Proper health starts with the correct acid-alkaline balance in your body. The pH level (acid – alkaline measurement) of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. Extended acid imbalances of any kind can overwhelm your body, and lead to health complications.
Just as the body regulates its temperature in a rigid manner, so will it manage to preserve a very narrow pH range – especially in the blood. As a matter of fact, the body will go to such great lengths to maintain a blood pH of 7.365 that it will even create stress on other tissues, body systems, and organs to do so. Chronic acidity will interrupt all cellular activities and functions – it interferes with life itself.
When the pH of the body gets out of balance (too acidic), we may experience low energy, fatigue, excess weight, poor digestion, aches and pains, and even more serious disorders.
The cycle of acidity begins primarily as a result of three things:
1. Ingesting acids. Eating too many acidifying foods like processed sugar, meats, dairy, coffee, alcohol, etc. Create an acid wash in the body. These acids can overload the body’s ability to neutralize them.
2. Creation of acids. Pathogens and microforms create acidifying toxins in the body. As the body becomes more and more acidic, bad bacteria, yeasts and other microforms proliferate in the body. Since these organisms are living, they eat as well as create resulting toxins. These toxins are often very acidifying.
3. Improper elimination of acids. Not all acids are the same; some are weak and some are strong. Weak acids like citric acid are much easier to neutralize than strong acids like uric acid. The body uses many systems in order to buffer acids including breath, mineral reserves, and fat. When the body’s buffering systems become compromised, excess acids build up.
The process of reestablishing an acid-alkaline balance begins with building proper diet and nutrition into a daily lifestyle. These healthy changes include eating alkalizing foods (vegetables, low sugar fruits, etc.) and attaining super hydration by drinking plenty of alkaline water that is ionic, re-structured and filled with antioxidants like the water that comes from an electric water ionizer for the home.
Water is the most crucial factor in establishing and maintaining proper acid-alkaline balance. Since your body is about 80% water, it is extremely important to constantly replenish your supply of it. The body loses 2.5 liters of water every day just through normal bodily functions. The quality of the water that you drink is just as important as the quantity of water you drink.
Acidosis is a term used when the body becomes too acidic from poor oxygen utilization and thereby decreases in levels of bicarbonate (HCO3). Symptoms of acidosis include:
- tense muscles
- joint pain.
Acidosis can also exacerbate brittle bone disease and osteoporosis. It has also been linked to diseases including diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol, and acid reflux.
Substances called buffers keep the pH of the blood from varying over too wide a range. Because carbon dioxide is one of the primary waste products produced by the all living cells, bicarbonates, or alkaline compounds, are required when the cell exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide. Without enough bicarbonate, the waste build-up of carbon dioxide in the tissues would cause your body to suffocate and this would be a perfect breeding ground for anaerobic cancer cells.
Cancer cells cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.
Alkalosis is a term used when the body becomes too alkaline. Symptoms include:
- lack of drive
- spaced out or disoriented feeling
- excessive feelings of being cold
Acidosis is more common than alkalosis due to the large amounts of acid-forming foods frequently eaten as part of a standard diet in the United States and other Western countries.
It is important to make sure you are drinking the correct water pH level to balance your body’s natural pH. To correct a pH balance, you may start by drinking water with the opposite pH level, and by altering your diet to include more healthy, wholesome foods. For example, a person with acidosis will want to incorporate water and foods that have a higher pH range. You can learn more about that by referring to the pH food chart on our Alkaline vs Acidic pH Level page.