Do you eat a lot of acidic foods?
Acidity or Alkalinity is measured by a substance’s pH value, their place on a 14-point pH scale. Upon consumption of any food material, based on the effect it has on the urine pH value, a food is labeled acidic or alkaline. So, if after consuming a food item the acidity of urine is increased it is classified as an acid forming food. Conversely, if a food increases the alkalinity of urine after it has been ingested, it is classified it as an alkaline forming food. pH value of 0 indicates completely acidic while a pH of 14 is completely alkaline and a pH of 7 is neutral.
The body’s acid-alkaline balance
What makes a food acidic or alkaline has got to do with what happens in the kidneys. When the food nutrients reach the kidneys they produce either ammonium (acidic) or bicarbonate (alkaline).
Our body’s alkaline and acid balance has an effect on our overall well being. All foods that we eat have the ability to change our body’s normal pH.
The body fights hard to neutralize acids and also maintain the proper pH in organs, tissues and body fluids for good functioning. Eating foods that are very acidic has a negative impact on our overall health. In contrast, eating foods that are alkaline will tend to balance our body system to the proper pH level.
Why an alkaline rich diet is important for us
Some foods are more acidic than others. When we eat acid-forming foods, our body works to bring our blood pH back into balance by releasing alkaline-rich minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus into our bloodstream.
According to the research studies, it is said that that consuming too many acid-promoting foods can potentially damage the kidneys and the liver. There is also an increased risk of diabetes associated. However, by eating foods that promote an alkaline environment in the body the acidic effects can be negated.
- When the body is in an alkaline state, one is less likely to suffer from chronic diseases. Osteoporosis, for example, is said to be caused by a chronic intake of acid-forming foods. In this case the bones are being forced to give up their alkaline minerals (calcium and magnesium) so as to buffer the excess acid. Instead, by adding more alkaline-forming foods there is a slowdown in the leech of calcium from the bones.
- An acidic environment promotes the growth of bad bacteria, yeast and fungi. This leads to an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria making a person more prone to getting infections.
- When the body is in an alkaline state, you become less susceptible to cellular damage and disease. These foods help fight free-radical damage and inflammation; It also supports healthy cellular regeneration.
- Alkaline-forming plant-based foods are nutrient dense and rich in antioxidants
Maintaining a balance of 80 percent alkaline foods and 20 percent acidic foods in our daily diet is ideal.
Alkaline rich foods
- Water Melon
Eating the right foods is important. Finding balance in the areas of diet and lifestyle is critical to the body’s overall health. So you can combine the right diet with yoga & deep breathing exercises so that the oxygen rids the body of stale, acidic carbon dioxide.