Warning Signs Your Body is TOO Acidic and How to QUICKLY Alkalize It!
In high school chemistry, most of us learned that pH, or potential hydrogen, is the measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. Every substance has a place on this scale of 0 to 14. Any pH level below 7 is acid. The ideal pH balance for your body is 7.35-7.45, just a bit more alkaline than acidic.
Why does your body’s pH balance matter? Too much acidity in the body leads to all sorts of health problems, including heart disease, cancer and overgrowth of bacteria. An overly acidic system is the main cause of digestive issues, immunodeficiency, respiratory problems, kidney stones, joint problems such as arthritis, and even tooth decay. You will experience some common signs if the acid levels in your body are too high. Headaches, fatigue, digestion problems, increased heart rate, and even shortness of breath are some of the beginning signs of an overly acidic system. Most of us have an excess of acid at some point, whether the cause is stress or poor nutrition. Luckily, bringing the body’s acid levels back into balance, or making the environment of your body alkaline again, is easily achievable with a bit of consistent effort.
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Your body is naturally working constantly to maintain a normal pH balance. In general, if you eat more animal products and processed foods than fresh foods, your pH levels will tend toward the acidic. Besides nutrition, lack of sleep, stress, and anxiety are all main contributors to increasing acid levels in the body. Even if your nutrition is great, but you maintain a stressful lifestyle, you will feel the effects. It is worth knowing which foods are the cause of high acidity, and to make the concerted effort to move towards an adding alkaline forming foods into your diet. Oranges are acidic foods, but actually leave the urine alkalized after being metabolized. However, milk, which has an alkaline base, forms a lot of acid in the body.
The other main acid promoting foods are: grains, cooked foods, sugars, saturated fats, alcohol, and refined flour products (bread and pasta). Instead, take these alkaline – forming foods on board: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and beans. Organic is best. Raspberries, limes, sweet potatoes, lentils, dark green vegetables, apple cider vinegar, and garlic are just some of the alkaline “super foods.” This alkaline / acid food chart will give you something to post on your refrigerator, and a more comprehensive list.
How to reduce acid levels and alkalize your system? Do a self-test, readily available at the local drugstore, to learn your pH and plan a balanced diet and stress-reducing activities. Look at your food choices and categorize them into foods to avoid, foods to eat moderately, and foods to definitely include. Remember, you can heal a lot of the physical issues you might experience due to an overly acidic system and soon experience your full vitality!