Most of us are allegedly too acidic, and we're often told that this is supposedly bad for our health. There are of course also critics concerning body acidity, and that can make it easy to lose sight of the big picture. Are so many of us really excessively acidic, and is that actually unhealthy? On the contrary, is it only an advertising stunt to sell more products? We'll be clearing this up today.
When one talks about excessive acidity of the body, then the primary thing being discussed is the acidity of the blood. A normal pH values for the blood is between 7.35 and 7.4. If the pH value of the blood is below this value, then the blood is too acidic – the condition is called "acidosis". In contrast, if the pH value is higher then the blood is in the alkaline range. Alkalosis is the name for the condition when the pH is quite high.
How does the body maintain the acid-base balance?
Based on our lifestyle, chronic acidosis is a theme for most of us, and almost no one suffers with an excessively high (or "basic") pH value of the blood. That means that too much blood acidity is a concern for most everyone. When this happens, the body immediately does everything possible in order to keep the blood pH within the 7.35 to 7.4 range. If the buffer capacity of the blood is exhausted in this process, then the excess acid is deposited in the connective tissue. The cells of the connective tissue are more resilient and are are not as easily damaged by the acidity. The acid is then stored here until it can be disposed of by the kidneys. The other major excretory organ is the lungs. Via these two excretory organs – the kidneys and the lungs – the body tries to get rid of the excessive acidity as quickly as possible.
Why is it much more likely that the body is too acidic rather than too basic?
In part, the body produces acid on it's own, although bases can only be taken in via the foods we eat. Bases are constantly being used. Moreover we tend to not give the body a chance to rid itself of excess acidity in a natural way because we often don't drink enough or get enough physical activity.
Here are the causes of excess acidity:
- Poor diet, specifically excess consumption of acid-forming foods (e.g. meat and dairy products, sugary snacks and deserts, foods made with white flour) and drinks
- Insufficient physical activity
- Frequent dieting
- Insufficient water intake
- Chronic illness
The following illnesses are discussed in connection with excess acidity:
- Allergic conditions
- Inflammatory or rheumatic conditions (e.g. chronic polyarthritis)
- Migraine headaches
- Gall stones
- Muscle hardening
- Kidney stones
- Chronic pain
Even though the connection between excessive body acidity and a number of illness is not without controversy, it is generally agreed that too much acidity damages the body and should be avoided to the extent possible.
So how can you find out if your body is too acidic?
We recommend measuring your pH using your saliva as this provides you with a good representation of your acid-base balance, and it's also inexpensive and easy to do. Test strips are available at your pharmacy. First, avoid eating anything for two hours, then rinse your mouth well with plain water from the tap. Apply some saliva to the test strip. If the pH value shown is over 7.2, then your acid-base balance is optimal and your body is not excessively acidic. If the value is between 6.5 and 6.9, it means that you are acidic and you should do something about it. A value below 6.5 is a real warning sign, and we recommend that you take urgent steps to get the excess acidity under control. Carry out the saliva test for three or four days in a row at the same time of day. That's the best way to ensure that the result is as valid as possible.
What can you do about acidity, and how can you prevent it from happening?
The most important thing you can do to avoid excess acidity in the body is avoid the causes that you've already read about in the list above. Where possible, your diet should consist primarily of high quality, plant-based foods. Be sure that you drink enough water, and you should also regularly get some physical activity. Finally, avoid stress as much as you can as well as avoiding smoking, caffeine and alcohol.
If your body has been too acidic for decades, or if you're not able to stick to the recommendations listed above (or you simply don't want to), we recommend that you use Bentomed MICRO intensively for 3 weeks. The healing clay contained in Bentomed MICRO binds to the excess acid in the intestinal tract and provides the body with minerals. Bentomed MICRO also contains barley grass, which is extremely basic and helps your body to more easily regulate the pH value of the blood.
After using Bentomed MICRO intensively for 3 weeks, or if you are only suffering with more mild acidity, we recommend that you make use of Bentovital for a period not less than 1 month. Afterwards repeat the saliva test as described above. If you find that the pH value is over 7.2, you can adjust the timing of your Bentomed use or continue with a "maintenance dosage", depending on your own preferences. Be sure to continue to check your pH with the saliva test from time to time.
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Source: Kurt Tepperwein, Jungbrunnen Entsäuerung, Goldmann Publishing, 5th edition, 2009; Netdoktor: Dr. Anita Kreilhuber, Chronische Übersäuerung - latente Azidose, 2012; Netdoktor: Prisca Drews, pH-Wert des Blutes , 2014. Unfortunately all of the source material is only available in German.
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