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Acidosis & Acid Forming Foods      

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Acidosis is a condition in which body chemistry becomes imbalanced and overly acidic.  

Symptoms associated with acidosis include frequent sighing, insomnia, water retention, recessed eyes, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, abnormally low blood pressure, dry hard stools, foul-smelling stools accompanied by a burning sensation in the anus, alternating constipation and diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, burning in the mouth and/or under the tongue, sensitivity of the teeth to vinegar and acidic fruits, and bumps on the tongue or the roof of the mouth.      

What is acidosis?

Acidity and alkalinity are measured according to the pH (potential of hydrogen) scale.  Water, with a pH of 7.0, is considered neutral - neither acid nor alkaline.  Anything with a pH below 7.0 is acid, while anything with a pH above 7.0 is alkaline.  

The ideal pH range for the human body is somewhere between 6.0 and 6.8 (the human body is naturally mildly acidic, bodies do vary).  Values below pH 6.3 are considered on the acidic side values above pH 6.8 are on the alkaline side.

              

Acidosis occurs when the body loss its alkaline reserve.  Some causes of acidosis include kidney, liver, and adrenal disorders; improper diet; malnutrition; obesity; ketosis; anger; stress; fear; anorexia; toxemia; fever; and the consumption of excessive amounts of niacin, vitamin C, or aspirin.  Diabetes often suffer from acidosis.  Stomach ulcers are often associated with this condition.   

Acid and Alkaline Self-Test

This test will determine whether your body fluids are either too acidic or too alkaline. An imbalance can cause illnesses such as acidosis or alkalosis.

Purchase pH paper, available at any drugstore, and apply saliva and/or urine to the paper.  The paper will change color to indicate if your system is overly acidic or alkaline.  Red litmus paper turns blue in an alkaline medium and blue litmus paper turns red in an acid medium.   Always perform the test either before eating or at least one hour after eating.  (you can also purchase the correct paper Litmus Paper here/

Depending on the results of your test, you should alter your diet to help bring your body back into the normal range. 

If you test indicated that your body is too acidic, eat more alkaline-forming foods and omit acid-forming foods from your diet until another pH test shows that you have returned to normal.  

Conversely, if your body is too alkaline, eat or acid-forming foods and omit alkaline-forming foods.  

Use the list below as a guide to which foods are acid-forming and which are alkaline forming.  Low-level acid-forming and low-level alkaline-forming foods are almost neutral.


ACID FORMING FOODS 

Alcohol                                     Mustard
Asparagus                               Noodles
Beans                                       Oatmeal
Brussels sprouts                     Olives
Catsup                                     Organ meats
Chickpeas                               Pasta
Cocoa                                      Pepper
Coffee                                      Plums
Cornstarch                               Poultry
Cranberries                             Prunes
Eggs                                        Sauerkraut
Fish                                          Shellfish
Flour-flour-based products    Soft Drink
Legumes                                 Sugars, all foods with sugar added
Lentils                                       Tea
Meat                                         Vinegar
Milk

Aspirin, tobacco, and most drugs are also acid forming.

Low-Level Acid-Forming Foods

Butter                                         Grains (most)
Canned or glazed fruit              Ice Cream
Cheeses                                    Ice Milk
Dried coconut                           Lamb's quarters
Dried or sulfured fruit (most)   Seeds and nuts (most)

Alkaline-Forming Foods

Avocados                                  Honey
Corn                                           Maple Syrup
Dates                                         Molasses
Fresh coconut                           Raisins
Fresh fruits                                Soy products
Fresh vegetables

Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system

Low-Level Alkaline-Forming Foods

Almonds                                    Chestnuts
Blackstrap molasses               Lima beans
Brazil nuts                                 Millet
Buckwheat                                Soured dairy products

Chart with Foods and their pH

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