The importance of pH
Metabolism represents the overall processes with which our body manages to use what it swallows in order to satisfy its vital needs. The balance between acids and bases is fundamental for the normal functioning of our metabolism, which is performed in an easily alkaline environment, in an interval between a pH of 7,35 and 7,45.
When the balance is disrupted, a degree of alkalosis or metabolic alkalosis appears.
In contemporary society, we are especially exposed to metabolic alkalosis, which is usually produced by bad eating habits (little fruit and vegetables, an excess of meat and cheese), the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes, a sedentary life, physical and psychical stress, the consumption of medicine and an unbalanced intestinal flora.
The body has different “buffer systems” that allow one to fight against metabolic acidosis, but in a few cases (excess production of acids, old age or hormonal changes of woman during menopause) make it function less efficiently. Because of this, an emergency system of the body interferes, taking the mineral salt from the bones, and restoring the correct acid-base balance.
But this procedure weakens the bone, so, in time, the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures increases. The consumption of alkaline mineral water can help the body restore the pH balance, reducing the risk of using the emergency system that weakens the bone.
EATING AN ALKALINE DIET
As well as improving bone health, alkaline mineral waters also have other positive effects on our body.
– they alkalize the blood and urine, counteracting the onset of metabolic acidosis induced by contemporary lifestyles, contributing to our well-being.
– they create better dental protection, increasing the pH values of the saliva and therefore counteracting the possible development of carious lesions. (3)
– they hydrate the body, increasing our psycho-physical well-being.
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