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Acid Versus Alkaline

Q: I look forward to reading your articles. Recently, I read that it is better for the heart and other organs to have an alkaline, rather than an acid system. How does one achieve an alkaline system?

A: I am not aware of the information you cite. In fact, the body tightly regulates its pH (a measure of the acid-base balance) between 7.35 and 7.45. For example, if your blood becomes too acidic, a condition called metabolic acidosis, the body compensates by breathing more rapidly to exhale carbon dioxide and return the pH to normal limits. I am also not aware of a way to achieve an alkaline system that the body will not attempt to rebalance to normal. Nor am I aware that such an alkaline system would be better for the body’s organs.

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