The pH range is from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic. A healthy blood pH without cancer has acid + alkaline balance almost equal. Actually, a healthy body is slightly alkaline measuring approximately 7.4.
Highly processed foods have very little health benefits. The ingredients in these foods are not anymore in their natural form. You can’t expect the body to accept these food-like substances without some kind of side effects like the conditions listed below. Processed foods are often acidic, causing excess mucus production and increasing inflammation. Depending on individuals you can expect almost any results especially when bad food is combined with bad eating habits e.g. eating too fast and overeating.
How can someone determine his/her acid levels?
A heavily coated tongue in the morning is one way to see if there is excess mucous in the gut or a bad breath without any reason. Acidity often causes chronic inflammation. This can be verified by testing white blood cell levels.
The ancient Indian system of healing called Ayurveda, however, backs up this theory and states than an over-acidic condition is called an excess pitta disorder (too much fire).
Symptoms due to high acidic pH levels in the body:
* Low energy, joint pain, muscle pain or cramps, muscle aches.
* Gastritis or acid indigestion;
* Excess mucous production; frequent colds, flu attacks, and infections.
* Irritability, stress or anxiety; weak nails, dry hair and dry skin.