Acidity of the body indicates the concentration of acid in the body fluids. On the other hand, alkalinity of the body, means the capacity of the body fluids, like blood, saliva, urine, to neutralize the acids.
Our body needs these fluids for the most vital functions, like digestion, transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, protection and overall lubrication of the body.
The levels of acids must be kept at a specific range to prevent harming the body.
Opposite of this, if your body fluids are lower in pH, it means they have less oxygen and more acids. In case you want to keep the normal levels of pH, 7.0 is considered the neutral level.
These are the optimal pH levels of the body fluids:
- Saliva pH = 7.0-7.5
- Blood pH = 7.35-7.45
- Urine pH = 4.6-8.0
When some of these levels is lower, that means your body is acidic. Many people do not bother to check their pH levels because they are not informed about the acidity enough.
Here is a list of symptoms that indicate body acidity and ways to regulate the alkaline balance as well:
1. Excess Weight
If the alkaline balance in your body is not maintained, there will be surplus waste product in an acid form in your body. Since the organs responsible for eliminating the toxins (kidneys, colon, skin, and lymph system) are overwhelmed with the stream of toxins from the extra acid, they can’t eliminate the excess acid from the body.
The way our body deals with this huge amount of acid is returning it back to the fat tissues, where it attaches to fat cells. That’s why people can’t lose weight when they have too acidic body.
Despite the effort of the body to remain alkalized, if there is too much acidity, important minerals are wasted from the organs and tissues to keep the organism active. This ultimately leads to brittle bone structure. One of those minerals withdrawn from the bones is calcium.
Ultimately, this leads to osteopenia or osteoporosis, and if you have it- then you are probably suffering from body acidity.
3. Dental Problems
Teeth hold calcium reserves just like bones. When the body has excess acid, it tries to alkalize itself to prevent illnesses by pulling calcium not only from the bones, but also from teeth.
The International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications has published a 2015 study according to which low pH levels in mouth might lead to demineralization of the tooth enamel. According to the study, if we expose the mouth bacteria to sweet foods and drinks, we can further aggravate the production of lactic acid in the mouth, leading to cavities.
When teeth start to feel the effects of acidity in the body, we might notice increased sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drinks. Another possible result is the appearance of cavities, which is especially painful when eating something sweet. Other related symptom include bleeding gums that might appear after brushing the teeth.
Body acidity makes the body much more prone to viruses, fungi, and bacteria. The worst thing is that these microorganisms develop in acidic conditions. Usually they build up inside the gums, digestive tract, and other tissues and organs.
This creates weak immunity and exhausts the body. Due to exhaustion, the body makes up for lost energy and loses important nutrients. On larger scale, this harms the enzymes and hormones and causes body irregularities, such as fatigue.
5. Skin Problems
Skin is one of our detoxifying organs, so low pH levels can cause appearance of dermatological manifestations, known as skin conditions.
When the bloodstream has too much acid, it becomes susceptible to bacteria and toxin overload. In this case, the liver is not able to flush out all acidic toxicity from the body, so the skin helps in their elimination. This attempt results in formation of rashes, acne, eczema, and allergies.
Mucus inside the body is useful for eliminating toxins through the nose. When the organism is acidic, the nasal passage cannot throw out the mucus, which remains trapped inside the body.
If this happens, medical assistance is required; otherwise, the lungs get overflown with mucus and the breathing process is interrupted. This can result in coughing, sinus issues, wheezing, chest pain, and respiratory problems.
Excess acid in the body can lead to constricted muscles, which further hinders the oxygen-carrying blood capillaries that run through the muscles. This can lead to strain and deprivation of oxygen. Moreover, it impedes the vitamin and nutrient absorption from the blood, which are essential for normal functioning.
In such condition, the deprived muscles work too much to continue functioning, leading to pain and soreness. If besides muscle pain you experience fatigue, that’s even a clearer sign that your body is overloaded with acids.
Whenever you are dealing with tiredness and exhaustion as well as insomnia, this indicates low pH levels. Due to lack of calcium in the body, it feels exhausted at all times, leading to significant tiredness.
How to Fix the Problem
Here are the things you can do to reduce the acid levels in your body, and alkalize it naturally.
Well-Hydrated Body – If your body is properly hydrated, the excess acid will keep moving through your system, and the digestive tract will be able to easily eliminate it. So, if you are not getting adequate water, any attempts to cure illness will fail.
Warm Lemon Water: Lemon may be acidic in flavor, but acts to alkalize the body. This may be the best cure for regulating the pH levels in your body.
Green Leafy Vegetables – Some of the most alkalizing green veggies are: cucumber, kale, spinach, broccoli, arugula, green peppers, collards, chard, zucchini, lettuce, artichokes, green asparagus (white one is acid-producing) and celery. It will be even better if you juice some of these veggies and make yourself a tasty juice for a healthy breakfast.
Stop Consuming Highly Acidic Products: make sure to always avoid alcohol, caffeine, soft drinks, processed junk foods, processed meats, and artificial and processed sugars since they increase the body acidity.
Calcium and Magnesium – These minerals are essential for the health of your bones, muscles, teeth, heart, and nervous system. Excess acid in your body causes extraction of magnesium from muscles and calcium from bones in order to restore the alkaline balance. This causes calcium and magnesium deficiency.
Avoid GMO Foods: no GMO foods should be on your menu-ever. They contain high levels of toxins and chemicals which make the body even more acidic.