Acidic foods are becoming ever more common in the Western diet but they may be doing us more harm than good. Read on to find out why we need to balance acidic and alkaline foods.
The pH of the blood in the body is important as if the balance is incorrect, symptoms and disease may occur. The blood pH should be slightly alkaline (between 7.35 and 7.45). if the pH drops below 6.8 or moves above 7.8, the cells in the body will stop functioning and death will occur. Thus, the body, continually strives to maintain its pH. If the diet is not balanced and is too high in acid-forming foods such as animal protein, sugar, stimulants, and processed food, extra pressure is placed on the body to regulate its pH.
Our current diet is largely made up of acid-forming foods with alkaline-producing foods, such as vegetables, being eaten in much smaller quantities. Stimulants such as coffee, tea, and alcohol are also extremely acidifying. Many foods are alkaline-producing by nature, but processed foods are usually very acid-producing. For this reason, we should be eating at least 60 percent of alkaline-producing foods in order to maintain good health. Not only do processed, sugary or simple carbohydrate foods produce acid, they also raise the blood sugar level very quickly and tend to be low in nutrients.
Acidic foods include:
If the body is too acidic, the body will take alkaline minerals from the body in order to maintain its pH levels. Such minerals include sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, and depletion of these can result in the person becoming prone to chronic or degenerative disease. The minerals are taken from the vital organs of the body and the bones in order to neutralise the acid and safely remove it from the body.
If you have a health problem, it is likely that you are suffering from acidosis. Acidosis decreases the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, energy production in the cells, the body’s ability to repair damaged cells, and the body’s ability to detoxify heavy metals. It also helps abnormal cells to grow and makes the body more susceptible to fatigue or illness. acidosis can cause or contribute to such problems as: