Blood acidity

Beware: The Blood Acidity Level may be a Serious Warning.

Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline (7.2 – 7.4).  Below or above this range means symptoms and disease.  A pH below 7.0 is acidic.

An acidic pH can occur from, an acid-forming diet, emotional and mental stress, toxic overload, or unnatural immune reactions, or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen, water and other nutrients.  The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals.  If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build-up of acids in the cells will occur. Older people like myself know what that build-up is all about from my personal experience.

An acidic balance will: 

  • decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients,
  • reduce the energy production in the cells,
  • decrease its ability to repair damaged cells,
  • decrease its ability to detoxify heavy metals,
  • make tumour cells like cancer thrive,
  • make us more susceptible to fatigue and illness.
  • A blood pH which is only slightly acidic can induce coma and even death.

Fortunately, the Ultrasound Quality Health Analyser will indicate the relevant health-markers to show, not only the pH balance but also many health problems that are a result of the imbalance. One of these will be inflammation, and another will be insulin resistance.

Some of the common symptoms of metabolic acidosis include the following:

  • Become tired easily
  • You frequently experience joint pain.
  • Rapid and shallow breathing.
  • Fatigue and drowsiness
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Feeling extremely weak or tired
  • Cramped or burning muscles
  • Nausea or belly pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling physically unwell or uncomfortable
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast heartbeat
  • You often experience headaches.
  • You experience chronic allergies or sinus pain.
  • You suffer from chronic pain that is not due to an injury or a medical condition.
  • Your neck often feels stiff or sore.
  • You have sensitive gums and teeth.

If you find you are experiencing multiple symptoms on this list, it’s time to check your ph. You can do it yourself at home. If you get a reading lower than 7.0, your body is too acidic.

When your body fluids contain too much acid, it’s known as acidosis. Acidosis occurs when your kidneys and lungs can’t keep your body’s pH in balance.

We have several built-in, automatic mechanisms that regulate pH, involving our kidneys, lungs, and skin. The lungs help by excreting acids like carbonic acid. The kidneys excrete acids through the urine after neutralising them by drawing available mineral compounds from the blood and tissues. But if the kidneys face excessive acid levels or insufficient buffering minerals in the blood and tissues, then the body is forced to tap into our bones’ alkaline mineral reserves, or the delicate kidney tissue will be burned by the acids.

How to get your body back in balance:

Quit eating processed foods

These are often acidic, and seriously, they’re not doing any of your body’s systems any good. Processed foods include fast food, boxed meals and many packaged products. If there are more than four ingredients on the label, you’re better off skipping it. Commit to cooking nutritious meals made from fresh ingredients at home. This is one of the most important things you can do for your pH and your overall health.

Stop eating sugar

It is best to eliminate all the sugar in your diet altogether. This means no soda (super acidification powers in those fizzy, sugary drinks). If you need to sweeten your meals and beverages, use coconut crystals, raw honey or unprocessed stevia leaves instead. Just remember, moderation is vital for these natural sweeteners.

Stay away from artificial sweeteners

They may promote acidity, and they’re also terrible for your health. Essentially the artificial sweeteners in soda, coffee and flavoured drinks trick your body. Consuming them often may even lead to metabolic syndrome.

Cut down on the coffee

While coffee itself has a lot of health benefits, it can also be acidic on your system. If you’re struggling with mild acidosis, it may be best to quit the coffee for a while, or at least cut-down. Try to replace your coffee habit with herbal tea. Green tea is excellent, and red rooibos tea is a delicious option which does not contain caffeine.

Get wheat flour out of your diet. When your body is acidic, eating wheat doesn’t help.

Reduce your consumption of both dairy and meat

While these can be healthy (especially when organic and grass-fed), they can also be acidic. Either eliminate them for a while until your body is back to a healthy pH or cut down. Double up on vegetables instead.

Eat your veggies

Many fruits and vegetables have an alkalizing effect on your body, so make sure you’re getting an ample amount of them. These include dark green, leafy vegetables like kale, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard and collard greens, along with lemons, carrots, beets, turnips, cayenne peppers and garlic.

Drink lots of water

Make sure you’re getting at least eight glasses each and every day. Proper hydration is key to getting your body back into balance. Not only does it help your body transport the oxygen it needs, but it also keeps your blood pressure and body temperature in a healthier range.

Consider these dietary approaches to boosting your haemoglobin and thereby the availability of oxygen and balancing your ph.

  1. Eat foods rich in the building blocks of haemoglobin: iron, vitamin C, and folic acid. Iron-rich foods include liver meats, beef, lentils, dark chocolate, leafy greens, black beans, eggs, brown rice, raisins and nuts.
  1. Vitamin C-rich foods include tropical fruits like guava, mango, pineapple and papaya, as well as citrus fruits, parsley and kale, broccoli, strawberries, red and green peppers, black currant, peas, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
  2. Foods rich in folate (folic acid) include chickpeas, beans, black-eyed peas, and lentils. High levels of folate can also be found in spinach and other leafy greens, beets, liver, avocado, and broccoli.
  3. Eat iron-rich foods and vitamin C-rich foods at the same time so that your body can use them most effectively.

Take steps to reduce your stress

  1. Meditation, yoga and tai chi are all wonderful practices that can help you greatly with your stress relief quest. Make room in your schedule to unwind and do the things you love to do. Do not underestimate this vital step in relaxing your body and improving mindfulness.
  2. Sedentary behaviour may contribute to acidity, so make sure you get moving and stay moving. Start exercising by taking a walk every day. You could also take a class in a fun activity that you’ve always wanted to learn, like dancing or kickboxing.
  3. Do not snack between meals.
  4. Fast every day for at least 12 to 16 hours – for example eat at 8 pm and not again until about 11 am.
  5. Don’t smoke

If you follow these steps, you should soon find that your body is becoming less acidic. Take a pH test every couple of weeks to chart your progress. If your pH does not go down into a healthy range, or if your symptoms are persisting, it’s time to see a health professional you trust.

Michael Plumstead