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7 Alkaline Foods and Drinks to Help you Sleep Better

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Alkaline Foods and Drinks: Safer than sleeping pills

Having trouble getting to sleep?  According to the Centers for Disease Control, you’re not alone. Sleep

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These 7 alkaline foods and drinks can help you get a good night’s rest – naturally!

deprivation is a public health epidemic, but it gets worse: The drugs people take as sleep aids are themselves causing a health epidemic. Over the counter and prescription sleep aids are addictive, and come with nasty side effects such as allergic reactions and “complex sleep related behaviors such as:

  • Making phone calls
  • Driving cars
  • Binge eating
  • And worse

 

All these things happen while the person is not truly awake. People affected with these complex sleep disorders have been involved in terrible tragedies such as fatal car crashes – and they don’t even remember getting into the car! If the prospect of being involved in a terrible car crash that you don’t even remember terrifies you, then consider these 7 alkaline foods and drinks that help you get to sleep naturally, without side effects.

1. Camomile Tea

Camomile tea is recognized as a mild tranquilizer that is effective at inducing sleep. You should make and drink camomile tea about a half hour before bedtime. It works best if you use two or three tea bags to increase the concentration of your tea. You can make camomile tea even better by making it with alkaline water, because alkaline water is better at extracting the active ingredients, called terpenes and flavonoids, than regular water is. That will increase the sedative effects of the tea. Alkaline water also increases the antioxidant potential of tea and improves your hydration status. It is highly recommended that you drink 8 ounces of water before bed to hydrate your body and prevent heart attacks and strokes, so making your camomile tea with alkaline water doubles the benefit of your tea!

2. Kiwi fruit

Research from Taiwan’s Taipei Medical University reveals that eating two kiwi’s an hour before bedtime decreased the time that it took for a person to fall asleep by 35%. The study examined 22 people who had trouble falling asleep. Kiwi also helped the study participants sleep more soundly, and sleep longer. The reason kiwi may be so effective at helping you sleep is that it is high in serotonin. In the body, serotonin is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Research suggests that increasing serotonin levels in the body can help promote sleep.  Kiwi is also a superfood, it has antioxidant benefits and is loaded with Vitamin C.

3. Seaweed

Seaweed is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which research suggests helps you get to sleep sooner, and sleep better. The study examined whether taking a 600 Mg seaweed supplement each day for 16 weeks would result in better sleep. It did. Plan to take your seaweed supplement about an hour before bed.

4. Walnuts

Walnuts are a great source of melatonin, which is a hormone that regulates sleep. You may even choose to enjoy your walnuts along with Kiwi, which supplies serotonin, so you get two helpful sleep hormones at the same time.

5. Almonds

If you suffer from low magnesium levels, you may have trouble getting to sleep. Almonds are nature’s richest source of magnesium. Boosting your magnesium levels is also good for your heart and blood pressure.

6. Tart Cherry Juice

In a study on older adults (65+) drinking two, eight-ounce glasses of Montmorency tart cherry juice. Tart cherries are a great source of melatonin, and montmorency cherries are believed to be the best source of it. Tart cherry juice also contains tryptophan, an enzyme that is a precursor to serotonin. The researchers in the study suggested that it may be the combination of melatonin and tryptophan that makes tart cherry juice such an amazing sleep aid. The adults in the study slept an average of 84 more minutes each night, and their sleep cycles were deeper.

You should plan to drink one eight ounce glass in the morning, and one in the evening. If the cherry juice is too tart, you can mix it with alkaline water, which will buffer some of that tartness.

7. Ionized Alkaline Water

Alkaline water supplies magnesium, if your body’s magnesium levels are too low, alkaline water can help improve them even if you have digestive health problems that make it hard for your body to absorb magnesium. Plan to drink alkaline water throughout your day, if you can drink 2 – 3 liters per day, you’ll get anywhere from 10 – 20% of your daily magnesium requirements from alkaline water alone.

