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By Lucy Perez
Have you ever wondered why fast food, soda and sweets leave you feeling sluggish and bloated? Well, it’s not just the guilt talking. The acid contained in these foods and many others are wreaking havoc on your body once they’re consumed. Diets are all about balanced nutrition, so I’m not going to sit here and tell you to can the crap foods, but if you are going to have a cheat meal every now and again, you need to balance it with foods that can work in your favor to prevent feeling like the junk you’re eating.
#1) How to Know For Sure
Eating too many acid-forming foods can do a number on your body’s pH balance, causing a variety of negative effects. Starting with your mouth, if you notice the cracks are unusually dry and bleed or ulcers start to develop inside, that could be due to too much acidity. Your skin can also become dry, your hair can become dull and your nails can become brittle.
Other signs your diet may be too acidic are when you become constipated and feel bloated, you lack energy and focus, and you start getting sick more frequently. If you suffer from any or all of these symptoms, it’s time to switch up your eating habits.
#2) What’s Actually Causing It
So if all this is happening inside your body, then I’m sure you’re wondering what is actually causing the damage. Well I hate to be there bearer of bad news, but it looks like it’s all the foods you seem to swear off before starting another one of your infamous diets; processed snack foods, sodas, white rice, pasta, sugars, and the worst of all… alcohol.
All of these foods contain high amounts of acidity, which other foods might not be able to balance out. You can also overload your digestive system if you eat too quickly or eat too much and too late in the day. Your stomach can only handle so much food at one time, so if you feed it too much, the excess food won’t get the processing it needs, immediately causing heartburn, gas and bad breath.
#3) What You Can Do
Most foods considered too acidic for your diet, for example fast foods, sodas and sugars should be consumed in moderation, if not avoided all together. There are, however, some acidic foods that can provide nutrients for maintaining good health. Acid-forming proteins like meat, fish and poultry are good for your diet, if you balance them out with lots of fruits and vegetables. Grains like wheat and oats, cheese, milk, eggs, plain yogurt and potatoes are also acceptable in moderation.
And give yourself at least 30 minutes to eat each meal. Your body needs time to break down the food, process it and digest it, so sit down, relax and enjoy. Water is the final key to cleaning up an overly acidic diet. Try to drink half an hour before and after each meal instead of during. Drinking while eating can dilute saliva and stomach acid, which could hinder the digestion process.
Having too much acid in your diet is not life or death; so don’t treat it that way. It’s just something to be more conscious of when you’re body starts to react negatively to what you’re consuming. Small adjustments in your diet can greatly improve your pH balance and get you feeling like yourself again.
Have you struggled with too much acid in your diet? How did you change your eating habits to fix the problem? Did it work? Let us know in the comments section below and don’t forget to share this with your friends and family.