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Effect of a high acidity level and what you can do

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What is PH?

In chemistry, pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity of a liquid. Water has a neutral pH of 7.0. Anything below that is considered acidic, with 1.0 being the highest level of acidity. Anything with a pH above 7.0 is considered alkaline, or basic, with the highest level of alkalinity being 14.0. 

The human body, its blood and all its liquid media have a measurable pH. All cells, organs and bodily fluids need a specific pH to function at their best. The body’s enzymes are very sensitive to acidity levels and take on a specific shape according to the pH of the medium they’re in. Consequently, they and work poorly unless they’re in a medium with a very specific pH. This sensitivity is all the more pronounced in blood, for which any variation in pH can change the shape of hemoglobin and impact its ability to bind with oxygen. 

The optimal pH of blood ranges from 7.3 to 7.35. For saliva, it ranges between 6.5 and 7.5; for urine, between 6.5 and 7.0, though when you first wake up in the morning, it can be slightly lower, between 6.0 and 6.5; and for the colon, it ranges from 4.5 to 5.0. 

Body PH and acidity

When acids accumulate, the body neutralizes them using buffer systems. But when these systems are overloaded, the body borrows alkaline minerals from vital organs and bones to help dissolve the acidic compounds and eliminate them safely. 

Over time, this process can weaken organs and bones, and in the latter case, cause osteoporosis.

Consequently, a high acidity level can have a negative effect on all systems, particularly the digestive, intestinal, circulatory, respiratory and immune systems. 

Though rather uncommon and usually the result of certain medications, high alkalinity can cause the same kind of problems as high acidity. However, rebalancing the pH in an alkaline body is often a much more difficult and lengthier process.

Causes of PH changes

  • Stress (which increases the production of acidic toxins)
  • Dietary imbalances (lack of fruits and vegetables, refined foods that have been stripped of their nutrients, too much saturated fat and meat, etc.)
  • Poor elimination of toxins (our kidneys, liver, colon, lungs and skin are organs that usually help eliminate waste matter from our body)
  • Insufficient oxygenation (caused by increased production of acidic toxins) 
  • An imbalanced intestinal pH

Effect of a high acidity level

Scientific studies have shown that an overly acidic environment can promote demineralization (osteoporosis in particular), as well as muscle atrophy and some types of kidney stones.

Often, metabolic acidity coincides with:

Many metabolic reactions will not complete properly without a specific pH. Changes in pH, i.e. the acid-base equilibrium, can hinder these reactions, particularly because of the changes’ impact on enzyme activity, which affects all chemical reactions taking place in the body. 

What you can do

To correct a faulty pH and thereby slow the production of acidic toxins, it’s important to manage stress effectively.

This can be accomplished by using A.Vogel Passion Flower in conjunction with relaxation techniques.

Good oxygenation through deep breathing techniques is also a very important means of slowing the production of toxic waste products.

A proper diet that includes whole foods and high-quality, raw fruits and vegetables will provide all the alkalinizing elements needed for good health.

To help the kidneys eliminate toxins effectively, it is also important to drink a lot of water and cleanse the liver properly (A.Vogel’s Boldocynara or Milk Thistle) at least twice a year.

Lastly and most importantly is rebalancing the intestinal pH using A.Vogel’s Molkosan.

Alkalizing food (to prefer)

Food
Groups
Alkalizing (to prefer)
Fruits Apple yellow delicious, apricot, avocado, banana, cantaloupe, grape, pear, watermelon
Vegetables Alfalfa, beet, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, endive, green leafy vegetables, kale, peas, potato, squash, sweet potato
Oils Avocado, coconut, cod liver, olive 
Nuts, seeds, legumes Almond, cashews, macadamia nut, seeds: linseed, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower
Breads, cereals, desserts Millet, quinoa
Beverages Juices: beet, carrot, celery, mango, papaya, pear; ginger tea, green tea, water

Acidifying food (to moderate)

Food
Groups
Acidifying (to moderate)
Fruits Cranberry, rhubarb
Vegetables Corn, eggplant
Meat, poultry and fish Bacon, chicken, hamburger, lamb, liver, lobster, rabbit, salmon, sausage, shrimp, steak
Milk products, eggs Camembert, Cheddar, Cottage, Cream cheese; egg
Oils Refined oils
Nuts, seeds, legumes Peanut, soy bean
Breads, cereals, desserts Bagel, cornmeal, corn tortillas, croissants, salted crackers, whole rye bread, whole wheat bread
Beverages Alcohol, chocolate, coffee, juice: apple, grapefruit, orange, pineapple; milkshake, soft drinks, soy beverage

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