Yoram Yasur Blume: The importance of the body’s pH balance
Many times, we have heard about the importance of the pH of the soap we use to wash ourselves, but what we do not know is that maintaining a pH balance of the body is fundamental. The pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance, and that of the body can be measured in blood, urine or saliva.
Yoram Yasur Blume: The balance between acid and alkaline in the body is essential, since certain functions of the body, such as the activity of digestive enzymes, depend on the pH level. Acidity and alkalinity are measured by the pH on a scale of 1 to 14, in which the acidity end is 1, and the extreme of alkalinity, 14. As in any solution, the liquids of the body have a certain pH, which should be slightly alkaline and oscillate between 7.35 and 7.45.
Yoram Yasur Blume: Currently, stress, sedentary lifestyle or poor eating habits cause an imbalance: they make the pH of the body go down and also behave one of the main causes of health disorders. Therefore, keeping the pH of the body in the correct range is the key to proper functioning of the body. Some of the consequences of an acid pH can be:
- Decreased activity of the immune system.
- Favored calcification of blood vessels.
- Loss of bone mass and muscle mass.
- Chronic fatigue
- Pain and muscle ramps
- Hair loss and nail deterioration.
- Irritated skin.
- Generalized tiredness.
Yoram Yasur Blume: Sports performance can be adversely affected if the body has too acidic pH, because, if this happens, certain oxidative and digestive enzymes cannot work properly. In addition, some publications show that, since calcium stored in bones dampens acidity, if the body has an acidic pH, calcium is released from the bone into the bloodstream and this can cause bone loss and joint problems.
In this sense, nutrition is a vital factor to achieve the optimal state of acid-base balance, since there are nutrients with the ability to acidify and others with the ability to alkalize. The foods are classified according to the effect that they have inside the body after the digestion, and not according to the pH that they have by themselves; thus, taste is not an indicator of the pH that can be generated within the organism. This is the case of lemon: despite knowing acid, it has an alkaline effect.
Yoram Yasur Blume: In general, fruits and vegetables tend to be alkalizing, while cereals, dairy products, legumes and proteins of animal origin are usually acidifying. In this sense, minerals are very important as micronutrients to maintain the correct balance; we can obtain them daily through the diet, but they are also eliminated through sweat, feces and urine.
Yoram Yasur Blume: A good way to incorporate minerals into the diet is to eat green leafy vegetables, fruits, seaweed, tofu, soy, sesame and whole grains.