Have you ever wondered why processed sugars and grains make you feel sluggish after eating them? The answer may be hidden in their pH value.
Namely, these items are considered to be acidic unlike veggies and fruits which are mostly alkaline. Unfortunately, the more acidic foods we eat, the higher our risk of serious health issues.
The Importance of pH
On the pH scale, a 7 is considered to be neutral whereas 0 is acidic and 14 is alkaline. The acid in the stomach is around 3.4 whereas our blood is neutral and slightly alkaline, somewhere between 7.35 and 7.45. This is the best range for adequate oxygen and nutrient transfer through the body.
When our blood gets overly acidic, the kidneys begin to produce sodium bicarbonate to lessen the burden. But, when they get over-worked, the body starts to release alkalizing minerals like potassium and magnesium from the bones, muscles, and organs. Acidic blood or acidosis can be triggered by complications in the digestive and respiratory tract as well as by neurological disorders.
In respiratory acidosis, the blood becomes overly acidic due to high amounts of carbon monoxide. This is usually a result of obesity, environmental toxins, asthma or lung injury.
On the other hand, metabolic acid can be caused by a diet high in fat and low in carbs, obesity, dehydration, kidney failure, diabetes, etc. Consuming too many acidic foods can also lead to acidosis. The body can easily lose the balance and even a minimal imbalance below 7.35 can lead to unpleasant symptoms.
Check them out in the list below…
Symptoms of pH Imbalance in the Body
- Low appetite
- Shallow and rapid breathing
- Increased heart rate
Unfortunately, if acidosis is not addressed, it can put you at a higher risk of cancer, liver issues, osteoporosis, and heart illness.
How to Fight Off Acidosis?
In order to reduce the acidosis in your body, make sure you reduce the consumption of fish, dairy, red meat, refined grains, and refined sugars. Processed foods and GMOs can also increase the acidic levels. And, make sure you introduce the right foods that are packed with nutrients and are alkaline. Aim for an 80% vegetable and 20% fruit ratio.
Here is a list of foods that can help you move your pH to the alkaline side:
- Turnip greens
- Brussels sprouts