Is My Body Too Acidic?
Balanced body chemistry is crucial for achieving and maintaining good health. According to recent research, the most widespread cause of illnesses that plague our society is acidosis - an accumulation of more acid than the body can effectively process.
Research shows that an acidic lifestyle and diet put you at higher risk of an array of diseases including arthritis, cardio-vascular problems, impaired liver function and cancer.
Acidic pH can be the result of acid-forming diets, emotional stress, immune reactions, toxic overload, ageing and lifestyle habits.
The cells of the stomach produce acid to digest food and kill bad bacteria. However over-acidity can negatively affect blood pH and other pH levels in the body.
Note: pH levels are a measure of the acid/alkaline ratio in the body ranging from 0 to 14. Acidic is pH between 0 and 7. 7 pH is neutral and between 7 and 14 pH is alkaline.
The body compensates for acidic imbalance by using its own alkaline minerals and calcium reserves found in the muscles and bones. A diet that does not contain enough minerals will trigger a build up of acids in the cells- or acidosis.
Dangers of Acidic Imbalance
Excess acid, or acidosis, can trigger several health problems and most notoriously:
- Cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, and even stroke
- Formation of stones in the kidneys, bladder or gallbladder
- Aches and pains, inflammation of joints or inflammatory arthritis
- Premature ageing
- Lowered immune function, increased inflammations or infections
- Excess mucous
- Irritability, anxiety or depression
- Dysbiosis, an imbalance between good and bad bacteria in the stomach which causes bloating, constipation/diarrhoea, indigestion and fatigue
Acidic imbalance reduces the body's capacity to absorb nutrients and digestive difficulties may indicate a high accumulation of acid in the system and depleted neutralising alkaline reserves.
PH balance plays a crucial role in normalising the functioning of the digestive tract. When the pH is too acid, food cannot be properly broken down and absorbed, leading to symptoms like belching, bloating, intestinal gas, acid reflux, regurgitation, hiccups, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, and colic in children.
Acidic Imbalance Home Remedies
- Consume celery: It is one of the top alkalising foods. It quickly neutralises acids. You can eat it before, during or after a meal.
- Increase your consumption of dark leafy greens such as dandelion, spinach and watercress. Other great alkalising vegetables include cucumber, avocado, broccoli, endive, leeks and red peppers.
- Drink only pure alkaline water, meaning filtered water. A simple way to alkalise your water is to add a dash of baking soda.
- Avoid sugars, especially fructose as well as artificial sweeteners (NutraSweet, Sucralose, Aspartame, Saccharin).
- Reduce caffeine (highly acidic). Keep in mind that caffeine is found in other highly acidic foods such as chocolate, black tea, green tea, and energy drinks,
- Avoid red meats, pork and lamb, which are highly acidic. If you must have meat, choose lean chicken or turkey.
- Avoid dairy products
- Minimise, or abstain from alcohol
- Food combination: avoid combining proteins with starches. Eat fruits alone, and certainly not after a meal.
- Drink Dandelion, artichoke or Parsley tea
- Drink the squeezed juice of half a lemon in a cup of warm water every night before bed
Note: Alkaline reserves (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron and manganese) are all created by alkaline forming foods.
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