Acid / Alkaline balance (ph balance) of the human body is the most essential balance that needs to be maintained not only for what we could call health, but for life and survival as well. And although our bodies are incredible machines that constantly work to keep everything in balance, the body of a modern 21st century man/woman has a tough and ungrateful job of keeping up with far too much toxicity, pollution, stress, processed foods and generally not so healthy diet and lifestyle. All of these are the major source of acid build-up in our bodies and subsequently imbalances which we normally call ‘diseases’. Finding alkaline supplements that work then becomes the quest to help our bodies in their colossal task of having to cope with excessive acid / alkaline imbalances.
When looking at acid / alkaline balance in our bodies, it’s important to note that our bodies are alkaline by design but acidic by function. What this means in practice is that the optimal health is achieved only when the ph of the blood and most tissues is slightly alkaline yet the many functions of our bodies are acid producing. This seeming disadvantage may not seem as such a bad deal when we understand the mechanisms build into our bodies to neutralize and eliminate acids and thus maintain the desired slightly alkaline ph of our bodies.
These mechanisms include:
– Buffering systems (chemical reactions that work to keep a balanced ph)
– Organs of elimination – kidneys, lungs, skin and large intestine
– Water – dilutes acids produced by metabolism, diet and lifestyle
– Minerals – are divided into acidic (phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, fluoride and iodine) and alkaline (calcium, potassium, sodium, iron and magnesium)
Easier to go acidic?
Apart from the acids produced by our bodies as a part of metabolic and digestive processes happening all the time, let’s have a look at some other culprits that can contribute to acidic overload in our bodies and thus become the cause and the seat of various diseases:
– insufficient chewing of our food is the cause of acidic food fermentation in our gut so the proper chewing is the first step in reducing unnecessary acidity
– over eating stresses and overloads the system (our body)
– too much acid forming foods in our diet (processed foods, meat, dairies, sugar, grains) has serious implications on mineral balance in our bodies. To cope with acid overload, our body has to reach to its own mineral reserves, and if those reserved are not sufficiently replenished, number of complications may and will ensue.
– physical activity
– sedentary work/lifestyle
– stress and emotions
It may sound like a too wide generalization, but indeed, majority of the co-called civilization diseases are really the diseases of acidic environment in our bodies. The ph of blood must be very tightly regulated and maintained at about 7.35-7.40. A small drop of blood ph to 6.9 can lead to coma and death. Naturally, the body will try to keep this balance at all costs and in practice this means (as mentioned above), leaking important minerals from body’s bones and tissues to neutralize acidity and when there aren’t sufficient alkaline minerals to neutralize acidity, it gets stored. This vicious cycle leads to all the known civilization and lifestyle diseases that we know nowadays:
– Cardiovascular diseases; high cholesterol, high blood pressure, thrombosis, atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke
– Neurological diseases; Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis etc
– Immunity deficiencies
– Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
– Hormonal imbalances
– Skin conditions
Let’s get it back to balance again
As discussed earlier, there are number of ways our bodies cope and deal with acids produced and ingested. Some of you might already know, some of you might have already guessed that the diet and lifestyle are really the key factors in keeping the balance. However, I do understand that for most of us, changing our diet completely and overnight might be intimidating and not very realistic. Luckily for us, mother nature has provided us with a simple solution. Green barley grass juice … and modern technology has made it possible for us to get a high quality organic green barley grass juice powder packaged and delivered to our doorsteps.
Green barley grass juice powder is high in organic minerals and the presence of these minerals gives our barley grass juice alkaline quality. By regular intake of the green barley grass juice, we are constantly replenishing our bodies with vital alkaline minerals which, as we already know, our body uses not only to run a smooth operation ( all biochemical reactions in the body require minerals, our bones and tissues depend on them) but also to neutralize and eliminate excess acids.
… it is called synergy
Now you might be wondering why green barley grass juice. Why simply not take a mineral supplement and be done with all the acid imbalances. Well, it is called synergy. Green barley grass juice is a complex and natural food which is rich not only in minerals but also in vitamins, enzymes and various other phytonutrients which work synergistically, that is all the nutrients working together to produce a result bigger and better than what the isolated nutrients ever could.
To demonstrate the synergistic effect of nutrients present in naturally occurring foods, we can look at Norwegian study where a group of smokers were given beta-carotene supplements with objective of reducing the risk of lung cancer. It didn’t work. On the other hand, the risk or lung cancer was significantly reduced (by 40 %) by just simply eating carrots, the whole natural food containing the wide range of nutrients and phytonutrients which work together and synergistically to give the food its health benefits. For more information on health benefits of green barley grass juice powder, please see my previous post.