pH level of the body when it becomes too acidic or too alkaline for long periods of time. Extended pH imbalances of any kind are not well tolerated by the body. Indeed, the management of "pH" is so important that the body has developed strict accounting procedures to monitor acid-alkaline balances in every cell. Fundamentally, all regulatory mechanisms (including breathing, circulation, digestion, hormonal production, etc.) serve the purpose of balancing pH, by removing acid residues from body tissues without damaging living cells. If the pH deviates too far to the acid side or too far to the alkaline side, cells become poisoned by their own toxic waste and die. This is why it's important to begin by colon cleansing & using supplements for detoxification of the body.

It's also important to eat plenty of alkaline foods and green foods and drinks, like fresh green vegetables & juices, as well drink as plenty of alkaline water.


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