Importance Of Proper pH Levels In The Body
There is very basic explanation as to why pH balance is so important to our overall health. Your body operates ideally within a narrow pH range of 7.36 to 7. It is naturally more alkaline than acidic; eventhough, some of the systems (like the digestive system) are acid. If the pH levels get too acid, a condition called acidosis can occur.
Acidosis occurs when your blood pH level falls below 7. How does this impact you? In many way! One of those is fatigue. It has been stated that to be healthy the body cannot be acid. It must maintain the proper pH levels.
So, What IS pH? pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14 -- the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7, which is neutral. pH measures the balance between positively and negatively charged ions in the body fluids, i. blood, urine and saliva. A low pH number (below 7) indicates that your body fluid is on the acidic side. A high pH number (above 7) indicates you have alkalinity. A pH of 7.0 is considered neutral; this is the pH of distilled water.
This delicate balance can be an important indicator of overall health. In general, our body must maintain a near perfect pH balance. It is critical to the maintenance of good health.The symbol pH is used to represent the acidity or alkalinity level. pH stands for Potential for Hydrogen. Some have called it Potential for Health. Anything from 0-6.9 is acid and from 7-14 is alkaline. Essentially every function of the body is dependent on our bodies maintaining a precisely balanced pH in the blood, and other critical bodily systems. One of the key systems, for example, is the enzyme system.
The enzyme system, as well as the electrical functions of our body, is dependent on electrolytes. Electrolyte levels are dependent on pH. This would indicate that without proper pH levels, it should be difficult for the cells to incorporate the necessary nutrients and energy for good health.
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