Not many people are aware that acid in the body is a serious health risk because this acidic environment is an ideal ground for illnesses, bacteria, and yeast to thrive in. Even more, an overly acidic body deprives vital organs and bones of essential minerals in order to neutralize the acid and eliminate it from the body. Because of this, the body’s mineral reserves such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium can become dangerously low and cause damage that can be undetected for years until it reaches unhealthy levels, causing acidosis.
Most of us already consume enough acid forming foods, such as grains, dairy, meat and sugar. Since our body constantly generates acidic waste products from the metabolism, those waste products need to be neutralized or excreted in some ways. In order to neutralize the constant acid generation, we need to supply the body with more alkaline food. This can cause:
– Inflamed sensitive gums, cavities
– Sciatica, lumbago, stiff neck
– Yeast fungal overgrowth
– Respiratory problems, coughing, shortness of breath
– Low energy and chronic fatigue
– Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and reduction in oxygen
– Heart problems, arrhythmias, increased heart rate
– Weight gain, diabetes and obesity
– Bladder and kidney infections
– Premature aging
– Accelerated free radical damage
– Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
– Osteoporosis, weak brittle bones, hip fractures, bone spurs
– Headaches, confusion, sleepiness
– Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup
– Allergies, acne
Doesn’t the body adjust pH on its own?
Yes, it does, but it does that with a price. The normal pH for all tissues and fluids in the body, except the stomach is alkaline. With exception of blood, all of the body systems have a wide pH range partly so they can shift to maintain the blood pH which must be maintained at the very narrow margin of 7.35 to 7.45. For example, if the system becomes too acidic, the blood will take alkaline forming elements from the digestive enzyme system of the small intestine. This now creates a less than optimal environment in order to have a proper digestion. So, while our body can adjust to pH on its own, it has a price to do that to other systems inside, which can lead to additional health problems.
Discover your pH!
This kind of testing is very important because it allows a person to get a numeric representation of the current level of acidification inside the body. A healthy average pH reading will range from 6.75 to 7.25. The optimal pH numeric reading is 7.36.
You can tell if food is alkaline or acidic only by taste!
Many people think that lemons are acidic, while it is classified as an acidic fruit it is actually an alkaline forming food. In times of digestion, the acids are oxidized into carbon dioxide and water, so, they don’t create an acid condition in the system.
Potassium, iron, calcium, sodium and magnesium are the main alkalizing minerals. Food which is high in these minerals is considered to be alkaline forming food. Most foods have alkaline and acidic minerals inside them. If alkaline minerals are greater in concentration than that food is considered alkaline and vice versa.
The body itself has limits!
The body knows for itself how much it can compensate for acid imbalance. So, food intake plays a critical role in maintaining the acid-alkaline balance. Many diseases and general illnesses are the result of the body’s attempt to rebalance the internal environment.
Generally, if a diet includes too many acid forming foods, such as high amounts of meats, grains, dairy products, sugar, then the body becomes more acidic. If you eat too many alkaline foods such as fruits, vegetables, sea vegetables the body can become too alkaline. It needs to maintain the balance.
How does your body respond to specific foods?
You should certainly realize that the way your body responds to various foods mostly depends on your dominant constitutional type. If your dominant type is oxidative, then fruit and vegetables move the body towards the more acid side, while proteins make your body more alkaline. If you are more dominant to the autonomic system (ANS) then proteins cause your body to become more acidic and fruit and vegetables shift the body to a more alkaline environment.
How can you improve your alkalinity?
1. Check your pH regularly.
2. Drink plenty of water (when it’s possible, drink alkaline water).
3. Remove acidic foods.
4. Replace a traditional lunch with a large green salad.
5. Use lettuce leaves and collard greens as wraps.
6. Try not to consume processed foods.
7. Eliminate soda, coffee and sugar. Replace them with herbal tea, herbal coffee and green drinks.
8. Replace dairy products with coconut or almond milk.
9. Add green juices or smoothies to your diet.
What you eat matters!
Although maintaining normal pH levels asks for a lot of effort, once you begin to feel more energetic and your overall health improves, you’ll appreciate the rewards of what you are doing.
It’s indisputable that the food you eat directly affects your overall health. Ann Wigmore, founder of the renowned “Hippocrates Health Institute” once said: “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”