Your pH balance in your Body
What you didn't know about your pH might surprise you!
Acidic Tendencies in the body-
Many people have a pH that is "acidic". The body may borrow some minerals-including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium- from the vital organs and bones to buffer the acidic level.
Alkaline Tendencies in the body-
Through less common than acidity, alkalinity in the body may affect the same kinds of functions as acidity. It often takes more support and time for a person who has alkaline tendencies to achieve optimal balance, because the body may be less capable of excreting acids though the kidneys, and the liver and the bowel may compensate by producing other substances.
Maintaining balance in the body's pH may affect your health in many ways:
Urine testing may indicate how well your body is excreting acids and assimilating minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. These minerals function as "buffers". Buffers are substances that help maintain and balance the body against the introduction of too much acidity or too much alkalinity. Even with the proper amounts of buffers, acid or alkaline levels can fluctuate. When the body ingests or produces too many of these acids or alkalies, it must excrete the excess. The urine is the prefect way for the body to remove any excess acids or alkaline substances that cannot be buffered. If the average urine pH is below 6.5, attention should be given to lowering acid levels.
The results of the saliva testing may indicate the activity of digestive enzymes in the body. These enzymes are primarily manufactured by the stomach, liver and pancreas. While the saliva also utilizes buffers just like the urine, it relies on this process to a much lesser degree. If the saliva pH is below 6.5, the body may produce too many acids. If the saliva pH is over 6.8, the body should be aided by diet.