Scientists explain that acidic body creates environment which is perfect for illnesses, bacteria and yeast to thrive. Namely, if the body is too acidic, it actually takes minerals from the bones and the vital organs to neutralize the acid and eliminate it from the body. As a consequence, the mineral reserves of the body including calcium, sodium, magnesium and potassium substantially will be lowered and that will result in unidentified damage for a longer period, and finally it will cause acidosis.
Some health problems which are caused by poor pH balance (mild acidosis) are:
- Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
- Stiff neck, lumbago, sciatica
- Cavities, inflamed and sensitive gums
- Immune deficiency
- Ache and allergies
- Kidney and bladder infections
- Premature aging
- Sleepiness, headaches, and confusion
- Chronic fatigue and low energy
- Yeast fungal overgrowth
- Bone spurs, hip fractures, weak brittle bones, Osteoporosis
- Cardiovascular damage
- Accelerated free radical damage
- Lactic acid accumulation, aching muscles and joint pain
- Increased heart rate, arrhythmias, heart problems
- Respiratory problems, coughing and shortness of breath
Can the Body Balance pH on Its Own?
When it comes all tissues and fluids in the body, their normal pH is alkaline, except the stomach. Namely, systems in human body have a wide pH range (except the blood) which means that the pH of the blood needs to be kept at a very low range – from 7.35-7.45.
For instance, if the systems in your body become too acidic, your blood will take alkaline forming elements from the small intestine’s digestive system. And the answer of the above question is: YES, human body has the ability to adjust its own pH. At this point it is important to highlight that this may cause additional health issues.
Determine your pH
By testing your pH you will find out your acidity levels. Healthy and average level is from 6.75-7.25, while the perfect pH reading is 7.36.
You can’t tell if the Food is Alkaline or Acidic by Taste Alone
Due to the acidic taste, lemons are considered as acidic food, but in fact they are an alkaline forming food. To be more precise, the acids they contain are oxidized into water and carbon dioxide during digestion, and that does not create an acid environment in your body. Some of the main alkalizing minerals are potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and sodium. Laboratory tests have showed that most foods have both acid and alkaline minerals. If the amount of the acidic mineral is bigger, the foods is acidic and conversely.
The Body has Its Own Limits
Consummation of food has is crucial for keeping the alkaline-acid balance in your body. At the point when your body starts to restore the balance in the internal environment, many diseases occur as a result of the attempt. That means, if you are eating too many foods which are acidic, your body will become acidic, while your body will become alkaline by consuming foods which produce alkaline. So, the key is in maintaining balance.
What is your Body’s Response to Certain Foods?
It is important to mention that the way your body responds to certain types of food is determined by the dominant constitutional type. If your dominative type is oxidative, vegetables and fruits will make your body more acidic. Otherwise, foods high in protein make it more alkaline. Still, if you are more dominant to ANS, by consuming proteins you body will become more acidic.
How to Make your Alkalinity Better
- Drink plenty of water
- Check your pH regularly
- Avoid acidic foods
- Avoid processed foods
- Stop consuming soda, sugars, and coffee. Drink herbal coffee, herbal tea, and green drinks.
- Instead of dairy milk, consume almond or coconut milk
- Include green juices and smoothies to your diet.
- Use collard greens and lettuce leaves as wraps
- Instead of a traditional lunch, consume green salad