It’s Halloween, and I can’t think of anything scarier than what acid does to our bodies.
Acid is the common smoking gun behind so many diseases and conditions that plague our health:
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Acid reflux
- Joint and muscle pain
- Skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis
- Leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel, and other digestive complaints
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hormone imbalance
- Diabetes and pre-Diabetes
- And many more
So if you want to lose weight, have more energy day to day, get stronger joints, muscles and bones, and improve digestion, you need to get off your acid.
Here are 5 scary truths about what acid is currently doing to you if you’re not aiming for the 80/20 alkaline lifestyle.
- Acid is trying to tell you something.
Any symptoms that you may be experiencing – whether it might be headaches, fatigue, trouble sleeping, skin issues, autoimmune problems, hormone problems, or all kinds of others – are warning signs from your body that something is going on that you should pay attention to.
Your body always warns you before things get worse.
Your body is giving you a choice: You can do nothing about what is going on, or you can do something about it.
Let me give you an analogy with your car. Suppose your check engine light comes on as you’re driving.
Would you learn to live with your check engine light on?
I mean, it’s on for a reason, isn’t it? Of course you wouldn’t just learn to live with it!
The same goes for your oil light or your gas light. You could put a piece of masking tape over the gas light when it comes on, but what would happen? You’d run out of gas pretty quickly of course.
Ignore any of those for long enough and your car would stop working. Well when your heart stops working, or your liver or kidneys stop working, you have a real, acute problem.
But the truth is, many people are running out of gas in their lives, because they are ignoring the symptoms, or they’re numbing the symptoms, or they are given misinformation about their true cause.
So it’s important that you not let little health issues slide, thinking they are no big deal.
They are your body’s way of trying to tell you something. Ignore it at your own peril.
- Too much acid will kill you.
I don’t want to scare you too much, even on Halloween, but this is just the truth.
The pH scale goes from 0-14, where 0 is pure acid, which can burn a hole through metal, 14 is pure alkaline, and 7 is neutral.
Just like your body temperature needs to be tightly regulated, the pH of your blood always tightly regulates itself at around 7.4. In fact, this number is so important that if it deviates by even as much as a half of a point, you are dead.
Everything in nature depends on a proper pH balance.
Oceans should have a pH of 8.2, but increasing levels of acidic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have lowered it to 8.1. As a result, coral reefs like the Great Barrier Reef are dying at unprecedented rates.
The same goes for the soil in your garden so the right plants can grow or water in your swimming pool so it’s safe for you to swim in.
One of the questions I get all the time from my patients is, “If the pH of my blood is constant and always tightly regulated between 7.35 and 7.45, why do I have to eat and drink alkaline?”
It really is a fantastic question and where so much of the confusion is around getting off your acid.
The purpose of eating alkaline foods and drinking alkaline water is NOT to try and raise the pH of your blood.
The whole purpose of getting off your acid and eating alkaline is to prevent your body from having to do all the regulating. Just as your body needs to tightly regulate its temperature at 98.6 and will do anything to maintain that, your body will also maintain that pH level by any means necessary.
Think of it this way… If you were to stand on an iceberg wearing nothing but shorts, what will happen?
Well, if you’re there long enough, you’ll die. But before that happens, your body will start to shiver and will expend massive amounts of energy to generate enough heat to maintain that temperature.
Next, your body will start to move all the blood from the arms and legs to the vital organs to keep you alive, even if that means sacrificing a toe or two.
It’s no different with the pH of your blood, only it won’t be a toe that suffers. Keep reading to find out what parts of your body are robbed to get the alkaline minerals needed to regulate your blood’s pH.
So the more you eat alkaline foods and the less you eat acidic foods, the less your body will have to work and the more energy you’ll naturally have.
- Acid will corrode your insides.
Remember, acid can burn through metal. So what is it doing inside your body? Especially to your cardiovascular system and digestive system, which are so much more delicate than metal.
