Acid and Alkaline Balance

Over acidity is so common in today’s society. Stress, work, kids, you barely have enough time to think! With an abundance of fast food outlets on every corner it’s no wonder you race in on the way home and grab something for dinner. So what are we supposed to do?

First, let’s look at what it means to be acidic …

“Water is the most abundant compound in the human body, comprising 70% of the body. The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio called the pH which is a balance between positively charges ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The body continually strives to balance pH. When this balance is compromised many problems can occur.”

What that means is our body needs to be at the right pH level to function properly (and we’re talking about the pH of the body’s fluids which are around the cells and tissues of the body) otherwise we could get sick or at the very least we will not be able to function at our best.

Even mild acidosis can cause the following;
• Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
• Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
• Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
• Immune deficiency.
• Acceleration of free radical damage
• Premature aging.
• Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
• Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid build-up.
• Low energy and chronic fatigue
• Cystitis or burning urine

So what causes us to be acidic?

A typical day of food in the Western diet consists of meat, eggs, bread, cheese, milk sugar, coffee and soft drinks just to name a few. These are all acid-producing foods and are fine in moderation but we need to consume far more alkaline-producing foods such as fresh vegetables and low GI fruits like berries, apples and pears.

Even those foods listed as ‘natural’ can contain lots of nasties such as added sugar and preservatives, not to mention all the hidden chemicals in our food too, so be sure to read the labels to know exactly what you’re getting.

When you are acidic, it forces the body to borrow minerals—including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage due to high acidity which may go undetected for years.

Test Your Body’s Acidity or Alkalinity with pH Strips
The quickest way to find out your body’s pH is to test your urine with pH test strips. This way, you can determine your pH factor quickly and easily in the privacy of your own home.

If your urinary pH fluctuates between 6.0 to 6.5 in the morning and between 6.5 and 7.0 in the evening and if your saliva stays between 6.5 and 7.5 all day then it’s great news, your body is functioning within a healthy range. The best time to test your pH is about one hour before a meal and two hours after a meal.

Keeping the Balance Right for Excellent Health
One of the best things we can do to correct an overly-acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle. That means more alkaline producing food like vegetables and low GI fruits and less acid forming foods like meat, dairy, wheat and sugar.

Your body is able to absorb minerals and nutrients properly only when its pH is balanced so you could be taking healthy nutrients but your body is not able to absorb them!

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