Alkaline balance is very important for our health. Our enzymatic, immunologic, and repair mechanisms all function their best in an alkaline environment.
The human body has three ways of regulating blood pH. Carbon dioxide, is mildly acidic; its levels can be controlled by changes in your breathing rate. For example, when we exercise we produce lactic acid and carbon dioxide. Lactic acid is acidic, and the exhalation of carbon dioxide excretes acids. The kidneys also can excrete excess acid during urination. Finally, the blood is filled with special chemical mixes known as buffers, which work by resisting any sudden changes in pH.
There are countless chemical reactions necessary for life that can only occur within a very specific pH range, so the body has to maintain pH within that range. An acidic pH level within the human body is a common and likely contributing factor to all degenerative and autoimmune diseases. An acidic environment has several adverse effects on cell metabolism, impacting energy levels, accumulation of fluid and edema, and an increase in free radical production. Living with an acidic pH level can cause diabetes, obesity, migraines, cataracts, cancer, arthritis, stroke, gout, morning sickness, allergies and osteoporosis.
Everything we eat or drink affects our pH. Animal based foods such as meat and dairy products are mainly acidic, while plant-based foods like fruits and veggies are mostly alkaline. We do need both acid and alkaline foods in our diet to help our bodies maintain appropriate pH levels, though our culture with the convince of fast-foods and overly processed foods have made the majority of us overly acidic.
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