Are you acidified?
Our understanding of how the body works increases every day. However, many people are unaware of the impact our eating habits and lifestyle have on our long-term health.
Nutrition, stress, medication and excessive muscle strain produce acid waste. To keep the acid ratio in the blood constant your body has to get rid of this acid waste. Acid waste include uric acid, lactic acid, fatty acids, acetic acids and tannins.
The amount of acid waste released in the blood daily is too high to leave the body by our regular excretory system. The body therefore stores this harmful excess acid in our tissues and joints. Through this process our body becomes increasingly acidic as we get older, resulting in health issues like fatigue, stiffness, aches and pains.
There is good chance you are already suffering from health issues, or will develop health issues resulting from acidification. That’s why we ask: Are you acidified?
In the image above, you can see how acidification progresses on average as we get older. At birth the body is at the ideal state of 70% water and 30% minerals and micronutrients. By the time you are 40, acidification may have made your body up to 50% liquid or solid acid waste.
What factors cause acidification?
Many foods form acid in the body after they are digested. Animal proteins, sugars, certain fats, alcohol, coffee and fizzy drinks in particular leave behind large amounts of acid waste.
Stress has an acidifying effect on the body. In stressful situations, your body breaks down cells which in turn release uric acid. People who deal with stress in their professional or personal lives often suffer from a range of health problems like gout, loss of hair, sleeplessness and high blood pressure.
Excessive muscle strain
When muscles are under more strain than they should be, the body releases large amounts of lactic acid, which results in muscular aches and pains.
Other acidifying factors are:
- Taking medication
- Radiation (transmitter masts, WiFi, mobile phones, DECT phones etc.)
- Air pollution
How is acid waste processed by the body?
Acid waste released into the blood is excreted from the body through the kidneys, lungs and skin. Besides of this excretion, the body tries to keep the acidity of our blood on a constant level using our alkaline buffer. This alkaline buffer consists of sodium bicarbonate (for more info on acidification and sodium bicarbonate use this link)
If the amount of acid waste is too large to be excreted or neutralized by the alkaline sodium bicarbonate buffer, our body divers to other mechanisms to keep the pH constant; it transforms the "liquid harmful acids" into 'non-harmful' solid crystals. For this process the body uses alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium from our bones and binds it with the excessive harmful acids. These newly formed "acid salts" have a neutral pH but are deposited in the tissue and joints.
Which problems can be caused by acidification?
By the diminishing of important mineral deposits in our bones, skin, teeth and hair, and through acid deposition in our tissues and joints, health problems can occur in varying degrees:
1st stage symptoms of acidification are:
- lack of energy, insomnia, constipation, heartburn, inflammation, cellulitis, coated tongue, caries, susceptibility to infection, hair loss, skin problems, muscle cramps, joint pain, vaginal fungus, fungal nails, depression, loss of libido, allergies.
Prolonged acidification of the body can result in 2nd stage diseases like; gout, osteoarthritis, arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney stones, etc.
The solution: De-acidifying!
When pursuing a healthy lifestyle, an essential part is to counterbalance the daily inpouring of acid waste. Start by changing your diet, more alkalizing foods such as vegetables and less animal protein and sugars. In addition changing your lifestyle (less stress, adequate rest and less excessive muscle strain) will also have a positive effect.
By combining these lifestyle changes with active de-acidification you are able to counterbalance body acidification. Active de-acidification is the process by which the daily flow of acid waste is neutralized and acid residues are removed from the body. Even if you are already experiencing problems due to acidification, de-acidification methods will lead to healthy neutral acidity levels in the blood and body.
A balanced acidity level of the body is essential for a healthy life. By de-acidifying your body daily your organs can function properly resulting in feeling vital and energetic.