The following conditions are both problems and symptoms that result from an overly acidic body. This list is not complete; an imbalance of acid and alkaline in the body can be attributed to a multitude of health problems. Here's a few examples of how acidosis (increased acidity of blood plasma with a pH level falling below around 6.5) effects your body symptoms and causes these health problems:
It is known that acid gets stored in fat cells. As a defense mechanism, your body may actually produce fat cells to protect you from your overly acidic condition. To protect itself from potentially serious damage, the body creates these fat cells to store the acids and carry them away from vital organs. Those fat cells and cellulite deposits may actually keep acid wastes at a safe distance from your vital organs. Many people have found that a return to a healthy alkaline inner biological terrain helps them losing excess fat.
All substances left by the metabolizing process are acidic and toxic; therefore these have to be neutralized by alkalizing elements, e.g. calcium ions, sodium ions, and lithium ions, among which calcium is the most important. Calcium ions are positively charged ions which are constantly looking for acid, to form calcium carbonate in our body. Calcium carbonate is harmless and will be moved out of the body, providing our body fluid pH is alkaline. Otherwise, it is being deposited around body joints. If the calcium ion level is low in the blood and body, excess acid will remain in our body and will lead to numerous health problems, like Join Pain or Arthritis.
Many people think they can eliminate osteoporosis by increasing their consumption of milk and dairy products. But in fact the instances of osteoporosis are rare in countries where the consumption of dairy products is very low. So osteoporosis is an acidosis problem, not a lack of calcium intake. As the body becomes more acidic, our body tries to remain healthy to protect us against heart attacks, illness, strokes or even cancer. In doing so, it takes calcium from the teeth, bones and tissues, making them weak and brittle.
Headaches, Colds, Infections
Only when our pH level is fairly balanced, the binding of oxygen to the hemoglobin protein of our red blood cells in the lungs operates. If the pH is too acidic, microbes in our respiratory systems can grow much more easily, and in that way cause bronchitis, pneumonia and sinusitis, and invade our cell system. This can result in cough, bronchial spasms (asthma), colds, infections and headaches.
Acne, chronic fatigue, heart attacks, kidney stones, ovarian cysts, and so many more health problems also indicate an acid/alkaline imbalance.
Fortunately, there's a very easy way to test yourself from your own home to determine whether your body is too acidic. It's as easy as testing your pool water! (Just don't use the same test strips!)
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Otherwise, you can order them online as well. Here's one that seems to have received better reviews than other pH test strips:
Your test strips package should have a chart to match up your test strip with. Generally, here's one recommendation for measuring:
"If your urinary pH fluctuates between 6.0 to 6.5 in the morning and between 6.5 and 7.0 in the evening, your body is functioning within a healthy range. If your saliva stays between 6.5 and 7.5 all day, your body is functioning within a healthy range. The best time to test your pH is about one hour before a meal and two hours after a meal. Test your pH two days a week."http://www.naturalhealthschool.com/acid-alkaline.html
If your test strips show your body is too acidic, the best (and safest) way to get your body's pH levels on target is to change your diet. As explained in the first video, processed foods, meats, coffee, and alcohols are very acidic. If you reduce your consumption of these foods, your body will begin to become more alkaline.
At the same time, increase your consumption of alkaline-forming foods, such as citrus fruits. Simply, you should increase your water consumption. Adding lemon or lime juice to your water is a wonderful way to boost your alkalinity. (That's why drinking lemon juice can help naturally break up kidney stones.)
Increase your consumption of leafy greens, and fruits/vegetables overall. If your levels show your body is much, much too acidic, wheat grass and chlorophyll supplements will help normalize it more quickly. Drinking tomato and/or carrot juice is another way to restore balance. (I've heard of many people craving tomato juice and didn't realize it was because their body was overly acidic.)
For a very thorough chart of acid and alkaline foods, check out this webpage: http://www.naturalhealthschool.com/acid-alkaline.html.
After your make dietary changes, I encourage you to test your body's pH levels again. Did it make a difference? Can you see how dietary changes are reflected in your body's pH levels? And wasn't it just as easy as checking your pool water?!