Body acidification – what is it? Signs and Causes
Our body is a very complex system, where millions of various biochemical processes continuously occur. In order for it to work smoothly, it is necessary to maintain certain constant parameters: body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, etc. The constancy of the parameters of the internal environment of the body is called homeostasis. As soon as a failure occurs somewhere and the balance is disturbed, various diseases and pathologies arise.
One of the important components of the internal environment of the body is acid-base balance.
What is acid-base balance?
Still from school, they know that the acidity of the medium is determined by the hydrogen pH and its values range from 0 to 14: 0 corresponds to the maximum acidity, 14 – to the maximum alkalinity. The neutral value is 7 (distilled water has a pH of 7).
The constancy of the ratio of acid and alkali (or base) in the body is called the acid-base balance (acid-base balance, acid-base balance). Normally, it is 7.37–7.44. When the pH shifts in one direction or another, the cells are destroyed, the enzymes do not work, with a strong violation of this balance, the body can die. Therefore, this ratio is tightly regulated by the body. However, mainly due to improper, unbalanced nutrition, an acid or alkaline shift can occur.
What is dangerous acid shift
The shift of the acid-base balance towards acid is called acidification of the body, or, as doctors say, acidosis. This condition leads to many negative consequences. The body begins to accumulate water, metabolism is disrupted, oxygen starvation of tissues occurs, the absorption of mineral substances worsens, the normal course of biochemical reactions is lost.
The acidic environment can not cope with a viral infection, which means that people are tormented by constant colds.
Due to overspending of potassium and magnesium, the heart works worse, hence heart failure.
Due to increased leaching of calcium, bones become brittle – osteoporosis.
A lack of minerals leads to increased fatigue, weakness, and a decrease in mental and physical performance.
The list of diseases caused by acidosis is quite large. Literally all organs and systems suffer: along with the already mentioned ones, digestive disorders, the formation of stones in the gall and bladder, kidney disease, visual impairment, joint and muscle pain, and diabetes. And the worst part is that a constant acidic environment disrupts the functioning of enzymes, which increases the risk of cancer.
Reasons for acidification of the body
Today, many scientists attribute the acidification of the body to an unbalanced diet: eating large amounts of meat products to the detriment of vegetables, fruits and herbs. There are special tables that show how “acidic” a product is. Just do not confuse products with a sour taste and food that causes acidification of the body. So, acid lemons, on the contrary, are “alkaline” and neutralize the acidic environment, and the main culprit of acidosis is that the meat tastes completely acidic (unless, of course, marinated).
Here are the characteristics of some of the most common products:
highly acidifying organism: veal, beef liver, chicken, eggs, seafood, sugar, jam, coffee;
with an average degree of acidification: boiled lamb, low-fat pork, ham, fish, white bread, peas, barley and corn grits, hard cheese;
with a low degree of acidification: beef, stewed lamb, brown bread, soft cheeses, cream;
with a strong degree of alkalization: tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, celery, cabbage (all types), grapefruit, lemon, currants, melon and watermelon, plums (fresh and prunes), peaches, apricots (fresh and dried apricots), milk;
with an average degree of alkalization: potatoes (with peel), radishes, onions, carrots, apples, cherries, grapes (and raisins), bananas;
with a small degree of alkalization: lard, cranberries.
The body acidifies foods containing food additives and preservatives, alcohol, chocolate, not to mention fast food and Coca-Cola. Smoking is also dangerous with acidosis.
How to determine acidosis
The acidification of the body affects the appearance: a coated tongue with a gray coating, circles under the eyes of a dark color, tense muscles of the shoulders and neck – all these are signs of acidosis. They also include a constant feeling of tiredness, increased sweating, dry skin and brittle nails, low blood pressure, leg cramps, nervousness, frequent colds, and digestive problems.
You can determine the acidity of the body by saliva or urine, checking them on a litmus test.
Another way is bioimpedansometry, a study that shows the amount of fat, bone and muscle mass and water in the body. Excess water indicates acidification, lack indicates alkalization.
If you find signs of acidosis or the test showed an acid reaction (pH ˂ 6), take measures to alkalize the body. First you need cash…