Acid-Base Balance refers to the narrow range of hydrogen ion concentration in the body which must be controlled closely to maintain normal reaction rates in the cells, uptake and regulation of metabolites and minerals, and the uptake and release of oxygen from hemoglobin.
The acid-base balance is important because the rates of enzyme catalyzed reactions are strongly affected by acidity. It also has a marked affect on the activity of the nervous system, with strong acid environments suppressing the nervous system. See acidosis.
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