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An Absolute Balance of Dietary pH

At Absolute Health, the health and wellbeing of each and every patient is of upmost importance. One of the more challenging aims for our health is to manage our body’s pH levels. The human body maintains an average pH of 7.4, which is the ideal pH for blood to function to its best ability. Dropping to a pH of just 6.8 can begin to cause disease and health problems, showing us all that if we cannot regulate our body pH, we can become very ill.

Luckily for us, our body has a range of natural methods in place that helps maintain a healthy pH regardless of how unwell we are. Buffers and the renal system provide immediate limitations to pH fluctuations and even the expelling of excess CO2 helps as a defense against pH change. Our organs often work overtime too if things start straying from that golden pH of 7.4.

Although what we eat may not change our blood pH, our gastrointestinal pH can be changed. This change then puts our body into overdrive, which can cause problems for our renal system. Too much lactic acid, ketoacids (in diabetics) or kidney failure, can all result in renal failure, and ingestion of poisons such as methanol and ethylene glycol through medicines such as aspirin can also be major causes to an imbalanced pH.

Absolute Health recommends people enjoy a range of foods while keeping an eye on their gastrointestinal pH at the same time. Leafy greens like spinach and broccoli are high in alkaline, fruit and other non-meat foods are also high in alkaline. Dairy products, meats, coffee and carbohydrates are all acidic, with colas and other fizzy drinks as high as 2.3 pH, as acidic as our stomach acid! Acidic foods affect the body is a number of ways, from neurological conditions, acidic plaques around the heart, excess gas, bad breath, bloating, eczema, mineral deficiencies and bone damage. In fact, our body strips the calcium from our bones to help combat high acids in our body, and once it’s gone it’s gone!

Absolute Health believes strongly in using natural, homeopathic treatments for a range of aliments, and this goes as far as promoting a healthy, pH friendly diet too. Before the industrial revolution our diets were heavily alkaline, with vegetables and raw foods as our main source of food. Now, our diets have gone fully acidic. Red meats, coffees, and carbs — they have all contributed to a diet never before seen by our bodies.

Doctors at Absolute Health suggest we all make efforts to return to a more balanced diet pH, More fruits and vegetables, less coffee and cokes. If we improve our ratios, we will benefit from better bone health, reduce muscle wasting, better skin as well as mitigating other chronic diseases such as hypertension and strokes.

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