A number of physical problems and diseases can be caused by acidity in the body. In industrialized nations like the United States, countless people suffer from acidification of the body’s internal environment because of diet and lifestyle.
Most diets are full of acidic stimulates like coffee, black tea, tobacco and alcohol. People live stressful busy lives and reach for anything quick and filling, the result is the body’s pH levels are not alkaline enough. A pH level measures how acidic or alkaline something is. A pH of 0 is acidic, while a pH of 14 is totally alkaline.
A pH of 7 is neutral, which is close to the magic number our internal system needs to stay at, slightly alkaline is ideal (7.3-7.4) Those levels vary throughout the body. Blood is slightly alkaline, with a pH between 7.35 and 7.45, the stomach is very acidic, with a pH of about 3.5 or below. Our way of living, tissue repairs and metabolism of food produces a lot of acid in our body.
The human body has a maintenance mechanism that keeps our blood in balance. This mechanism protects our blood but sometimes causes tissue damage. When our tissues become too acidic they can cause damage to major systems such as organs, digestion, skin and the repair from injury.
Our enzymatic, immunologic and repair mechanisms all function best at alkaline range. If our bodies do not stay alkaline then it resorts to our stored mineral (calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium), this process will create a mineral shortage and imbalance. After a while, these mineral deficiencies will cause serious problems for other systems in the body and the systems will not be able to function properly.
Lifestyle factors such as stress will increase our body’s acidity because the demands on our cells become very active. A hectic schedule, not enough sleep, rushed and imbalanced meals can cause this unhealthy condition. A low pH is the common cause in most degenerative and autoimmune diseases.
Acidic products can be created directly and indirectly by our immune system responses, such as, allergies and hypersensitivities. The body can experience difficulty breathing or chest pains if high pH levels are present, carbon dioxide will be low and sodium bicarbonate levels will be high. This will cause an increase in breathing rate and cardiac arrhythmia or an irregular heartbeat. If pH levels are extremely high the risk of an alkalosis-induced coma rises. (It is more likely for your body to be too acidic than too alkaline).
Other factors such as the level of oxygen in the surrounding air or the presence of lung disease increases the risk. Metabolic alkalosis can cause an imbalance in electrolyte levels and in most cases potassium levels are significantly decreased. This severe decrease in potassium is called hypokalemia.
When your body becomes too acidic you have an increased risk of osteoporosis due to mineral depletion of the bones because the most readily existing pool of alkaline minerals is in the bone,(calcium for example) and as the body works to maintain prime blood pH it can deplete the minerals.
Ironically milk has the tendency to make your body more acidic forcing your body to draw calcium from your bones and to top it off the protein found in milk called caesin prevents your body from absorbing calcium! The countries with the highest percentage of osteoporosis are the biggest consumers of dairy!
Acidosis can ultimately result in respiratory failure and can cause severe complication. The subsequent breathing difficulties increase the acidity of the blood and eventually acidosis becomes so harsh that respiration fails. If your body hyperventilates and the pH levels increase its result can be severe seizures. Sometimes metabolic acidosis can be so harsh it induces shock and can even result in death. (extreme cases)
Acid Reflux Is The Most Common Symptom Of Acidosis
Alkaline minerals include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, chromium, selenium, and iron are important supplements needed to restore your depleted minerals, if your body is in an acid state. Our organs and internal systems, particularly the kidneys, adrenals and lungs, play vital roles in maintaining proper pH. The correct amount of nutrients is required to do so.
How To Balance Your PH Levels
A diet that is mostly alkaline forming is necessary to maintain good health. Foods high in protein like, milk, meat and whole grains are acid forming. Others like prunes, plums and cranberries are acid forming because our bodies cannot break down the types of acids that they contain. Foods that are highly refined like oils, sugars, soft drinks, fast or fried foods, flour, rice, beef and simple starches are acid forming.
