pH Balance and Acidosis Assessment

pH Balance and Acidosis Assessment
by Dr. Thomas Nissen

Avoiding Acidosis and maintaining proper pH balance is a challenge in today's world because the body is constantly being bombarded by acids, both from an internal metabolic production as well as from exogenous sources. Acids are produced by the body as a normal function of cellular metabolism and from the oxidation of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

The biggest amount of these acids will be removed by the body through normal renal physiology. However, as the kidneys are excreting the acid out through the renal tubules they are concurrently reabsorbing the bicarbonate ion. The reabsorption of the bicarbonate ion is vital, for without this compensatory mechanism the loss of this valuable ion would be similar to the addition of greater amounts of acids.

Unfortunately, when the bicarbonate ion is reabsorbed, it greatly influences and thereby increases its own concentration in the plasma. This increased bicarbonate concentration can easily lead to an increase in the very stable iso-electric pH of the blood.

This reabsorption of the bicarbonate ion has the great potential of adversely affecting the delicate balance of the plasma pH (which can be measured through the saliva pH). When the kidneys are overstressed in their attempts to stay relatively current with the increased acid load, often the blood is also stressed attempting to maintain homeostasis with respect to pH. (Note: A bad digestion increases a million fold the acid production!)

The stress placed upon the blood will often create a shifting of the pH values further into the alkaline range. (Can be monitored by the saliva pH)

The typical American adult diet consists of a large and excessive dietary acid consumption. This coupled with diminishing tissue storage of alkaline minerals, and complicated by excessive simple sugar intake and compounded by an inability to adequately saturate the tissue with oxygen, all leads to an excess overburdening of the surrounding interstitial cells with acids.

When the body reaches a point where its ability to remove the excess acids are overcome by the acids both produced and consumed, the body must resort to storing the acids within which is the first step for all degenerative diseases including cancer.

The interstial fluid becomes more and more acid so that the cells bath more and more in an acid environment. Nonetheless the blood plasma or lymph (saliva) becomes more and more alkaline, which means that the oxygen bond in the hemoglobulin protein increases and therefore less oxygen will be delivered to the cell. And that's why the development of cancer cells will increase because they live without oxygen (anaerobic).

Normal to Abnormal pH Ranges
  1. Healthy pH Values: Urine 6.7 - 7.5    Saliva 6.4 - 6.8
  2. Slight to Medium Acidosis: Urine 5.0 - 6.0    Saliva 7.3
  3. Highly Acidic: Urine 4.5 - 5.0    Saliva 7.5
Urine pH can actually measure high (7.0 or higher) when the body is in a state of high acidosis (renal acidosis) or when the body is going through a detoxification phase, so taking only one reading for urinary pH is of little value. Also note, that a high salivary pH is also indicitive of an overly acidic condition. Generally speaking, as urine pH declines and salivary pH increase, the acidic your body pH is.
Note: Sometimes the pH value can also go up because of a bacterial infection.
Introducing the Portable Water Ionizer

As an alternative to using a pricey counter top ionizer, you can purchase a much less expensive portable unit that is convenient to take anywhere you go.

There is one you can purchase from called the Original Ion Pod Portable Alkalizing Water Bottle Stainless Steel by Scalar Energy Store. It has the following benefits:

  • Increases The pH of Ordinary Tap Water In Minutes
  • Lowers The ORP of Ordinary Tap Water In Minutes
  • Reduce Acidity
  • Reduce Premature Aging
  • Alkalizing and Energizing for Your Body

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To view our article on Understanding Body pH Balance, please click here.

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