Acidic bodies are unhealthy bodies since when our organism is acidic; it develops an unwanted and unhealthy surrounding with an abundance of bacteria, yeast, and illnesses. Furthermore, when the body is excessively acidic, it takes over the minerals from vital organs and bones in order to neutralize the acid and remove it from the body. Hence, the mineral reserves in the body such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sodium can severely decrease and provoke a damage which can remain unnoticed for years and years until it reaches unhealthy levels, thus causing acidosis. A lot of people consume foods which form acid such as grains, dairy, meat, and sugar. Moreover, because our body generates acidic waste products from the metabolism, these waste products have to be neutralized or expelled in some way. Therefore, we have to supply our bodies with more alkaline foods so that the constant acid generation can be neutralized. This can cause:
Cavity and inflamed, sensitive gums
Sciatica, lumbago, stiff neck
Respiratory problems, coughing, shortness of breath
Yeast fungal overgrowth
Cardiovascular problems-arrhythmias, increased heart rate
Constriction of blood vessels and oxygen reduction
Diabetes, obesity, weight gain
Bladder and kidney infections
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Accelerated free radical damage
Headaches, sleepiness, confusion
Osteoporosis, hip fractures, bone spurs
Joint and muscle ache, lactic acid buildup
Does not the body adjust the pH on its own?
Yes, but with a price. The normal pH for all fluids and tissues in the body, except the stomach, is alkaline. All the body systems, except the blood, have a wide pH range so they can shift in order to maintain the blood pH which has to be kept at a very narrow margin of 7.35 to 7.45. For example, if the body systems become excessively acidic, the blood will take alkaline forming elements from the digestive enzyme system of the small intestine which creates a less than optimal surrounding for a proper digestion. Hence, self adjustment of the pH involves other systems inside thus leading to additional health problems.
Determine your pH
This is a crucial test since it allows you to have a numeric representation of the acidification level in the body. A healthy, average pH will range from 6.75 to 7.25. The optimal range is 7.36.
Taste can determine alkaline or acidic foods
A lot of people think that lemons are acidic, but they are actually an alkaline forming food. During digestions, the acids oxidize into carbon dioxide and water so they do not create an acidic condition in the system. Furthermore, potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium and iron are the main alkalizing minerals. Therefore, foods rich in these minerals are alkaline forming foods. Actually, most foods have both alkaline and acidic minerals inside them. If the alkaline minerals have higher concentration in some food, then that food is considered to be alkaline, and vice versa.
Our bodies have limits
The body knows how much it can compensate for acid misbalance. Therefore, food intake has a critical role in maintenance of the acid-alkaline balance. What’s more, numerous diseases are a result of the body’s attempts to rebalance its inner surroundings. Mainly, if someone’s nutrition is rich in acid forming foods, such as meat, grain, dairy products, and sugar, the body automatically becomes more acidic. On the other hand, if you eat a lot of alkaline foods like fruits, vegetables, and sea vegetables, the body can become excessively alkaline. So, balance is crucial.
Body reaction to certain foods
You have to realize that the way your body responds to specific foods depends on your dominant constitutional type. Furthermore, if your dominant type is oxidative, fruits and vegetables move the body towards the acidic side, whereas proteins make your body more alkaline. On the other hand, if you are more dominant to the autonomic system, the proteins cause excessive acidity in your body, and fruits and vegetables make the body a more alkaline surrounding.
How can the alkalinity be bettered?
-Make regular pH checkups.
-Consume high amounts of water (alkaline water is also a good choice)
-Do not consume acidic foods
-Eat a large green salad instead of traditional lunch
-Use lettuce leaves and collard greens as wraps
-Avoid consuming processed foods
-Eliminate soda, sugar, and coffee and replace them with tea, herbal coffee, and green drinks.
-Consume coconut or almond milk instead of dairy products
-Drink more green juices and smoothies
Nutrition is important!
Although the improvement of the pH may require a lot of effort, the benefits are numerous! Moreover, you will be a lot more energetic and vibrant and your overall wellbeing will improve. Without doubt, our way of nutrition directly affects our overall health. Ann Wigmore, founder of the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, once said that the food we consume is either the safest and most potent form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.