I am a Respiratory Therapist and I do know a lot about pH alkalinity and acidity. I deal with blood ph very often, and I realize through my training how critical it is to keep your blood in a tight pH range.
There is an abundance of information on the internet and some of it is so confusing. Here, I will break it down into small bits and pieces so you can take what serves you and leave the rest.
We cannot begin a discussion about Alkalinity and acidity without explaining pH.
Ok, exactly what is pH?
pH the initials stand for potential hydrogen. pH is a measure or calculation of the amount of hydrogen ions in a solution. If a solution has a low ph it has a large number of hydrogen ions and if the solution has a high pH is has a small amount of hydrogen ions in the solution. pH it is measured on a logarithmic scale to determine the degree of acid and alkaline in a solution. For our purpose it refers to pH of your body fluids, beverages and foods.
You understand hot, warm and cold, therefore you can examine pH the exact same way. pH range is from 0-14.
Let’s say zero is hot, seven is warm and 14 is cold.
One end of the scale to the other. Read on…
0 through 6.9 is acidic
7.0 is neutral
7.1 to 14.0 is alkaline
See the pH chart below
Look at the pH of 5.0 and 6.0 next to it on the scale. This means that 6.0 is 10X more alkaline than 5.0.
To put this in perspective so you can see it clearly let us use the normal ph of urine which is 7.0. On the chart find 7.0 and going down the scale locate 6.0. If your urine is 6.0 it is (10) times more acidic that it should be. If your urine is 5.0 this means it is (100) times or (10 x 10) more acidic than it should be and would be much more difficult to bring back into balance.
From this small example you can understand how significant pH is to your health. A blood pH of 7.0 is not compatible with life. The normal range for pH of our blood is 7.35-7.45, slightly alkaline.
It is as critical to our existence as is the narrow range of your body temperature. Just like a thermometer measures your temperature the pH scale determines the acid/alkaline balance of your bodily fluids, food and beverages.
In order for your blood pH to maintain this range it will perform miraculous chemical actions. Our lungs will use your breath if you are to acidic to blow off carbon dioxide and bring your blood pH back into balance.
Buffers like minerals are used as well, especially magnesium, calcium, and potassium. If these minerals are not readily available our body will leech these minerals for other body parts like your bones and your teeth. How many of you have osteoporosis or have lost your teeth as you age.
Your kidneys also play a critical role in adjusting the balance of your body’s pH by adjusting the acid/alkaline balance of the blood as it flow through the tubes of your kidneys. See this article.
To summarize the aforementioned, your body uses buffers, your kidneys and your lungs to keep your body pH within narrow range.
The more acidic you are the more your body has to work and the more susceptible you are to illness and disease. Too bring your body back into balance means a change in diet and water. go for the best water, Kangen water.
Our western diet of fast foods, colas, refined sugars, meats, coffee, teas, except green tea, dairy and white flour all have an acidic effect on our bodies pH or acid/base. It puts your body in constant struggle to maintain its balance.
Bottle water is generally taken from the municipal sources and goes through reverse osmosis, this process removes the calcium, magnesium, potassium that the body needs desperately as buffers. Most bottled waters have an acidic pH as well. Tap water has the electrolytes and a neutral ph. The neutral ph is mandated by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA.
You can use bicarbonate of soda to make your drinking water alkaline. Do your own research on that. To be sure there is so much more to drinking healthy water than making it alkaline with baking or any other chemical additive. Educate yourself on healthy water.
Tidbit fact: A Canadian study notes that a one-liter brand-name bottle of water costs about $1.50. That’s about 3,000 times more expensive than an equal amount of municipal tap water.