The Acid & Alkaline Balance in Your Body
A vast range of chemical compounds can be measured in terms of their relative acidity or alkalinity. Acidity and alkalinity are measured on the pH (percent hydrogen) scale. The higher the concentration of hydrogen ions, the more acidic a given compound becomes. A pH of seven is neutral, while lower numbers are acid, and higher numbers are alkaline.
Levels of acid in your stomach are by necessity strong enough to dissolve even your own tissues should they come in contact with the rest of your body. Your blood and the tissues nourished by your blood are supposed to be slightly alkaline. However, improper processing of acid waste through metabolic, lifestyle and dietary factors may result in a buildup of toxic acid-forming waste. When sources of acidity rise or your ability to process waste become decreased, acid measures may reach harmful levels.
How an Acidic Body is Harmful
What does acid do to the body? Excessive acid levels in your body systems may impair functionality in a wide range of systems by chemically interfering with metabolism, organ health and body functions. Acid levels themselves may cause harm, while the body's attempt to buffer acid levels may cause minerals to become depleted throughout the body tissues.
According to The Natural Health School, a wide range of health issues may result from excessive acidity. Challenges may include cardiovascular strain, increased weight, blood sugar problems, diabetes, and kidney conditions, including kidney stones, which are among the interrelated conditions that may result from excessive acid. Immune function may become impaired, while aging processes, inflammation, low energy, and joint pain rank highly among the complaints that may be associated with excessive body acidity. Bones require alkaline conditions to remain healthy, and excessive acid may be associated with osteoporosis, according to studies carried out at the University of California in San Francisco, discussed by The Natural Health School.
Hormone function problems, slow digestion, and even constipation may result. Borrowing from the aquaculture industry, where pH in aquariums is of concern, it is known that breakdown of excessive organic waste may drive pH levels into high acid zones. The same may occur as a result of dietary overload, poor digestion, and waste buildup throughout the intestinal tract.
How to Correct Your pH
Increasing the efficiency of digestion and metabolism through proper exercise is important, in addition to reducing stress and tension, which may affect body acidity levels. A diet that contains a daily intake consisting of 80 percent high alkaline foods such as fruits, non-starchy vegetables and spices with around 20 percent higher acid products may prove helpful. These high energy, acidic foods that provide valuable nutrients in moderation include many starches, meats, nuts, starchy vegetables, grains, and dairy. Ample water intake is invaluable for flushing toxins out of the body and promoting proper waste metabolism and circulation. Chronic dehydration invariably drives up body acidity levels. Stress may also be a factor.
Herbs are also alkaline products with many beneficial effects that may prove useful in addressing acidity related health challenges such as inflammation, discussed in one of our previous feature articles.
K-C is a herbal formulation that may help soothe inflamed tissues by reducing uric acid levels in the body.
Turmeric Curcumin is a formulation based on the Curcumin herb used in Ayurveda. It provides antioxidants for the maintenance of good health. This herb is also used in cases of joint inflammation.
Green Tea Extract is a first-class antioxidant that supports immune system function and contains anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer compounds that may address many types of chronic inflammation. Quality Control is an essential consideration when choosing herbal products.
Pay attention to your health, diet, and lifestyle practices, and consider how the right choices can help reduce acid levels and partially compensate for certain conditions.
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