pH balance and our immune system!
I've spoken a lot about the immune system of late and your body's pH level is also an important part of being healthy.
So what is this pH balance? Well, pH stand for "potential hydrogen" and it's the measurement of acidity and alkalinity in the body. The human body is built to naturally maintain a healthy balance between the two. The LUNGS and kidneys play a key role in this process. A normal blood pH level is 7 on a scale of 0 to 14, where 0 is the most acidic and 14 is the most alkaline. A disruption in the acid-base balance can lead to a medical condition known as "Acidosis and Alkalosis". For example . . . some types of "acidosis" include Asthma, Emphysema, Pneumonia, too little sodium bicarbonate in the blood, a buildup of ketones due to lack of the hormone insulin and a buildup of lactic acid. Excess acidity weakens the "Respiratory" system, meaning less oxygen in the blood, resulting in less oxygen available to the cells. This can make the body very fatigued.
Okay . . . so this is an important part to remember: "If cells live too long in an acidic condition, they adapt to it by mutating and becoming malignant".
Long term acidic conditions in the body provide a perfect environment for cancer, autoimmune diseases, flu, fungus and viruses. An increase of acidity in the body alters our pH balance and destroys our "good bacteria". Remember our good bacteria is our "defense" system.
As I said a moment ago, a pH scale runs from 0 to 14, Our body, for optimal health and weight needs to maintain a neutral 7.4. That sounds easy enough, right? Well, there's more to know about pH levels than just a number to obtain.
Did you know the body has saliva, urine, blood, spinal fluid and stomach pH? And they all need to maintain their own neutral position for optimal health.
With that being said, the body has a homeostatic mechanism which maintains a constant pH of 7.4 in the blood. Thank goodness for that. Something we don't have to worry about. Now saliva offers us a window through which we can see an indication of lack of mineral absorption. And our urine pH level is the one we can control because that fluctuates on a daily basis depending on how we eat and life.
A highly acidic urine pH may mean acidosis, uncontrolled diabetes, dehydration, "Respiratory" disease or lack of detoxification in the body (holding toxins and can't release them).
So what does all this have to do with viruses? Well, providing the body and our cells with immune boosting alkaline foods decreases inflammation, balances our pH levels and strengthens our immune system which help us prevent or fight off viruses.
So check your pH level every m