One of the most important processes in your body is the process by which your pH balance is maintained. A balanced pH is a turning point for good health.
The pH scale was developed by scientists to measure the number of hydrogen ions in a solution. This is important because hydrogen is directly involved in nutrition.
Some solutions carry more hydrogen ions than others, and the pH scale is an easy way of measuring this.
The pH Scale
Scientists set the pH scale from 0-14. “p” stands for potential, and “H” stands for hydrogen. So, pH really means your body’s ability to attract the right amount of hydrogen needed to maintain a healthy environment.
A solution with a pH of 0 has a low ability to attract hydrogen ions, while a solution with a pH of 14 has a high ability to attract hydrogen ions.
Here lies the balance.
Acid or Alkaline
The pH scale for fresh water runs from 0 to 14, with 7.0 considered a perfect balance between acid and alkaline. A pH above 7.0 is considered alkaline, and below 7.0, acidic.
The perfect pH for a body of fresh water is 7.0, like in a fresh water aquarium. Taking into consideration the various acids involved in the human body, however, and considering the fact that we are actually salt water beings, I believe that a healthy pH midpoint for your body should average a little lower than a fresh water environment; let’s say around a pH of 6.4 to 6.6.
Based on my work with toxins, your body’s water pH (saliva and urine) registering above 6.6 is actually becoming alkaline, and below 6.4 pH is turning toward acidic.
The Body’s Water
Your body’s water stores and hydration system are exposed to many things as they excrete from the body, such as:
- acids used to rid undigested food and other body waste
- lactic acid during exercise
- bile acids used for elimination
This is a more realistic way of looking at your body’s water pH because acidity breeds an environment for disease, but alkalinity stimulates dehydration by thickening your tissues and accelerating the sedimentation of elements within your bloodstream and organs. This can, in turn, cause disease.
If you strive to maintain a pH of 7.0 or above, your body can struggle with becoming too dry from alkalinity. Although it is common today to be more acidic, it’s important to make sure you don’t turn too far in the opposite direction.
pH of Your Blood
Your blood pH is different from your body’s water pH. Normal pH of your blood is tightly regulated between 7.35 and 7.45.
So, why the difference?
Your blood and your body fluids are two entirely different fluid systems. Your blood:
- is a very protected and exceptional network
- must remain isolated from body waste and toxins
- stays isolated from bacteria and microbes
- must be immune to foreign chemicals
- is resistant to fats (bad cholesterol)
In other words, your water is an open system, while your blood is a closed, protected system.
Balancing Your pH
If you desire good health, a strong immune system, and a balanced weight, then the pH of your body is something you can’t ignore. Knowing your body pH is important.
I will be writing more articles about how to maintain a healthy pH, and sharing with you the foods that can help you maintain your perfect pH. I am in the process of completing a new video series all about pH balance, which should be published soon. I’ll send an email when the video series is launched.
For now, if you’d like to learn more about how you can use pH to your advantage, check out my Body pH Balancing Program. And don’t forget to check out my Detox Program video series, and The Richardson Cancer Prevention Diet video series.
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