Nutrition Myths

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Buffering system of blood pH

Buffer systems in the body function to maintain the blood at a steady and optimal pH of 7.40. Our system maintains the blood's pH balance using three regulatory mechanisms: bio-chemical buffering, respiratory regulation (removing carbon dioxide) and...

Acid ash

Acid-ash in food is a residue of the inorganic minerals which form acids in the body. These particles have the capacity of adding hydrogen ions to a liquid solution. An excess of hydrogen ions in a solution makes the solution acidic. It can be...

Alkalinity

Alkalinity is the capacity of a substance to neutralize acid solution. Alkaline substances combine with hydrogen ions and, therefore, decrease the number of free hydrogen ions in the solution making it less acidic or more alkaline. The higher the...

Acidity

Acidity describes the level of acid in a substance. The acidity of a solution can be characterized as a concentration of free hydrogen ions in it. Acid is stronger when the concentration of these ions is higher. Substances which release hydrogen...

Acid load

Acid load is the excess hydrogen ion production (acid forming residual) after the food has been metabolized in the body.

Buffers

A buffer is a solution that prevents a change of pH (change of acidity level) by either adding acidic or basic components. A good example is potassium bicarbonate, which has buffering properties in the blood pH.

Alkalosis

If the blood pH rises above 7.45, the condition is defined as alkalosis. The causes of alkalosis are very serious and are not caused by diet. Some of the most common causes of metabolic alkalosis are: adrenal gland diseases (tumor, over-activity)...

Acidosis

If the blood pH falls below 7.35, the condition is defined as acidosis which may have serious consequences. The causes of acidosis are quite severe and are not caused by food or diet. Some of the most common causes of metabolic acidosis include:...

Ash

Foods contain 'ash', which depending on its mineral contents may be acid-forming or base-forming, having an impact on the acid-base balance in the body. Ash is the total amount of inorganic material (minerals) left after organic material and water...