The Acid Ash Diet: Staying Neutral and Stone Free

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It may not seem like it, but the internal workings of the human body are very complex. Each cell must fulfill its own role to keep everything running smoothly. One way to assist your body in this process is to use the acid ash diet.

Homeostasis: A Quick Run Down

To start off, the internal environment of your body loves to maintain a neutral state. It’s called homeostasis. Sometimes, however, the foods that we eat can change the pH level of your body. Such a change in pH can cause high blood pressure and illnesses such as cancer.

What is pH?

PH refers to the acid or alkaline level in the body. Think of an Alka-Seltzer. Its job as an alkaline substance is to neutralize the overabundance of acid in your upset stomach. An acid ash diet works very similarly.

Acidic Ash

Foods are made up of all sorts of smaller substances: vitamins, minerals, chemical compounds and so on. It is some of this residue, or “ash,” that is left behind when the body digests food. That residue determines the pH of your body’s fluid matrix. Too much of one kind of food can affect the pH level of the body.

Why an acidic ash diet?

Have you ever had a stone inside your body, maybe a kidney or a gallstone? They are calcified deposits that become lodged in an organ. Stones can also contain other minerals like phosphorus or magnesium. When they move, they can cause intense pain and damage.

Acidic ash diets may be just what is needed for people who have experienced stones in the past or who are susceptible to stones. Increasing your acidic intake means knowing the right types of foods to eat to lower the alkaline levels in your body.

Diet Foods

Here are a few of the foods that you can eat: meats, dairy, yeast, gluten free grains, chocolate, sugar and some fruits. Remember to add to your diet in moderation. Too many acidic foods can lead to a condition called acidosis, where there is a lower than normal alkaline presence in the blood – which is not healthy. At each meal, add a bit of extra protein in the form of meat to increase your acidic load. If you aren’t keen on meat, you can add dairy products or another of the food items from the list above.

Food plays an even more important part in how your body runs than even you may have realized before. An acidic ash diet may be ideal for those who have certain health problems, such as stones.

 

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