Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline (7.35 - 7.45). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic; a pH above 7.0 is alkaline. The pH scale, like the Richter scale, is logarithmic and as a result, each whole pH value below 7 is ten times more acidic than the next higher value. For example, pH 4 is ten times more acidic than pH 5 and 100 times (10 times 10) more acidic than pH 6. The same holds true for pH values above 7, each of which is ten times more alkaline (another way to say basic) than the next lower whole value. For example, pH 10 is ten times more alkaline than pH 9 and 100 times (10 times 10) more alkaline than pH 8.
Your saliva pH should be 7.0 or above in the morning when you first awaken and before you have drunk anything. You can test this easily with a pH test strip which you can purchase in any pharmacy. Simply spit some saliva into a spoon and put the test strip in it and then note the reading.
An acidic pH can occur from an acid-forming diet, living with emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a buildup of acids in the cells will occur.
An acidic balance will: decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease its ability to repair damaged cells, decrease its ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue, weight gain and illness.
Alkaline foods will raise your pH, and acidic foods will lower it. Click here for a list of alkaline and acidic foods. Another good blog on pH is available here.
We have settled on two of our meals each day being drinks which do raise our pH, moving us toward an alkaline state. We describe these delicious drinks here.
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