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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.
Human blood stays in very narrow pH range right around 7.35-7.45, being consistently outside this range can lead to chronic disease. The pH in the human digestive tract varies greatly.
The pH of saliva is usually between 6.5-7.5. After we chew and swallow food it then enters the fundic or upper portion of the stomach which has a pH between 4.0-6.5. 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 1.5-4.0. After the food mixes with these juices it then enters the duodenum (small intestine) where 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).
The most common indicator of a health problem with regards to pH is if you are too 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’s pH affects everything.
If you are too acidic, consider the help and advice of a health professional.
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