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Are You Too Acidic?

Today, I really want to talk about the importance of maintaining a proper acid/alkaline balance.
When the body is acidic, it creates an environment for viruses and bacteria to flourish. The effect is a weakened immune system, frequent illness & infection and is considered part of the underlying disease process. Some of the common conditions related to acidity include osteoporosis, cancer and arthritis.

Research shows that the pH of cancer tumors are always acidic but a diet high in alkaline minerals which raises the pH, helps to prevents cancer growth and cell mutation.

Symptoms of Being Too Acidic Include:
Fatigue • weight gain • depression • joint pain • frequent sighing • insomnia • recessed eyes • migraine headaches • tinnitus • skin breakouts • abnormally low blood pressure • acidic or strong perspiration • bumps on the tongue or roof of the mouth • frequent canker sores

The ideal pH range of the body is between 7.35 and 7.45. Anything below this is considered acidic. The easiest way to test your pH is to use saliva or urine litmus paper, which can be found in most health food stores and some drugstores. The paper will change colour to indicate whether you are acidic or alkaline.

Tips to Alkalize the Body
• Start your day with a glass of lemon water. While lemons may seem acidic, they have an alkalizing effect in your body as they metabolize.

• Many vegetables contain alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese that buffer acidity.
Include the following foods in your diet as often as possible!

Swiss chard, broccoli, kale, green beans, beets, peppers, onion, lettuce, asparagus, celery, cucumbers, carrots, garlic, watercress, dandelions greens, radish, sweet potatoes, lemons, limes, apples, grapefruit, berries, watermelon and sea vegetables.

• Drink your greens! Green smoothies are an excellent way to increase the body’s pH. Other green drinks can be made from wheat grass, chlorophyll, spirulina & chlorella.

• Alkaline Spices: cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, basil, curry, cumin, lemongrass, oregano

• Alkaline Herbal Teas: yerba mate, green tea, ginseng, dandelion root tea, kombucha

• Acid Forming Foods: Red meat, dairy, sugar, carbonated drinks, alcohol, coffee, refined grains, wheat, artificial sweeteners

Other Factors That Contribute to Acidity:
Liver and adrenal disorders, physical overexertion, lack of sleep, anger, stress, fear, hormones, pollution, toxins, pesticides, preservatives, poor digestion, impaired intestinal health and candida overgrowth.

Additional Tips:
– Increase the amount of raw vegetables in your diet.

– Do not overcook your vegetables. Many enzymes and nutrients get destroyed when foods are cooked at high temperatures.
– Practice deep breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi or meditation.
– Drink at least six 8oz. glasses of water each day(but at least 30 minutes always from meals to not impair digestion).

Acid/Alkaline Chart