pH is the abbreviation for potential hydrogen.The pH of any solution is the measure of its hydrogen-ion concentration. The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the fluid is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the fluid is. The pH range is from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic.
A healthy blood pH without cancer has acid + alkaline balance almost equal. Actually, a healthy body is slightly alkaline measuring approximately 7.4. This ideal blood 7.4 pH measurement means it is just slightly more alkaline than acid.
Nevertheless, as far as the human body is concerned, a single pH value cannot be established as each organ has its own specific pH value.
The pH in the human digestive tract varies greatly. The pH of saliva is usually between 6.5 and 7.5. After we chew and swallow food it then enters the fundic or upper portion of the stomach which has a pH between 4.0 and 6.5. This is where “pre-digestion” occurs while the lower portion of the stomach is secreting hydrochloric acid (HCI) and pepsin until it reaches a pH between 1.5 and 4.0. After the food mixes with these juices it then enters the duodenum (small intestine) where the pH changes to 7.0 – 8.5.
This is where 90% of the absorption of nutrients is taken in by the body while the waste products are passed out through the colon (pH 4.0 – 7.0).
If you have a health problem, most likely you are acidic. Research shows that unless the body’s pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot heal itself. So, no matter what type of modality you choose to use to take care of your health problem, it won’t be as effective until the pH level is up. If your body’s pH is not balanced, you cannot effectively assimilate vitamins, minerals and food supplements. Your body pH affects everything.
Moreover, the body fights to maintain its natural pH by storing excess acidic substances in certain parts or organs, thus increasing their acidity. Hence, chronic pH imbalance damages the tissues inside the body and may even lead to malignancy, as it leads to cell death or cell mutation.
In the worst case scenario, metastasis can occur. This means that the dead cells remain acidic in the body, whereas the mutated or malignant cells continue to grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts or organs in the body.
On the other hand, modern diets make use of a lot of sugar, caffeine, highly processed foods and alcohol, which makes the body overly acidic and eventually leads to a poor immune system, chronic headaches, and fatigue, as well as a number of digestive issues.
Therefore, alkaline water can be of great importance for our health.
Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Because of this, some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body. Normal drinking water is generally a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water generally has a pH of 8 or 9.
Alkaline water can be of great benefit since it provides much better hydration to the whole system, thus improving overall health and wellbeing.
Plus, it is extremely beneficial for your brain, which is mostly made of water.
Alkaline water can be bought in many grocery or health food stores. Water ionizers are sold in many large chain stores as well.
You can also make your own at home. Read on to learn how to make alkaline water at home
- 1 organic lemon (washed and sliced)
- 2l purified water
- 1 tablespoon Himalayan salt ( you can find it in any healthy food store)
Method of preparation:
Fill a glass jar with water and add the lemon slices, but do not squeeze out the juice. Add the Himalayan salt. Next, cover the jar and leave it overnight at room temperature.
In the morning, drink 3 glasses of alkaline water on an empty stomach.
The homemade alkaline water is of extreme importance, as it will create the ideal pH balance in your body, and it will reflect on your overall health.