Acidity and alkalinity are two qualities determined by the pH of a substance, or the amount (power) of Hydrogen ions in an aqueous solution. This is measured on a continuum from acid to alkaline, with a scale from 1 to 14. The neutral point is right in the middle, measured at 7. Extremely acidic or alkaline substances may go beyond the scale. Usually water has a pH of 7.
You need to know this because your body’s pH is very important to your overall health. Everything you eat and drink is alkaline, neutral or acidic. Your body is made of 60% water and it struggles to maintain a slightly alkaline pH of around 7.4; blood pH varies between 7.35 and 7.45.
Most of the food you eat is rather acidic and your body has to balance it. What actually matters is the body’s response when you give it something to eat. For instance if you drink lemon juice, although there’s citric acid in the lemon, you get an alkaline result after it is metabolized. Fruits and vegetables most commonly generate an alkaline body response, while rice, bread, meats and dairy products an acidic response. As a general rule for your health, you should eat 75% alkaline and 25% acid. It’s easy if you keep in mind to add fruits and vegetables in every meal.
Next to nutrition, the most important source of acidity is stress. Your emotions and thoughts have a direct impact on your body’s chemistry. Toxic mindsets, negative emotions and worries will generate an acidic environment in the body. When you’re stressed you also breathe shallowly, allowing for carbon dioxide to build up in your body. The body needs to break it down in order to balance the internal environment.
You should measure your pH level on a regular basis. It’s very easy to do so and you don’t need to go to a doctor. Not all doctors know about this and some of them might not want you to be able to take care of yourself. If you don’t go see them, they don’t prescribe drugs and if you’re not on drugs, their paycheck doesn’t increase. Do yourself a favor and get a pack of litmus paper. You can get some here:
Use them with your saliva or urine, first thing in the morning, before eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. Here’s how pH levels affect your body and cause diseases.
1. Acidity in the digestive system causes indigestion, nausea, bloating and gastric reflux among other disorders. They are caused by too much acidity in the gastric region and not enough alkaline minerals in the intestinal tract. Too much acidity will cause immediate obvious symptoms, such as acid reflux or stomach burns. Without enough alkaline minerals, you pancreas cannot understand the food you are eating, won’t know what to do with it and this cause systemic damage as all your organs become confused and inflamed.
2. Acidity in the circulatory system causes arteriosclerosis and heart attacks. As an inflammatory response, in order to counter acidity, the body responds by lining the vessels with fatty plaques. Blood flow becomes impaired, vessels get clogged and the heart is struggling to do its job.
3. Acidity in the immune system causes bad bacteria to flourish. Cellular pH is critical to bad bacteria and pathogens incubating. Maintaining alkaline pH will allow the body to better heal itself through its natural functions and keep threatening pathogens dormant.
4. Acidity affects the respiratory system by impairing delivery of oxygen to tissues and organs, also causing carbon dioxide build up. As cells cannot breathe properly, waste such as mucus, infections and viruses build up in the lungs, causing colds, bronchitis and asthma among others.
5. Acid deposits accumulated in joints and wrists cause arthritis. Joints get swollen, stiff and cartilages get damaged. Uric acid is deposited in the form of crystals, which is like having broken glass in your feet, hands, knees and your back.
6. Acid built up affects the skin causing eruptions like pimples or rashes. Your natural barrier against infection is less effective with increased acidity.
7. Acidity affects the nervous system by devitalizing or enervating it. The process deprives it of energy, weakening your mental, physical and emotional strength and focus.
8. Acidity in your excretory system is very dangerous, especially for your kidneys, which are responsible for filtering bodily fluids and purifying your blood. If acidity is too high, the kidneys will use alkaline minerals in your bones to balance it. This leads to accumulation of kidney stones and contributes to osteoporosis.
9. Acidity affects your muscular system by disrupting metabolism breakdown of glucose and oxygen. Increased acidity strains the conversion of energy from nutrients at a cellular level.
10. Acidity affects the reproductive system of both men and women. High acidity is linked to sexual dysfunction, infertility and decreased sexual arousal. For women it reduces sexual enjoyment and increases miscarriage risk.
Balancing your pH level is linked to a wide range of disorders such as cataracts, osteoporosis, cancer, constipation, gout, migraines, stroke, allergies, diabetes and other. Having implications in so many areas, a more holistic approach is required. It is difficult to get a correct diagnosis from a doctor who has specialized in only one bodily function or organ, especially if you can treat the symptoms without needing any Big Pharma drugs he might be selling. So, do yourself a favor and take matters into your own hands.
Do you monitor yourself? Can you link any health issues with your pH level and nutrition? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.