I am a physician and administer 0.9% NaCl in water ("normal saline") to patients frequently. The bag says it has a pH of 5.5 (compared to the human body of 7.4).
I am asking why the pH is so low. It is because NaCl is the salt of HCl? I read on wikipedia that the pH of NaCl aqueous solutions is 7. I teach medical students and want to give an understandable explanation why the pH on a bag of "normal saline" reads pH 5.5 and when we give lots of saline to patients, they develop acidosis in the blood.