How to use these 7 Alkaline foods and drinks every day for better sleep

Morning: Plan to start your morning with an 8 ounce glass of alkaline water and an 8 ounce glass of tart cherry juice. This will serve to start building up your melatonin levels, and hydrate your intestines to encourage peristalsis: The movement of wastes through your intestines. Of course, you can combine the two into one, 16 ounce drink.

Daytime: Drink at least 2 liters of alkaline water during the day. It will provide beneficial magnesium and hydration. In fact, drinking alkaline water throughout the day just might stop that 3 O’Clock crash feeling, it works for me!

Evening: After dinner, have two kiwi’s and a handful of walnuts and almonds as dessert. This will give your body time to digest these foods before bed. About two hours before bedtime, have an 8 ounce glass of tart cherry juice. Then about one hour before bedtime, have an eight ounce glass of alkaline water. This glass of water may just save your life: A glass of water an hour before bed can prevent a heart attack or stroke.

Expect the benefits of this natural sleep aid plan to build up gradually, over the course of two weeks. Natural sleep aids don’t have the knockout power of sleep drugs, but they’re also a lot safer. Sleep drugs can cause dizziness that results in harmful falls, and they can be addictive. With these natural sleep aids, you can sleep soundly on the fact that what you’re doing for your sleep is also good for your health.

 

Find out what alkaline water could do for your health. Call us at 855 790-8121 for a free no obligation consultation

 

References

 

Abraham, Guy, and Jorge Flebas. “The effect of daily consumption of 2 liters of

electrolyzed water for 2 months on body composition and several physiological parameters in four obese subjects: a preliminary report.” Highbeam Research. Original Internist, 01 Sep 2011. Web. 2 Jul 2013. <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-269433201.html>.

 

Heil, P and Seifert, J. Influence of bottled water on rehydration following a dehydrating bout of cycling exercise. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition  Springerlink July 2009. http://www.springerlink.com/content/kn41764j65165u3x/fulltext.pdf

 

Ong, Choon. “Minerals from drinking-water: Bioavailability for various world populations and health implications.” WHO | Water Sanitation Health. World Health Organization, 17 Aug 2004. Web. 4 Jul 2013. <http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutbioavailability/en/>.

Alkaline Water: Good Health or Junk Science?

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There’s a lot of misconceptions out there about alkaline water, and it’s easy to see why. The correct name for alkaline

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Alkaline water: Good health – and the studies to back it up

water is “Electrolyzed Reduced Water” in chemistry, there is no such thing as alkaline or kangen water. Both of these are simply marketing terms. That’s why if you do a Google Scholar search for alkaline water studies, you won’t find any. To find the studies that have been done, you have to search for Electrolyzed Reduced Water.

An article online called Alkaline Water: Good Health or Junk Science by Jan Roberts claims that alkaline ionized water can’t have any effect on the body because it’s neutralized by stomach acid. But later in the article, Roberts warns that if you drink alkaline water, it will interfere with your digestive enzymes. I found that mighty confusing, you can’t have it both ways: If it did nothing, then there’s no way it could interfere with your digestive enzymes.

I tried to reach out to Roberts to ask about this contradiction, but strangely enough, the company she wrote the article for says that no such person works there.

Can alkaline water help fight disease, combat acidity, enhance longevity and even cure cancer?

Alkaline ionized water promotes general wellness, it’s not a drug. You drink it to enhance your health. Research shows that drinking it can raise blood and urine pH when they are low. It can fight acidity, and that drinking alkaline water brings gradual relief of digestive upset caused by acidity, it also brings gradual relief of the symptoms of Gastrointestinal Reflux.

Do the health claims being made for this new ‘wonder-water’ stand-up to scientific scrutiny?

Alkaline water isn’t a “new wonder water”. Springs like Noredneau in Germany have been prized for centuries for their health-restorative properties. Water ionizers simply turn tap water into the same kind of water you get from springs like Nordeneau.

There are over 40 studies that document health benefits from drinking alkaline water. It helps with digestive upset, bone health, athletic performance, and many other conditions

More importantly, is there any evidence that some forms of ‘alkaline water’ might even be harmful?

