The Systemic pH

What many people ask is what pH is? Going back to school, just quickly. pH stands for potential of hydrogen and is measured on a scale from 0 to 14.
7 being neutral, any number below 7 becomes increasingly acidic and any number above 7 becomes increasingly alkaline. Ideally our systemic pH should be around 7.3, slightly alkaline. To avoid confusion the human body contains many systems. Digestive, circulation to name a few. The pH of blood, 7.35 - 7.45, is tightly regulated to maintain an alkaline homeostasis whereas the stomach juices are very acidic with a pH of between 1 and 3, yet once the food reaches the small intestine the pH is alkaline. As with most health-related barometers, balance is everything. Proper pH varies throughout your body for many reasons.
Here are some examples of the various pH values:

Normal pH values

Saliva 6.0 – 7.2 Acid-Alkaline
Gastric Juices 1.0 – 3.5 Acid
Small Intestine 7.5 – 8.0 Alkaline
Pancreatic Secretions 8.0 – 8.3 Alkaline
Bile 7.8 Alkaline
Arterial Blood 7.34 – 7.45 Alkaline
Capillary Blood 7.35 – 7.4 Alkaline
Venous Blood 7.3 – 7.4 Alkaline
Extracellular Fluid 7.4 Alkaline
Intracellular Fluid 4.5 – 7.4 Acid - Alkaline
Urine 4.5 – 8.0 Acid – Alkaline

The best way to test your pH is by using Litmus paper or pH strips to measure your saliva and or urine. It’s best and more accurate to do the test first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. If your saliva pH is between 6.5 and 7.5 throughout the day (depending on what you eat) and if your urine pH is between 6.0 and 6.5 in the morning and between 6.5 and 7.0 in the evening then your body is operating within a healthy range.

The Saliva Test

Acid Alkaline

In addition, your body regularly deals with naturally occurring acids that are the by-products of respiration, metabolism, cellular breakdown, and exercise. So clearly the goal is not to think of acid as “bad” and alkaline “good”. Again, it’s a delicate balance. When there’s even the slightest chance that you could become overly acidic (due to food and lifestyle choices, environment, chemicals etc.) your remarkable body will mine alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium from your bones, teeth, and organs to neutralize the acids. This is fine every now and then. But pillaging your reserves over the long term can lead to osteoporosis and other health challenges.

Acidosis and Dis-ease

There are over 150 diseases linked to acidosis, most common are:
• Auto immune disease (Lupis)
• Arthritis/ Gout 
• Cancer 
• Colds and flu
• Weight gain/obesity
• Chronic infections (cystitis)
• IBS
• Osteoporosis

By eating a more alkaline diet (leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, avocados, green juices and smoothies) as opposed to an acidic diet (high in animal products, processed carbs, refined sugar, energy drinks, etc), we flood our bodies with chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and oxygen. Healthy food creates healthy cells. Conversely, junk goes in and junk comes out. Eat approximately 75% alkaline forming foods and 25% acidic forming foods to improve or maintain a healthy.

Acidosis


Alkaline

One of the biggest casualties of the modern diet is the toll it takes on the body, especially the digestive system, liver, and kidneys. Inflammation, allergies, arthritis, skin problems, constipation, bowel issues, stress (physical & mental) and chronic disease. Excess acidity also sets the stage for bad bacteria (like yeast and fungus) and even viruses that wreak havoc on our health.