What Does Water do for You?

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The Importance of Balancing pH

Fact: Almost all of us are slowly dying of excess acid. Fact: This need not be! Help is at hand ...

The pH scale ranges from 0 on the acidic side to 14 on the alkaline, and a solution is neutral if its pH is 7.

At pH 7, water contains equal concentrations of H+ and OH- ions. Substances with a pH less than 7 are acidic because they contain a higher concentration of H+ ions. Higher concentration of OH- than H+. The pH scale is a logarithmic scale, so a change of one pH unit implies a tenfold shift in the concentration of hydrogen ions .

pH 6 means you are ten times more acid than pH 7.

pH 5 means you are a hundred times more acid than pH 7

Living things, including humans, are extremely sensitive to pH and function best (with certain exceptions, such as different portions of the digestive tract) when solutions are nearly neutral. Most interior living matter (excluding the cell nucleus) has a pH of about 6.8. Blood plasma and other fluids that surround the cells in the body have a pH of 7.2 to 7.45.

A blood pH of 6.9 can induce coma and death.

That is why all bodily systems are secondary in importance to the system of pH balancing. Your body will willingly shut down digestion, alter temperature, rob your bones of calcium, deprive your pancreas, just to maintain adequate fluid buffers of alkalinity to balance the 'acidic tide' we inflict upon ourselves through diet and stress.

However your body possesses numerous special mechanisms to aid in stabilising these fluids so that cells will not be subject to appreciable fluctuations in pH.

Substances which serve as mechanisms to stabilise pH are called BUFFERS.

Buffers have the capacity to bond ions and remove them from solutions whenever their concentration begins to rise. Conversely, buffers can release ions whenever their concentration begins to fall, thus helping to minimise the fluctuations in pH.

This is an important function because many biochemical reactions normally occurring in living organisms either release or use up ions.

Imagine now what a load is taken off your body if its primary safety system of pH balancing can be 'stood down' from a continual 'full alert' because you now have a plentiful supply of alkaline water!