No. Alkaline water is generally recognized as safe by health experts. In fact, there is only one “form” of alkaline water, because all alkaline water gets its alkalinity from the same place – calcium and magnesium. No negative health effects have ever been reported in humans from drinking alkaline ionized water in the over 200 years of documented medical history that it has been consumed.

How water ionizers work

Ionizers use a process called electrodialysis to separate the ions in water into alkaline and acidic fractions, each are discharged separately. It’s important to note that the dissolved mineral ions in alkaline water are naturally present. Water ionizers can’t alter them in any way. Because of this, the water from a water ionizer is exactly the same as antioxidant natural spring water – good for your health, and 100% natural.

Is there medical evidence to support the health claims made for alkaline water?

Yes, there are over 40 studies that support the health benefits of alkaline ionized water.

Why did Dr. Weil say alkaline water claim there’s no scientific evidence?

Dr. Weil was specifically referring to implausible health claims made by Enagic Kangen about cancer. He’s right, the Enagic claims are bunk. Dr. Weil failed to discuss the actual health studies done on alkaline water because he doesn’t even realise they exist! Scientists call alkaline water “electrolyzed reduced water” to find the medical studies on it, that is what you must search for. Dr. Weil searched for “alkaline water studies” so he missed all of the available research. See for yourself:

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Alkaline water warning?

The rat studies referred to in the article have never been reproduced. They are considered to be outliers which are not supported by the medical facts.

Digestion interrupted?

Earlier in the article, the author states:

“our stomach contains hydrochloric acid with a pH of around 3 to 4.  If we drink water with a pH 8.5 or 9 it is immediately neutralised by our gastric acids and loses its ability to alkalise our body as soon it enters the highly acidic stomach environment.”

At the end of the article the author states:

“We noted before that weakly buffered ‘alkaline water’ (even at pH 11) is immediately neutralised by the stomach acids. However, it does have an effect on our digestive system.

Every time you drink artificially high pH ‘ionized’ water your stomach produces more acid to compensate for the dilution of acid in the stomach.”

Which is it? Is alkaline water destroyed by the acidic stomach? Or does it have an effect? The fact is – you are not supposed to drink alkaline water with meals – because it does have an effect.

The article closes with a “theory” (unsupported by evidence) that drinking alkaline water disrupts enzyme production. Alkaline ionized water from water ionizers has been in use since the 1950’s. How come we have never heard of a single case of any negative effects. In our lawsuit happy society, any harm from a defective product quickly results in a lawsuit! Nobody has ever sued an alkaline water company for harm. There is no evidence that alkaline water interferes with any enzymes.

4 Signs that you have kidney stones

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Abdominal pain is the most common symptom of kidney stones, but it isn’t the only one. Renal Colic, the waves of pain

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If your pain is constant and severe, get medical help right away

caused by kidney stones is also accompanied by changes in the color and odor of the urine along with flu-like symptoms. If you are in severe pain, see a doctor right away because severe abdominal pain can indicate a life-threatening condition. Keep in mind, kidney stones can pass on their own, but it isn’t worth taking chances. If you think you have kidney stones, you should see your doctor right away. Your doctor can lessen the discomfort and  provide medicine to help you pass stones.

Discolored, smelly urine

A warning sign: Kidney stones result from excessively concentrated urine. If your urine is cloudy, dark, and has a strong odor on a regular basis, you may be at risk for forming stones. If stones have formed, blood may be visible in your urine. Keep in mind that kidney stones aren’t the only reason blood may enter your urine, it can be caused by kidney and bladder infections too.

Kidney pain

When stones get stuck in the kidneys, the pain is sudden and severe. The pain from kidney stones is among the worst known types of pain. Pain from stones being stuck in the kidneys may also be accompanied by back pain, pain in the genitals or groin. This pain may pass or move if the stones in the kidneys move. The pain caused by kidney stones comes in waves, this type of pain is called colic. In between acute pain episodes, there is usually a significant underlying ache.

