In all things there is opposition, and even competition. Both give us choices, a basic way of learning and the possibility for balance in our lives. However without opposing forces, finding balance couldn’t happen. This concept is important because it gives us something for comparison. Think about having hot without cold, good without bad, or healthy without sick. You wouldn’t be able to distinguish one without the other. As opposites, they complement each other perfectly.
Alkaline and acid are also two opposites that have a balancing point. There is a need for both within our bodies. Understanding the basics will shine a lot of light on your health situation and how to make a practical connection to our daily life. Alkaline, acidity and pH balance can teach incredibly valuable lessons for healing and health!
The measurement for alkaline and acidic substances is called “pH.” Any substance with a pH less than 7.0 is acidic, while anything above 7.0 is alkaline. The neutral point of the pH scale is 7.0. The pH of natural mineral water is 7.0 while the pH of the human body is roughly 7.4, slightly alkaline.
In swimming pools, chemicals are added manually to keep the water slightly alkaline, typically anywhere from 7.0 to 7.6. The chemicals either raise or lower the pH of the pool. They keep the water sanitized and compatible with the human body. The way a pool and our body are balanced are similar, except our pH level is automatically balanced.
Our bodies are experts at maintaining the pH level. It always maintains a very narrow range around this point. To make it easy for the pH to stay at 7.4, we need a diet of roughly 70% alkaline-forming and 30% acid-forming foods.
Buffering Acid – The Body’s Balancing Act
Balancing acid is also called “buffering.” The buffering process can be very rough on us depending on the quality of our diet. We need both acidity and alkalinity. Gastric acid (stomach acid) is key for digestion and we need it to break down food and absorb nutrients.
However, the danger zone is when the acidity of the bloodstream rises. Acid in the blood stream deprives our cells of oxygen and nutrients needed to maintain core functions. A lack of oxygen also encourages the growth of mold, fungus, bacteria and viruses.
Essential Minerals Are “Essential”
There are 15 essential minerals that the body needs for core functions. We cannot produce them ourselves so we need a steady source. Calcium, magnesium and potassium are alkalizing minerals needed to buffer acid and for bone, muscle and heart function. When our diet provides alkalizing minerals, the body has what it needs to do its job. However if we don’t get enough from food, the body needs to pull them from the bones, muscles and tissues.
The kidneys work to coordinate the balance of fluids and cause calcium and magnesium to be released from bones and muscles to buffer acid. They form ammonia which raises the body’s pH to normal levels. However the broken down bone minerals and muscle eventually are flushed out of the body in the process. This is also how kidney stones develop!
Fruits and vegetables are high in potassium, but modern diets are loaded with too many acidic foods. Low amounts of fruits and veggies (too little potassium) and too many meats, breads and sugars lead to an imbalance of high acid.
The Easy Way or the Hard Way?
Either way the body keeps our pH levels balanced. If we help it by providing the essential minerals it needs we’ll be much better off. Otherwise we could do it the hard way and see our essential minerals depleted and diseases thriving!
Imagine if you lost your job and had no income, you would likely start spending your savings. If you continue without a source of income, eventually you’ll deplete all your savings. You can see where I’m going with this, but our supply of essential minerals is kind of the same. It’s not a pretty picture without them!
Acidic food makes the buffering process harmful, interrupting all cell activity and functions and weakening body tissue. It eventually leads to diseases such as osteoporosis, weak muscles, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Unfortunately this is nothing more than a side effect of the buffering process.
By understanding this process and the trend of modern diets, it’s easy to see why so much damage is being done to our bodies.