How to Notice that Your Body is Acidic and 9 Ways How to Alkalize it
Acidic body can cause different diseases and physical problems. A majority of the nations worldwide actually suffers from problems that the acidity can cause. The modern lifestyle and diet unfortunately promote acidification of our body’s internal environment.
Acidic bodies equals unhealthy bodies. When our body is acidic, it actually creates an unwanted environment where bacteria, illness and yeast thrive. When the body is overly acidic, it takes minerals from our bones and vital organs in order to neutralize the acid environment. The purpose is to remove it from our body. Because of this, the mineral reserves of our body such as sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium can dangerously run low. They can cause damage that can go undetected even for years, until it reaches unhealthy levels, causing acidosis.
Most of us already consume enough acid forming foods, such as grains, dairy, meats and sugar. Since the body is constantly generating acidic waste products from the metabolism, we need to neutralize those waste products or excrete them in some way. If we want to neutralize the constant acid generation, we need to supply our body with more alkaline foods.
What Health Problems can Cause Poor pH Balance :
- Cavities and Inflamed sensitive gums,
- Immune deficiency
- Sciatica, stiff neck, lumbago,
- Respiratory problems, coughing, shortness of breath,
- Yeast fungal overgrowth
- Chronic fatigue and Low energy
- Cardiovascular damage, including the reduction in oxygen and constriction of blood vessels
- Heart problems, increased heart rate, arrhythmias
- Obesity, Weight gain , kidney infections and diabetes ladder
- Accelerated free radical damage
- Premature aging
- Vomiting, Nausea and diarrhea
- Osteoporosis, hip fractures, weak brittle bones, bone spurs
- Confusion, Headaches and sleepiness
- Joint pain, lactic acid buildup and aching muscles
- Allergies and acne
The Body Adjust the pH level On Its Own, Doesn’t it?
Yes it can and it does, but it does at a price. The normal pH for all fluids and tissues in our body, except the stomach is alkaline. With the exception of blood, all of the body systems have a wide pH range, in part so they can shift to maintain the blood pH, which must be maintained at the very narrow margin of 7.35 – 7.45. If the system becomes too acidic, for example, the blood will take alkaline forming elements from the digestive enzyme system of the small intestine. This now creates a less than optimal environment for proper digestion. So while the body can adjust pH on its own, it does so at a price to other systems in the body, which can lead to additional health problems.
Start By Knowing Your pH
pH testing is very important because it actually allows a person to get a numeric representation of the current level of acidification in their body. The range of a healthy average pH reading is anywhere between 6.75 – 7.25. 7.36 is the optimal pH numeric reading.
You Can NOT Say If Food Is Alkaline or Acidic Only By its Taste
A lot of people think of lemons as acidic, but it is actually an alkaline forming food. During the process of digestion the acids are oxidized into water and carbon dioxide. Therefore, in the system, they do not create an acid condition. The main alkalizing minerals are iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. People consider alkaline all foods that are high in these minerals. Most foods have alkaline and acid minerals in them. If acidic minerals are greater in concentration than that food is considered acidic and vice versa.
Our Body Has Its Own Limits
The body has limits for how much it can compensate for acid imbalance. Therefore food intake plays a crucial role in maintaining the alkaline-acid balance. Many diseases and general malaise are the result of the body’s attempt to rebalance the internal environment. Generally speaking, if the diet includes too many acid forming foods, such as high amounts of meats, grains, dairy, sugars, the body becomes more acidic. If you eat too many alkaline producing foods such as fruits, greens, sea vegetables the body can actually become too alkaline. Balance is ALWAYS the key for everything.
How Does Your Body Respond To Specific Foods?
We have to realize that the way our body responds to different foods depends in fact on our dominant constitutional type. If our dominant type is oxidative then veggies and fruits move the body to the more acid side. Proteins make our body more alkaline.
If however you are more dominant to the autonomic system (ANS) then proteins cause your body to become more acidic and fruits and vegetables shift the body to a more alkaline environment.
How To Improve the Alkalinity
- Check your pH regularly
- Drink plenty of water (alkaline water when possible)
- Remove acidic foods
- Replace a traditional lunch with a delicious large green salad.
- Use lettuce leaves and collard greens as wraps.
- Try not to consume processed foods
- Eliminate soda, sugars and coffee. Replace these drinks with herbal coffee, herbal tea and green drinks
- Replace dairy milks with almond or coconut milk
- Add smoothies or green juices to your everyday diet
What You Eat Really Matters
Improving pH levels may require a little more thought, but you’ll appreciate the rewards of your efforts as you begin to feel more energetic and vibrant and your overall health improves. There is no question about it, what you eat has a direct impact on your overall health. It was Ann Wigmore, founder of the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute who said, “The food you eat can be either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”