- What is the acid-base balance of the body and what does it affect?
- Restoration of acid-base balance of food
The health of our body depends on an incredible variety of different factors. And in the modern world, where we have a lot of negative influence from the outside due to poor ecology, various infections and viruses, it is important to help ourselves to be in good shape and monitor the condition of the body. Often, to poor health, deterioration of the skin, nails and hair, exacerbation of allergic reactions, regular seasonal diseases, constant fatigue, depression and failure of the internal organs, leads to an acid-base imbalance. In this article we will examine in more detail what it is, what it affects, and what should be done to restore it.
What is the acid-base balance of the body and what does it affect?
As we have said above, acid-base balance is incredibly important for the normal functioning of all our systems and organs. It is designated pH (hydrogen power) and is the ratio of acid and alkali. To understand what is the current environment in your body, you can conduct an appropriate test. With the result:
- 7.0 – it is neutral.
- From zero to 6.9 – sour.
- Starting from 7.1 to 14.0 – alkaline.
It is believed that if the proportions are met correctly, then the pH should lean slightly towards alkalinity and be in the range of 7.35 to 7.45. In general, health problems arise due to strong acidification. With this phenomenon, the cells do not receive the required volume of oxygen and other nutrients, their energy production decreases, they get damaged more quickly and worse, and acids accumulate in tissues, especially fat. There is increased fatigue, susceptibility to diseases, infections, excess weight.
The failure of the acid-base balance leads to violations:
- In the functions of the liver. This is especially noticeable if a person consumes a lot of alcohol. Hepatic cells are destroyed, fatten, dehydration occurs, blood thickens, its fluidity weakens, and useful minerals are washed out.
In the kidneys, bones and skin. The body tries to extract the missing alkali and other mineral substances from them, which is very bad for their general condition.
In the lungs. Through them, carbon dioxide is removed and when acidified, this process is inhibited, which causes even greater oxidation.
An imbalance of the acid-base environment can be caused by a large number of reasons, among the main ones:
- Low mobility.
- Regular stressful situations, shocks, depressions.
- Abuse of cigarettes, alcohol, sweets.
- Regular lack of fluid.
- Slow digestion.
- Improper nutrition.
This is not all that can cause a failure in pH balance, and more often than not, this is not one thing but a combination of reasons that complement each other. Therefore, to cope with the problem, you need to carefully monitor your lifestyle. Many nutritionists believe that the greatest harm is caused by improper nutrition and correcting the diet will help to quickly restore the acid-base balance, which significantly improves the functionality of the whole organism.
Restoration of acid-base balance of food
A diet for an adult should contain at least sixty percent of alkaline-forming foods and, in total, a maximum of forty remaining percent, is given to the acid-forming group. Specialists are often referred to as the percentage of 70/30%, and sometimes even 80/20%. Before deciding how to restore a broken balance, let’s look at what group it belongs to.
Alkaline environment is:
Acid group includes:
- Peanuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkins, cashews, walnuts, pecans.
- Beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken.
- Sea and river fish, mussels, clams, crabs crabs.
- Canned fruit juices, especially with sweeteners, prunes.
- Blueberries, cranberries, plums.
- Chocolate, cocoa, sugar, especially white, biscuits.
- Cheese, cow’s milk pasteurized and raw, ice cream, butter, cottage cheese, yogurt.
- Corn oil.
- Soft drinks with gas.
- Black tea and coffee.
- White beans, cooked spinach, rhubarb.
- White flour, semolina, white rice, pasta.
Fatty meat, ready-to-eat meat, canned fish, refined products, sausages, alcohol, sweetened fruit juices, sugar, ketchup, mayonnaise, margarine, vinegar, soy sauce are especially harmful with increased acid content.
Having understood what are acidic and alkaline foods, you can proceed to what to do if you have a pH imbalance. Naturally, we change nutrition and maximize the amount of alkalizing foods. There is an opinion that the first two weeks it is worthwhile to make up your entire ration of food from them. Further, it is already possible to arrange fasting days and adjust the diet, starting from its general state and the result of the tests. The pH test can be carried out both at home and in the clinic, today in online stores and pharmacies there are commercially available test strips that determine the pH level in a liquid medium. For testing, you can use urine or saliva, and it is recommended to do it in the morning an hour before eating or 2 hours after breakfast.
In addition to the diet, you need to monitor how you live, how your day goes, drink plenty of fluids, because there is a pronounced dehydration at high acidity. Also recommended:
- move more;
- to walk outside;
- do not overeat;
- do not get into stressful situations;
- give up bad habits such as smoking and alcohol;
- time to treat the disease.
All this will make your life much more comfortable and more pleasant, and having restored the correct ratio of acid and alkali in your body, in a couple of weeks you will notice how much better you feel both physically and mentally.
For more on restoring the body’s acid-base balance, see the video below: