Over acidity, inflammation, toxicity and how to improve your health

Determining your body's natural affinity to Acidity

Before we talk more about what to do with over acidity we have to help you determine what your body’s natural affinity is.

If your pH-regulating system is working efficiently, substances that are too acidic or too alkaline are neutralized by this system almost as quickly as they are formed. Unfortunately, most of us begin to experience a decline in the efficient functioning of our pH-regulating system by the time we reach our forties or fifties and in some people even younger.

This process is accelerated in many individuals by overexposure to a wide variety of environmental chemical and stresses, which expose our bodies to substances that either are highly acidic or create an excessive acid load within the body. With proper education and information, however, we can learn to avoid many of these environmental stresses.

For example, most of the foods in the standard American diet are either highly acidic or acid-forming. In addition, emotional stress, strenuous exercise, long airplane flights, medications, infectious diseases, and certain illnesses as well as the production of our normal metabolic waste products all contribute to acid buildup within the body.

This excessive acid load will, over time, deplete the alkaline reserves of most individuals at a much younger age than what we would expect given a normal aging process. For example, constant over acidity depletes the stores of alkaline minerals contained within the bones as well as the ability of the pancreas to produce sufficient bicarbonate-rich digestive juices.

Signs of Acid-Alkaline Imbalance to look out for:

One sign of acidity is feeling noticeably stiff upon arising. Another is feeling either extremely tired or energized after a day of physical exercise. You may find that having red wine with dinner gives you a runny nose or a headache the next day. At least once a month, you may even have a sore throat or lung congestion.

Over acidity also dramatically increases the frequency of colds, flu-like symptoms, allergies, canker sores, heartburn, alternating constipation and diarrhea. It can also cause digestive bloating, gas and poor elimination, insomnia, inflammatory conditions, parasites, fungal conditions, and bone loss. You may find yourself recovering more slowly from illnesses, cuts, minor surgery, or even normal physical exertion.

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The Highly Acidic Standard American Diet

The typical American diet is composed mainly of foods that are either highly acidic in their chemical makeup or, once eaten, cause an acidic reaction within the body. These foods include red meat, poultry, dairy products, most fruits, nuts, refined sugar, corn sweeteners, chocolate, refined flour products, soft drinks, beer, wine, coffee, and black tea.

There are many reasons why these foods tend to be acidic. Many of them contain large amounts of acidic minerals such as sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine, and iodine. Some of these foods also contain acids such as the carbon dioxide used to create the carbonation in soft drinks and beer, the tannic acid found in black tea, and the acetic acid found in vinegar.

Examples of acids found in fruits are the malic acid in apples and citric acid contained in oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits.

Some of these foods also cause an acidic reaction within the body. For example, red meat, dairy products, and wheat all contain tough and difficult to-digest proteins such as the casein found in milk and the gluten found in wheat. 

Warning signs your body is overly acidic

When these foods are ingested, the stomach must secrete large amounts of hydrochloric acid in order to begin the breakdown of these proteins. This puts a significant stress on the pancreas, liver, and small intestine, which must then produce copious amounts of highly alkaline digestive juices and bile to neutralize the excess acid produced by the stomach.

Other foods, such as coffee and alcohol, also trigger excessive acid production by the stomach. Caffeinated coffee contains many volatile acids, which are particularly abundant in gourmet blends and provide coffee with its desirable rich flavor.

In addition, as food is metabolized within the body, it is converted into a number of acidic waste products such as uric acid, lactic acid, and acetic acid. These acids will lower the pH of body fluids and must be neutralized by the buffer systems contained within the blood; their residues must then be eliminated from the body.

 Inflammation and over acidity

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Furthermore, acidic by-products derived from the sulfur, chlorine, and phosphorus in foods produce toxic acids such as sulfuric, phosphoric, and hydrochloric acid, which must also be neutralized to avoid damaging the kidneys and other organs of the body. When the liver's ability to detoxify is impaired, many toxic and highly acidic by-products are formed. These acidic by-products must also be neutralized and eliminated from the body.

Finally, many people are allergic to the proteins found in a variety of foods, including dairy products, wheat, peanuts, corn, soybeans, and the milk and nuts used in the preparation of certain chocolate products and even red meat. Food allergies cause an acidic, inflammatory reaction in Sensitive individuals. Some individuals are also sensitive or intolerant to various foods even without allergies.

Common examples are the sugars found in milk (lactose) or fruit (fructose) and the amines found in tomatoes, oranges, wine, chocolate, and Parmesan cheese. Individuals with these sensitivities either find these foods irritating to their systems or lack the enzymes to digest them, thereby leading to over acidity. Many of these same foods also tend to aggravate autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or eczema.

The inflammation that results from these conditions causes the production of acidic chemicals within the body that must be constantly buffered if the blood is to remain at a slightly alkaline pH.

Toxicity and acidic reactions in your body

In summary, over acidity caused by the normal ingestion and breakdown of foods as well as toxic by-products caused by foods can greatly stress our buffering capability. Whether these foods are highly acidic or cause an acid reaction within the body, they must all be neutralized and any acid residues from the food eliminated from the body to keep the pH of the blood slightly alkaline.

If you want the complete take about the Acid-Alkaline imbalance and how you can take help your body restore itself to a balanced health, you can check out my book, The Acid-Alkaline Balance. 

Dr. Susan

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Best selling author and national speaker Dr. Susan has sold over 2 million books on health & wellness. She has appeared on numerous national and regional radio and television shows and has been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. She has Served on the clinical faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine and taught in their Division of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Richards became an ordained Christian minister in 2009 and, within a year, she began doing hospital ministry in the ICU's, critical care and rehabilitation units in the San Francisco area community three times a week. Her ministry is based on the supernatural healing power of God and Jesus Christ and she has seen many miraculous healings of seriously ill patients. The ministry receives over 20,000 prayer requests for healing each week which are answered by their faithful and devoted prayer team. She is currently developing the first Medical and Health Ministry Training Program of Supernatural Healing in the United States. Her medical ministry is at medschoolhealing.com

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