My husband and I love a good documentary, and there is no shortage of nutrition-based films these days. When we first saw the film, "Food Matters," it was an eye-opening experience. Whether individuals were aiming to reduce inflammation or overcome cancer, the words "alkaline" and "acidic" kept popping up.
We all remember discussing pH in chemistry class, but what many of us do not realize is that our bodies have an ideal pH. Like water, the human body needs to remain neutral with a pH of 7.365. When we eat foods that are acid-forming, this causes our pH to drop. In comparison, our bodies can also become too alkaline as our pH rises.
It's all about finding that optimal acid-base balance and more importantly, understanding when your body is imbalanced. If your body was too acidic or too alkaline, would you be able to spot the associated warning signs?
Signs that you are too acidic
Long story short, acidic bodies are typically unhealthy bodies. When your body is in a constant state of acidity, this creates an environment that promotes illness. As your body tries to maintain equilibrium, it takes key nutrients from your bones and organs.
If your regular diet consists of a high intake of meat, dairy, grains, sugar, and processed foods in general, your body likely produces acidic waste products on a regular basis. If your body is currently in a state of acidosis, you may experience:
Inflamed gums and/or mouth ulcers
Recurring respiratory issues
Joint pain due to a buildup of lactic acid
Allergies and an increased risk of infections
Increased acne and dry skin in general
A weakened immune system: You may be getting sick more often than usual.
Poor circulation: Your hands may feel cold often.
Brittle or thinning hair