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Acidity and your diet

Excess acidity starts with what you eat and drink

Foods considered acidic generally have a pH level of 4.6 or lower. Excessive consumption of these foods over a long period of time can contribute to the development of chronic sub-clinical systemic metabolic acidosis (CSSMA). Both CSSMA and high dietary acid load are associated with the risk of various chronic diseases.

A diet that includes too many acid-producing foods, such as protein or sugar, can cause acidity in your urine as well as other negative health effects. Too much acidity may also cause bone and muscle deterioration. This is because bones contain calcium, which your body uses to restore your blood’s pH balance when it becomes too acidic.

Foods that tend to cause more acidity in the body if consumed regularly and in excess:

  • Caffeinated Beverages: Drinks like coffee, tea, and sodas contain compounds that can increase acid production in the stomach.
  • Spicy Foods: Spices like chili peppers, hot sauce, and curry can irritate the stomach lining, causing increased acid production and potential digestive discomfort.
  • Processed Meats: Foods like sausages, hot dogs, and bacon are high in fat and preservatives. They can trigger and contribute to increased acidity levels.
  • Certain dairy products, including cheese
  • Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages can irritate the stomach lining, leading to an increase in stomach acid production.
  • Carbonated beverages, such as soda, seltzer, or spritzers
  • Processed foods, high in sodium
  • Foods ans supplements, high in protein

It is important to increase the intake of fruit and vegetables and / or supplementing with alkaline minerals. In general, fruits and vegetables are more alkalizing. Including them in a diverse diet full of fruits and vegetables will help prevent the overconsumption of animal protein.

A balanced diet, regular exercise, and staying hydrated can help maintain a healthy pH balance in the body.

If you have concerns about your acidity levels or specific health conditions, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian.