Acidosis? Examining our Modern Diet

Scallops and waldorf salad

Scallops and Waldorf salad

Recently I have been wondering about how the modern Western diet can be extremely acidic and what implications this has for our bodies?

Our bodies try to maintain a natural acid and alkaline balance. If it doesn’t, our body would not function. This is true, as I once was called on to resuscitate an elderly citizen who had suffered a heart attack, due to prolonged acidosis.

However, our incredibly complex bodies have a variety of back up plans in order to maintain our pH balance.

Lemons, while acidic can be alkalinising once ingested

In the presence of a lot of acidic foods, the body will:

  1. Use up all the available alkaline reserves in the body.
  2. he body will attempt to eliminate excess acids from your blood.
  3. Acid will be stored in your body’s fat cells.  This then has implications for anyone attempting weight loss. Why? Because the body reacts to avoid the influx of acid that might be released during sudden weight loss. An acidic body holds onto excess weight, making dieting extremely difficult. Explains a lot, doesn’t it?
  4. Swiss cakes

    Sweet cakes in a Patisserie in Switzerland

    Your body finds an alkalinising agent, such as calcium. It will try to redress the pH imbalance by leaching calcium from your bones, which can be a contributing factor to osteoporosis.

Common symptoms of Acidosis or high levels of Acid*

NB these symptoms can also indicate another medical condition so always see your Doctor or health professional for further investigation

  • fatigue, and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fatigue or weakness after eating meals
  • frequent colds, low immunity
  • poor circulation (cold hands/feet)
  • low blood pressure
  • burning sensation during urination
  • kidney stones
  • headaches
  • pallor
  • Gastro intestinal issues such as stomach cramps, reflux, diarrhoea, ulcers
  • agitation, nervousness anxiety, depression
  • lack of joy
  • lack of ambition
  • dental problems, bleeding or inflamed gums, cavities,cracked lips, loose teeth,
  • muscle cramps and spasm,
  • tension in neck and shoulders
  • joint pain, (arthritis like)
  • nail and hair problems
  • vaginal discharge (candida)
  • tendency to insomnia, restless sleep
  • tendency to itchy skin, acne
  • tendency to allergies, runny nose, chronic bronchitis
  • Minestrone soup – Tomatoes  and mushrooms are higher in acid compared to other similar foods

How Acidic is your diet? Find more info here

This post is not meant as a health guide, just sharing information, and giving us Something to Ponder About


About Forestwoodfolk

Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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20 Responses to Acidosis? Examining our Modern Diet

  1. Robyn Haynes says:

    I enjoyed this wake up call. It’s time we took more responsibility for our health. Government is slave to big pharma and multi national food companies whose main concern is not our health but rather, the bottom line.

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  2. This is a problem I have been struggling with for YEARS! An alkaline diet is hard to stay on. I’m trying to get back there as I have a great deal of the symptoms but every social interaction has
    refined carbs and sugar which are both highly acid. It makes me want to hide in the house but I miss all the good stuff everyone is eating. None of it helps me feel better. An alkaline diet is harder without animal protein and most of my friends are now vegan or vegetarian. I’ve read everything but still everyday is a struggle with food. How do you do it?


    • Food at social events is often high carb junk food. It is the easiest to prepare and serve, perhaps? Can you contribute a plate of carrot and vege sticks with walnuts etc., to the table? It is great that your friends are vegan as they won’t tempt you with acidic food. I am not perfect, Marlene. So I try to stick to a more alkaline diet, but I think we have to err on the side of everything in moderation, skewed as much as possible to alkalinity, for the most part. That is my mantra, Marlene. It sounds like you are doing as well as you can. Variety of foods within the alkaline range might help.

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  3. The scallops and Waldorf salad looks incredible!

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  4. Mel & Suan says:

    Oh yes. Our diets are filled with acids these days. Just pick up any processed item and look at the ingredients!


  5. Luanne @ TFK says:

    What are some alkaline foods?


    • HI Luanne, Take a look here .
      But generally try watermelon, lime, mango, most vegetables, vegetable juices, almonds, sprouts, avocados and green tea.

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    • Luanne @ TFK says:

      I don’t like watermelon or mango, but the rest are some of my favorite foods!

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    • Don’t be caught up following a list religiously as I always thought banana was low in acidity but have seen it listed in both ph characteristics. Similarly with pineapple and lemon. Soft drink is listed as acidic and as such, it could leach calcium from your body, however in the urinary system the carbonated drinks have an alkalinising effect. As long as you keep away from sugar fat and highly processed foods you will generally do better. P.S. I never ate watermelon or mango but in the really hot summer like we have now watermelon and fruit salads can aid in quenching one’s thirst.

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