The Ph Of The Human Body

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The pH of the human body is extremely important. A pH of 7 is neutral, below 7 is acidic, and above 7 is alkaline. The normal range for human blood pH is between 7.35 and 7.45, which is slightly on the alkaline side.1 This is not a very big range, and when the pH is higher or lower than this, health problems and diseases will occur. Bone weakness, weight problems, fatigue, heart problems, and allergies are just a few problems that can occur if the pH is not in the normal range. The more out of range the pH level is, the worse it gets. If the pH level drops to lower than 6.8 or higher than 7.8, a person is likely to die. The urine pH in the human body can vary between being acidic and alkaline depending on the need for equalizing the…show more content…
Metabolic acidosis is when there is an increase of keto acids in the blood, which reduces the body’s capability to neutralize acids. When the body is continuously using its base stores, it results in an increase of calcium in the urine, and loss of the body’s calcium. The consequences of net acid production, and the increase in body fluid acidity that goes along with it, may cause the development of osteoporosis, loss of muscle mass, renal stones, and renal failure related to age. The high intake of sodium, and low intake of potassium, adversely affects cardiovascular function, and can cause hypertension and stroke.
Acidic foods and beverages can also contribute to dental erosion. One study found that carbonated soft drinks and sports drinks, which are acidic, decreased the surface hardness of dentine, microfilled composite, and enamel.4 Another study done on athletes found that acidic foods and drinks contributed to dental erosion and tooth sensitivity.5 Another study also found that acidic foods and drinks were statistically significant to tooth wear.6 The conclusions of all of these studies agree that acidic food and drinks adversely effects the health of teeth.
Following a diet that is more on the alkaline side is better for overall health. One study looked at the effects of an alkaline diet on muscle mass.7 As we age, we
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