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The pH principle


“The body is alkaline by design, but acidic by function”. Nobel Laureate, Albert Szent-Gyogyi


The body’s acid-alkaline balance is essential for optimal health. Disruptions to the acid-alkaline balance can lead to ill-health and increase susceptibility to disease.


The metabolic processes of the body continuously produce enormous quantities of acid, whilst at the same time the cells and tissues of the body require a slightly alkaline environment to function properly. Thus the body must neutralise or excrete the vast majority of acids that it produces.


The body’s pH must be regulated to maintain a stable internal environment that allows for proper functioning of its cells, tissues, organs and organ systems.


Why is acid-alkaline balance important?


The most common form of acid-alkaline imbalance in the body is chronic, low grade metabolic acidosis and is caused by a persistent build-up of excess metabolic acids in the body. This process tends to occur with age as kidneys weaken, but can also be created by our diet.  


The overconsumption of acid forming foods, (refined foods, processed foods, sugar, coffee, alcohol, proteins, grains, legumes) and the under consumption of alkaline forming foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds) can lead to a slight, yet chronic acid tilt that produces a fertile ground for a variety of health problems.



Acidosis related health problems


*   Anaemia  

*   Candida

*   Degenerative disease

*   Dental decay and gum disease

*   Digestive problems

*   Fatigue

*   Fluid retention

*   Frequent infections

*   Frequent, painful urination

*   Fungal infections

*   Hormone dysfunction

*   Hypertension

*   Hypothyroidism

*   Inflammation

*   Increased cortisol levels

*   Joint pain

*   Kidney stones

*   Lowered immunity

*   Muscle pain and weakness

*   Osteoporosis

*   Oxidative stress

*   Poor concentration, forgetfulness

*   Premature ageing

*   Premature lines and wrinkles

*   Reduced enzyme function

*   Suboptimal liver detoxification



How do we measure pH?     


We can measure the acid-alkaline balance in the body by testing the pH of the urine.  The kidneys are responsible for the handling of metabolic acids and the best test for low level acidosis is with a specific sample of urine.


Urinary pH is an easy and accurate way to initially determine the acid-alkaline status of the body. As healthy dietary changes are made it is then easy to retest the pH of the urine to ascertain the effectiveness of treatment.  




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