Our society consumes a very imbalanced diet full of acid forming foods. This imbalanced diet pushes our bodies towards an acidic state. And our bodies respond by depleting calcium and other alkalinizing minerals from our blood, bones and tissues increasing our risk of diseases. What you eat and drink will impact where your body’s pH level falls. Keeping a balance between acidic and alkaline is key. Eating acid producing foods or alkaline producing foods and combining them improperly leads to hyperacidity or super acidity in most cases.
Keeping your body more alkaline can increases energy and liveliness. The best ways to keep an alkaline diet is by consuming less meat, sweets and adding more vegetables or fruits. Starting your day off with a glass of water and the juice of a lemon.
Although lemons are acidic your body’s metabolism process creates the opposite effect. When you eat citrus fruits the digestion process uses up the acidic components, leaving an alkaline residue called ash. Greens are one of the best sources of alkaline minerals, like calcium. Eating a salad full of leafy greens, like raw spinach, with lemon juice and olive oil is a great way to stay more alkaline. Snacking on raw and unsalted almonds because they are packed with natural alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium, will help balance your blood sugar.
Choose almond milk over cow’s milk because the latter is acid forming, drink an almond milk and berry smoothie with added green powder. Exercise helps move acidic waste products through the intestines and helps your body eliminate them better. Choose a spot that has fresh oxygen rich air and breathe deeply.
Since metabolism process of meat leaves acid residue left behind going meat free for a day or two will be beneficial for your body. Refined sugar is one of the most acidic foods/drugs we consume and one of the most detrimental to our health!. You would need over 30 glasses of neutral water, (spring/tap water) just to neutralize the acidity of one can of soda.
It would be a good idea to skip that soda or desserts jam-packed full of sugar. A better substitute for refined sugars and sweeteners is stevia, an all-natural no calorie sweetener. Instead of the widely used corn/vegetable oil a better option is olive oil, just do not use it for cooking – coconut oil is the only oil you should cook with as it does not transform into a transfat when heated.
A cup of green tea instead of that morning coffee can help keep you energized and alkaline. Eat more vegetables like, sweet potatoes, asparagus, squash and peppers. Sprouts are extremely alkaline and packed full of nutrients and energy boosting enzymes. Eating alkaline forming foods like figs, molasses, green, leafy vegetables, carrots, almonds, beets, dates, celery, cantaloupe and parsley can all increase your energy naturally.
Simple changes in diet and life style are little steps that can help you live a longer happier life. By keeping your energy levels high throughout the day your body can sleep better at night. Sleep creates a stronger immune system and is therefore essential for overall health.
Staying more alkaline lowers your risk of cancer and can slow down the aging process. By reducing the toxins you consume or place on your body, such as, cosmetics, lotions and shampoo you reduce the acidity of your body as well. They may be hard to find but there are non-toxic options and a lot of blogs offer DIY (do it yourself) instructions. Using pink Himalayan salt instead of table salt that has been bleached and processed helps because it has added minerals that can lower the acidity. Drinking spring or tap water with lemon juice instead of energy drinks, club soda or carbonated water.
A few supplements that can help keep your body alkaline are Red dessert clay, b-tox, magnesium powder, Spirulina and green protein powders. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help maintain a healthy digestive tract and trigger an immune response throughout the body. Two- thirds of the immune system relies on the intestinal flora in your stomach. Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, milk kefir and water kefir are excellent natural sources of probiotics that can be consumed daily.
Using an oral bicarbonate supplement and a mixture of minerals, like potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium increase the alkalinity of urine and blood pH. Citrate supplements have a mixture of calcium citrate, magnesium citrate and other citrates. The citrates are changed into bicarbonates in the liver, and then they can utilize their alkalinizing effect. As with bicarbonates, a balance of minerals is important rather than a single mineral supplement.
There is a higher risk of diseases such as osteoporosis and arthritis when the body is too acidic. If you are unable to change your diet or lifestyle alkalinizing supplements are a good way to help balance the acidity in the body. It is important to maintain a healthy clean diet and exercise daily to help protect yourself from diseases that are caused by an incorrect body pH balance.