The pH

Ideally, there is a balance between acids and bases as well as how food intake should balance with the later elimination of metabolic waste. The ratio of energy intake and energy consumption should also balance each other out.

Buffer substances in the blood

The blood in the human organism has a pH of 7.35 to 7.45 - so it is slightly basic. This pH must be kept constant so that the body can function optimally. Therefore, the blood has so-called buffer substances. These cause that the pH of the blood does not change immediately, as soon as acids are released into the blood. With the help of the buffer substances, acids can be balanced (neutralized) and the pH can be kept constant.

About the blood acid metabolic waste to the excretory organs. Carbonic acid is z. B. exhaled as carbon dioxide through the lungs. Other acids are eliminated via the kidneys and excreted in the urine. The term acid-base balance describes the interplay between the two components.

pH measurement

In the simplest case, you can determine your personal acid-base status by measuring the pH in the urine. Suitable test strips are available over the counter at the pharmacy. Be sure to cover at least the pH range of 5.6 to 8.0. Note, however, that one-time measurements do not allow any statement.

It is best to first measure the pH for each (5-7) day, and record it and the time. Also take notes about what you eat and drink. Then enter the values ​​in a diagram.

The ideal pH

Ideally, pH levels should fluctuate throughout the day and be within the white curve in the figure below. There should be pH values ​​that are above pH 7 (pH 7 is the neutral pH value). Not all pH values ​​of a daily course must always be above pH 7. In the morning the urine is z. B. acidic, ie, the normal pH value is then between 5 and 6, while he can often go over lunch after 8, so in basic.

Personal day profile

If your personal daily profile deviates several times from the "ideal curve" indicated in the figure, or if your results are generally outside the fluctuation ranges of the optimal values, you should feel encouraged to change something. You'll see, it's easier than you might think right now!

Your personal daily profile helps you to control the course of acid secretion of your body. But it is also a solid basis for discussion with your doctor or naturopath.

Incidentally, almost all pharmacists recommend the use of pH test strips for self-measurement of the acidity status when asked about basic preparations.

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