Signs that indicate our body is too acidic and how to avoid it
Are you acidic? Being acidic means having an unhealthy body, and that is because when the body is acidic, it is prone to different kinds of bacteria and illness.
Your vital organs and bones might also lack minerals because of this. Minerals such as potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium will also be at risk on getting low and might lead to acidosis.
Acidosis is not a minor health issue to just set aside. You’ll never know when its symptoms occur and if that happens you’ll never know what to do.
Here are the things that mild acidosis (poor pH balance) can cause to someone:
1. Joint pain and aching muscles. Too much acid in the body can cause the muscles to constrict, which further obstructs the oxygen-carrying blood capillaries running through the muscles, causing strain and oxygen deprivation.
It also obstructs the absorption of nutrients and vitamins from the blood necessary for proper functioning. In such an event, the deprived muscles overexert themselves to keep functioning, resulting in soreness and pain.
Muscle pain accompanied by fatigue is an even clearer indication of an acid overload in the body.
2. Osteoporosis. When your fluids are too acidic, your body will do everything in its power to maintain an alkaline balance to keep functioning properly, and the body’s way of compensating for that is through pulling minerals from your tissues and other organs to alkalize and minimize acidity.
One of these minerals is calcium found in your bones, necessary for maintaining their strength. Your bones become weak when your body depletes their calcium reserve in order to neutralize the acidity of your body. If you have osteoporosis or osteopenia, or you fracture your bones easily, your body might just be too acidic.
This is the reason patients of osteoporosis and osteopenia are asked to refrain from acidic foods, such as beef, caffeine and soda.
3. Cavities, inflamed sensitive gums. Just as your bones hold calcium reserves, so do your teeth. Excess acid in the body also results in your system pulling calcium from your teeth to alkalize your body and prevent it from getting sick.
A 2015 study published in the International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications notes that low pH levels in the mouth can cause demineralization of the tooth enamel.
Further exposure of the mouth bacteria to sugary sweet foods and beverages can exacerbate the amount of lactic acid production in the mouth, resulting in cavities, the study further notes.
As acidity in your body starts affecting your teeth, you may experience increased sensitivity to foods and drinks that are too cold or too hot. You may also develop cavities, which may be particularly painful when you consume something sweet. Another associated symptom includes bleeding gums, which may occur right after you brush your teeth.
4. Respiratory problems such as coughs. Mucus production is the body’s natural defense mechanism against an acid buildup in an effort to flush it out of the body through the nasal passage.
It might also indicate an acid buildup in the nasal passage itself. If you suffer mucus buildup regularly, it is a sign that your body is overloaded with acid.
Urgent medical attention becomes necessary in such a case because the constant exposure of the lungs to mucus expands and compresses it too often, eventually irritating it, and resulting in excessive coughing, wheezing, sinus problems, breathing problems and chest pain.
5. Fatigue and low energy. Too much acidic content in the body also makes it more susceptible to bacteria, fungi and viruses. An acidic environment is perfect for these microorganisms to thrive.
Hence, hordes of microorganisms acquire a foothold in the digestive tract, gums, and other organs and tissues, triggering the immune system into overdrive to fight these infectious entities.
Overtime, the immune system wears out and your body becomes deprived of energy. Furthermore, these organisms interfere with your body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients, such as minerals and vitamins.
Poor absorption of nutrients affects the manufacturing of hormones and enzymes needed to produce energy. This further induces a state of fatigue.
6. Allergies and acne. Skin problems are dermatological manifestations of a low pH level.
The skin is also one of the detoxifying organs of the body. When there is too much acid floating around your bloodstream, it becomes prone to bacteria and toxin overload. In such a scenario, the liver often falls short of eliminating all acidic toxicity from the body.
The skin thus tries to compensate by trying to flush them out. This process of detoxification manifests itself in the form of acne, allergies, rashes and eczema.
7. Headaches, sleepiness, confusion. If you find yourself tired and fatigued but struggle to go to sleep, even though your body is yearning for it, you might just have a low pH level.
Just like how the body extracts calcium from your teeth, this is another classic symptom of your body leaching out the calcium from your bones and using it to neutralize your body’s acidity.
Inadequate calcium in the body can cause sleeplessness, hence leading to confusion and headaches.
8. Weight gain and obesity. When your body’s alkaline balance is not maintained, there is excess waste product in the form of acid in your body.
This excess acid is not being eliminated because the colon, kidneys, lymph system and skin — organs responsible for flushing toxins out of the body— are overwhelmed with a torrent of toxins from the excess acid.
The body deals with the excess acid by pushing it back into the fat tissues, where the acid clings to the fat cells. This is the reason you are unable to lose weight when your body is too acidic. Your body requires the fat cells to store the excess acid.
Dairy, grains, meats and sugar are acid forming foods. These are the foods that we usually consume everyday on breakfast, lunch and even dinner.
When metabolism is in the process, our body generates acidic waste products that need to be neutralized and exerted. To do that, we need to take more alkaline foods in our body.
The current level of acidification can be identified through pH testing. The reading of a healthy average pH should fall between 6.75 to 7.25.
Fortunately, there are ways to improve your alkalinity. To get over your acidity problems, take note of the following:
First, you should refrain from eating too much acidic foods, check you pH level daily, and drink a lot of water.
Minimize you consumption of processed food and drink herbal tea and green drinks instead of coffee and soda.
Additionally, associate your meal with green leafy vegetables, and try coconut milk or almond milk instead of the traditional dairy milk.
Now that you know to indicate if a person is acidic and hot to avoid being one, it’s time to drop those acidic foods and start eating healthy.