First Aid: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin offer the most effective over-the-counter pain relief for stones. Along with the pain medication, drink plenty of water. You should drink enough water to maintain light-colored urine, but there’s no need to overdo it. Small stones may pass on their own if you drink enough water, but there’s no evidence that chugging water would make a stone pass any faster. Proper hydration can help prevent stones from forming in the future, so resolve to keep yourself hydrated!

Additional pain relief can be provided by applying warmth to the affected area. Put a heating pad or a hot water bottle on the lower back where the most pain is felt.

Frequent and painful urination

Drinking more water to flush kidney stones out may sound like a simple thing to do, but it’s not. Along with the abdominal pain, kidney stones cause frequent and painful urination even if you don’t drink any fluids. So it’s important to remember, you don’t save yourself any pain by not drinking, and in fact you may prolong your pain because each time you urinate, you give your body a chance to pass the stones.

Sweating, Vomiting and Nausea

Flu like symptoms can accompany abdominal pain when you have kidney stones, and they may be a sign of an infection. If you have ongoing, flu-like symptoms in addition to the pain, seek medical attention promptly. An infection along with kidney stones is potentially life threatening.

Alkaline water may help fight kidney stones in stone formers

Kidney stones form when the concentration of substances like calcium, uric acid,  or oxalate in the urine gets too high, or when the concentration of citrate in the urine gets too low. Drinking adequate amounts of water each day can help reduce your chances of forming stones by lowering the concentration of stone forming substances in your urine.

It’s important to know what kinds of stones you’re forming: Alkaline water raises urine pH, which can help prevent some stones from forming. If you have a history of stone-forming, talk to your doctor before starting alkaline water. Your doctor may want to strictly control your urine pH, and you should follow their instructions to the letter. Alkaline water also supplies calcium, and your doctor may want to limit your intake of calcium.

Alkaline water could be most helpful if you form calcium oxalate stones. These are stones that form because you have excessive levels of oxalate in your urine. The calcium in alkaline water will bind to the oxalate in your intestines, and that can lower oxalate levels in your urine.

The most important things to talk about with your doctor is that alkaline water raises urine pH, and that it supplies calcium. In most cases, alkaline water’s higher pH and the moderate amount of calcium it supplies will be helpful. There are some cases where doctors need to precisely control urine pH or calcium levels, so if you form stones, you need to talk to your doctor before drinking alkaline water.

 

Learn more about what alkaline water could do for you. Call us at 855 790-8121 for a free, no obligation consultation

 

References

 

Ostojic, Sergej, and Marko Stonanovic. “Hydrogen-Rich Water Affected Blood Alkalinity in Physically Active Men.” . Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal, 06 Jan 2014. Web. 20 Feb 2014. <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15438627.2013.852092>

Abraham, Guy, and Jorge Flebas. “The effect of daily consumption of 2 liters of

electrolyzed water for 2 months on body composition and several physiological parameters in four obese subjects: a preliminary report.” Highbeam Research. Original Internist, 01 Sep 2011. Web. 2 Jul 2013. <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-269433201.html>

 

Heil, D. “Acid-base balance and hydration status following consumption of mineral-based alkaline bottled water..” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 13 Sep 2010. Web. 26 Mar 2014. <http://www.jissn.com/content/7/1/29>

 

Rosborg, I, B Nihlgard, and L Gerhardsson. “Hair element concentrations in females in one acid and one alkaline area in southern Sweden.” PubMed NCBI. Ambio, n.d. Web. 3 Jul 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14703901>

 

Ong, Choon. “Minerals from drinking-water: Bioavailability for various world populations and health implications.” WHO | Water Sanitation Health. World Health Organization, 17 Aug 2004. Web. 4 Jul 2013. <http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutbioavailability/en/>.

