pH is a measure of how acidic/basic a solution is. The range goes from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. A pH of less than 7 indicate acidity, whereas a pH of greater than 7 indicates a base/alkaline.
Life on earth depends on appropriate pH levels in and around living organisms and cells.
Human life requires a tightly controlled pH level in the serum of about 7.4 (a slightly alkaline range of 7.35 to 7.45) to survive.
Even the pH of the soil in which plants are grown can have considerable influence on the mineral content of the food we eat (as minerals are used as buffers to maintain pH). The ideal pH of soil for the best overall availability of essential nutrients is between 6 and 7. Acidic soils below pH of 6 may have reduced calcium and magnesium, and soil above pH 7 may result in chemically unavailable iron, manganese, copper and zinc. Adding dolomite and manure are ways of raising pH in an acid soil environment when the pH is below its optimal level.
When it comes to the pH and net acid load in the human diet, there has been considerable change from the hunter gatherer civilization to the present. With the agricultural revolution and even more recently with industrialization, there has been major changes to our soil and consequently our foods.
It is generally accepted that humans today have a diet poor in magnesium, potassium, and fibre and rich in saturated fat, simple sugars, and salt. This results in a diet that may have a tendency to induce metabolic acidosis inside the body. With aging, there is a gradual loss of renal acid-base regulatory function and a resultant increase in diet-induced metabolic acidosis while on a modern diet and inflammation follows.
These foods are alkaline and reduce inflammation:
- – Fruits
- – Vegetables
- – Mineral and soda water
These foods are acidic and can result in inflammation:
- – Meats
- – Dairy
- – Grains
- – Sugar
- – Alcohol
- – Coffee
As we know, balance is key in the body and when we fall out of our health practises and indulge more frequently in the latter group, we tend to feel it in our bodies – pain, bogged down, and generally feeling off.
When we get back into the groove of our health practices we begin to reap the benefits as the body balances back out – clear mind, energized, sleeping well, reduced pain and so much more.
To support this balance in the body, supplements can be added in to support the low nutrient levels in foods from years of farming. One of our favourites is Alka Practice, a synergistic electrolyte formula containing: vitamin C, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, ribose, taurine, quercetin, rutin and citrus bioflavonoids!