Does Sugar Cause Acidity & Disease In The Body?
It is no secret that we are living in an age of dietary excess, especially when it comes to the consumption of sugar. It seems that sugar is in just about everything that we eat whether it be in sodas, candy, cookies, as well as other assorted baked goods.
However, sugar is also lurking in foods that we would not even expect.
Unless you were to obsessively check the food labels for hidden ingredients in everything you eat, how are you to know that sugar hides in the most unlikely of places such as pasta sauce, ketchup, and yogurts? High fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, sucrose, and dextrose are some of the names that hide the sugar in your food.
Even the supposedly healthier options such as honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar can have detrimental effects on your body.
We are going to investigate how sugar is processed in the body, the test, trials and studies that reveal some interesting facts, how much we intake daily and the consequences associated with it.
I believe that an excess of sugar and carbohydrates in the average American diet is the main culprit of today’s massive and still growing health issues.
In one of the richest and most modern countries on the face of the earth, we are plagued with some of the worst health issues on the planet.
The surprising facts are we consume more sugar and carbs per person than anywhere else in the world.
This shouldn’t be, and the data, test and studies are mounting a case against sugar consumption that is so monumental that it is to the point of an awakening, and probably why you’re here now.
How Is Sugar Affecting Us?
Everyone is aware that sugar isn’t healthy for you in large amounts. It causes diabetes, tooth decay, and obesity. While high fructose corn syrup has gotten the brunt of it, food producers are hurriedly trying to find alternatives that the consumers will accept.
What many people don’t know is that there are debilitating and often life-threatening diseases caused by sugar wrecking the body’s pH.
If the way sugar was slowly poisoning our bodies was more common knowledge then many more would change their diets to healthier, less sugar filled ones. The way that sugar is slowly killing so many people is a terrible thing.
The way sugars like Fructose is processed in the body is devastating to the human body and everyone should learn the bitter truth about sugar.
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology has some surprising information in the following video that exposes the dangers of sugar consumption, explaining how it destroys the body, the liver and other issues associated with sugars of any type.
It’s definitely worth watching if you want the bitter truth about sugars.
How Does Sugar Affect Our Body pH?
While a normal body pH is anywhere between 7.35 and 7.45, falling even a small amount to either side of the spectrum can have severe side effects on the body. Many instances in which a person has to be admitted to the hospital’s critical care unit due to acute or sudden illnesses will either result in or be the outcome of a highly unstable pH acidity.
Fortunately, the body has amazing ways in which it can correct an unbalanced pH and a lengthy stay in the ICU due to pH balance issues is unlikely for the vast majority of people with this problem.
However, while they may not result in a hospital visit, subtle pH fluctuations outside of the normal range can still cause problems. Because the majority of people consume way too much sugar many walk around with a body pH that is far too acidic.
- Lunch Meat
- Lemons & Limes
What Kind of Diseases Can Be Caused By Acidity?
High acidity can be the cause of many different diseases. Some of these include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Tooth Decay
- Heartburn/Gastric Reflux
- Yeast Infections
As you can see in the list above, quite a few of the diseases that have a direct relation to the body’s pH balance being too acidic are ones that are known to be caused by a diet that is too high in sugar.
In some cases the body’s process to try and fix the pH imbalance causes these problems, such as when calcium is leeched from the bones and teeth in an effort to fight the acid leading to tooth decay and osteoporosis.
Fatty deposits are another defense mechanism of the body, designed to trap acidic waste products that would otherwise be unable to eliminate, and this process can lead to obesity.
What Are Some Ways To Cure An Acidic pH?
Fortunately for all involved there are natural ways to help solve a slight pH imbalance. At the forefront of finding a solution, having an awareness of what you put into your body.
Changing your diet to be no less delicious but to one that contains much less sugar is a very significant step towards correcting imbalances with a strongly acidic pH. By being aware of the amount of sugar in your diet, you can easily decrease the amount of foods that contribute to an acidic pH as they are often one and the same.
Many foods that you wouldn’t normally assume contain sugar actually contain significant amounts of it. Some of these are:
- spaghetti sauce
- barbeque sauce
- vitamin water
- energy drinks
- peanut butter
Unless you specifically look for them on the label, you might not even know they’re there! Thankfully, many common sugar substitutes have very little to no effect on the body’s blood sugar levels or glycemic index. This means that their impact on the pH balance is much smaller.
However, it is important to keep in mind that that doesn’t mean that there is no effect at all. They still have an acidic pH and therefore an impact on your pH balance. The best course of action like many other things in life is everything in moderation.
Some sugar substitutes that have little effect on your blood sugar levels are:
- agave nectar
There are some other natural ways to lower your acidic pH which include:
- flushing out excess acid with more water consumption
- eating more alkaline (the opposite of acidic) foods such as spinach, broccoli, apples, avocados, etc.
- taking appropriate supplements like magnesium citrate, potassium citrate, or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
So, Now What?
Knowing and being aware of the sugar intake your diet contains and the effect it has on your body is the first step to creating a healthier you. Awareness is what will allow you to create a healthier environment and regime that will support a healthy pH balance.
Your body is in a constant battle striving to maintain that perfect balance of pH.
You can help it by not allowing too many things into your body because your body will then have to wage war against to keep your body within acceptable pH levels.
So now that you are armed with the knowledge of the powerful and long lasting effects that sugar can have on your body, health, and delicate pH balance, what will you do to keep yourself healthier?