An acidic pH can occur from an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.  The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals.  If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

An acidic balance will:  decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness

The common reason for acidosis is a diet too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs, dairy and refined carbohydrates, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables. Meat (beef, poultry, lamb, pork, deer) is classified as an “Extremely Acidic”

To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods.  To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

The Dangers of an Acidic Diet

If too many acidic foods are consumed and not enough alkaline, it can push the body to the acidic side and then it will start pulling from your alkaline reserves to try and maintain proper pH. An imbalance in the acid-base can lead to bone and muscle loss as you age, osteoporosis, increased blood pressure and risk of developing kidney stones, stroke, asthma, stomach cancer, fatigue and much more. This becomes more of a problem as you age, because the kidneys become less proficient at handling acid in the diet.

The body needs both acid and alkaline foods. If lots of alkaline vegetables are consumed, they will neutralize the acid of the meat and create a healthy balanced pH level.  Since fat is neutral, it will have no impact on the pH.

Acidic Diets cause Inflammation causing Skin allergies, Osteoporosis and Bladder disorders.

Simply stated, acidifying foods produce acids during metabolism. Meat and dairy, for example, contain proteins, which lead to the formation of amino acids. The over consumption of acid forming foods causes  kidneys, lung and skin to remove calcium, potassium and magnesium from  bones and tissues that bring the body’s pH back into balance. This nutrient shuffling leads to health problems that include inflammation, osteoporosis and kidney stones.

Itching skin is an inflammatory reaction of the skin. Itching skin can affect a small area of the skin or the full body.

Christopher Vasey, an esteemed Naturopathic Doctor, states that “too much acid inflames your organs, which causes skin irritation and urinary tract infections.” He goes onto say that “an anti-inflammatory diet does not mean that you must eliminate sources of protein, carbohydrates and fats as they are essential for alkaline minerals to establish themselves properly in the tissues. But the diet plan should contain 60 – 80 percent alkalinizing foods to restore and maintain your body’s pH balance”. 

The debate whether to feed your dog raw meat or not, is fierce. Veterinarians and esteemed researchers have advised people to refrain from feeding raw meat. However, what is certainly clear is that meat is an acidic diet and disproportionate feeding, without regard to alkaline based ingredients, will derail the pH balance. The consequences could be dire and amongst other things cause inflammation, which will cause skin allergies and skin ailments, arthritis and bladder disorders.

The Golden Rule

60 percent alkaline based foods to 40 percent acid forming foods or the old age rule of 1 meat to 2 portions veggies