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Acido-basic balance

To maintain its internal stability, the human body employs many physiological adaptations. One of these is maintaining an acid-base balance. Your blood needs the right balance of acidic and basic (alkaline) compounds to function properly. Your kidneys and lungs work to maintain the acid-base balance.

Acid and alkaline levels are measured on a PH scale. An increase in acidity causes PH levels to fall. An increase in alkaline causes PH levels to rise.

Even slight variations from the normal range can have significant effects on your vital organs.


Acid-base conditions regulate calcium and magnesium homeostasis.

Deficiencies may impact health and cause digestive troubles, scalp irritations, acid breath, itching, fatigue, osteoporosis etc…). Dietary supplements can help regulate metabolic acid when coupled with the consumption of alkalising food such as figs, bananas, apples, avocados and raisins).

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When you have alkalosis your carbon dioxide levels are low. This causes your body to release more bicarbonate to return your blood pH level back to normal. This is called compensated alkalosis. Your blood pH levels will test normal, however your kidneys are releasing more bicarbonate, compensating for the lower levels of carbon dioxide.

When your blood has too much bicarbonate, it is called metabolic alkalosis. This can happen from prolonged vomiting. Prolonged 

vomiting can also make you lose too much chloride. This is called hypochloremic alkalosis. Some diuretic medicines can cause you to lose too much potassium. This is called hypokalemic alkalosis. Along with a physical exam, diagnostic testing for alkalosis may include a metabolic panel, blood gas analysis, urinalysis, and urine pH. (strips on sale on Easyparapharmacie.uk)

This can usually be reversed by treatment with a saline solution. It can also be the result of a potassium deficiency or a chloride deficiency. These deficiencies can be treated with intravenous fluids or, in mild cases, with a diet adjustment.

A good acid base balance is the guarantee of a healthy metabolism.

If you suffer from acidosis, protein-rich food such as meat, meat products, fish and cheese are the food groups with the highest acid load, while fruits, vegetables, salads and fruit juice have a high alkalising potential.

Also favour super foods such as chlorella, spirulina or chlorophyll which promote elimination and improve the acid base balance consequently.




Acid-base imbalance is an abnormality of the human body’s normal balance of acids and bases that causes the plasma PH to deviate out of the normal range.

In order to prevent and/avoid side troubles such as urinary, intestinal, cramps or immune system deficiencies, it is crucial to adopt a low acid diet, practise exercise regularly and if recommended by your health provider, supplement your body with minerals such as potassium, calcium, sodium etc…


An excess of acid is called acidosis or acidemia and an excess in bases is called alkalosis or alkalemia. The process that causes the imbalance is classified based on the cause of the disturbance (respiratory or metabolic) and the direction of change in pH (acidosis or alkalosis). 

The presence of only one of the above derangements is called a simple acid–base disorder. In a mixed disorder more than one is occurring at the same time. Mixed disorders may feature an acidosis and alkalosis at the same time that partially counteract each other, or there can be two different conditions affecting the pH in the same direction. The phrase "mixed acidosis", for example, refers to metabolic acidosis in conjunction with respiratory acidosis. Any combination is possible, as metabolic acidosis and alkalosis can co exist together.


Did you know :

In the absence of pathological states, the pH of the human body ranges between 7.35 to 7.45, with the average at 7.40. A pH at this level is ideal for many biological processes, one of the most important being the oxygenation of blood.

A pH below 7.35 is an acidemia, and a pH above 7.45 is an alkalemia.  Due to the importance of sustaining a pH level in the needed narrow range, the human body contains compensatory mechanisms.

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