We all should know the basics about pH balance, cause it's so crucial for our health and wellbeing. Just as your temperature has to stay at 98.6 F or 36.5 C degrees (and your body will do whatever it takes to keep it at that level) your body has to maintain a pH of 7.365, according to Dr. Robert O. Young, Director at the pH Miracle Living Center in California.
If you eat, drink and live a lifestyle that is acidic, the stress it puts on your body to maintain this pH of 7.365 directly leads to sickness and disease. Your body is naturally acid forming – your natural bodily processes, metabolism and the body’s removal of wastes and toxins lead to small amounts of acid by-products. To neutralize this we have a small alkaline buffering system that keeps this 7.365 pH level in our blood.
And this buffer used to be 100% adequate…until our modern world happened. Now a diet of pizza, coffee, fried foods, chocolate, soda, alcohol, white bread, cheese, microwave meals and trans-fats plus a lifestyle of stress, pollution, chemicals and toxins means that we are constantly pushing our body to the max to try and deal with this constant, overwhelming attack of acids.
To put this in context, the pH scale (that runs from 1-14) is logarithmic. This means that pH of 6 is 10 times more acidic than pH of 7, meaning a pH of 5 is 100 times more acidic than pH of 7 and pH of 4 is 1000 times more acidic, etc. Coke has a pH of between 2 and 3 – pH 2.5 is almost 500,000 times more acidic than neutral water, and you need 32 glasses of neutral (pH 7) water to counteract the consumption of one glass of Cola. So you can see how a diet filled with meats, dairy, sodas and alcohol would quickly deplete these buffers.