Adding alkaline vegetables to your diet is easier than ever with these smoothie booster cubes! Read below to find out more about the importance of blood pH levels, along with a little refresher of basic chemistry, and an explanation about alkaline foods and water.
Balance in all things
Our bodies thrive when everything is in balance, this is called “homeostasis.” Homeostasis is defined as the tendency of cells or an organ system to self-regulate internal conditions. Steady, consistent blood pH levels are essential to being in good health, and the body is pretty adept at maintaining a balance on its own. Problems arise when there are internal or external factors that the body can’t keep up with. Consuming alkaline vegetables may help prevent an excess amount of acid in the blood.
What is an acid or a base?
Pure water has a pH level of 7.0, which is considered neutral – neither acidic nor alkaline. Items with a pH of 6.9 and below is considered acidic. Hydrochloric acid has a pH of 0.1 and is one of the strongest acids.
Anything 7.1 and above is basic or alkaline. The higher the number, the more alkaline a substance is; likewise, the lower a pH number, the more acidic it is. Caustic soda, or Sodium hydroxide is one of the strongest bases.
Characteristics of acids include a notably sour or tart taste (think: vinegar). They also have an acrid smell that can burn the nose, and a sticky feel. Acids are typically thought of as being corrosive, but it is their reactions with different metals or other substances that causes oxidizing agents, which are corrosive.
Hydrochloric acidSulphuric acidDigestive juices (stomach acid)Citrus juicesVinegar
Alkalis or bases have the following characteristics: corrosivity to skin, a soapy feel, a soapy or bitter taste (such as with baking soda), and little or no smell (except for ammonia).
Common alkalis (bases):
pure water 7.0 (distilled water)BoraxMilk of MagnesiaAmmoniaCalcium hydroxide (limewater)Sodium hydroxide (caustic soda)
Bleach, soaps, toothpaste, and other cleaning agents are alkaline.