Are you feeling as though your body is a chemical train wreck waiting to happen? Do you feel unnecessarily tired, or have a palpitating heart… you may be acidic?
If your answer to these questions is yes, there is a probability that there are high acidity levels in your body fluids. This condition is a definite cause for concern; it has various very unhealthy consequences. Your body sends out signals if it is acidic, and it is up to you to recognise and respond to them as quickly as you can.
Once your body is in this acidic state, it will begin functioning in a “state of emergency” let’s say. Minerals will be pulled from all available sources to reduce this acidic pH level and to get your body back to a homeostatic balance.
What is Acidosis?
Fluids help the body to function as designed. Without them it cannot break down food or transport necessary nutrients. These fluids must remain at a certain level to prevent damage to your organs. Experts measure acid levels with a marker known as pH (Potential of Hydrogen but some call it Power of Hydrogen). It indicates the number of hydrogen ions in your body fluids. Your body has high acidity if pH levels are on the low end of the scale, a condition known as Acidosis.
How do you read pH levels? The optimal level of pH in saliva is 7 to 7.35, while it is slightly higher, at 7.35 to 7.45 for blood. Ideal urine pH ranges between 6 to 8 Readings lower than 5 indicate high acidity.
Causes of Acidosis
Acidity is not a topic that people consciously consider like they would say sodium (mostly wrongly) and sugar. As with most people, it is probably not at the forefront of your mind, and so, you may need to know what causes acid levels to rise. Acidosis is either respiratory or metabolic. Each variant of the condition has different push factors.
1. Respiratory Acidosis
Respiratory Acidosis may occur if there is too much carbon dioxide in the body. Lungs usually purge this gas as you breath. However, there are times when your body does not get enough carbon dioxide (CO2). The gas turns into acid when this happens.
Your lungs may lack CO2 if you have chronic respiratory problems such as Asthma. You may have sustained an injury to the chest, or have misused a sedative. You may have had one too many alcoholic drinks as well. Further, excess weight may contribute to high acidity levels and weak breathing. Alternatively, you may have weak muscles or a deformed chest structure.
2. Metabolic Acidosis
Metabolic Acidosis, which starts in the kidneys, occurs when your body cannot get rid of (read as process) enough acid.
If you are a diabetic, you may contract Diabetic Ketoacidosis if you do not manage the disease well. It indicates a high level of acids in the blood and develops when your body lacks insulin. It results in a coma in severe cases.
Hyperchloremic acidosis is likely if your body lacks sodium bicarbonate. Lactic acid, probably the most common form of Acidosis, may rear its head because of some reasons, which include liver failure, heart failure, or seizures. You are at high risk of this if you eat high-fat diets.
15 Signs That Your Body Has Too Much Acid
You can read your body’s pH levels by using litmus strips. The lower your reading, the more acidic your body is. You do not need to worry if you have no access to litmus paper, as there are other physical signs which indicate high acidity.
1. Excess Weight
Acidity can lead to weight gain. When the organs responsible for purging waste (kidneys, colon, lymph system) become overworked, they can no longer remove excess waste. Acid thus builds up in cells, contributing to weight gain. This exposure to acid can last a long time as once you begin to lose weight again, you inevitably regain access to that stored acid in your body fat and this can be a contributor to why you feel sick when you start to lose weight at first.
2. Fragile Bones
Too much acid in the body can lead to the loss of essential minerals that help organs function. This is the “state of emergency” reaction in action. One of these is calcium, the mineral needed to strengthen bones. The withdrawal of calcium leads to a weakened bone structure, otherwise known as Osteoporosis.
3. Dental Issues
The loss of calcium affects the teeth as well. When the body loses calcium, they lose enamel. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Chemical Engineering showed that high acidity leads to the reduction of tooth enamel. Without it, your teeth will become susceptible to damage. You will develop a sensitivity to hot/cold foods or to particular foods.
Acidity weakens the body and makes it a haven for viruses. They make their home in the digestive tract and other organs. It weakens the immune system and tires the body. Besides causing harm to enzymes and hormones, they cause other irregularities. A short dose of Colloidal Silver has been claimed to kill off these viruses in the short term.
5. Skin Conditions
Toxins which build up in the body harm the skin. They impede blood flow so the skin cannot get rid of them through sweating. The body becomes prone to diseases such as eczema, acne, and allergies.
6. Excess Mucus
Mucus is not elegant, but it has a function – it removes toxins. The nasal passage cannot get rid of the mucus. Air passages become filled with mucus, which results in wheezing and coughing. This in the end can lead to sinus infections, sinusitis.
7. Muscle Aches
High levels of acid in the body tighten muscles. Oxygen cannot flow through blood vessels properly. The aches may lead to pain, soreness, and fatigue. One of the areas which may start to hurt is the neck.
Tossing and turning in bed often indicates high acid levels. The outflow of calcium leads to exhaustion without the ability to counter it. It often goes hand in hand with a diet high in fast foods (highly acidic).
9. Weak Immune System
Besides depleting essential minerals such as magnesium and calcium, high acidity may damage the adrenal glands. This disrupts the liver’s ability to break down food and causes toxins to accumulate.
10. Allergies and acne
Further, the toxic build-up may congest facial pores and sebaceous glands. Sebum builds up around the blocked pore, causing pimples to form. Acid and acne have definite links.
11. Cardiovascular Issues
Acid and toxic build up may lead to blocked arteries. The build up can result in a range of cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease and arteriosclerosis. Thy trigger strokes in severe cases.
12. Free Radical Damage
The increased amount of acid makes the body a haven for free radicals. They damage cells and other compounds, including the antioxidants. This can cause a myriad of health problems, like cancer.
Your body may compensate for high acidity by getting rid of important compounds, such as calcium. The likelihood of developing degenerative diseases increases exponentially. Acidosis also prevents the purging of the free radicals which cause aging.
Nausea is a common symptom of acidity. Acid build up may trigger a reflux and regurgitation. A condition known as GERD, it is a precursor to cancer.
15. Bladder Problems
If your bladder cannot neutralise acids, it may develop problems like intestinal cystitis.
Ways to Fix Acidosis Quickly
Acidosis can rattle the nerves, but there is good news: it is preventable. Put these measures in place to lower your body’s acid levels.
For a start, understand your pH levels. A healthy pH reading of the whole body lies between 6.75 and 7.25. The body’s ideal pH level is at 7.36. You can see how to check you acidity levels in this post, How To Check Your Acidity Level.
Hydration is essential. Make sure that you drink plenty of water and juices to neutralise pH levels. Liquids facilitate digestion and keep illnesses at bay. Warm lemon water, in particular, alkalises the body to reduce the acidic levels. There are some great Alkalising recipes available here.
A good diet is paramount. Consuming green vegetables like spinach, kale, zucchini, collards and broccoli to name a few, will bring down your acidity (increase your pH levels) and give you the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and processed foods. Cut out GMO foods as they will raise acid levels in a very short time.
High acidity levels are worrying but you can reduce them. Decrease them by recognising the signs and taking steps to fix them. You can see what first steps to take in the post, I’m Acidic, What Do I Do First?
Have you witnessed any of the physical symptoms of acidosis? If so, let us know in the comments below what you noticed and what you did to overcome it.