In our previous article on alkalinity, we discussed why maintaining an alkaline body was important to overall health. The body tightly controls pH levels between 7.35 and 7.45, seven is considered a “neutral pH, therefore the body likes to stay slightly alkaline. Even the slightest movement outside this ideal range can result in death. Although your body has many systems in place to prevent significant changes in pH, food and lifestyle factors can push the body towards acidity and have an impact on health. In this article, we wanted to discuss with more depth how an imbalance of alkalinity and acidity, particularly when triggered from the diet, affects almost every body system.
You may have personally experienced acid reflux, indigestion, and bloating that comes with overeating or the consumption of acid-producing foods. The reflux is not just caused by excessive acid in the stomach region, it is also related to a lack of alkaline minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and manganese, in the intestinal tract.
Additionally, when the diet is not providing adequate amounts of alkaline minerals, the pancreas will become exhausted and be unable to send out the important enzymes and hormones required for proper digestion. Therefore, food just sits in the digestive tract, causing inflammation and discomfort.
Acidity is the main trigger for heart disease. When the body is slightly acidic, it begins to line the blood vessels with plaque to help prevent leaks, but this makes the arteries narrower, restricting blood flow. The heart then has to pump harder to move the blood throughout the body. At some point the heart becomes exhausted leading to a heart attack.
Acidity reduces oxygen transport throughout the body, suffocating the individual cells. When the acidity levels are too high, the cells cannot take in new oxygen critical for proper function. Additionally, as acidity increases, the body is much more prone to the build-up of viruses and bacteria, leading to colds, pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis.
Acidity causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and inflammation in the joints and cartilage. When the cells that produce the lubricating fluid between joints become acidic, this causes dryness, swelling, and inflammation in the joints. The accumulation of acids can cause permanent damage known as arthritis.
The kidneys take on the critical job of clearing acid from the body. They filter fluids and help purify the blood. But, they can only do so much on their own. If they need additional help to neutralize acid, they begin to pull alkaline minerals from the bones, such as calcium and phosphorus. When this happens to excess not only to kidney stones form, but over time the “borrowing” of bone minerals can lead to osteoporosis and fractures.
Acidity causes muscles to perform poorly. It disrupts the proper metabolism of glucose and oxygen, critical for energy during physical activity. When the body is alkaline, it allows for not only increased physical performance during exercise, but also a faster recovery after.
The buildup of acid on the skin, increases inflammation and prevents the skin from doing its most critical job, acting as a barrier against infection. As a result, the skin is prone to infections such as rashes or other skin eruptions.
As you can see, acidity influences almost every body system by triggering inflammation and causing damage. Therefore, it is critical to help your body maintain the proper pH balance by consuming an anti-inflammatory, alkaline diet. We will continue to discuss how diet and lifestyle influences acidity in the body and how to keep your body alkaline by choosing the correct combination of foods.
Seeing how important the acidic / alkaline balance is – At Pressed Vibrance we’ve made it part of our foundational process to make everything we touch to be alkaline. It’s essential to us to get you feeling great, all of the time, and we wouldn’t be able to do that by providing products that are not in balance of being alkaline.