Acid-base balance: how to maintain a normal pH level in the body?

Published At: 16 January 2020 , 06:20 PM

"You have high acidity," "You have low acidity"... What hidden behind these phrases? The pH imbalance adversely affects human health: immunity decreases, weakness overcomes, the skin becomes dry and limp... The body needs acid to neutralize bacteria and viruses that enter it, as well as for efficient digestion, and alkali to normalize its level. What causes a pH imbalance and how to deal with this problem?

High acidity

Signs of increased acidity are heartburn twice a week; burning in the throat; aching pain in the right hypochondrium; belching with bitterness or sour.

If you do nothing, a stomach ulcer, gout, obesity, hormonal imbalance, and even cancer can develop. Why?

Because with increased acidity, gastritis often develops (acid irritates the gastric mucosa), which eventually leads to peptic ulcers, in which ulcers form on the irritated walls of the stomach.

An increase in the level of acid (in particular, urea) leads to an intensive deposition of urates in the joints, which provoke their inflammation. This is how gout develops.

Due to excess acid, the liver is disturbed. As a result, the metabolism slows down, which leads to rapid weight gain.

Impaired metabolic processes in the liver become the cause of its inability to ensure normal functioning and utilization of sex hormones. This leads to a change in the hormonal background and such complications as impotence in men and the development of fibromyomas in women.

Well, since the cancer cells themselves are acidic, in a medium with high acidity, the development of malignant tumors is faster.

You can neutralize excess acid in the body with baking soda, as it is an alkali. It is enough to apply soda for a month on an empty stomach, after extinguishing it with boiling water (0.5 teaspoons of soda in a glass of water). If you drink quicklime soda, the reaction will occur in the stomach under the influence of hydrochloric acid, resulting in flatulence, abdominal pain, and belching.

For this purpose, salt can also be used. The sodium contained in it is needed to lower the level of acids in the cells of the body and excrete acid in the urine. It is enough to drink two glasses of salted water per day (a pinch of sea salt per liter of water).

It is possible to normalize the pH balance in the body with the help of sports — two hours a week will be enough. In the process of intense muscle work during games, the body removes excess acid through the skin and kidneys. But do not overdo it, because, during overload, lactic acid formed in the body, which violates the acid-base balance (the signal about the beginning of acidification is muscle pain). On average, you should train 40 minutes three times a week. Instead of heavy power loads, choose gymnastics, running, yoga, swimming, or cycling.

Sports activities can be completed with breathing exercises. The lack of oxygen in cells and tissues leads to a violation of the pH of the blood. To saturate the body with oxygen, take short, shallow breaths with your nose and a sharp, deep exhale with your mouth. Repeat these breaths every five seconds for two to three minutes.

And it would help if you ate right. To keep the pH regular, 80% alkaline products (for example, vegetables, fruits, berries, greens, milk) and 20% acidic foods (meat, fish, bread, beans, etc.) should be present on the plate.

Low acidity

Signs of low acidity are bad breath, flatulence at least once a week, the appearance of acne rashes, dryness, and peeling of the skin.

The consequences of low acidity can be allergies, helminthiasis, constipation or diarrhea, depression, vitamin deficiency 

The fact is that due to a lack of acid, food poorly digested, and its particles enter the bloodstream. The body reacts to them as toxic elements and begins to produce antibodies intensively. So a person develops an allergy.

Lack of acid creates ideal conditions for colonizing the intestinal tract with various bacteria and worms (helminths).

In the "alkalized" body, food digested for a long time, its remains decompose, causing flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea.

From a lack of acids, proteins cannot be fully cleaved to amino acids. Their lack leads to impaired transmission of impulses between nerve cells, which causes apathy and depression, as well as cognitive functions of the brain (reaction, memory, etc.).

When food is poorly digested and not fully absorbed, most vitamins and minerals go through transit. As a result, their deficiency develops (vitamin deficiency), which leads to a decrease in immunity, the fragility of blood vessels, etc.

To increase the acidity in the body, you can use apple cider vinegar - every day during breakfast, drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of vinegar. But you should first consult with your doctor since vinegar has several contraindications (inflammation of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines, liver, kidney, etc.).

You can also ask a doctor for a referral for tests to find out about the state of acid-base balance (urine, saliva, gastric juice, and blood tests were taken). A doctor prescribes according to indications (for example, with abdominal pain, anemia, etc.).