Sunday, September 11, 2011

Becoming More Alkaline, Avoiding an Acidic Body, and Maintaining Proper pH Levels

Acidic pH levels in the body cause strain and stress on the organs, affecting a person’s overall health. It forces the body to borrow calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and other valuable minerals from vital organs in order to neutralize the acid and force it out of the body. If the condition is allowed to continue over a period of years, it can cause premature aging, immune deficiency, joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup. Yeast and fungal overgrowth is very common among people who are over-acidic, as well as low energy, chronic fatigue, weight gain, obesity and diabetes.

Health Problems that are Caused by an Acidic Body

Because the organs are being overworked and strained, it can easily lead to cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen, bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones, acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations, and hormone concerns. The least of the problems one might experience would be slower digestion and elimination, which could cause constipation and buildup of toxins in the digestive system.

Most people who live in industrialized countries have become too acidic, and suffer the health problems that are associated with high acidity, such as depression, chronic fatigue, back pain, arthritis, cancer, ulcers, brittle bones, yeast infections, and premature aging. To balance the body, foods high alkaline foods must be eaten to counteract, or neutralize the acids. Most meats and sugars should be avoided, as well as milk products other than goat milk and cheese, which are low alkaline foods. If you do eat animal products, try to follow up or combine with high alkaline foods, or alkaline water, to balance out the pH level in your body. Test strips to determine the pH level in your urine or saliva are available in most health food stores, and can help you monitor your alkalinity, or to determine if your body is too acidic - and make healthy dietary changes that will help to become more alkaline. 
Foods that Cause your Body to be More Alkaline

Foods that are considered low alkaline foods, but not quite acidic: Raw honey, raw sugar, oranges, bananas, cherries, pineapple, peaches, avocados, carrots, tomatoes, fresh corn, mushrooms, cabbage, peas, potato skins, olives, soybeans, tofu, chestnuts, canola oil, amaranth, millet, wild rice, quinoa, soy cheese, soy milk, goat milk, goat cheese, whey, and ginger tea. Foods that are higher in alkaline include: Maple syrup, rice syrup, dates, figs, melons, grapes, papaya, kiwi, berries, apples, pears, raisins, okra, squash, green beans, beets, celery, lettuce, zucchini, sweet potato, carob, almonds, flax seed oil, breast milk, and green tea. Some of the most alkaline foods include: Stevia, lemons, watermelon, limes, grapefruit, mango, papaya, asparagus, onions, vegetable juices, parsley, raw spinach, broccoli, garlic, olive oil, herbal teas, and lemon water.