Are You Too Acidic?

Have you ever wondered if many of the diseases raging through our societies have a common cause? Our Eco Diva and co-owner of Vitology ' The Science of good Health Nicole Sherwin, highlights the need to find and keep our body in pH balance.
Have you ever wondered if many of the diseases raging through our societies have a common cause? Our Eco Diva and co-owner of Vitology – The Science of good Health Nicole Sherwin, highlights the need to find and keep our body in pH balance.

Health experts are using the balanced pH model more and more. Some say a balanced pH level is extremely important, others say it’s crucial and some believe it’s a matter of life and death. Keeping your body in a balanced pH state is a lifestyle recommendation and has not been used as much by traditional medical doctors whose approach is centered on pharmaceutical prescriptions for ailments and bugs.

In chemistry, pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity of aqueous solutions. Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. Pure water for example has a pH very close to 7.

When the body is too acidic, the immune system struggles to fight off germs, infections and disease, making it easier to get ill. Acid builds up in our systems from stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, coffee/tea, sugar, alcohol and cigarettes, amongst other lifestyle choices.

Acid built up in the body can lead to many chronic diseases from arthritis and osteoporosis to gout and eczema, low immunity and constipation to morning sickness and respiratory problems, but can also play havoc with the reproductive system.

When the body is too acidic the nervous system is deprived of energy and is weakened. This is known as devitalising or enervation, making the physical, mental, and emotional body weak. A build up of acid can also cause inflammation, reducing the skins ability to function as a natural barrier against infection. As a result, the skin tends to develop lesions and sores, and cause eruptions like pimples, rashes or eczema.

did you know?
pH stands for power of hydrogen, and is used to measure the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The total pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 being neutral. Our ideal pH is slightly alkaline - 7.30 to 7.45. You can test your pH levels regularly by using a piece of litmus paper in your saliva or urine first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.

Acidity is also closely linked to arthritis. Arthritis is one of the most disabling diseases in developed countries. The word arthritis means inflammation of the joint and describes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. The two main forms of arthritis are Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Both are related to pH imbalance and accumulation of acid deposits in the joints and wrists. It is this accumulated acid that damages cartilage. When the cells that produce the lubricating synovial fluids and bursa fluids are acidic, it irritates and swells the joints.

Where an acidic environment is a breeding ground for anaerobic pathogens, the hydrogen in rich body fluids keep bad bacteria inactive. Whether bad bacteria and pathogens incubate or remain dormant, all depends on the ratio of cellular pH.

Premature aging is another result of the body being too acidic. Acid stimulates the aging process in the organs, arteries, skin and cells. This can result in a range of symptoms from wrinkles and gray hair to poor memory and weak bones and muscles.

You can change from being too acidic to more alkaline in just a couple of days if you follow an alkaline rich diet and get more relaxation and gentle exercise. You can also take a food or vitamin supplement to fast track your alkalinity and keep you in balance. Supplements range from alkaline powders to super green products like chlorella, barley grass, wheat grass and spirulina. There is also a new pH balance tablet available that can be taken daily on an empty stomach or after over indulging in acid forming foods or activities. Believe it or not, freshly squeezed lemon is also another great way to keep alkaline. Most people think lemons are acidic because they taste sour, but in actual fact, lemons have an big alkaline effect in the body. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into your water (use warm water in winter if you prefer) and drink it throughout the day.

The key is balance, not just pH balance, but lifestyle balance. If you can follow an alkaline diet and lifestyle for the most part, but occasionally want to indulge, then use awareness and knowledge to know what will and what won’t create havoc in your body. You can then compensate for the occasional indulgence and help your body remain balanced.

Diet is the first stop on the way to perfect pH balance. Here is a list of acid forming foods to avoid and alkaline forming foods to increase in your diet:

Acid forming foods:
Sodas, energy drinks, fruit juices, coffee, tea (unless it’s herbal), popcorn, cheese, dairy, pastries, cakes, biscuits, sugar, red meat, alcohol, vinegar, hamburgers, fast foods, deep fried foods, artificial sweeteners, grains (gluten).

Alkaliine forming foods:
Filtered or pH balanced water, fresh vegetables, spinach, cucumber, carrots, avocados, asparagus, broccoli, kale, lemons, eggplant, mushrooms, olives, wild rice, brown rice, onion, brussel sprouts, fish, papaya, seaweed, cabbage, green beans, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, almonds, apples.

“Wellness Warehouse strives to help you live life well but because we are retailers and not medical practitioners we cannot offer medical advice. Please always consult your medical practitioner before taking any supplements, complementary medicines or have any health concerns and ensure that you always read labels, warnings and directions carefully, prior to consumption.”