What Am I Eating That Makes My Body Acidic?
To better put into perspective, below are a list of some foods and drinks that cause acidity in our bodies. It’s important to understand that whether a food/drink has an acidic or alkaline affect on the body, that has very little to do with the actual pH of that substance. In other words, a lemon has a very low pH, but once it is digested and metabolized, it creates alkaline byproducts that raise the pH of the body, and vice versa.
Read through this list and count how many of these items you consume on a daily basis. I’d bet you’d be surprised…
- Carbonated Drinks
- Energy Drinks
- Beer and Wine
- Fruit Juices
- Brown Rice
As you can see, there are an overwhelming number of foods and drinks that we consume every day, if not multiple times a day, that lower our body’s pH bringing stress onto our kidneys and ultimately the rest of our body. In addition to those listed above, there are other factors to consider that also lower our pH. They are below.
- Chronic Stress
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Excess hormones from beauty products
- Lack of Exercise
- Processed Foods
All in all, it almost seems inevitable to escape a lifestyle where we aren’t exposed to foods and behaviors that have acid tendencies. Although it is not healthy to completely rid acidic foods from our diet, we want to be careful to not indulge in too much of it. Too much acid in our body results in a condition known as acidosis and can bring on severe health effects including, but not limited to:
- Weight Gain
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Kidney Failure
What Am I Eating That Makes My Body Alkaline?
So now that you’ve seen just how much of your diet may be filled with acidic causing sustenance, it’s only fair to see the foods that you consume that have the reverse effect. See the list below.
- Bell Peppers
- Sweet Potatoes
- Wild Rice
- Brussel Sprouts
- Collard Greens
If you haven’t notice yet, it appears that the “healthier” foods are predominantly responsible for alkalizing our bodies. Is this a coincidence? The answer: absolutely not. Don’t believe it? Look at the famous food pyramid and see what foods we are recommended to incorporate more into our diets and the ones we are recommended to consume less of. Light bulb moment yet?