Knowing the answer to
the question: "What does pH stand for?"
will enhance your wellness.
The reason why “pH” is always written with a lower case 'p' and a capital 'H' is due to very complex mathematics involving the measurement of hydrogen ions by logarithms.
The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14 with “0” meaning highly acidic and “14” being very basic. A pH reading of “7” is said to be neutral. The pH balance in the human body is also an indicator of how much oxygen is available to the cells. The exact chemistry involving the measurement of hydrogen and oxygen ions is far beyond the scope of this website. What is important to know is that even small changes in the pH balance of the human body, from about 0.1 to 0.2, are very significant in terms of oxygen availability.
The ideal range of the human body pH is about 7.0. The average pH of people in the United States is about 5.5.
A farmer can tell you that if the pH of the soil is not ideal, crops will suffer and die. An aquarium owner knows the importance of the pH of his water so that his fish will not die. Although these people may not understand the exact definition of “pH,” they know that pH is closely associated with the life and wellness of living things.
Unlike soil or water, the human body will try to do all that it can to achieve and maintain a neutral pH. If you do not feed your body alkaline or low pH foods, then your body will attempt to compensate. Muscle tissue breaks down to produce an alkaline ammonia while your kidneys attempt to buffer the acid. Then your bones will release minerals such as calcium and magnesium to get your body's pH to a more neutral level.
An internal environment with an acidic pH means that your tissues are starved for oxygen. In the absence of oxygen (an anaerobic environment) all types of harmful pathogens including virus, harmful bacteria and cancer cells survive and grow.
On the contrary, when your body is more alkaline or neutral with a pH of about 7.0, this is the ideal internal environment. A more alkaline environment is rich in life giving oxygen. In the presence of oxygen cancer cells die. This was demonstrated by Dr. Otto Warburg in 1931 for which he won the Nobel Prize.
Obviously, it's in the best interests of your wellness to work with your body instead of fighting against it. When the pH balance of the human body approaches the 7.0 alkaline/acid balance, your health will dramatically improve. The slightly alkaline environment is an oxygenated environment. To have more healing oxygen flooding your cells you must make the effort to raise your pH to around 7.0.
With this in mind, another answer to the question What does pH stand for?" is an overall picture of your body's wellness.
It's easy to test your own pH. All you need are some pH test strips (Just follow the link to purchase a huge roll that will last you a long time). Dip a small piece of the pH paper into your first morning's urine. Do this before you eat or drink anything or even brush your teeth. Then compare the resulting color of the pH paper to the color chart on the roll. The pH paper roll will have a number scale to tell you what the color represents with the pH color chart.
An ideal reading is between 6.4 to 7.0.
If you do not have a favorable pH then change your diet to a more alkaline one. You can retest yourself every few days. The cost is about one cent per test.