pH Balance: What is all the Hype About?

Are you wondering what pH is? You are not alone!  More and more health professionals are talking about alkalizing the body to achieve pH balance.

But what does pH mean?

pH is the abbreviation for potential hydrogen. The pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration. The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is. The pH range is from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic.

 

Human blood stays in a very narrow pH range but generally is slightly alkaline (7.365). When blood pH falls below or above this number symptoms of disease follow.  Therefore, the pH in the rest of the body fluctuates in order to keep the blood pH at an optimal level.

Why is this important?

The body has to have a balanced pH like most living things on earth or it does not function correctly.  An acidic balance will decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease its ability to repair damaged cells, decrease its ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.

                                            



Healthy Red Blood Cells

 

Unhealthy Blood Picture = Sticky swamp

Blood cells have a negative charge on the outside and a positive charge inside; this is what keeps them healthy and far apart from each other. However, when your body is over-acidic, the acid strips your blood of its negative charge. Your blood cells no longer have the same repelling force and clump together like this.

 

To learn more about how to test your pH, alkalize your body and to see the state of your blood cells book a Live Blood Cell Analysis appointment at Sprout today!

Here’s to a happy and healthy February!

Andrea Hauser, HOM, Live Cell Microscopist