pH Balance Of Your Body

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All chemicals, natural and otherwise, have a pH level, which is a measurement of hydrogen. The pH scale ranges from zero to 14, with zero being purely acidic, 14 being purely alkaline and seven being neutral.

According to “The Complete Book of Enzyme Therapy” by Anthony J. Cichoke, the human body’s optimal pH range is between 7.35 and 7.45, only slightly alkaline. While the kidneys and other organs work to maintain a healthy pH, some circumstances can lead to too-high alkalinity levels, a condition called alkalosis. Alkalosis has multiple symptoms, but because these symptoms can have many causes, you should consult a doctor in cases where alkalosis is suspected but not clinically confirmed.

Becoming Too Alkaline

The pH of the urine can be alkaline in response to the body being too acidic and this is when we hear people say that they are too alkaline and therefore they do not need to be on an alkaline diet. The opposite is true, this is the body adapting to being bombarded with a diet of high protein acidic foods which has finally run out of organic sodium required to neutralize these strong acids. In a last ditch effort to protect the cells and tissue the kidneys produce a greater supply of the hormone glutaminase that causes ammonia to be released from the amino acid glutamine. Ammonia is very alkaline and in this situation the pH of the urine will be high. This is the emergency backup system to make up for the

insufficient sodium reserve for neutralizing the strong acids from the high protein diet. This is a signal to get on an alkaline diet with vegetables high in sodium because you are too acid. The odor of ammonia is usual in the rooms of patients who are

in the final stages of cancer. The baby diaper that smells of ammonia is the body adapting to a diet of excess nitrogen. The body is a wonderful machine with backup systems to respond perfectly to each situation. When we call on these backup systems over and over again with our lifestyle of excess protein and other acidic food intake, then these systems finally break down.

Becoming Too Acidic

Becoming too acidic in your body is can lead to conditions like acidosis, too much acid in your body.    Acidosis occurs when there is an excess of acid in the body or when the body’s natural mechanisms for maintaining its acid-base balance are compromised.  Some patients with an inability to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the body can have respiratory acidosis; this can cause lung and breathing disorders.  When it comes to diet, the body can undergo metabolic acidosis, where acid is produced in excess and/or ther eis a loss of bicarbonate (a base) which assists the body in buffering acids.  This condition when compounded over time can cause kidney issues as well as chronic diarrhea.  Eating too many acidic foods and not focusing on a balanced pH diet can challenge the kidneys.

Being Too Alkaliner Is a Sign That This Breakdown Is Already Underway

                                                 Measuring Body pH

Body pH is measured through the saliva or urine. Many things can cause the pH of urine or saliva to quickly rise or fall. For instance, consuming extremely alkaline substances such as asparagus or Ionized Water can turn the urine acidic because they effectively remove acid waste from the body. With persistence, however, consuming alkaline substances will turn body’s overall pH more alkaline. Saliva is an accurate measurement of pH as long as you do not consume or eat anything for 45 minutes before measuring it. Litmus pH paper is the most accurate measurement of saliva’s pH. Color pH test drops (phenol red) are a little more accurate than litmus paper, but both rely on matching color with the eye, which can be somewhat subjective. It’s difficult to determine the exact pH of any liquid within a single logarithmic point, meaning the difference between 9 and 10, let alone a tenth of a point. pH Litmus Paper Amazon.com: 3 Pack pH.1-14 Test Paper Extensive Test Paper Litmus Test Paper 240 Strips pH Test with Storage Case for Saliva Urine Water Soil Testing Pet Food and Diet pH Monitoring (3 Pack with Storage Case) : Industrial & Scientific

How to Tell If Your Body Is Acidic or Alkaline

Aug 16, 2013 | By Brian Richards

Your body’s acidity or alkalinity may be a symptom of an underlying illness. You can find out if your body is acidic or alkaline by measuring its pH. The pH scale ranges from 0, which is very acidic, to 14, which is very basic. Pure water has a pH of 7, which

is completely neutral. A healthy pH is neutral or slightly alkaline at approximately 7.0 to 7.2. Testing the pH of your urine will reveal the presence of any unusual acidity or alkalinity, which may indicate that your kidneys are working hard to neutralize your blood.

How to Tell If Your Body Is Acidic Or Alkaline

Step 1

Wait until you have urinated once or twice before capturing your urine for testing. Morning urine typically contains more particulates, as it has been collecting in your bladder for a longer period of time.

Step 2

Capture the middle of your urine flow in your plastic cup for testing. Both the beginning and end of a urine stream will contain different levels of

particulates, so capturing the middle of your flow is important in collecting an accurate sample.

Step 3

Tear off a one inch strip from your roll of litmus paper. Submerge one end of the litmus paper in the urine, and hold it for approximately five seconds.

Step 4

Remove the litmus paper from your urine and compare its color to the chart printed on the roll of litmus paper. The color may vary between yellow and dark blue, 

indicating a pH between 4.5 and 9.0. Ideally, the litmus paper will turn bluish green, which indicates a pH around 7.0 to 7.2.

Step 5

Test two more times during the day, ideally once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. Average your results for the most accurate pH reading, as the body’s pH fluctuates throughout the day.

Warnings

Only a doctor can properly analyze your urinary pH to make a proper diagnosis. Do not make dietary alterations or medical determinations based on your urinary pH without input from a physician.

Tips

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Acidic urine is associated with xanthine, cystine, uric acid and calcium oxalate stones. Alkaline urine is associated with calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate and magnesium phosphate stones.”

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