Acidic Blood and Health Problems

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The human circulatory system contains three main components, the heart, the blood, and the blood vessels. This circulatory system is crucial for keeping your body healthy, because it is the system that transports cells, oxygen, and nutrients. However, when your blood becomes too acidic, it disrupts the functions of your circulatory system. It does this by causing chemical imbalances in your body.

High levels of acid in blood are toxic to cells

Acidic blood or acidosis is toxic to your cells and can reduce their abilities to function properly. When your cells are impaired, they have a hard time fighting bacterias and virus. In addition, they carry less oxygen and cannot effectively utilize nutrients. As a result, you will have less energy and more health problems.

The human body works similar to an alkaline battery. Thus, when its overall pH is too acidic, it does not function properly. Your blood pH should be slightly higher than 7.3. If your blood pH level is lower than 7.3, you are at a risk of having too much acid in your blood.

How to prevent acidic blood

To prevent your blood from becoming too acidic, avoid eating junk food and stay away from soda (pop) and other carbonated beverages, because they are some of the contributors to acidosis. To bring your blood pH back to its normal level, you need to eat more alkaline foods, such as fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Alkaline foods that have good levels of calcium are often recommended for preventing acidosis, because your body uses calcium ions to neutralize acids in your blood.

One of the major contributors to acidosis is carbon dioxide, which is a byproduct of metabolism. In normal levels, carbon dioxide isn’t too harmful. However, in high levels it can cause your blood to become acidic. One ways to reduce carbon dioxide in your body is to eat more healthy plant foods. Plant foods contain natural chemicals that assist your body to metabolize their nutrients more efficiently and thus producing less carbon dioxide.

Another way to reduce your risk of acidosis is to drink more alkaline water. The most convenient way to get access to alkaline water is to install a or in your home.

Side effects of acidic blood

  • Robs your body of nutrients
  • Increases your risk of cancer and heart disease
  • Increases your risk of bacterial and fungal infections
  • Lowers your metabolism
  • Decreases your oxygen levels
  • Suppresses your immune system
  • Increases your risk of arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Disrupts your hormones
  • Reduces your energy levels

For more information about acidic blood, I recommend reading this article, because it goes into great details about the symptoms of acidosis, a health condition that produces too much acid in the blood.

How to test blood pH levels

Two convenient ways to test your blood pH levels are the saliva pH test and urine pH test. These two tests are convenient but they are not as accurate as the blood pH test. However, they are accurate enough to give you an idea of where your blood pH is at. To test your saliva or urine pH level, you will need to purchase pH paper test strips, which are available at this online store. You can also purchase them at your local drug stores.


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  1. Phrenism says:

    Great post, I wrote an article on wheatgrass which restores blood alkalinity. It’s the website I included under my name

  2. chris says:

    Simple and true. Consuming toxic junk but also having a clogged liver that can’t even detoxify adds more to the problem….great post!

  3. Kelvin says:

    Hi PL. Chang,

    A great sharing about Acidic Blood and Health Problems. Recently in market those Alkaline Water salesperson claimed that Alkaline Water can neutralize the acidic level of human body. Is it true?

    • PL Chang says:

      Hello Kelvin,

      Alkaline water do work to a certain point and may work better at neutralizing acidic blood than tap water, but it usually does not work as good as claimed by sellers of alkaline water.

      Alkaline water is achieved through a process called electrolysis. This process separates water into alkaline and acidic water. The problem with electrolysis is that if the water is distilled water or has been filtered using reverse osmosis, electrolysis cannot occur. If it does occur, it is usually minimal. In order for electrolysis to work, the water must have mineral ions.

      Your body does a great job keeping your blood pH level balance. As long as you do not consume fast food, junk food, processed food and drink soda all the time, you should not have major problems with acidic blood.

      If you find out that your blood is acidic, I suggest drinking 8-10 glass of filtered water or more on a daily basis. Make sure the water is filtered by a water filter system that uses activated alumina filters or reverse osmosis. These two filtration methods will dramatically reduce toxins in tap water, such as fluoride and heavy metals. Also, eat more alkaline food. Taking these actions should help bring your blood pH level back into balance.

      • Kelvin says:

        Alright, Thanks for the info. taking mineral water would be good enough right?

        • PL Chang says:

          The benefits of mineral water are also misleading. Mineral water usually contains synthetic vitamins. One of the reasons is because natural vitamins extracted from natural food sources are less stable. Most conventional mineral water is not that much better than tap water. It all depends on the quality of the water and the methods the manufacturer use for filtering the water.