A pH balance is essential in the body in order for us to function effectively and at an optimal level. Below are various charts showing the importance of Acid and Alkaline balance.
The importance of the acid and alkaline pH balance range
As the chart shows the neutral measurement is 7.0. Below 7.0 indicates acidic levels whilst above 7.0 indicates alkaline levels. As pure water is neutral it has a pH range of 7.0
What is pH?
“pH is the negative log of hydrogen ion concentration in a water-based solution. The term “pH” was first described by Danish biochemist Søren Peter Lauritz Sørensen in 1909. pH is an abbreviation for “power of hydrogen” where “p” is short for the German word for power, potenz and H is the element symbol for hydrogen. The H is capitalized because it is standard to capitalize element symbols.” – Definition from
PH scale is measured with Litmus paper. Depending on the severity of the acid or alkaline the paper changes colour accordingly. Strength of the colour red indicated acidity and the colour blue indicates alkaline. The neutral colour (water) remains purple.
What is Acid?
Acid is a substance with a sour taste. It is a solution with a pH below 7.0. Strong acids are corrosive and cause damage to skin. Examples of these include Hydrochloric acid and Nitric acid. These strong types of acids are also known as inorganic acids.
Weak acids cause mild corrosion, which does not usually affect the skin. Examples include vinegar and citric acid. These types of acids are also known as organic acids.
What is Alkaline?
Alkaline is a solution with a pH above 7.0.
An alkaline diet keeps tissue supple, keeping inflammation low, thus reducing the risk of diseases such as arthritis and irritable bowel disorders.
Our body functions best at slightly alkaline levels. Diet is the best way to keep the body at its optimal level, i.e: slightly alkaline thus neutralising acids produced within the body such as during the digestion process.
A lot of imbalances in the body function can be resolved simply by correcting the pH balance in your body. A good mixture of healthy food will set your pH balance within the natural range needed by your body.