The PH Balance Of Your Body - Is it important?
We are constantly being bombarded by warnings concerning all life's ills, from the inconsequential to the fatal. We should never ignore warnings that come from our health department, physicians, and other health care professionals. However, if the warnings are accompanied by an advertisement for a cure or solution, we want to be more skeptical. Always discuss your concerns with your family physician. They are the experts, the ones that are most concerned for your well-being, the ones that can give you the wisest advice.
Now, what is your body pH, and should you be concerned about it? We all remember using litmus paper in high school to determine if a substance was acidic or alkaline. The body, similarly, is acidic or alkaline, preferably somewhere in the middle. An ideal pH for the body hovers around the seven mark. The healthy functioning of the body depends on a healthy pH balance. The pH balance in the body is important, but if we eat well and in moderation, exercise regularly, and do all we can to remain free of destructive diseases, and conditions, the body will usually maintain a healthy pH balance on its own. If, however, we live an unhealthy lifestyle, we can upset the normal pH balance and cause our bodies damage.
If the body pH is too acid, the bones and other organs will be robbed of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium in order to readjust the acidity level. Continuing unbalanced pH levels on the low scale are associated with a variety of damaging conditions as minor as aches and pains and as major as weight gain, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancers, and heart disease. It may also be responsible for speeding up the aging process.
Excellent nutritious foods may be either acidic or alkaline. If we eat a balanced diet, our pH should stay in the normal range. Unfortunately many individuals around the world consume both foods and beverages that are overly acidic and our bodies suffer accordingly. There are several sites that rate the acidity and alkalinity of many foods. A quick look at one of these will tell you how your diet rates. One such site is:
Remember that the key is not to limit your acidic foods or overeat alkaline foods. The key is to eat a healthy balance of both.
Excessive alkalinity in the body is as undesirable as excessive acidity. Fortunately, excessive alkalinity is rare.
It is easy to test the body's pH with a simple litmus test obtainable from most drug stores. Read the instructions carefully, and test as instructed. You may need to retest several times to get an accurate reading. Most unhealthy pH balances can be corrected by diet alone. Do not resort to self-help to correct medical conditions. Consult your physician.