The function of Ph…and why it’s so important?
The pH level is a measure of your acid/alkaline balance in the body. It’s based on a scale of 1 to 14, with 7 being neutral. Ideally in a healthy body, the pH of the blood should be about 7.4, this is optimum – slightly alkaline. The body needs an alkaline pH to maintain clean blood, good enzyme reserve and healthy immune function.
If your diet is largely composed of meats, cheeses, breads, white flour foods, take-aways, chocolate, coffee, wine, beer and cigarettes (all acid-forming), you may be suffering from an over-acidic body.
Constipation, bloating, acne, heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, mild headaches, gastritis, candida and frequent flus can all be indicators that your body is too acidic, almost all cancer grows from an acidic environment.
A good ratio to keep in mind is 80/20, eat 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods.
Important to remember, this is one of my most frequent asked questions about taking a Fire Tonic “Reflux stems from acid – so why would I take more acid”??
When we talk about ‘acid-forming’ and ‘alkaline-forming,’ we are looking at how much acid the stomach has to produce in order to digest the food. For example Apple cider vinegar is clearly acidic when sitting on your counter. But, inside your stomach, it becomes ‘akaline-forming,’ because the stomach has to produce almost no acid to digest it. Conversely, something like bread requires a lot of acid to digest, so it is considered to be ‘acid-forming’. This is why a Fire Tonic is SUCH a good digestive, brings the gut to a state of alkalinity in order to better digest your food.
I hope this is helps clear up any confusion regarding ph and acid.