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8 Ways Acidic Foods Damage Your Body

8 Ways Acidic Foods Damage Your Body

In small amounts, acidic foods like sugar, food additives, meat, rancid oils, trans fats, and fried food can be handled by your body’s detoxification systems like the kidneys as well as its mineral reserves.  But, over time, acidity can have many damaging effects on the body. The following are seven ways acidity damages the body, but they are certainly not the only ones.

1. Excessive amounts of acid deplete oxygen, which is needed by every cell in your body to function properly.

2. It damages the mitochondria—the cells’ energy centers—so your cells won’t have enough energy to perform their vital functions properly.

3. Excessive amounts of acidity need to be eliminated or acid will be stored in tissues and joints, causing damage over time.

4. If not properly eliminated or neutralized, excessive amounts of acid can damage brain cells and other cells.

5. When acid levels are excessively high it creates a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens.

6. Acid can damage tissues, joints, organs, and glands, resulting in any number of imbalances or dysfunction.

7. It depletes alkaline mineral stores in the body, particularly calcium from bones and magnesium from muscles.

8. Superfluous acidity overburdens the detoxification organs like the kidneys and the liver.

I’ll discuss more about these effects in future blogs. In the meantime, be sure to check out my posts: 10 Ways to Alkalize Your Body Today, 4 Supplements That Alkalize Your Body, and Kick Acid to Lose Weight & Boost Energy.

Adapted from The Ultimate pH Solution by Michelle Schoffro Cook.  Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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4:41AM PST on Feb 11, 2015

wow. thanks

6:46AM PDT on May 13, 2013

interesting , now to know what the foods are.

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9:45AM PDT on May 10, 2013

thanks for the information

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6:23AM PDT on May 10, 2013

good to know. thanks for posting on one page instead of 10.

4:12AM PDT on May 10, 2013

We should know the balance

1:23AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thank you :)

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