What causes my body to be acidic? Can I eat lemon if I have gastric problem?   



What causes my body to be acidic? Can I eat lemon if I have gastric problem?

 

Answer:
Understanding pH:
1. pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a fluid.
2. It is measured on a scale of 0-14.
3. The lower the number (below pH 7), the more acidic it is and the higher the number (above pH 7), the more alkaline it is.
4. A healthy body pH is 7.4, which means that it is slightly more alkaline than acid.

Causes:

1. Consumption of high acid-producing food and beverages, e.g. red meats, corn and peanuts, sugar, chocolate, dairy, coffee, carbonated soft drinks, and alcohol.

2. Psychological and physiological stress. E.g. when exercising, muscles strained from exhaustion excrete large amounts of lactic acid, which can cause cramps.

Common symptoms:

1. Low energy level
2. Aches and pains
3. Headaches
4. Anxiety
5. Insomnia
6. Shortness of breath
7. Poor digestion
8. High blood pressure

Treatments:

1. Drink more water.
2. Have more raw vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, spinach, tomatoes, and wheatgrass).
3. Increase fresh fruit intakes, such as apple, lemon, mango, papayas, watermelon, pineapple, lime, and grapes.


Lemons:
1. Yes, you can eat lemons even though you have gastric problem, but the consumption must be in moderation.
2. Anionic (carrying negative-charged ions).
3. Our saliva, bile and stomach’s other digestive juices are also anionic.
4. The gastric juice in the stomach is 4 times stronger than lemon juice. So, it won’t act as an irritant.
5. For gastric sufferers, drink fresh lemon juice (1 lemon per day) with water, salt and sugar.
Note: If symptoms persist or worsen, consult your doctor.

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Happy reading,
Evelyn



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