Acid-Base Balance

Due to modern life style, insufficient nutrition, stress and toxicity the body has a tendency to be too acid - Darko Mardjetko

Acid-Base Balance
Acid-Base Balance

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The Importance of Acid/Base Balance for the Human Organism

Acid-base balance is one of the crucial factors of normal body functioning and preservation of the health. Any factor which can lead to significant pH changes of the body’s ecological system (i.e. pollutions), predisposes the internal milieu to be a breeding ground for pathological microbial overgrowth. The human organism was designed to function normally within specific pH values. This is particularly important when looking at the pH of blood which ranges from 7.30–7.45. If, for any reason, the pH of blood becomes too alkaline or too acid, the human organism can be threatened.

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 The Importance of Acid/Base Balance for the Human Organism

It is of crucial importance for the body to be able to maintain all the pH values under the normal range and to be able to compensate for any shifts which can lead to the diminishing of normal functions. For that purpose the human body is equipped with special acid-base buffer systems.

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To maintain homeostasis, the human body employs many physiological adaptations. One of these is maintaining an acid-base balance. In the absence of pathological states, the pH of the human body ranges between 7.35 to 7.45, with the average at 7.40. Why this number? Why not a neutral number of 7.0 instead of a slightly alkaline 7.40? A pH at this level is ideal for many biological processes, one of the most important being the oxygenation of blood. Also, many of the intermediates of biochemical reactions in the body become ionized at a neutral pH, which causes the utilization of these intermediates to be more difficult.

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