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Is Your Body Too Acidic?




The blood in the human body likes to keep its pH at or very close to 7.4. When the blood’s pH goes up above this range, that is when an acid condition develops (Foroutan, 2017). According to Vasey (2006), the acid condition develops in the body for a few different reasons including too much of or lack of exercise, daily stress, intake of stimulants like coffee and nicotine, or the most significant factor - the food that we consume on a regular basis. The food that is most acidic is animal proteins like dairy and meat, grains, wheat, sugars, sweet drinks, processed foods, coffee, and alcohol. The food items that are most alkaline are fresh fruits and vegetables.

The acid condition can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Some people will have several symptoms, while others will only present with one or two of the symptoms. The most common symptoms of the acid condition are inflammation which is expressed through skin rashes, hives, eczema, burning urination, respiratory symptoms, skeleton weakness like teeth chipping or sensitivity, bone fractures, osteoporosis, arthritis, hair loss, skin dryness, and fatigue (Vasey, p.16-18, 2006). If the blood’s pH gets too acidic, it can become life-threatening.

Acidification can be measured in several ways. The most effective way you can test your pH is through your urine by purchasing litmus paper from a pharmacy or online. According to Vasey (2006), to get an accurate understanding of your pH, you will need to test your urine throughout the day for 4 to 5 days in a row. You should put the litmus paper in your flow of urine for a second or two and then see what color the litmus paper turns. You should not test your first urine of the day; however, you should test your second urine and again in the afternoon and then evening. Keep a record of the pH in a chart and look for an average pH reading of 7 to 7.5.

Other ways you can measure your acidity is through your symptoms, analyzing your food intake and lifestyle factors. If you have inflammation, brittle nails, loss of hair, osteoporosis, easily fractured bones, skin rashes or irritations, you are most likely suffering from acidification. If you eat a lot of processed foods and animal proteins and not many fresh fruit and vegetables, or if you smoke, drink alcohol or coffee, you may suffer from acidification (Vasey, 2006).

Acidification can be corrected by changing your diet by reducing the acidifying foods that you eat, and increasing the amount of alkaline food that you consume. A few alkaline foods, for example, are fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, potatoes, dried fruits, nuts, milk, and alkaline mineral water. In an article in Vegetarian Times (2015), it suggests asking yourself if the food you’re about to eat is found in nature. If the answer is no, then the food is probably acidic.

According to Vasey (2006), there are four rules to eating an acid-alkaline balanced diet, which are your meals should have both alkaline and acidic foods, there should be more alkaline foods on your plate than acidic foods, alkaline foods should be even more if the person eating has an acidification problem, and a diet in only alkaline foods should only last for two weeks at the most. Another way Vasey (2006) suggests to help with acidification is to drink water that is treated with an alkaline solution making the water a pH of 9.5. A final way to help with acidification is taking alkaline supplements to help your body get back into balance and become more alkaline. The dosage and type of supplement you take depends on the person, and assistance from a healthcare provider or nutritionist should be sought.


References:


Foroutan, R. (2017, July 28). Alkaline Diet: Does pH Affect Health and Wellness? Retrieved

July 27, 2018, from

https://foodandnutrition.org/may-june-2016/alkaline-diet-ph-affect-health-wellness/


Rubin, T. (2015, April-May). Easy ways to alkalize your diet: a food-lover's guide to supporting

your body's pH balancing act. Vegetarian Times, (420), 52+. Retrieved from

http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A409236498/HWRC?u=lirn12711&sid=HWRC&xid=c95f98c4


Vasey, C. (2006). The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts