What is pH Body Balance--Why it's important to health

Frequently Asked Questions About pH Balance

What is "pH"?

The body is largely made up of water. This water can have either acid or alkaline properties which are measured by a graduated scale called pH (for "potential hydrogen"), wherein 1.0 to 6.9 is considered acidic, 7.0 is neutral, and 7.1 to 14.0 is alkaline. The lower the pH number, the greater the acidity, and the higher the pH number, the greater the alkalinity.

Why should I be concerned about my pH levels?

The pH level in our body has profound effects on all body chemistry, health and disease. Indeed, the management of pH is so important that the body has developed strict accounting procedures to monitor acid-alkaline balances in every cell. Extended pH imbalances are not well tolerated by the body – if the pH deviates too far to the acid side, cells become poisoned by their own toxic wastes.

Is an imbalanced pH really that dangerous?

Yes, indeed it is! Nothing does well in an overly acidic pH medium, least of all the human body! Just as acid rain can destroy a forest, an imbalanced pH continuously corrodes all body tissues, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of our veins and arteries like corrosives eating into marble. An imbalanced pH leads to the progression of most degenerative diseases including Cardiovascular Disease(the #1 killer in the U.S.), Cancer (the #2 Killer in the U.S.) and Diabetes, as well as the never ending frustration of systemic weight gain.

What causes pH to become imbalanced?

Most diets cause an unhealthy acid pH. In fact, diet appears to the major influence in maintaining appropriate pH levels throughout the body. Certain foods are "acid-forming" in nature, including most meats, sweets and starches, and others are "alkaline-forming", including most vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits.

How do I test my body's pH?

One of the easiest ways to test the body's pH balance is to use pH test strips. You can get pH paper (also called hydrazine paper) in most drug stores; however, it sometimes lacks accuracy. The best pH test strips we have found are made by VAXA®, and they have the reputation of being the most accurate on the market. By testing your pH with test strips, you can determine quickly and easily, in the privacy of your own home, what your pH is. They can be used to determine your urinary pH, which is generally a good indicator of how acidic or alkaline your total body pH is. When urinary pH is continuously between 6.5 in the morning and 7.5 by evening, you are functioning in the healthy range.

What are the benefits of rebalancing my body's pH?

When you rebalance your body's pH and make it more alkaline, viruses, bacteria, yeasts and other pathogens cannot survive. These microforms all need an acidic medium to survive and thrive. Think of a swimming pool – when the pH of the pool is kept within tightly controlled limits, bacteria, fungus, and algae cannot survive – and the same is true for your body. Degenerative diseases cannot gain a foothold in an alkaline environment, and body health and weight return to normal.

How do I rebalance my pH?

First, change your diet to include more foods that alkalize and less acidic foods – a large portion of your diet should consist of fresh vegetables and other alkalizing foods. Next, add supplements that alkalize to the diet to help your body return to a natural state of health.

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7 Reasons a Balanced pH is Critical for the Body:

1. Proper fat metabolism and weight control.

When the body is in its natural alkaline state, body weight and insulin production normalize. When we alkalize the body, it works so well at dropping excess weight that many of us lose weight just by eating more alkaline foods, and by adding supplements that alkalize to our diets.

2. Proper calcium utilization.

The body will do anything to maintain a balanced pH, including the leaching of important minerals like calcium, potassium and sodium from the tissues. To maintain alkalinity, the body first goes for sodium, then potassium, and then calcium. It literally leaches the calcium from your bones, making your bones porous and fragile. This is a major contributor to both osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

3. Appropriate cholesterol levels.

Balancing your pH helps to maintain proper cholesterol levels so that plaque does not form.

4. Controls cancerous cells.

Cancerous cells thrive in an acidic environment, and perish in an alkaline one. Cancerous cells simply cannot survive in an alkaline environment!

5. Proper electrolyte activity and efficient heart function.

Proper electrolyte activity is crucial to balanced energy levels.

6. Smooth blood flow.

Alkalizing helps to remove plaque from the arteries, veins, and heart tissue.

7. Healthy oxygen flow.

When we alkalize the bloodstream, it flushes toxins from tissues and protects against premature aging.