The pH and health

To measure the pH

What is the pH?

Did you use at school once a strip of litmus paper to measure the pH of a liquid? If the colored strip of red paper meant that the solution was acidic. If it turned blue, the solution was basic (alkaline).

Well, the blood has its own pH level. And more and more health professionals who see a balanced pH level is the key to good health.

The term pH stands for potential hydrogen, which is the concentration of hydrogen ions in a substance or solution. The pH range is 0 to 14. The ideal pH of human blood is 7.38. Higher numbers indicate alkalinity, lower numbers indicate acidity.

These hydrogen ions have an electrical charge that is positive and there is always a balance between these and other negatively charged ions that are hydroxyl, so that the product of the existing quantities of both constant (product ion) for a solution given, and if one moves, inevitably has to come down the other, when hydrogen ions rise ascend and descend the positive charges as negative charges or hydroxyl ion OH in this case we said that acidosis and Otherwise when dominated by negative charges would be in alkalosis.

Symptoms of acid pH

The body simply can not tolerate the imbalance towards a state of prolonged heartburn. In the early stages of this imbalance, symptoms may include things such as skin rashes, headaches, allergies, colds and flu, and sinus problems, etc.. When the state of acidity lingers, organ systems begin to weaken and sag. If tissue pH deviates too far to the acid side, oxygen levels decrease and cells die.

On the contrary, it is virtually impossible for a health condition or illness lasts when its pH is in the neutral zone (7.0-7.4). At this level, the body has a strong immune system will help prevent possible diseases. Today most people have a pH less than ideal.

When the pH is outside the normal range, there are all kinds of disorders. On the one hand, the production of pathogenic organisms (bacteria, viruses, etc..) Thrive. This explains why some people exposed to certain bacteria or viruses get sick and others do not. It is not the microbe itself, is the terrain.

Acidic conditions can cause muscles to contract and stop the exchange of nutrients and waste products of muscle cells, causing fatigue and pain. In fact, a pH imbalance affects all cellular activity in the body and can lead to a wide range of degenerative diseases.

Among other things, acidic blood blocks vitamin absorption, creates toxic buildup in cells, decreased organ function, prevents proper digestion, creates excess gas and bloating, causes unhealthy weight gain, and accelerates the aging process.

When the pH is below 7.0 accelerates aging because the acids accumulate in the cell walls, causing them to harden and dry. By contrast, aging is slowed when acid waste is removed from the body.

How to decrease the pH of the blood

Although every organ in the body has its own pH, recall that the pH of blood is the key because it is a reflection of the state of the organism as a whole and that all our cells are directly related to the exchange of oxygen and nutrients that their blood provides.

Diet and stressful lifestyle directly affect pH levels of all body fluids, which could determine how well or poorly functioning immune system. A weakened immune system, of course, means a low resistance to infection.

A high acid also allows LDL (bad cholesterol) to adhere more quickly to the arteries, damaging artery walls and creating plaque buildup.

Processed foods, pre-packaged, sugary, refined pasta, dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream, etc..) Alcohol, drugs, meat, fish and meats promote acidity by its composition. Proteins and carbohydrates acidify the body.

Stress plays an important role in creating excess acid. This is the reason that people tend to live in a perpetual state of stress are more likely to develop acidic conditions.

If you do not get enough sleep, if your job stresses, if you are going through a divorce, if you're moving to a new city, if you live bitter, the body accumulates more acidic than they can handle.

The snuff, alcohol, drugs, environmental pollutants or chemicals your body acidic.

How to measure your blood pH

Here we reach an interesting point: how do I know if I have an acidic pH? There is no question of becoming a drain on every day and measure the pH (of course with litmus paper can not do), but it can be used to measure the pH of your saliva and urine.

Although not completely definitive, the pH of urine is an indicator of how your body. When we observe a urine test which is very common for urine pH is 5. The official medicine is not going to give much importance to this fact since up to 5 (acid) consider it normal. It is true that influence what you've eaten the night before (if you dined meat or fish, your kidneys have to filter out the acids that have been produced by your body metabolize the food, and therefore the pH is low), but if you measure the pH of your urine every day thing in the morning and always is 5, then you are not doing things in a healthy way. With saliva something similar happens even though the procedure is more complex.

Restore the pH balance

The make some moderate changes in diet can help restore pH balance. For starters, try eating more fruits and vegetables. Set aside foods like cheeses, soft drinks, alcohol, processed foods and sweeteners (use honey instead). Approximately 80 percent of your diet should consist of alkaline foods.

If these dietary changes seem too much for you, you can consider taking alkaline supplements. A study a few years ago examined whether supplementation with alkaline minerals influence the symptoms of patients with chronic LBP. The investigation showed that patients who took supplements alkaline their pain symptoms decreased by 49 percent and increased their level of blood pH. The conclusion: an unbalanced pH level can contribute to symptoms of back pain.

Another increasingly common as it is alkaline water with some baking soda. Although this measure is better to be directed by a health professional.

To reduce your stress level, which help regulate the pH is to try to do deep breathing exercises, eating alkaline foods or do any other relaxation technique that considers good for you. Moderate exercise, walking 10 minutes a day or take a long walk will also help in reducing stress and restore its pH balance, the key to good health.

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