How your pH balance affects your Health

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A healthy body maintains a naturally alkaline pH balance, all on it’s own. But many people, particularly middle aged

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Your pH balance affects your heart, lungs and other vital organs

people face health challenges that can result from a breakdown in the body’s ability to regulate its pH balance. So what is a healthy pH balance? Different parts of the body have different pH levels. Some parts, such as your stomach and skin, have a naturally acidic pH balance. Other parts of your body, such as your saliva, have a naturally alkaline balance. Your blood pH is very closely regulated by your body, it stays in the  range of 7.35 to 7.45, except in conditions of metabolic acidosis.

Your blood pH doesn’t vary much. If it gets too low, your body will correct it, but at the cost of weakening your bones. Acidity in the blood will trigger the release of calcium from your bones. You can’t actually change your blood pH. What you do when you drink alkaline water is provide your body with a different source of alkalinity so it can maintain a healthy pH balance without robbing your bones of calcium.

Acidosis: What happens when your pH balance is acidic?

When your blood pH drops too low, your body enters a state of metabolic acidosis: A temporary condition that your body corrects by itself. The main way it does that is by discharging excess acidity in the urine, when it does your urine pH drops. If your body constantly struggles to discharge acidity, it will be constantly in a state of metabolic acidosis. That’s when things get much worse: You develop a long term body acidity condition called metabolic syndrome, the symptoms of which are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • High blood sugar
  • Kidney stones
  • High blood cholesterol

 

When you have metabolic syndrome, what’s happening is that your organs are slowly dying from acidity. As they shut down, your health gets worse. The longer metabolic syndrome is left untreated, the worse it gets. If you think you have metabolic syndrome, talk to your doctor right away.

Bodily Fluid pH Ranges

Saliva: The healthy range for saliva pH is in the 6.8 to 7.2 range. but keep in mind that your saliva pH will vary widely throughout the day. It’s influenced by everything you eat and drink. Because of this, saliva isn’t the best measure of pH balance, but it can tell you some things.

Urine: .The normal pH range for urine is from 5.5 up to 7.5. This range is based on your 24 hour average urine pH, because urine pH varies throughout the day. For good health, you want your 24 hour average urine pH to be at least 6.1, because lower urine pH is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome.

Blood: Your blood pH is maintained in a constant pH range of 7.35 – 7.45, your body maintains it in that range. If it goes below that range, your body is in a temporary state of metabolic acidosis. If it goes above that range, your body goes into a temporary state of metabolic alkalosis. Either condition is life threatening if it persists.

How would testing your body pH help you?

Your saliva and urine pH are affected by your body’s regulation of your blood pH, so they can be an indication of either health or illness. PH testing of your saliva and/or urine will help you obtain a good insight into the overall pH balance of your body. If the saliva or urine pH test comes up low, then you know you need to get serious about doing more to alkalize your body quickly.

The pH of saliva offers a window through which you can see the overall pH balance in your body.

Saliva pH is slightly more acidic than the blood pH [usually], but it is closely aligned with the pH of blood and interstitial fluids [fluids around the cells].

Optimal pH for saliva is above 7 pH. A reading consistently lower than 6.8 is indicative that your body may be struggling to maintain its pH balance. After eating, the saliva pH should rise to 7.8 or higher. If it doesn’t it may indicate that the body has insufficient reserves to maintain its pH balance. If your saliva stays between 6.8 and 7.2 pH all day, your body is functioning within a healthy range.

Its best to test your saliva pH at three intervals during the day:

  • First thing when you wake up
  • Before lunch
  • Before dinner

 

You should test your saliva each day for about a week. Maintain a journal of the test results so you can calculate the average test result for each of the three times you test throughout the day. If your average saliva pH stays between 6.8 and 7.2, then your body’s own pH balance regulating mechanism is working fine. All you need to do is eat healthy and drink plenty of water to maintain it.

How to Test your Saliva pH

Make sure to test your saliva at a time when you haven’t eaten or drunk anything for at least an hour. Test yourself somewhere away from food: Anticipation of food smells causes enzymes to be released into your saliva which change its pH. First thing when you wake up in the morning is usually a good time. Also before meals is better than after them.

