Today’s way of life and nutrition can easily affect our organism in the form of hyperacidity. There are many people who suffer from an unbalanced acid-base balance (over-acidification of the body); which is also responsible for various health problems.
In this Blog, You are Going to Know,
- 1 What does hyperacidity mean?
- 2 How do I find out if I am over-acidic?
- 3 What are the consequences?
- 4 What are the causes?
- 5 Acidic foods:
- 6 How can you prevent this?
- 7 Precautions to combat an acidic body
What does hyperacidity mean?
The word itself says it all: there are too many acids in the body or too few bases. The correct ratio of these two components is decisive and is determined based on the pH value.
- The neutral pH is 7
- An acidic pH value is below 7 (0-7)
- A basic pH value is above 7 (7-14)
How do I find out if I am over-acidic?
Preferably with pH test strips. These are available in all drugstores and pharmacies, including a pH value table. You just have to urinate on the strips and wait 1-2 minutes.
With a balanced acid-base balance; the pH values are 6.5-6.8 in the morning (slightly acidic); around seven at noon (neutral); and above 7 in the evening (somewhat necessary).
What are the consequences?
As with most diseases and ailments, these do not occur immediately; but rather develop slowly. Older people, in particular, are affected by the consequences, as; for example, kidney function declines, and toxins and acids can no longer be excreted.
The acid or slag collects in the connective tissue, joints, and blood vessels. The following symptoms, among others, can arise from this creeping process that lasts for years:
- Lack of drive
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
- Sleep disorders
- A headache
- Nerve pain
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Different forms of rheumatism
- Different forms of allergy
- Non-specific inflammation
- Frequent colds
And many others, of course, one cannot say that these are only consequences of hyperacidity; but they positively contribute to it.
What are the causes?
As with a motorway, our body can only process or excrete a certain amount of acid. If too much comes at once, there is a jam. The connective tissue plays a crucial role here because its molecules act as acid stores.
The acid is stored there until the blood or the excretory organs have free capacity again. If more acid is added to our body; than it can excrete, the connective tissue is over-acidified. So more and more garbage accumulates than can be disposed of. This is also commonly known as slag.
But where does this garbage come from?
Through too-little/too-much sport, negative stress, and an acid-forming diet.
Too little sport leads to a lack of blood flow and oxygen supply in the tissue. Too much sport leads to local acidification through lactate (lactic acid). Negative stress affects the hormonal balance and causes an increased release of cortisol.
Acid-forming foods include meat, eggs, grain, and dairy products, coffee, and alcohol.
This is why fitness fanatics (including myself) are at risk of over-acidification with increased protein consumption.
- Meat, meat broth, sausage products, ham
- Fish and shellfish
- Milk and milk products (including low-fat) such as quark, yogurt, kefir and all types of cheese, including from sheep and goat
- Mustard, vinegar, ketchup, pickles
- Legumes (peas, beans, lentils)
- Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, artichokes
- All nuts except almonds
- All types of grain and grain products such as pizza, pasta, rice, rolls, bread, and other pastries as well as whole grain products, spelled, soy, amaranth, and quinoa
- Sugar, sweets, ice, including frozen water, soy, and yogurt, honey
- Hydrogenated, refined fats and oils, including margarine, cheap salad oils
- Carbonated beverages like mineral water, lemonade, cola
- Coffee, grain, instant, decaf coffee
- Black tea
- Fruit tea
- Ice tea
How can you prevent this?
- Consume less acidic foods
- Eat more alkaline foods
- Balanced and regular exercise (sport)
- Consume basic foods at every meal (vegetables and fruits)
- Basic foods include:
Yes, you read that right, Lemons. They are acidic but have a basic effect on our bodies. Of course, that’s not all food, but I think you understand what it’s about.
There is also various detox(detox is the process of removing toxic substances from the body) cures with which you can cleanse the body relatively quickly. Still, these are only temporary solutions and are of little use if you then fall back into your old nutritional patterns.
