Can Too Much Alkaline Be Dangerous

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by in Alkaline Diet Tips, Blog

If you’re practically spending a lot of time and effort in alkalizing your body, then at some point, this question must have popped into your mind: is there such a thing as too much alkaline in the body?

In theory, having too much alkaline in the body must be as harmful as too much acid. If that’s the case, then there’s really no point in alkalizing your body. As a matter of fact, you might just as well live your life without paying attention to your alkaline level. After all, your body is naturally in a state of pH balance, right?

Wrong. If you want to have a completely balanced and healthy body, you will have to continue alkalizing your body. Too much alkaline in your body may be just as dangerous as too much acid, but let me explain to you why it’s nothing to worry about.

Why It Doesn’t Frequently Happen

Everything around you is practically charged with acidity. Modern food selections—from corn chips and junk food to processed meat—are packed with acidic substances. Alkalizing food substances are much fewer in proportion to acidic foods.

Aside from the overwhelming presence of acidic foods, stress and sickness both result in an imbalance of the body and, ultimately, pH imbalance. Your body rapidly shifts in an acidic state whenever you are either stressed or sick, causing slow absorption of food nutrients and vulnerability to even more diseases! Having even more diseases then leads to more acid in the body—creating an endless cycle of too much acid in your body.

In comparison to too much alkaline, acidity in the body is so much easier to acquire. Your body and your environment practically conspire to create an imbalance in favor of acidity.

Causes of Too Much Alkaline

The chances of having too much alkaline in your body may be slim, but that don’t mean you should ignore the issue altogether. As you go about alkalizing your body, you may end up doing too much and putting yourself in danger. With that said, when exactly does too much alkaline in the body occur?

Professionals often have a term for the condition—alkaline shock. It happens when your body is suddenly charged with food substances that contain too much alkaline without taking in any acidic substances. This happens during treatment of certain diseases and certain unexpected situations. For example, a diet that chiefly consists of raw vegetables, alkalizing fruits and ionized water will cause a shift of the body’s pH balance upward into an overly alkalized state.

The primary sign of too much alkaline is dehydration. This may sound impossible, since raw vegetables and ionized water are hydrating substances in themselves. Compared to distilled water, which is acidic, alkalized substances are not as hydrating. Another effect is weakness; your body’s immune system is temporarily destabilized, which may leave your body vulnerable to some bad bacteria. Also, the body will have difficulty carrying much needed oxygen to the different parts of your body through blood.

The Optimum Alkaline Balance

Sounds scary enough? Don’t be. Keep in mind that too much of everything—even healthy practices—is bad for the health. The only way it can happen to you by choice is if you suddenly took a radical shift in your diet and ate alkalizing substances alone—from your food down to your water.

In spite of its rarity, you should still keep yourself safe from it altogether by following these helpful tips:

a. Alkalize your body through natural methods. Eating raw vegetables and juicing fruits are some popular examples. As much as you can, keep unnatural methods to a minimum and only use them when you’re in a helplessly acidic state.

b. Exercise! Not only does it keep your weight in check, it also makes sure that your nutrients are absorbed well and that your body stays balanced.

c. Put variety in your diet. Don’t just stick to a stable choice of foods. There are many alkalizing foods out there not limited to what you’re eating. Discover them and include them in your diet.

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7 Responses to “Can Too Much Alkaline Be Dangerous”

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    16. Apr, 2011

    This was very helpful. Thank you. Due to ongoing colon / allergy issues I have been eating a raw diet now for over 4 weeks. I just introduced a couple of new foods and got really sick (must be an allergy). Thought I would do a pH test and I’m very alkaline. Your article helped me realize that this result is in fact due to my current diet. Since I’m eliminating to figure out what I’m allergic and can’t have most foods at the moment, I will start by adding in more acidic foods and also increase my exercise and practice some breathing techniques. Thank you

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    29. Dec, 2013

    I use high ph water to make my coffee. I drink at 2 large cups a day. I have been feeling tingling in my hands and feet. could this be from the high ph water?

    thank you

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      30. Dec, 2013

      Hi Judy, the tingling of your hands and feet should be caused by the caffeine in the coffee rather than the water. You can test out with normal water for a few days just to be sure.

      Try reducing the dose of your coffee to one cup or less and the tingling effect will be reduced.

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    Pamala Lawrence

    31. Aug, 2015

    I had blood work done and the results came back stating I was borderline high for alkaline. I was confused with this since I was not doing anything to be “alkalized” Is there a problem with your body just raising the alkaline on its own? Is this something I should keep an eye on?

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    Mary yei

    01. Apr, 2017

    I have start to drink alkali water ,it is because my leg and hand get slightly pain like needle I suspect that I have high urine acid
    I often eat a lot of almond nut ,and black chacolate, and avacodo too.kindlyadvise me what should I do,infact the doctor had told me that I have slightly high cholesterol .tksQ

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