Acidic and Alkaline Food Consumption for Healthy Living

All food digested in our bodies metabolizes, or burns down into a residue which can be neutral, acidic, or alkaline, depending on the content of the original food.  Scientific research emphasizes the importance of balancing pH levels to maintain good health, proper immune system function and to avoid many diseases. 

The pH is the measurement of the substance's acidity and alkalinity. The normal pH of the human blood is between 7.35 and 7.45.  A blood pH below 7 is considered acidic whereas a pH above 7 provides an alkaline blood chemistry.

Our body manages the acid load by excreting it through normal channels of elimination, and by buffering the acid with minerals borrowed from our bones.  When the body accumulates excess acid and the elimination system can no longer get rid of it, our body will store the acid waste in our tissues, joints and muscles.  Symptoms of an overly acid pH include joint and muscle pain, osteoporosis, low energy, digestive problems such as indigestion and acid reflux, colds, flu, allergies, hormone imbalances and immune system dysfunction.

In general, animal foods such as meat, eggs, dairy, processed and refined foods, yeast products, fermented foods, grains, artificial sweeteners, some fruits, and sugars are acidifying, as well as alcohol, coffee, chocolate, black tea, and sodas.

Acid forming foods will speed up aging causing a rapid decline in the cardiovascular system.  Oxidative stress is known to be linked to over 200 diseases.  Consuming acidic foods causes free radical cell damage in the body.  Prevention is the key in slowing down the aging process and disease manifestation.  Balancing your pH via diet helps to lower cholesterol and reduce stress along with improving the functioning of the immune system.

Vegetables are alkalizing.  A few non-sweet citrus fruits are also basic or alkalizing to the body, as are sprouted seeds, nuts, and grains.  In general, grains are acidifying, though a few (millet, quinoa, buckwheat, and spelt) are only very mildly so.  Raw foods are more alkalizing, while cooked food is more acidifying.

To maintain a balanced pH in your blood and tissues, your diet should consist of at least 70 to 80 percent basic foods – that is, no more than 20 to 30 percent acidifying foods.  To accomplish this, eat two alkaline foods for each acidic food you eat (see accompanying chart) and you will soon be feeling and looking great as well as be on the road to a healthy old age.

Alkaline Producing Foods –

Consume 80%

Acidic Producing Foods –

Consume 20%

Alfalfa Sprouts

Lima beans

Bacon

Meat

Almonds

Limes

Barley

Mustard

Amaranth

Melons, all types

Beans

Nuts

Apples

Milk, goat

Beef

Noodles

Apricots

Millet

Beer

Oatmeal

Asparagus

Molasses

Blueberries

Olive Oil

Avacados

Mushrooms

Bran, Wheat

Olives

Bananas

Nectarine

Bran, Oats

Organ Meats

Beet Greens

Onions

Bread, White

Oysters

Beets

Oranges

Bread, Wheat

Pastries & Cakes

Berries

Papaya

Butter

Peanut Butter

Blackberries

Parsley

Cheese

Peanuts

Broccoli

Parsnips

Chicken

Pasta

Brussel sprouts

Passion fruit

Cocoa

Peas, dried

Brazil nuts

Peaches

Coffee

Pepper

Cabbage

Pears

Cod Fish

Poultry

Carob

Peas

Corn Starch

Pike

Carrots

Peppers, all types

Corn Oil

Plums

Cauliflower

Pineapple

Corn Syrup

Pork

Cantaloupe

Potatoes, sweet

Coconut

Prunes

Celery

Potatoes, white

Corned Beef

Refined Sugar

Chard leaves

Pumpkin

Crackers, soda

Rice, Brown

Cherries, sour

Quinoa

Cranberries

Rice, White

Chestnuts

Radishes

Currants

Salmon

Corn

Raisins

Drugs

Sardines

Cucumbers

Raspberries

Eggs

Sausage

Dates, dried

Rutabagas

Fish

Scallops

Ezekiel bread

Sauerkraut

Flour, White

Shrimp

Figs, dried

Soy beans, green

Flour, Wheat

Spaghetti

Garlic

Soy milk

Haddock

Soft Drinks

Grapefruit

Spinach

Honey

Sugar

Grapes

Squash

Ice cream

Squash, winter

Green Beans

Strawberries

Ketchup

Sunflower seeds

Green Peas

Tangerines

Lamb

Tea

Guavas

Tofu

Legumes

Turkey

Herbs

Tomatoes

Lentils, dried

Veal

Lemons

Vinegar, Apple cider

Lobster

Walnuts

Lettuce, leafy

Wheat, sprouted

Milk, cow

Wheat, all products

Lima bean, dried

Watermelon

Macaroni

Yogurt, sweetened

References:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Alkaline-Foods-Vs-Acidic-Foods,-Which-Are-The-Best?&id=6084798

http://wakeupgethealthy.wordpress.com/alkaline-food-vs-acidic-food/

Natural Cowgirl, 6/25/2013, pH – Get Yours Balanced for Better Health!

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