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The Highs and Lows of pH

By: Kirsten Sheridan
Posted: June 9, 2008

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Internal pH imbalances result from physiological circumstances, as well as an imbalanced diet—“You are what you eat.” Topping the list of foods that create undesired acidity in the body are refined sugars, caffeine and soda. More alkaline foods include fresh fruits and vegetables. Even citrus fruits, which generally are acidic, are treated as alkaline in nature by the body.

Many people have an overly acidic internal pH range, but, fortunately, just as the acid mantle has the ability to repair itself, the body has mechanisms that enable its internal chemistry to maintain homeostasis. There are buffers that help to restore the acid/alkaline balance when it is out of whack. However, these sometimes are not enough. If the body becomes too highly acidic, a condition called acidosis occurs. Toxins build up, and cellular degradation results.

A piece of the puzzle

Although pH is not the only concern when providing great skin care or slowing the aging process, it is a very important piece of the puzzle in the pursuit of better health—both inside and out.

 

REFERENCES

J Barron, Lessons From the Miracle Doctors, Baseline of Health (April 2002)