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  • South Central Wisconsin
  • January 2012
Written by  Marcia Simler

How imbalanced pH affects your health

Most people who have unbalanced pH are “acidic.” This condition forces the body to borrow minerals, including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium – from vital organs and bones to buffer the acid and safely remove it from the body. This process can weaken the organs and bones over time and contribute to a number of diseases. For this reason, high acidity has been called “the silent killer.” The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause – too much tissue acid waste in the body. Therefore, the condition of our health is dependent upon the condition of alkaline elements in the body fluids.

Though less common than high acidity, high alkalinity in the body causes many of the same kinds of problems as acidity. It often takes more support and time for a person who is “alkaline” to achieve balance than one who is “acidic”, because the body becomes less capable of excreting acids through the kidneys, and the liver and the bowel compensate by producing ammonia. This is why nursing homes sometimes have the smell of ammonia — it’s the body’s last-ditch effort to alkalize the body and it overdoes it.

An imbalance in the body’s pH may lead to serious health concerns, including hormone concerns, cardiovascular weakness, weight gain/loss, bladder or kidney concerns, immune deficiency, free radical damage, structural system weakness, including brittle bones, hip fractures, and joint discomfort, stressed liver function, low energy, slow digestion or elimination, and yeast/fungal overgrowth, to name a few.

Your urine pH may indicate how well your body is excreting acids and assimilating minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. These minerals function as “buffers.” Buffers are substances that help maintain and balance the body against the introduction of too much acidity. Even with the proper amounts of buffers, acid levels can become extreme. When the body ingests or produces too many of these acids, it must excrete the excess. The urine is the perfect way for the body to remove any excess acidic substances that cannot be buffered. If the average urine pH is below 6.0 or above 7.0, the body’s buffering system is overwhelmed.

Acids do not stay in the blood. The blood is the most critical buffering system of the body. A blood pH of 7.35 to 7.5 must be maintained. The optimum pH of saliva is 6.5 in the morning, and 6.0 of urine in the morning, and 7.0 for urine in the evening, when testing.

We excrete acids through our colon, kidneys, lungs, skin and lymph. We buffer those acids with minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and 65 other trace minerals. The storage of acids is in our tissues, joints, muscles, and arteries (acids are stored as plaque). Our emergency backup system to control acids, when there is not enough minerals, is our liver and bowels produce ammonia, which may create body odor. The body borrows the calcium and minerals from our bones in order to balance our blood pH.

The results of saliva testing may indicate the activity of digestive enzymes in the body. These enzymes are primarily manufactured by the stomach, liver and pancreas. While the saliva also utilizes buffers just like the urine, it relies on this process to a much lesser degree. If the saliva pH is too low (below 6.5), the body may be producing too many acids or may be overwhelmed by acids because it has lost the ability to adequately remove them through the urine, colon, lungs or skin. If the saliva pH is too high (over 6.8), the body may suffer from excess gas, constipation and production of yeast, mold and fungus.

If your body is too acidic there are things that can be done. We can check your mineral levels, alkalize with the proper foods (and foods that are correct for your blood type), recommend cleanses and add the correct essential fatty acids as well. We can also check your lymphatic system to see if it is able to excrete acids. 

Certified Natural Health Practitioner Marcia K. Simler owns Natural Health Works Holistic Clinic and Natural Spa with offices in Verona and Monroe, WI. She is a certified kinesiologist and her website is The Monroe office is located at W4745 Blumer Road. Phone numbers for the Monroe office are 800-753-1689, or 608-325-3209, and the Verona office is located at 201 E. Verona. Call 608-848-8378 or 877-753-1689. Natural Health Works offers therapeutic massages, hot-rock massages, emotional release massages, detoxing foot baths and hand baths, and more.

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