Acidity of the body indicates the concentration of acid in the body fluids. On the other hand, alkalinity of the body, means the capacity of the body fluids, like blood, saliva, urine, to neutralize the acids.
Our body needs these fluids for the most vital functions, like digestion, transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, protection and overall lubrication of the body.
The levels of acids must be kept at a specific range to prevent harming the body.
The term pH stands for “potential hydrogen”, and it measures the concentration of hydrogen-ions in the body fluids. The official pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. Body fluids with higher pH level are richer with oxygen and more alkaline.
On the contrary, body fluids with lower pH level are less oxygenated and more acidic. 7.0 is regarded to be the neutral pH level.
Here are the ideal pH levels of the body fluids:
- Saliva pH = 7.0-7.5
- Blood pH = 7.35-7.45
- Urine pH = 4.6-8.0
If the pH level is lower for each fluid, it indicates that the body is to acidic. But majority don’t even test their pH levels, since they are not familiar with the basic symptoms of acidity.
Therefore, we present you the main symptoms that will help you determine if your body is too acidic, and then several natural ways to restore the alkaline balance.
1. Excess Weight
If the alkaline balance in your body is not maintained, there will be surplus waste product in an acid form in your body. Since the organs responsible for eliminating the toxins (kidneys, colon, skin, and lymph system) are overwhelmed with the stream of toxins from the extra acid, they can’t eliminate the excess acid from the body.
The way our body deals with this huge amount of acid is returning it back to the fat tissues, where it attaches to fat cells. That’s why people can’t lose weight when they have too acidic body.
2. Weak Bones
A body with too acidic fluids tries everything it can to keep an alkaline balance so that it can continue functioning normally. For that purpose, it needs to pull the minerals from the organs and tissues to minimize and alkalize the acidity.
Calcium located in the bones is one of these minerals, and as we know we need this mineral to keep the strength of our bones. So, when the body uses up the bones’ calcium reserve to neutralize its acidity, the bones become weak.
This indicates that if you fracture your bones easily, or if you have osteopenia or osteoporosis, your body might be too acidic. It is for this reason that osteopenia and osteoporosis patients are recommended to refrain from caffeine, beef, soda, and other acidic foods.