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Are You Too Acidic? Check Your Symptoms

Are You Too Acidic? Check Your Symptoms

A surprising number and variety of physical problems and diseases can be caused by acidity. Today, the vast majority of the populace in industrialized nations suffers from problems caused by acidification, because both modern lifestyle and diet promote acidification of the body’s internal environment.

In general, the current standard diet is primarily composed of acidic or acidifying elements (proteins, cereals, sugars). Alkaline foods such as vegetables are eaten in much smaller quantities; their alkaline content is insufficient to neutralize surplus acids. Stimulants like tobacco, coffee, tea and alcohol are also extremely acidifying. Stress and physical activity (both insufficient or excessive amounts) also cause acidification.

Do you exhibit signs of acidification? Find out with this checklist of 30 symptoms.

1. Lack of energy, constant fatigue, loss of physical tone and psychic drive, sensation of heaviness in the limbs, feelings of inability to cope.
2. Lower body temperature; frequently feels cold.
3. Tendency to get infections.
4. Loss of drive, joy and enthusiasm.
5. Depressive tendencies.
6. Nervousness, agitation without cause, hyperactivity, sensitivity to high-pitched noises and easily stressed.
7. Very pale face.
8. Headaches.
9. Eyes tear easily.
10. Conjunctivitis.
11. Inflammation of the corneas and eyelids.
12. Acidic saliva.
13. Loose teeth.
14. Inflamed, sensitive gums.
15. Mouth ulcers.
16. Cracks at the corners of the lips.
17. Recurring infections of throat and tonsils.
18. Teeth are sensitive to hot, cold or acidic foods.
19. Teeth have a tendency to crack or chip.
20. Pain in the nerves of the teeth.
21. Excess stomach acid.
22. Acid regurgitation.
23. Gastritis.
24. Ulcers.
25. Nails are thin and split and break easily.
26. Hair looks dull, has split ends, and falls out.
27. Dry skin.
28. Skin tends to be irritated in regions where there are heavy concentrations of sweat.
29. Hives.
30. Leg cramps and spasms.

Adapted from The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health, by Christopher Vasey, N.D. (Inner Traditions, 2003).

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Adapted from The Acid-Alkaline D/iet for Optimum Health, by Christopher Vasey, N.D. (Inner Traditions, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Christopher Vasey. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.

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8:59PM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

I have every one of these- I do have severe acid reflux disease and not a thing, I can do about it.

4:58AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014


8:41PM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Thank you!

1:49PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

It's scary how many of these symptoms I have on a daily basis… It does answer many questions I have about why I have been feeling the way I do. Very useful information, thank you!

7:30AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Hi Kamia T.
Thanks for a good advice.

8:46AM PST on Feb 10, 2014

Thanks for the info... These symptoms are very common to an awful lot of other conditions, though...

9:52AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

You want to create an alkaline environment in your body to help prevent cancer. Cutting out meat and refined sugars are two of the top ways of doing. There had never been a better reason to become vegan and vegetarian. Beside sowing seeds of compassion by not eating animals--you are improving your health and extending compassion to yourself.

6:38PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Interesting list. However, the easiest way to see if you're too acidic is simply to get PH strips and test your urine. You'll find out rather quickly if you're below the recommended 7.0 to 7.2 level. Most people are, because we eat too few veggies and fruits, and lots of sugar. I was told by a holistic doctor (after my regular doctors had given up on a cure), to take 1/2 tsp of baking soda 3 times a day with water; drink REAL lemonade with Stevia and/or Club Soda. Energy soared and infections left when I did so. Almost a decade later, my regular doctors still are scratching their heads.

12:27PM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Thank-you for posting this interesting article.

8:58AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

interesting post. thanks for sharing

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