Monday, 12 July 2010

Balancing your Diet...Acid and Alkaline

In doing some recent research because of some health issues, I've discovered that many people have poor diets, which do not have a balance of acid and alkaline. A lack of balance in these two areas has been linked to both minor and major health problems and these findings have been repeated in research over the last one hundred years time and again. Yet, many people are unaware.

The acid and alkaline environment may be addressed through diet. Rather than rewrite some really good information that I've found cited from the the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, on a website, I've quoted a portion, instead. 
Over acidity, which can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH-balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease. A healthy body maintains adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands. When excess acids must be neutralized, our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition.
What Causes Me to be Acidic?
The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid-producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid-producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid-producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid-forming; and we use artificial chemical sweetners like NutraSweet, Equal, or aspartame, which are extremely acid-forming. One of the best things we can do to correct an overly-acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.

Most people who suffer from unbalanced pH are acidic. This condition forces the body to borrow minerals—including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium—from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this strain, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage due to high acidity—a condition that may go undetected for years.

Mild acidosis can cause such problems as:
•Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
•Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
•Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
•Immune deficiency.
•Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
•Premature aging.
•Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
•Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
•Low energy and chronic fatigue.
A recent seven-year study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, on 9,000 women showed that those who have chronic acidosis are at greater risk for bone loss than those who have normal pH levels. The scientists who carried out this experiment believe that many of the hip fractures prevalent among middle-aged women are connected to high acidity caused by a diet rich in animal foods and low in vegetables. This is because the body borrows calcium from the bones in order to balance pH. — American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
It's going to be tough to follow the above diet. Apparently I can also take some pH drops. I'll have to find out more about them, because currently my PH levels are pff of the charts.

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