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    Regulation of Blood pH

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    Compare the body's three different mechanisms for regulating pH.

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    The pH of body fluids is tightly regulated through regulation of blood pH, between 7.35 to 7.45 under normal circumstances. The body tends to restore pH to this optimal level when the pH changes due to diet or pathologic conditions. There are three mechanisms that bring this about.

    The first is respiratory control. The body continually produces carbon dioxide as a waste product in oxidative metabolism. Carbon dioxide tends to acidify the blood as carbonic acid and ...

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    This is a comparison of the body's different mechanisms for regulating the pH of the blood and body fluids to ensure homeostasis. Each mechanism has different characteristics and is applicable in different situations.