Recently, the use of the term „pH“ has gathered momentum, especially when the radar detects the word “health”. We slowly began to reveal the traps and dangers when our bodies are subjected to “acidification”, streaming from many and diverse sources.
Numerous researchers confidently claim that almost all of our health challenges and problems spring from acidity or the so-called alkaline-acidic balance. This is owing to the fact that the bad bacteria, viruses, parasites, and overgrowth of Candida – all of which are the root causes of legions of diseases with different names – flourish in acidic environments. Here comes the role of pH.
What Do We Need to be Cognizant of about pH?
For the most part, our bodies are constructed of water. Through water, oxygen, nutrients, and biochemicals are easily transported from one place to another.
Any aqueous solution may be neutral, acidic, or alkaline (basic). Its character hinges upon the hydrogen indicator – pH (literally meaning “potential hydrogen”). The scale varies from 0 to 14. Aqueous solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic (alkaline) while those possessing a pH of less than 7 are acidic. Solutions whose pH = 7 are neutral.
Why We Have to Secure a Balanced pH Level?
Since between 50 and 60% of the total body weight is taken by water, pH levels impact the whole body organism and are often an indicator of either health or sickness. A misbalanced pH means that its levels have turned out to be too alkaline or too acidic for an extended period of time. Whether the misbalance is the former or the latter, it affects the body negatively.
Maintaining a stringent alkaline-acidic balance in the body and across our various organs is vital for the proper operation of about 4,000 enzymes. They are a catalyst for each and every biochemical process in our cells and tissues; they renew our body and act as a gladiator against infections; and they sustain metabolism.
Regulating the pH level is of such substantial importance that our bodies have developed robust procedures to track this balance in each cell.
Cosmetic products, as well as our skin and hair, also possess a pH. As they come in direct contact, it is desirable that their values are close.
Clay baths are a wonderful and very safe way to detoxify and cleanse the body of chemical poisons and heavy metals that affect the already mentioned balance in the body.
Consuming a small dose of liquid clay daily is also a very effective method of basifying the body.
We can easily keep track of pH levels in the body by utilizing urine or saliva strips.
Skin and Its Relation to pH
The skin’s pH ranges from 4.5 to 6.5. The acidic environment aids the growth of bacteria, and the excessive use of washing products (mostly soap) leads to upsetting the skin’s pH balance, since the bulk of those products are alkaline. Therefore, as the elderly would instruct us, always striving for balance needs be a highly important priority of us.
Hair and Its Relation to pH
Hair’s normal pH is about 5.0. If the pH levels are too elevated, the hair becomes alkaline and this leads to its dryness and loss of gloss and shine. If those values are too low, the hair becomes stiff. Therefore, it is desirable to make use of moisturizing products to maintain the normal pH levels.
Clay Comes to the Rescue
White clay (kaolin) is the finest of all clay varieties, but its mineral composition is poorer than others. Thanks to its neutral pH, it is suitable for all skin types, even for the driest. It ferociously battles against hair loss, has a magical effect on dry hair, and is an effective solution for peeling and brittle nails. Kaolin can be used in the form of a powder when treating the sore and injured skin of babies and infants.
Having acquired some knowledge about what pH is and how to maintain it through separate nutrition and with the assistance of clay, we can live a much healthier life than we have ever imagined to exist. It all boils down to maintaining a simple balance.