To perform this test, you will need a roll of testing pH paper (preferably pHydrion test paper), a plastic spoon and some fresh saliva. The test uses a pH-sensitive, color-coded test strip to reveal your body pH balance status. For the saliva test: – Be sure not to eat, drink, or brush your teeth for 30 minutes prior to the test – Swallow a couple of times to clear the mouth and stimulate new saliva – Then discharge some saliva into a PLASTIC spoon (it is recommended NOT to touch the pH paper to your tongue due to the chemicals in the paper.

Tear off a 1/4 inch strip of pH paper, place into saliva and compare the color of your immersed pH paper with the color chart provided on the pH testing roll. The lower your pH value below 7.0, the greater your degree of acid stress. Continue testing and recording your pH for at least a week. This will show your body’s pH trend.

Testing Your Urine pH

The pH of the urine indicates how the body is working to maintain the proper pH of the blood. The urine reveals the alkaline building (anabolic) and acid tearing down (catabolic) cycles. The pH of urine indicates the efforts of the body via the kidneys, adrenals, lungs and gonads to regulate body pH balance through the buffer salts and hormones. Urine can provide a fairly accurate picture of body chemistry, because the kidneys filter out the buffer salts of pH regulation and provide values based on what the body is eliminating. Urine pH can vary from around 4.5 to 9.0 at its extremes, but the ideal range is 6.5 to 7.0+ Urine pH tends to be lower in the morning and higher in the evening.

For complete instructions: How to test your urine pH

The pH of the urine can vary widely. The pH of urine is also affected by the biochemicals that the body is eliminating. These include biochemicals such as excess minerals, vitamins, and products of metabolism and also include drugs and toxins being eliminated by the body. The pH of the urine is not as affected by digestive enzymes as salivary pH.

What can you do if you find your saliva or urine pH is too acidic?

Switch to an alkaline diet. Over the long term, an alkaline diet will reduce the acid load on your body.

Get yourself a water ionizer. Ionized alkaline water helps boost your pH balance quickly. It raises saliva pH almost instantly, and urine pH rises in about a half hour after you drank the alkaline water. Alkaline water can raise body pH so quickly that some new drinkers actually experience mild detox symptoms for about a week after starting alkaline water. Lastly, practice Mindfulness – keeping your mind in the present. Stress is a major cause of body acidity because it causes the release of cortisol, a hormone that acidifies the body..

How to: Raise your body pH naturally

Alkaline water acts fast to reduce acidity

Alkaline water will act to raise your pH balance quickly, faster than food or Mindfulness. The reason it acts so fast is because it is absorbed quickly by your body. Foods take time to digest, but alkaline water, consumed on an empty stomach goes straight through the stomach and into the intestines for absorption. Alkaline water is rich in alkaline minerals, whether you get them from food or alkaline water, those alkaline minerals are what actually raises your pH. Drinking alkaline water may be the single easiest thing you can do to raise your pH balance and improve your health.

 

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Ostojic, Sergej, and Marko Stonanovic. “Hydrogen-Rich Water Affected Blood Alkalinity

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Burckhardt, Peter. “The Effect of the Alkali Load of Mineral Water on Bone Metabolism.”

The Journal of Nutrition. American Society for Nutrition, n.d. Web. 26 Mar 2014. <http://jn.nutrition.org/content/138/2/435S.long>

 

Rylander, Ragnar, and Maurice Arnaud. “Mineral water intake reduces blood pressure

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How to Reduce Acidity in the Body

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As we age, our body’s alkaline buffer system – the means that the body uses to neutralize and excrete acidity – declines.

