Signs Your Body Is Too Acidic & Here’s What To Do To Correct It
Acidic bodies are unhealthy bodies.When the body is overly acidic, it creates an unwanted environment in which illness, bacteria, and yeast thrive.
. It also takes minerals from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid and remove it from the body. As a result, the body’s mineral reserves of things like calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium can run dangerously low, causing damage that can go undetected for years until it reaches unhealthy levels and leads to acidosis. Many people are already consuming enough acid forming foods, such as dairy, grains, meats, and sugar. Since the body is constantly generating acidic waste products from the metabolism, those waste products need to be neutralized or excreted in some way. In order to neutralize the constant acid generation, we need to supply the body with more alkaline foods. Consider the health problems caused by mild acidosis (poor pH balance): pH testing is important because it allows an individual to get a numeric representation of the current level of acidification in their body. A healthy average pH reading will range anywhere from 6.75 to 7.25.
The optimal pH numeric reading is 7.36. To learn more about pH testing, check references at end of article. For example, many people think of lemons as acidic, and while they are classified as an acidic fruit, lemons are actually an alkaline forming food. During the process of digestion the acids are oxidized into carbon dioxide and water and therefore do not create an acid condition in the system. Calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and sodium are the main alkalizing minerals. Foods that are high in these minerals are considered alkaline forming foods. Most foods have both acid and alkaline minerals in them, so those with greater concentrations of acidic minerals are considered acidic and vice versa.
The body has limits for how much it can compensate for acid imbalance.
Therefore, food intake plays a critical role in maintaining the acid-alkaline 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, and sugars, the body becomes more acidic. If you eat too many alkaline producing foods such as greens, fruits, and sea vegetables, the body can become too alkaline. Balance is key. 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.” SOURCES http://www.myhealthmaven.com/diy/health-tests-at-home/understanding-ph/ (Understanding pH) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001181.htm (Acidosis) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/ (“The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health?”) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11842945 (“Diet, evolution and aging–the pathophysiologic effects of the post-agricultural inversion of the potassium-to-sodium and base-to-chloride ratios in the human diet”) http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1995/pdf/1995-v10n0304-p177.pdf (Minerals and Disease; Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 10, No. 3 4, 1995; Joseph D. Campbell) .
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