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Cycle of Imbalance
You may be familiar with the pH scale from school or maybe know the importance of pH for gardening and keeping fish. pH Balance within the human body is very important too. Different parts of body have different pH but I will specifically be focussing on the blood.
The acid/alkaline balance of the blood is a lot like body temperature as it also can only move/fluctuate within very narrow range. The pH of the blood is a very precise, slightly alkaline balance and the body makes constant subtle adjustments to keep it right where it needs to be. These adjustments could be likened to how we sweat to cool down or shiver to warm up in response to environmental temperature changes. Maintaining pH balance of the blood usually involves getting rid of acids.
The body has mechanisms for dealing with acids that we are exposed to from food and our environment, in order to prevent them disturbing the overall alkalinity. Elimination organs such as the liver and kidneys process the acids and we eliminate via urine, sweat and even by exhaling acidic gasses through respiration. Any remaining acids must be neutralized and the logical way to cancel out acids is to use alkaline minerals, so this is what the body does. Nature designed us to be eating alkaline food full of alkaline minerals, so when we occasionally become too acidic, the body draws upon alkaline reserves and buffers the acid. It would normally be a breeze and require little effort. The body is this case has loads of energy for all the other tasks in the body and you are health and full of energy.
But we consume too much acid food and drink (tea, coffee, sugar, sweet fruit, processed grains, meat, dairy to name a few), and donít drink enough water to flush the acids out. Acids are stronger than alkalis which will make balance more challenging. It takes 20 parts alkaline to buffer one part acid in the body. Also the pH scale moves in increments of ten, so for example pH 7 is neutral, pH6 is 10 x more acid, pH5 is 100x, and pH 4 (cup of coffee) is 1000x more acidic than the blood. . Biochemistry is such that it is very easy to become too acidic. The bodyís capacity to deal with temperature has limitations and so does its capacity to remain ph balanced.
Like I said above, it should be that the body makes subtle tweaks to the pH levels, like fine tuning, but now the acidity levels are so extreme. When regular elimination organs are overburdened through dehydration and alkaline reserves are low, the body must dig deeper and find more minerals and/or try and dump acids out of harmís way. Just imagine if acids spilled into the blood unchecked, the body would be destroyed in seconds. Pouring toxic waste into a river would affect those downstream and in a similar way acids in the blood would harm the brain and other vital organs.