How Acid Foods Can Damage The Body

“One sickness, one disease, one cure.” In the jungle of health messages and choices, this simple aphorism (or maxim) shines out like a beacon of hope to us all. “Grossly oversimplified” some might argue, but increasingly gathering weight and momentum as a foundation on which we can re-build (or hopefully maintain) optimum health.

How Acid Foods Can Damage The Body
How Acid Foods Can Damage The Body

Eating Overly Acid Foods & The Symptoms of Acidosis

The idea that the pH of our body fluids and tissues may be directly associated with disease or health is by no means a new one. In 1933 Dr. William Howard May wrote in his book “A New Health Era”:

Now we depart from health in just the proportion to which we have allowed our alkalies to be dissipated by introduction of acid foods in too great amount… It may seem strange to say that all disease is the same thing, no matter what its myriad modes of expression, but it is verily so.

Is it true?

Dr. Robert Young, Dr. William Howard, Christopher Vasey and many others (including Anthony Robbins) may postulate that lowered pH (increased acidity caused by too many acid foods and drinks in relation to alkaline foods and drinks) is the cause of all diseases, but how do we know if it is really so? The most straightforward solution is to measure urinary and saliva pH. If this is done on several occasions, the correlation between sickness and lowered pH is highly likely to emerge. (You can order pH testing strips from Energise.) Testing the blood has validity, but you have to remember that your body will do everything within its power to maintain pH balance in the blood. Any differences will be much more subtle and therefore be more challenging to measure.

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How might a ph in-balance affect health?

If our body become acidic through the consumption of too much acid food and drink then genetics may start to come into the mix. If we have a predisposition to, say, kidney disease then stones or reduced effectiveness of filtration of the blood may be the symptoms experienced. Similarly, at the arguably more severe end of the scale, a family history of diabetes may be part of why an over-acid person experiences challenges with blood sugar control.

The mechanism:

Organs and other structures in our bodies are made up of cells. These cells are bathed in fluids and remain “alive” by virtue of the blood which supplies nutrients to them and removes exhaust (or waste) products of their metabolism. When the pH of these fluids becomes even slightly in-balanced then damage and dysfunction can start to occur.

Some more examples from eating too many acid foods:

Arthritis and joint pains:

Sacs of synovial fluid, muscles and ligaments are what form articulation “junctions” in our bodies. If the pH of the synovial fluid is lowered or the worked muscles and ligaments become inflamed (due to acidity), then pain, discomfort and reduced facility of movement are likely to ensue.

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Parkinson’s disease and reduced motor control:

Nerve impulses that make muscles “fire” (contract) and relax are conducted (a bit like electrical currents) through Neurones that are insulated with fatty tissue. They also have to pass through pH-sensitive gaps at joints in the neurones. Acids can attack the fatty tissue and reduce insulation. Altered pH in the “gaps” can also disrupt accurate and controlled muscle control.


As more people start to see the presence of tumours reversed and return to optimum health without the use of medication, it stands to reason that these growths do have a cause. The rapidly developing cells that define tumour growth are generated by your body as a protective response against high levels of acidity in body fluids and rising levels in the tissue.


I have witnessed type1 diabetes being reversed. The dry blood sample of the boy this happened with showed highly acidic patterns when I first saw it. These were absent when he had the situation under control. When the fluids that surround the organ responsible for blood sugar control (the pancreas) become acidic the function of that organ will be compromised. Increasing alkalinity reverses diabetes and many of its associated complications.

Eczema, psoriasis and acne:

The skin is often described as the third kidney (we have two). It “breathes” and is an elimination route (largely through sweat) for metabolic and ingested acids. When the normal channels of elimination become overwhelmed or are under-functioning (e.g. due to constipation), Toxic acids start to be pushed out through the skin. This can cause the skin to break up and eruptions to occur. Alkalising healthy oils (Hemp Udo’s Choice etc.) can help maintain its structural integrity, but reducing the acidic load, increasing intestinal motility and regular alkaline hydration is essential too.

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Our eyes are large fluid containing spheres. When this fluid becomes acidic, calcification and hardening of the flexible “lens” that allows us to focus can reduce its functionality. The good news is that the eye has one of the quickest cell replacement rates of all body parts. Improvements in eyesight should be achieved relatively quickly through alkalising.

Bright hope:

As yet, rafts of scientific studies proving that lowered pH is associated with all sickness and disease are waiting to be carried out. There is however a growing base of evidence to support this view. Dr. Young carried out trials on diabetic patients that are recorded in the opening chapter of “The pH Miracle for Diabetes”. Logic links also tie this argument together.

Many factors including, but exclusively limited to diet and hydration, can affect pH balance. Emotional states, pollution, radiation, medication and exercise levels and method can all cause urine to become acidic. An alkaline diet, hydration and exercise programme can only help to restore, promote and maintain good health.

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