Often times you hear the words alkaline, acid or ph thrown out as they relate to health or nutrition. Who really understands these terms? If you were to be held at gunpoint and told to give the definition of acid, alkaline or ph could you confidently do it? If you were a chemist or botanist then you would have the pleasure of comprehending these commonly used terms. These terms may sound very basic to the ear but they hold extreme value in the area of nutrition.
1. Acid – As it relates to chemistry is any substance that produces positive ions or accepts electrons from a base substance to form covalent bonds. Still sounds foreign right? A better way to help you comprehend the meaning of acids would be to address food items that contain acid or that are acid forming. A common acidic food item would be soda pop. It contains carbonic acid. For this reason it is considered to be “a carbonated drink.” If you know anything about home remedies then you know that soda pop can be used to unclog stuffed toilets and remove Acidaburn rust from a car battery. If carbonic acid can perform these tasks then it is safe to say that it can cause some level of damage to your internal organs. Meat is also acid forming and causes a calcium deficiency. Wherever there is acid present in the human body there must be calcium to help digest or breakdown the acid. As it relates to your health, acid is the bad guy.
2. Alkaline – If I had a dollar for the amount of times that I heard someone say alkaline or alkaline water I would be rich. Alkaline comes from the Arabic word alkali. Alkaline can be defined as a base substance that rates higher than a seven on the ph scale. In the world of health people strive to be more alkaline than acidic.
3. Ph – Acid and alkaline are measured on a scale known as PH or potential hydrogen. Ph is nothing more than a plant’s ability to attract hydrogen ions. Plants need hydrogen to function. If a plant does not have hydrogen then it will not survive. Ph’s involvement with plants is focusing on the relationship between the soil and water. If the environment is too acidic then the plant will not thrive. On the other hand, if the environment is saturated with hydrogen then the plant will still not thrive. The ideal score for a plant’s environment or a human body on the ph scale is a seven.