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Diet, mindfulness and alkaline water together are your best strategy for reducing body acidity

How much does this decline affect you? That depends, some people will have stronger alkaline buffers than others. So the first thing you need to know about how to reduce acidity in the body is: How much am I affected by acidity in my body? To find out, take the body acidity quiz below:

Acidity in the Body Quiz

Out-of-control acidity in the body causes certain symptoms all of which are part of a temporary condition called metabolic acidosis. It’s a temporary condition because your body will correct it on it’s own, but that correction can come at a high price: If your body can’t discharge enough acid, that acid can attack your kidneys, it can result in arterial plaque, bone loss, and many other compensations that your body must make to adjust for the acidity. Much of the compensation for acidity that your body makes causes no symptoms, no pain, until it’s too late. Thankfully, there are some acidity in the body warning signs:

  • Do you suffer from acid reflux?
  • Do small amounts of hot, spicy foods trigger an upset stomach?
  • Are you frequently out of breath?
  • Do you have gout?
  • Do you have arthritis?
  • Are you prone to yeast infections?
  • Do you have ulcers?

 

If you answered yes to three or more of the above questions, there’s a good likelihood that your body is too acidic. Here’s why these conditions may indicate an acidic body:

Acid reflux can mean that your body is generating too much stomach acid, and it’s refluxing up your esophagus. Acid reflux can be caused by other conditions too, so this one alone isn’t enough to conclude your body is acidic.

Upset stomach If your stomach is easily upset, it may mean that your body is unable to alkalize the food it digests. After being broken down by stomach acid, your body alkalizes food so it can be absorbed in the intestines. The discomfort you feel is your intestines being subjected to acidity.

Out of breath One of the ways your body gets rid of acidity is to exhale it. But when your body is in a state of metabolic acidosis, your blood pH is too low for it’s hemoglobin to be able to release CO2 and other acidic waste gasses in your lungs. When this happens, your hemoglobin is unable to absorb more oxygen from your lungs. It doesn’t matter how heavily you breathe, you still feel like you are gasping for air.

Gout is a buildup of uric acid on your joints. If you struggle with gout, your body can’t discharge uric acid fast enough to stop it from building up.

Arthritis can result when your body is unable to break down certain enzymes. Arthritis has multiple causes, so this symptom alone isn’t enough to conclude you have an acidic body.

Yeast infections are caused by harmful microbes that enter your urinary tract from your digestive tract. An acidic gut favors the growth of these harmful microbes.

 

Ulcers are sores in your intestines. They are caused by acids eating away at the walls of your intestines.

Talk to your doctor

The only way to confirm that your body is too acidic is to ask your doctor to check for the following:

  • High bone loss
  • Low urinary pH
  • High blood sugar
  • High levels of bad cholesterol

 

If you have any of the above medical conditions, then you should definitely work to reduce the acidity in your body.

How to reduce the acidity in your body

There are three main ways you can use to reduce the acidity in your body:

Diet: Switch to a low acidity diet such as the Mediterranean diet, which is a diet low in meats and processed foods. You can also choose to go even further, and switch to an alkaline diet, which is a plant based diet that puts the lowest overall acid load on your body of any diet.

Alkaline water: may reduce or even eliminate many of the symptoms of an acidic body within a few weeks of starting to drink it. You need to drink at least 2 liters of alkaline water per day to fight body acidity. The extra hydration provided by alkaline water can help your kidneys flush the acidity from your body.

Alkaline water can quickly shift your pH balance towards alkaline. So quickly in fact, that it’s best to start gradually. If you have an alkaline water machine:

  • First week: Drink only level 1 alkaline water
  • Second week: Move up to level 2, unless you feel your body detoxing
  • Third week and later: Move up to level 3 alkaline water.

If your body is toxic, you may feel it detoxing. Some people experience very mild, flu-like symptoms as their bodies purge toxins. If this happens to you, stay with level 1 alkaline water until the detox symptoms pass.

Reduce stress: Stress stimulates production of a hormone called cortisol, which actually acidifies your body. Meditation and the practice of Mindfulness are two very practical ways to reduce stress in your life even if you don’t change anything else!

How to find out if it’s working

You can test yourself for body acidity by monitoring the pH of your urine. Since your urine ph varies throughout the day, it’s best to check you 24 hour average urine pH. You should expect to see gradual improvement, it typically takes 2 – 4 weeks to see a significant shift in pH. If you have the symptoms of an acidic body (discussed above) you should also watch to see if some or all of those symptoms are reduced or eliminated.

 

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