A 55-year-old woman visits a popular eatery for lunch. She orders a cheese and bacon pizza with extra cheese and has about 3 large glasses of cola (ph value 3). On the way back home, she experiences heartburn and abdominal pain, and has difficulty breathing. She drinks a lot of water and has to consume milk of magnesia (pH value 10.5) before she feels comfortable again.
- Classify the liquids that she has consumed as acidic or alkaline.
- State the pH values of water and blood.
- State what the patient can include and avoid in her diet on a regular basis to avoid these symptoms in the future.
The cola she has drunk has pH of 3 which makes it acidic.
The milk of magnesia has a pH of 10.5 which makes it basic.
Pure water has a pH of 7 which makes it neutral, however most tap water is slightly acidic (pH 6.8 or 6.9)
Normal human blood is slightly basic with a pH of 7.4
To avoid the heartburn, the woman should moderate the amount of cola that she consumes or replace it with lemon-lime type soda, milk (not the best choice for pizza) or water. Also, the tomato sauce in the pizza is acidic and would more than likely contribute to any heartburn issues.
Reducing the amount of fat by controlling the amount of cheese and bacon would contribute to reducing the "bloated" discomfort and would speed digestion which would reduce the pain and pressure on breathing.
More fiber would also improve the general health and digestion and should be included on a regular basis.
Bottom line: moderation is the cure to most eating disorders.