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Are you too acidic?

What exactly does this mean? Without having to get too technical on a physiological level (which can be boring for most) we can identify our acidity level on a sign/symptom level.

You may want to start measuring your pH level through your urine and saliva if you are experiencing the following. These can include mouth ulcers, cracks in corners of mouth, loose teeth, inflamed gums, irritated eyes, eye problems, thinning nails that crack often, emotional instability, anxious, digestive disturbances, digestive ulcers, dry skin and hives especially in areas where you sweat and split ends in hair.

For some patients who have chronic bladder infections, it can sometimes be due to an ongoing high acidity.

There are acid base measuring protocols available online. Remember that acid base levels are always changing however there should still be a healthy pattern in this change. These are the things you will learn. You can buy litmus paper (pH paper) and begin to measure.

Everything you ingest creates a change in your acid/base level in your body. When you are overindulging in acidic foods your body must work harder to maintain a pH of 7.35-7.45. It does this by “stealing” alkaline minerals from the body, which include calcium from your bones! So, if you want to have strong bones then watch your acidity level in your body.

Acidic foods include grains (the highest being oats and brown rice), meat (processed meats are very acidic), fish, cheese (the highest especially parmesan and cheddar); peanuts and walnuts are acidic as well, hazelnuts to a lesser extent.

Fruits and vegetables are alkaline producing with higher levels being apricots, bananas, kiwi, cherry, carrots, cauliflower, spinach and zucchini.

It’s all about balance! Oh, and red wine runs higher on the healthy alkaline scale, however, egg yolk runs very acidic. Add that spinach and alkaline foods to your diet and reap the benefits! Patients are excited to see their Live Blood Analysis on the computer screen during their appointments. An acidic environment can be revealed while viewing the red blood cells.


Dr. Lisa McNiven, BSc., RN, ND is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in Stellarton.

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