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Health Effects of Food & Drink Acids & What You Can Do About It

No doubt you've probably heard that acidic food and drink products can have an effect on health. With many of us making a conscious effort to be healthier and invest in our entire well-being, it makes sense to be aware of what you’re putting in your body.

Many common food and beverages are in fact acidic and can have an adverse health effect primarily because of what goes into them.

If you’re wondering what the effects of excess acid from food and drinks are, as well as what you can do to take care of your health, we've put together this guide.

What Food & Drinks Are Acidic?

Eating and drinking the following types of acidic foods and beverages, coupled with the habits of consuming alcohol and smoking tobacco, can affect your body's pH balance as well cause other negative health effects:

Processed Foods

Almost all processed foods are acidic in nature due to the addition of artificial chemicals, such as sweeteners, colour agents, preservatives, even hormones.. Additionally, meat, many grains, and dairy products which fall into this category also contain acid-forming substances. 

Refined Sugar

Sugar in its highly processed form is not only acidic, but also highly addictive and detrimental to the body. In addition to refined sugar being added to most processed foods many people also add it to tea and coffee.

Carbonated Beverages, Sports & Energy Drinks

It’s even more evident with drinks, as almost anything with carbonation and caffeine is likely to have a lot of acids too.

What Are the Effects Of Food & Drink Acids On The Body?

Your body needs to have an acid-alkaline balance in order to be healthy and function optimally.

The acid-alkaline balance is vital for breathing, digestion, and overall metabolism. All work at their best with correct pH levels.

Signs & Symptoms of Excess Acidity

  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Decreased appetite
  • Sluggishness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

When your body is acidic, important minerals are removed from your bones and other organs to assist in neutralizing the acid and getting it out of the body. The effects of this are mineral deficiencies.

Learn More: Alkaline Versus Acidic: What is the difference & effect on your body?

Effect of Food & Drink Acids Infographic

Gut Health

The types of food you consume is a primary factor when it comes to the health of your gut.

Additionally, acid reflux is usually caused by overconsumption of the foods and drinks mentioned above which can overwhelm the digestive system when eaten in excess.

Learn MoreGut Health: Common Digestive Issues & Top Natural Remedies

Tooth Decay

Acid is the direct cause of tooth decay, and the amount of acid exposure that our teeth experience is primarily related to what you eat and drink.

Learn MoreDental Health: Top Causes Of Tooth Decay & What To Do About It

Acidic content in food is also known to deplete the amount of calcium in the body, which can result in mineral bone weakness or bone loss. Conditions like osteoporosis have been linked to food and drink acids in the past.

How severe the effects of the acids are will depend on the pH balance of your body and what your existing health is like. Alkalinity can help in balancing out high acid levels in your body, softening the blow of any negative effects of excess acidity.

How To Balance pH Balance Infographic

What Can You Do To Balance pH Levels?

Excess acid and its effects on your body can just be rather difficult to deal with, especially if you consume a typical "modern western diet". The best thing to do is to regulate the amount of acidity in your diet by being more conscious of the types of foods you're eating and cutting down of your consumption of refined sugar.

As mentioned above, alkalinity can help in balancing out any excess acid that’s in your body. Neutralizing any excess acidity you have with alkaline whole foods can greatly improve the acid-alkaline content in your body. Regularly mitigate your meals with these types of food so that your body isn’t too overwhelmed or even better, transitioning into a predominantly plant-based diet will not just address the problem of excess acidity but also offer you numerous other health benefits as well.

Learn MorePlant-Based Nutrition: Key Foods & Dietary Tips For Health & Wellness


Staying well-hydrated by drinking lots of water or natural alkaline beverages free of refined sugar can also assist your body to balance its pH levels as well has help flush any toxins out of your body.

Learn MoreHow To Boost Hydration Naturally & Sustain It All Day

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