One of the assumptions about health from a Living Naturally perspective is the need to maintain the correct balance of alkaline and acid in the blood. Our blood naturally is slightly alkaline. The measure of these levels is the pH scale (which stands for “power of hydrogen”) and it extends from 1 to 14, with 1 at the acidic end and 14 highly alkaline. Neutral is at 7, so keeping blood pH at 7.43 (or a little alkaline) is ideal for body systems to function effectively. If the body becomes too acidic, functioning of all cells is adversely affected. Although the body has mechanisms for disposing of excess acid accumulating in the blood stream, the typical Westernised lifestyle and diet is constantly pushing our blood into the acid range on the pH scale. If this continues, the body is unable to keep up the balancing and detoxifying process - and a state of chronic acidosis can set in. Acidosis is linked to a range of problems from pain and inflammatory conditions (arthritis, rheumatism, neuralgia etc), reduced immune response with frequent bouts of viral, fungal or bacterial infections; low vitality and energy; constipation, flatulence and abdominal bloating to water retention; weight fluctuations; blood pressure disorders and cardiovascular degeneration. It’s also believed that a state of chronic acidosis paves the way for disease to set in – so maintaining the correct pH balance becomes a crucial key to wellness and health promotion. Lifestyle Adjustments: Adjusting the diet, drinking more water, breathing correctly and minimising emotional and mental stress are all corrective lifestyle actions that one can take but the pH balancing process can also be supported with the help of an alkalinising agent from the A.Vogel range. Multiforce Alkaline Powder has been formulated by nutritional chemists at the request of SA Natural Products, and is easily taken as a food supplement. Multiforce Alkaline Powder contains a combination of minerals, plant calcium and tissue salts that support the body’s balancing and disease-prevention mechanisms. They impact on blood pH in the following way: Magnesium Hydrogenium phosphate acts as a digestive antacid; Calcium citrate has phosphate-binding properties which results in alkalinity; Potassium Bicarbonate has blood alkalinising properties and acts on metabolic acidosis; Magnesium citrate has a bowel cleansing effect; Potassium citrate has a diuretic and alkalinising effect on the urine by combining with calcium and acid in the kidneys (this also helps prevent the formation of kidney stones); Dicalciumphosphate 2-Hydrate is an easily absorbed calcium which controls acidity while building bones and helping prevent bone loss, and as an aid to reducing blood pressure and cardiac ailments; Plant calcium – Urtica Dioica – offers cleansing support to the kidneys by reducing acidity;Tissue Salts assist with assimilation of the formula and absorption of calcium; Acerola extract has antioxidant properties while imparting a pleasant flavour to the formula.