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Your bodies physiology operates optimally at a slightly alkaline pH of 7.365
Most cells have a pH of about 6.8 but they are bathed in blood and tissue fluids with an optimal pH of 7.365. If blood pH moves too much below 7.2 or above 7.6, enzymes stop functioning properly and illness is inevitable.
An acidic balance will: decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it's ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it's ability to detoxify, help tumor cells thrive, aid invading pathogens such as fungus' to thrive, and make you more susceptible to fatigue and illness.
If you have a health problem you are most likely to be 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 pH affects everything. Symptoms/disorders that can be caused by over-acidity and subsequent infections include diabetes, athletes foot, cancer, atherosclerosis, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease, adrenal/thyroid disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, influenza, psoriasis, thrush, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, acne, headaches, obesity, metabolic syndrome and fibromyalgia (just to name a few).
Restoring an alkaline environment can help restore health. This is why improving the acid:alkaline balance in the body by increasing alkalinity should always be the first intervention in the treatment of chronic diseases.
An acidic pH can occur due to several reasons which include: an acidic diet - which is a typical western diet many of us are currently on, emotional stress, toxic overload, immune reactions, food allergies/intollerances or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.
The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals such as calcium from your bones to neutalise the acids. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.