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Pretty sour: when you have back pain and aching joints

# Micronutrients | 18. October 2016

Who isn’t familiar with this scenario? Constant back pain and aching joints …. this can also have to do with the connective tissue and indicates that the body is chronically over-acidified. The connective tissue consists of long protein-sugar molecules, which are negatively charged. Water molecules are normally deposited there. Too much acid can now neutralize these negative charges and no more water is bound. This affects tendons, cartilages or ligaments because the connective tissue becomes less elastic and can support less or absorb mechanical stress. In addition, it has a poor blood supply and receives lower levels of the nutrients needed, so it becomes more easily inflamed. This is also called “acidity stiffness“. In addition, back pain can also be exacerbated by too much acid, because the pain receptors are activated, so the pain is felt more intensively.

Other symptoms such as an increased susceptibility to infection, fatigue, nervousness, or reduced performance can also be caused by too much acid.

A balance between acids and bases (acid-base equilibrium) is therefore necessary for a normal metabolism. The pH value tells you if something is an acid, a base, or neutral. A pH of 0 indicates a high level of acidity. A pH of 14 is the most basic, or alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. In our blood and tissues, a stable pH of between 7.35 and 7.55 is generally maintained by different buffer systems. Only then can all the enzymes and catalysts work smoothly. Just like different substances, different parts of the human body have different pH levels. Your ideal blood pH is between 7.35 and 7.45, which is slightly alkaline. The stomach is typically at a pH of 3.5, which helps break down food properly. If it is a little shifted in the direction of acid, one speaks of hyperacidity and this leads to the described problems.

One of the main causes is our diet, because we often eat too acidic and pay very little attention to alkaline food. The following are very acidic: cereal products, meat, sausage, eggs and cheese. These foods contain a lot of albumen with sulfur-containing amino acids, which the body excretes as acids. Meat, sausage and cola produce a lot of phosphoric acid, which also affects the acid-base balance. On the other hand, fruit, vegetables and lettuce are alkaline because they contain many minerals that are alkaline. By the way, the sour-tasting lemons, grapefruit and orange are also alkaline! Sugar, fats and oils have no effect on the acid-base budget.

Chronic hyperacidity can occur especially in elderly people: the function of the kidneys decreases slowly and therefore does not allow enough acid to be excreted. At the same time, the diet is often too one-sided, especially fruits and vegetables are missing. So pay attention to an alkaline diet! An alkaline diet is a healthy alternative. Eating more fruits and vegetables, along with curbing your refined carbohydrate, sugar, and dairy intake, may help balance pH levels within your body. Properly balanced pH levels may reduce health issues and lower the possibility of certain long-term health risks. Sometimes, however, it is not possible to restore the acid-base balance by altered nutrition. Alkaline salts can then be taken. In principle, there are two different types: the inorganic mineral salts (e.g., bicarbonates and carbonates), and the organically bound mineral salts (e.g., citrates). The citrates are able to bind the excess acid and are particularly gentle on the stomach.

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