What the heck is pH?

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on March 24, 2011

The pH is one of the most important factors affecting health and organ function. The pH of the fluid around the cells in your dog’s body will depend on the food he has eaten. The body functions best at a slightly alkaline pH.
The biological and chemical reactions in the body are controlled by enzymes. These enzymes function best at an optimal pH. Different systems within the body work and interact to keep the pH at a range that is healthiest for the body. The function of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, hormones and other organs and systems depends on an alkaline situation. The more alkaline their environment, the better they perform

The letters pH stand for parts of hydrogen. When you measure the pH you find out if something is acid or alkaline.In Science Class in High School you may have used litmus paper to measure the pH of a solution. Vinegar and lemon juice are acids so they taste sour. Baking soda is alkaline and therefore tastes bitter.

Alkaline means a pH that has more base and less acid.

The pH of the food you and your dog eat does not, when ingested, result in having the same acid or alkaline pH of that food in the body’s fluids. For example, a lemon is acidic outside the body but will, when eaten and digested, make the body fluid more alkaline. Milk, an alkaline outside the body, will have the effect of making the body itself more acid.

Excerpt from “Natural Dog” by Dr. Deva Khalsa.

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