You might have noticed that eating too many sweets or drinking too much coffee can leave you feeling tired, fat and sick.
Although sugar and caffeine do play a role in this condition, it may not be for the same reasons you’ve heard.
In fact, these foods are highly acidic and inflammatory, meaning that they can impact your body’s natural acid-base balance.
What Is The Acid-Alkaline Balance ?
Acid and alkaline are two ends of the pH scale: o is the most acidic, 7 is neutral and 14 is the most alkaline. While different systems in your body thrive at different points on this scale, it’s believed that having slightly alkaline blood promotes a healthier environment for life-sustaining bacteria and enzymes.
Your acid-base balance is important for every process in your body to function properly. This balance is maintained mainly by your kidneys and lungs.
Respiratory acidosis occurs when your blood is over-saturated with carbon dioxide because of poor lung function while metabolic acidosis occurs when your kidneys fail to excrete enough uric acid to maintain balance. Eating acidic foods can impair these natural processes.
Acidosis can contribute towards health problems like multiple sclerosis, cholesterol, arrhythmia, immunodeficiency disorders, joint pain, lethargy, chronic illness, heart disease, diabetes and much more (1).
Over-acidity can also increase your risk for osteoporosis, cancer, liver problems, heart disease and ketoacidosis.
How Your Body Fights Acidosis
When your body is too acidic and you’re not eating well, it will leach minerals like calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from your bones to neutralize the acidity in your blood. This can lead to serious medical problems like osteoporosis (2).
When there’s not enough alkalizing minerals in the body, acidic toxins get stored in your fat cells (3).
Both of these methods harm your long term health, so it’s important to make the right lifestyle changes to avoid acidosis.
The Cancer Question
You may have heard many cancer patients talk about how leading an alkaline diet reversed their disease.
Although it may sound strange, researchers have found that eating more alkaline foods may actually benefit your overall health.
In fact, in 1931 Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine by discovering that 90-95% cancer cells can’t thrive when the body becomes more alkaline. He suggested that having a blood pH of 7.36 rather than the previous ideal of 7 is enough to prevent the growth and spread of the disease (4).
And he wasn’t wrong, modern medicine agrees that cancer cells tend to die in alkaline environments. Today, many cancer patients are actually recommended to follow a diet composed of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods to promote a full recovery.
5 Ways To Reserve Acidosis
These 5 simple changes will dramatically improve your health and reverse your illness.
1. Change Your Routine
The best way to change your life is to change your routine.
Start your day with lemon water to make your blood more alkaline, improve your digestion and detoxify your liver.
Next, make time to cook homemade meals full of alkaline and anti-inflammatory foods. To help your kidneys get rid of excess acid by giving them plenty of water and nutrients to flush out your system.
2. Invest in a blender
Smoothies are a great way to get in more alkaline greens and to improve your intake of nutrients and antioxidants. Plus, unlike juice, smoothies are packed with gut-healthy soluble and insoluble fiber.
For best results, invest in a good quality high-power blender that can handle the crunchiest and chewiest foods and make yourself at least 1 green smoothie a day.
3. Cut Out The Crap
Smoking, drinking alcohol, not exercising enough and eating processed foods are all pro-acidic habits.
By promoting inflammation in your body, these habits also make you more likely to develop cancer or other life-threatening medical conditions.
4. Ease into it
The best way to make a lasting change in your lifestyle and health is by taking small steps to build a sustainable health routine.
Instead of trying to change everything all at once, tackle one habit at a time and slowly introduce new foods to your diet.
5. Take Time To Relax
It’s no secret that chronic stress leads to chronic illness. On a more chemical note, cortisol, the stress hormone, actually makes your blood more acidic.
It’s also important to get enough sleep to ensure that your body detoxifies itself.