Acidic/Alkaline ph

Can too much acid in your body kill you?

So, does this mean that we must stay away from healthy foods which are acidic? Is it that simple?

Virtually all holistic practitioners see a direct relationship between certain disease conditions and an overly acidic or overly alkaline system, pH testing of urine and saliva can represent one useful tool for evaluating overall health.

However, conflicting opinion can cloud this particular issue even within the natural health community itself.

Contributing to this confusion is the fact that the current emphasis on pH-modifying diets composed of 80% “alkaline foods” is in direct conflict with the careful analysis of Dr. Weston A. Price (and corroborated indirectly by other researchers). His research clearly showed that the diets of the healthy primitive people whom Price studied all over the world were actually higher in acid-ash foods than alkaline-ash foods, like:

  • Legumes (pea, lentils, beans, chick-peas…)
  • Eggs (rich in omega 3, lecithin, vitamin E…)
  • Trout (rich in omega 3, high quality protein…)
  • Rye bread (rich in B complex)
  • Grass fed meat (rich in zinc, carnitine, B12, carnosine…)

Both alkalizing and acidifying minerals in liberal amounts are critical to long term healing.

While the inclusion of fruits and vegetables in the diet is important for many reasons, including the fact that these foods provide alkalinizing minerals, for most people it is not necessary to minimize acid ash foods, such as grass fed meat and whole grains in order to maintain acid-base balance.

In fact, a diet in which these acidic  foods are absent can lead to zinc, B12, or phosphorus deficiencies which undermine the body’s ability to maintain the proper blood pH.

If you simply eliminate simple sugars, flours, and bad fats and include non-starchy vegetables and some raw and naturally fermented foods, you will go a long way towards improving your acid/alkaline balance.

Both allergies and poor digestion are associated with intestinal dysbiosis , and create an acidic ph.

The ph-regulating system of the body is very complex and is made up of many parts.

We  have three buffer systems in the blood that help keep its ph constant. In addition, the lungs help to regulate ph by breathing in alkaline oxygen and eliminating acidic waste products in the form of carbon dioxide. Finally, the kidneys eliminate excessive amounts of either acid or alkaline substances from the body through urine.

Excess acids do NOT stay in the blood, the pH of which MUST remain within a very narrow range in order for life to be possible.  So, in order to prevent disaster, the body has a variety of mechanisms to deal with excess acid.

Over time, acid/alkaline imbalances can weaken organs and bones and lead to a variety of serious health concerns.

What can really cause an acidic ph, according to some medical authorities?

1) Excess stress of any kind (emotional, physical, environmental)

2) Poor digestion or food intolerances,

3) Inadequate oxygen uptake due to poor nutrient intake and/or poor breathing techniques and/or lack of exercise,

4) Excess insulin, which itself leads to allergies, food intolerances and poor digestion.

5) Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are 4 to 10 times less that what healthy primitive cultures were found to have consumed .

If you are suffering from an acid/alkaline imbalance, your body may send some signal, which you can use to motivate you to modify your diet and/or lifestyle (my 8 principles rebalance your ph)

A lifestyle personal trainer will adress this cause also.

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