Many may be aware of the necessity for proper pH balance when it comes to the environment for fish, as well as plants, vegetation, and flora, etc., but may not be aware of the important role that pH balance plays for the human body. Foods that are ingested are typically characterized as either acidic or alkaline, depending on the residue or ash that is left behind after the food has been metabolized. It is essential that the pH balance of the fluids in the human body is maintained at 7.35 to 7.45, and the closer you are to these numbers as well as falling well within that range, the healthier you will be. Your ability to resist disease increases, and the framework in which the body’s various systems work to achieve optimal health improves, giving you a healthy foundation for overall general health.
Multifaceted World of Cells
It is a complex world, the world of cells that make up the human body, but good health, or disease, as the case may be, starts at the cellular level, and not at the system level, such as respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular/circulatory, etc., as healthy tissues, organs, and body systems, are the result of healthy cells. Needless to say, what you eat and drink directly affects your acid-alkaline balance, and your susceptibility to illnesses and diseases. When proper cellular function is bombarded and interrupted by free radicals and the lack of proper nutrition, then the body’s systems are compromised, and when the body can no longer effectively eliminate or neutralize acids, the development of dangerous symptoms may present or signal potentially serious maladies in various stages of disease. The integrity of proper cellular function is paramount to maintaining the body’s bio-system and healthy living.
Diet and Nutrition
As each body is uniquely different, and there are many factors and special needs that impact your body’s health, it is vital that you do the research and always seek professional advice if seeking to change your diet, and before undertaking a different exercise routine. Consuming alkaline or acid foods and trying to maintain the desired pH balance can be a delicate balancing act, but not a difficult one. A few fruits that have an alkaline ash are apples, blackberries, raisins, bananas, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, and dates. Some vegetables that have an alkaline ash are squash, eggplant, broccoli, turnips, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, and celery. Many modern diets are largely acidic which includes soft drinks, egg whites, most dairy products, grains and fats, lentils, prunes, dried beans, nuts, black tea, fish and all meats. Cooked foods are more alkaline than foods that are not cooked. Consuming carrots, celery, and dark green varieties of lettuce, not iceberg, aids in maintaining a healthy pH balance. One vegetable that helps to detoxify the body and helps to rid the tissues and blood of excess acid is asparagus. A very significant and rather abundant mineral in the body is calcium, and is fundamentally important and plays a crucial role in the acid and alkaline balance. When there is a lack of calcium in the diet, the all too important mineral has to come from somewhere. Calcium is taken or pulled from the bones to help satisfy the body’s need for balance, it is one of a few minerals that are well suited to aid in neutralizing a too acidic or toxic environment. Other minerals that are well-suited to aiding in detoxifying a very acidic landscape is magnesium, potassium, and sodium, and it is well-known that calcium is better absorbed and assimilated when taken with magnesium, and potassium and sodium work well with phosphates, carbonates and proteins to help maintain a proper acid and alkaline balance in the blood.
Though often there are typically variances in your body’s pH levels, and fluctuations can range widely, some say the average range is between 6.4 and 7.5, and some may say the desirable range is somewhere between 7.35 to 7.45, and that the pH of urine has a much wider range, most will agree that a pH of 7.0 is neutral. At-home test kits can be purchased at most health food stores or online, and come with very easy to follow instructions. If you choose to test with urine, it is best to test it first thing in the morning, if you choose to test with saliva, do not brush, drink or eat anything prior to testing. Moisten the test strips that come with the kit with either urine or saliva and check the color against the chart provided with the kit. The body needs both types of foods in the right proportions to maintain optimum health. Monitoring your body’s pH can become as much a part of your health routine as exercise, and as important as your spiritual, mental and emotional campaign for a healthy lifestyle.
With the fast paced hectic schedules that so many have become so familiar with, consuming fast foods on the run, with the added stress of balancing family life with demanding work schedules, it can be a challenge to take in proper nourishment, tipping the scales bordering on unhealthy. A healthy body depends on a healthy bio-system that depends on healthy cells.