Not only that, but if you put a can of soda in a bowl with some raw chicken bones, in a few days, do you know what you will find? NOTHING, the bones will be gone because the acid in the soda corrodes the bones!
So think about what acid is doing inside your body to your bones and your joints.
This is why when your body is acidic, it becomes prone to disease, illness, weight gain, chronic inflammation, fatigue, digestive problems, body aches and pains, reflux, skin issues, and the list goes on.
If your body isn’t getting enough alkaline foods and minerals to fight the acid you consume, where does it get them?
Your body has a priority system that it uses to find these minerals to neutralize the damaging acids and toxins in your body.
The first place it goes to look for minerals is your mouth. The saliva in your mouth has a small amount of alkaline minerals to act as a buffer against things like colds, viruses, candida, bacterial overgrowth, fungus, and mild parasites.
Unfortunately, your saliva doesn’t contain a big reserve of minerals, so you soon run out. It pulls minerals from urine in the body and the muscular system next.
After extracting what it can from saliva, urine, and muscles, your body turns to its greatest mineral bank – the bones. This is the true cause of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and a lot of the joint damage out there.
Acid will corrode the whole skeletal system if you don’t stop it.
- Acid will mess with your sleep.
Did you know your body is at its most acidic at 2:00 AM?
That might seem like a coincidence because for many people, that’s also around the time they wake up needing to urinate in the middle of the night.
But it’s no coincidence!
If you find yourself getting up to pee a lot, you are overly acidic. Your body is trying desperately to fight acid, and one of the ways it’s doing that is by excreting it while you rest.
You also might find it’s hard to go back to sleep when you wake up during the night. This is also a result of a deficiency of minerals, especially magnesium.
The best way to fight the acid that’s messing with your sleep is to get a full dose of minerals before you go to bed. Alkamind Daily Minerals is the best source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium bicarbonate to ensure you sleep well and wake up with energy.
- Acid is hidden in all kinds of things and it’s addictive.
Do you ever crave pasta? Or a soda? Or ice cream? If so, you’re not alone.
This is especially the case for sugar, one of the most acidic substances you can put in your body. But it works the same way with all cravings.
Let’s just use sugar as an example because so many of us are addicted. Sugar is 100 times more addictive than cocaine. That’s a fact. Can you believe that?
Let’s take a look at the sugar consumption trends over the past 300 years:
- In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 2012, more than 50% of all Americans consumed 1/2 pound of sugar per DAY — translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!
- In 1890, only 3 people out of 100,000 had diabetes.
- In 2012, almost 8,000 out of every 100,000 people were diagnosed with diabetes!
- The American Heart Association recommends no more than 9.5 teaspoons of refined sugar a day. But the average adult consumes 22 teaspoons per day.
- Children consume on average a whopping 32 teaspoons per day.
That’s a lot of sugar we’re eating, and in lots of cases, we don’t even know it.
You see, most sugar in our diets doesn’t come from the packet of sugar on the table at the restaurant, or in sugar we buy at the stores to add to our food. Gobs of it are hidden in so many common foods, like bread, yogurt, sports drinks, cereal, and snack foods.
This is why so many Americans are eating highly acidic diets, because it’s not just sugar. It’s also butter, table salt, canola oil, and animal fats. They’re all hidden in the foods we eat every day!
If you crave sugar, your body is trying to tell you what you really need. And hint, hint: It’s not sugar!
The number one deficiency in your body is alkaline minerals, and specifically magnesium. Remember how that will help your sleep too? It’s no coincidence that a lack of the same minerals cause all of these problems.
You’re also probably in need of more healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil.
How do you get more magnesium? The most important thing you can do is start to incorporate more dark, green leafy vegetables into your diet, because they are loaded with healthy alkaline minerals.
And don’t forget to supplement with Alkamind Daily Minerals! Along with Alkamind Daily Greens, it’s the best way to fight the scary effects of acid using all natural calcium, potassium, magnesium, and sodium bicarbonate.