Saturday, November 18, 2017

PH Balance


General Information:

The healthy biochemical reactions in our body are dependent on the electrochemical state being right and balanced, which in turn relies on appropriate concentration of important electrically charged atoms, also known as ions. The most important ions in our body are sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, and hydronium (H+).

The final products of body metabolism are water and carbon dioxide. The reaction between water and carbon dioxide produces carbonic acid, which is partially broken down to release electrically charged particles of H+ and Hco3-. The appropriate blood concentration of these ions is required for body acid-base balance. The optimum electrochemical balance for the body is set based on concentrations of [H+], which is slightly lower than pure water. The concentration of hydrogen ions (H+) in the blood is measured by pH. The “p” stands for Power. The lower the pH, the higher the concentration of H+, or in other words, the more acidic.

PH balance and the human body

Fast paced life, social, political, and financial issues create unbearable stresses on our mind and body. Industrial food continues to advance and is keeping up with our fast-paced lifestyle among other factors; however, this has affected our diets and nutritional balance over the past few decades, leading to a new wave of nutritional demand in society. These, in short, can increase the metabolic activities in the body, which in turn may lead to a prolonged low-grade acidic state.

The body has several mechanisms to keep the pH in reference range. Certain organs are involved in controlling and sustaining the healthy acid-base balance in the system including the kidneys (by excreting excess acid), lungs (by expelling carbon dioxide), and blood/cellular buffering system. Appropriate diet, lifestyle, and nutrients may help the body maintain its pH levels.

Health and Wellness Strategies:

An effective strategy to support your health may have many facets that include:

  • Dietary recommendations
  • Lifestyle changes and stress management suggestions
  • Supporting healthy kidney function using appropriate nutrients
  • Supporting healthy kidney function using appropriate nutrients
  • Appropriate hydration regimen
  • Increasing Total Body Antioxidant Capacity using appropriate nutrients
  • Others

Your blood test can help your healthcare provider plan an appropriate strategy, reveal the need for certain nutrients, and individualize an appropriate regimen of dietary and lifestyle recommendations with supportive dietary supplements.

Specific formulas, guided by the latest scientific research, have been designed to support blood nutrition as it relates to pH balance. Your health practitioner will advise you on the most appropriate formulas for your nutritional strategies.

It is important to note that the basic goal of dietary recommendations, supplementation, and lifestyle changes is to support nutritional balance and should not replace or interfere with your medical treatment prescribed by your physician. Realize that a nutritional strategy is only one component of your overall health care plan.

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