We hear a lot about acidic body and alkaline diet and acidic body is bad for your health, etc. As I keep bumping into articles about it I took it as a sign and I decided to write a post. SPOILER ALERT!!! The key is balance! Acidic food is not bad. Too much acidic food and no alkaline food is bad. So keep the balance.
Now, the thing is I’m not an expert so during my research I found an article the sums up simply what I meant to write so read the main part of it below. Information on acidic test and rest of the article is available on this link:
The stomach should contain plenty of acid in order to do its job effectively, but otherwise a slightly alkaline environment allows the body’s metabolic, enzymatic, immunologic and repair mechanisms to function at their best. Our bodies continually strive to maintain a normal pH balance of about 7 to 7.4. When the pH of our bodily fluids, digestive system and tissues is pushed out of that comfortable neutral zone, health problems can be the result.
What causes pH imbalance?
The most common form of pH imbalance is excess acidity, which not only impacts your overall health, but also greatly impedes your weight loss efforts. This is because, outside of the stomach, acidity is a major cause of hormonal imbalance. And if we recall from my book The Hormone Diet, hormonal balance plus the difference in calories equals weight loss, then anything that upsets hormonal balance has the potential to cause weight gain.
Excess body acidity is prevalent today because poor diet, insufficient exercise, over-exercising (especially too much cardio, which contributes to stress) and chronic stress can lead to excess acid in our internal environment. When our body becomes acidic, minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium may be stolen from our vital organs and bones to combat or buffer the acid.
Consequences of extended acid excess
If these mineral losses and metabolic abnormalities continue, we can increase our risk for a number of conditions including:
• Obesity, slow metabolism and inability to lose weight
• Chronic inflammation
• High blood pressure
• Weight gain, obesity and diabetes
• Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones
• Weakened immunity
• Premature aging
• Osteoporosis, weak or brittle bones, fractures and bone spurs.
• Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic-acid buildup
• Low energy and chronic fatigue
• Mood swings
• Slow digestion and elimination
• Yeast/fungal overgrowth
These problems are not surprising, since excess acid can also interfere with our hormones. For example, in an acidic environment, as much as twice the amount of estrogen may be needed to exert its effects in the body. So, if you have a health problem, you are likely a walking acid trip. No matter what type of therapy you choose to treat your condition, resolution will not come until your pH balance is restored.
I have also found some useful charts to help you maintain a balanced diet.
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