Your body’s pH varies from system to system and a “moving” pH is healthiest state. For example, saliva is usually neutral while gastric secretions are acidic and pancreatic secretions and bile tend to be more alkaline. When all systems are in the correct range, they work together beautifully! But, when the ranges get out of sync, that’s when health issues can begin to occur.
Here are some important ways pH can affect your health:
- Proper digestion. Food digestion begins with saliva, which is most active in pH of 6.5-6.75. If it moves out of this range, then enzyme activity can decrease and food is not as easily broken down. The stomach pH is acidic and can also hinder digestion if not in the proper range.
- Hormone secretion. If the pH of your blood is not the proper range (slightly alkaline 7.30 – 7.45) then it can affect the hormone functions at the receptor sites.
- Energy Production. Cell production needs a proper pH in order to function optimally and efficiently.
- Bone Health. If the blood becomes too acidic, the body will “borrow” calcium from bones to help act as a buffer and balance the acid in the blood.
What can I do to help my body achieve and maintain healthy pH levels?
- Eat nutrient dense foods and minimize sugar intake. Sugar is very acidifying to the body.
- Drink plenty of water, preferably pH balanced spring water (optimal pH of 7.5), to assist with elimination of metabolic and toxic waste.
- Manage stress through yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, etc. to help limit secretion of stress hormones that contribute to pH imbalance.
- Take a probiotic daily (preferably right before bedtime when the gut is at rest) to support a healthy pH in the lower GI tract.
- Take digestive enzymes with meals to support your body’s digestive function, feed your cells, and help maintain an overall pH balance.
Source: “Promote Health and Wellness through pH Balance.” Transformation Enzyme Corporation. Clinical Observations newsletter.