Precautions to combat an acidic body
Of course, you can take various precautions to combat an acidic body with your diet. It would be best to eat lots of vegetables and salad with every meal, but this can also have disadvantages, especially if you are trying to gain muscle mass.
Not because the vegetables are counterproductive, but because they fill the stomach, and then you have to struggle to cram the required calories into yourself. That’s why I take green powder two times a day.
What’s Green powders?
Green powder is a mixture of several vegetables and salads. To not suffer from a lack of nutrients (and to counteract acidification), I also supplement with it, which, of course, should not be a substitute for a healthy and balanced diet. But I have to warn you because it just tastes awful. It is best to mix with plenty of fruit juice and not, as I did initially, with water.
Alkaline fruits and fruits
- Apple Mangoes
- pineapple Mirabelle plums
- Apricots Nectarines
- avocado Olives (green, black)
- Bananas Oranges
- Pears Grapefruits
- Clementines Papayas
- fresh dates Peaches
- Strawberries Plums
- Figs Cranberries
- Grapefruit Quinces
- blueberries Pure claws
- Honeydew melons Gooseberries
- Currants (red, white, black) Star fruits
- Cherries (sour, sweet;) Watermelons
- Kiwi fruit Grapes (white, red)
- Limes Lemons
- Mandarins plums
Alkaline vegetables and mushrooms
- Algae (Nori, Wakame, Hijiki, Chlorella, Spirulina) Navetten (white turnips)
- Eggplant Okra scots
- Oyster mushroom paprika
- Celery (celery) Parsnips
- cauliflower Parsley root
- Beans, green chanterelle
- Boviste Radicchio
- broccoli radish
- mushroom Radish (white, black)
- chicory Romanesco (cauliflower)
- Chinese cabbage Beetroot
- Sterling Red cabbage
- Peas, fresh Shallots
- fennel Black salsify
- spring onions Shiitake
- Kale Cucumbers
- Carrots mushroom
- Potatoes Sweet potatoes
- Kohlrabi Pointed cabbage (sugarloaf)
- Pumpkin species Truffle mushroom
- Leek White cabbage
- Swiss chard savoy
- Morel zucchini
- Mu-Err mushrooms Onions
Alkaline salads and herbs
- basil Lollo Bionda Salad
- Batavia salad marjoram
- Savory horseradish
- Borage Melde (Spanish spinach)
- Nettle Lemon balm
- Watercress nutmeg
- Chinese cabbage Cloves
- chicory oregano
- Chili peppers parsley
- dill Pepper (white, red, black, green)
- Oakleaf salad peppermint
- Iceberg lettuce Allspice (clove pepper)
- Endive Purslane (Postelein)
- Lamb’s lettuce Radicchio
- Fennel seeds Romaine lettuce
- Frize salad rosemary
- Garden cress Rocket (rocket)
- ginger saffron
- Capers sage
- cardamom sorrel
- chervil chives
- coriander Black cumin
- Lettuce Celery leaves
- cumin Spinach, young
- Caraway seed thyme
- Turmeric (turmeric) vanilla
- Lettuce hyssop
- Lovage cinnamon
- dandelion Lemon balm
- Lollo Rosso Salad Zucchini flowers
- Basic sprouts and germs
- alfalfa lenses
- Amaranth Mung beans
- Buckwheat Rosabi (a type of kohlrabi)
- Fennel seeds Red clover
- arugula Sesame (unpeeled)
- millet Mustard seeds
- Coriander seeds Sunflower seeds
- cress Wheat germ
As you can see, incorporating a few of these foods into your daily diet shouldn’t be that difficult. Apart from the acidification, the dietary fibers of these foods help with digestion, and the many minerals, vitamins, and trace elements also make the food better absorbed by the body.
The easiest solution to get as many vegetables and fruit as possible would, of course, be a juicer, but that’s always a question of cost.