Many people are still not aware about how acid in the body can cause a serious health risk. The acidic environment is a great place for bacteria, illness, and yeast flourish. What’s worse is, in order to neutralize the acid and eliminate it from the body, vital organs and bones can be deprived of essential minerals.
In the end, there can be a huge reduction in mineral content of the body such as sodium, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. This condition can go undetected for years and may lead to damage which will only be notices when the mineral levels has become extremely low that result in acidosis.
Many of the common foods can cause acid including grains, meats, sugar, and dairy products. Consuming those foods will lead to the formation of acidic metabolic waste that will be produced by the body continually and has to be excreted or neutralize in some way. Consuming more alkaline food is important to neutralize the constant formation of acid in your body.
Here are some health problem that can happen when body is too acidic:
- Yeast proliferation
- Poor immunity
- Lack of energy and chronic fatigue
- Headaches, confusion, sleepiness
- Allergies, acne
- Inflamed or sensitive gums and cavities
- Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid accumulation
- Weight gain, obesity and diabetes
- Sciatica, lumbago, stiff neck
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Increased free radical damage
- Respiratory issues, shortness of breath, coughing
- Cardiovascular damage, such as tightening of blood vessels and decrease in oxygen supply
- Heart issues, arrhythmia, tachycardia
- Bladder and kidney infections
- Premature aging
- Osteoporosis, weak brittle bones, hip fractures, and bone spurs
Is It Possible for the Body to Regulate Its pH Balance?
Yes it can, but there will be some side effects. Other than the stomach, which is alkaline, all tissues and fluids in the body are with normal pH. Moreover, every system in the body has a wide pH range, and some of them have the ability to maintain the blood pH, except for the blood, which must be within a very narrow range of 7.35 to 7.45.
For example, when there’s too much acid in the system, the blood takes alkaline from the digestive enzyme system in the small intestine which will make the environment in that are becomes less favorable to do proper digestion. In other words, to regulate its own pH level, the body will affect the function of other system.
Normal pH Level
Get your pH tested and obtain an accurate number of your currently level of acid in your body is very important. The range of healthy pH is 6.75 to 7.25. While the optimal number of healthy pH is 7.36.
You Can’t Identify The Acidity Of Food From Its Taste Alone.
Maybe the best food to illustrate this is lemon. Lemon is often considered as an acidic fruit. But the truth is, during the process of digestion this food forms alkaline and the acid are oxidize into carbon dioxide and water. So in the end, lemon doesn’t create and acid environment in the system.
Iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium are all the most important alkalizing minerals in the body. So foods that are rich in those minerals are categorize into alkaline forming foods. Most foods contain both acid and alkaline mineral. You can say that the food is acidic if it contains higher concentration of acidic minerals and the other way around.
Your Body has Its Limit
It is important to maintain the acid-alkaline balance through food intake because there’s a limit of how much your body can compensate for acid imbalance. When the body has to rebalance its internal environment, general malaise and various disease can occur.
Grains, meats, sugar and dairy are the types of food that can increase the level of acid in your body. So need to avoid consuming those food at large quantities. Meanwhile, taking enough alkaline producing foods like fruits, greens, and sea vegetable can keep the acidity balance in your body.
How the Body Respond To Specific Foods
Your body’s response to various foods is determine by your dominant constitutional type. IF your dominant type is oxidative, protein makes the body more alkaline, while fruits and vegetables make it more acidic. But if your dominant type is autonomic system (ANS), then it works the other way around and fruits and vegetables will make it more alkaline.
Maintaining the Alkalinity of Your Body
- Eat more green salad
- Wrap your food with lettuce leaves and collard greens
- Check your pH frequently
- Drink a lot of water (alkaline water if possible)
- Avoid acidic foods
- Stop consuming processed foods
- Minimize the consumption of soda, sugars and coffee. Instead, drink herbal tea, herbal coffee and green drinks
- Replace dairy milks with coconut or almond milk
- Consume green juices or smoothies in your diet
Pay Attention to What You Eat
At the beginning, maintaining your pH level may require a lot of effort, but you’ll start to appreciate the reward of what you’re doing when you feel more energetic and experience an improvement in your overall health.
Within the process, you need to pay attention to what you eat as it could be the safest and most powerful for of medicine or the slowest for of poison as said by Ann Wigmore.