what's the fuss about acidity?...

More and more practitioners have been placing an increasing focus on the acid / alkaline balance in the body and how excess acid, or acidosis, is playing a role in common modern ailments and diseases.

Acidity and disease: Modern diets are packed with wheat, sugar, dairy, meat and alcohol, all of which are acid-forming foods. Our stressful lifestyles also cause our bodies to create more acid waste and we tend to eat less wholesome, cooked-from-scratch foods. With this acid-rich diet come ailments such as indigestion, heartburn, diabetes, ulcers, eczema, asthma, as well as cancer and heart disease. 

The easiest first symptoms to identify include bone and joint stiffness, headaches in the morning and migraines during the day.

Why does an acid-forming diet lead to disease?  ‘The body has different buffer systems, which means that bodily fluids require different pH values in order to function optimally – for example, thyroid glands need acid minerals. It’s vitally important to maintain these buffer systems, but acidity stresses and eventually depletes these systems, and acids start to pool in the body and organs, causing tumours that may eventually lead to certain cancers. Excess acids deplete the body of vital oxygen and this is what ultimately leads to these ailments and diseases.

Testing your pH balance is simple – most pharmacies stock litmus paper that comes with a small colour chart.  ‘The best time to measure your pH is first thing in the morning, just as you wake up and while you are still lying in bed. Make sure you have plenty of saliva in your mouth, then place the litmus paper on your tongue for one minute. Match the colour of the paper against the colour chart. The litmus paper should be as dark as possible, from light blue to purple. A lighter shade – from green to yellow – indicates too much acid.

Another fast indicator is on those who wear copper based health bracelets – if your skin shows any sign of green-ness you are too acidic.

Bringing back balance - Drink lots of water to neutralise your pH balance and wash out acids. Try to eat lots of salads, and green and yellow vegetables, and less meat, wheat and sugar. You can also supplement with a specialist mineral like coral calcium which is quite effective. It is also important to eat less and slower, eat fewer rich foods, and also avoid eating any acid-forming foods after 7pm in the evening.

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