Too acidic?

Last week, at the 200hr ttc , we were briefly talking about an acidic body and the potential negative effects it may have on the wellbeing of a person. I became curious and I started reading a bit more about this. Did you know that most people eat and live too acidic? That means their acid-base homeostasis is out of balance. If this becomes a  permanent state, the change of pH value in the body can lead to some unpleasant side effects and even chronic conditions. The pH level in our blood should  ideally be 7.4 (range is from 0 – acidic to 14 – basic, 7 is neutral). Our body has some regulating mechanisms such as breathing, digestion, blood circulation and hormone production that keep the blood’s pH well balanced.  If over a longer period of time too many acids enter our body, our regulating mechanisms become strained and can’t cope with the overload of acids. That is when the first symptoms of an imbalance might show. Diseases such as gout, rheumatism,  kidney or bladder stones, cellulite, fungal infections, intervertebral disc degeneration, vascular changes, bone demineralization or caries have their origin here. 
Acids are formed in the body not only by consuming acidic foods, but also by strenuous exercise (lactic acid), stress, smoking, and medications. A stressful and hectic lifestyle, in combination with an often unhealthy diet, promotes the acidification.
In the following overview you can see, which food and lifestyle habits have a “sour” and which have a more alkaline effect on our body: 

– meat and sausage

– fish and seafood
– unripe and canned fruits and vegetables
– pasteurized milk and most milk products, such as hard cheese, processed cheese, sour cream
– white flour products, such as white bread, rolls, cakes
– peanuts, brazil nuts, walnuts
– white rice
– sugar, sweets, chocolate 
– soft drinks and fruit nectars 
– red wine, sparkling wine, beer, hard alcohol
– coffee, black tea

– nicotine
– medications
– problems, depression
– stress, anger, unresolved conflicts, unsatisfactory relationship
– lack of friends 
– inner dissatisfaction 
– lack of sleep
– lack of exercise
– power sports

– whole-grain products
– packaged tofu, soy products
– strawberries, cranberries, apples, currants, cherries, pears
– hazelnuts, almonds
– brown rice, asparagus, cabbage, kale 
– eggs, butter, soft cheese, pasta
– butter milk, yoghurt
– goat/sheep milk cheese 
– carbonated mineral water
– white wine
– inner balance, harmonious life
– adequate leisure activities
– recognition of own limits
– walks, fresh air
– enough exercise, dancing, music 

– vegetable spreads
– high quality soy products
– sun-ripened fruit, especially figs, ripe grapes, oranges, lemons and bananas

– coconut water
– raisins, currants
– all salads and herbs

– most vegetables (including frozen), but above all, cucumber, spinach, celery, carrots, beets and potatoes
– seeds
– cold-pressed oils and fats (olive oil)
– fresh fruit and vegetable juices
– self-awareness
– give and receive love
– lust for life satisfaction
– creative activities and hobbies
– satisfactory social life
– adequate sleep
– fulfilling sex life

– regular stress-free sport

– yoga, meditation

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