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Keep Your Body In Balance

The human body is an amazing machine. One of the most important functions of this vessel is its ability to regulate its own acidity levels to a very fine degree.  Cells will only function normally within relatively narrow limits of pH.  The body regulates its pH by constantly adjusting physiological processes, such as kidney and lung function.

However, the foods you eat can play a role in increasing or decreasing body pH, and some foods can be more alkalizing than others. An acidic body is a magnet for sickness, disease, cancer and aging.  Eating more alkaline foods helps shift your body’s pH and oxygenates your system, keeping your body healthy and functioning correctly, preventing cancer, among many other diseases.

An acidic pH can occur from emotional stress, toxin overload, immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.  Obviously, eating a diet that is very acidic can change your pH levels to a degree, as well.  The body will try to compensate for an acidic pH level by utilizing alkaline minerals it has stored.  If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur, starving it of oxygen.

This can decrease the body’s ability to absorb additional minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease its ability to repair damaged cells, decrease its ability to detoxify heavy metals, allow tumor cells to thrive and proliferate, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.

The American diet is high in acid producing products such as meat, cheeses, grains and alcohol and typically too low in alkaline producing foods such as green vegetables, fresh fruits, spices and pro-biotic cultures (such as those found in real yogurt).  Furthermore, we have become a society that is literally consumed with high fructose corn syrup, refined flours and coffee, cigarettes, pharmaceuticals and artificial sweeteners, all of which are extremely acidic to the human body.  One of the easiest and quickest ways to help correct an over-acidic pH level is by controlling diet and lifestyle choices.

To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods.  To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

Healthy, Alkaline-Forming Fruits & Vegetables


Some fruits are highly alkaline

- including apples, apricot, avocado, bananas (high glycemic), blackberries, cantaloupe, fresh coconut, real cherries, dates and figs, pears, oranges, pineapple, peaches, raisins, grapes, grapefruit, honeydew melon, lemons and limes (citric acid? more on this shortly), nectarines, raspberries, tomato, tangerine, most tropical fruits, watermelon and strawberries.

Vegetables with high alkalinity

- include most green vegetables, such as asparagus, dandelions, wheat grass, alfalfa sprouts, seaweed, sea vegetables and salt, watercress, broccoli, spinach, celery, fresh green beans, sweet potato, pumpkin, peas, peppers, onion, lettuce, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, green beans, eggplant, garlic, escarole, cucumber, cabbage, carrot, fennel, beets, chestnuts, almonds, chili pepper, ginger and cinnamon.

Additional high alkaline foods

Other food products are alkalizing or become alkaline once they are eaten.  Alkalizing sweeteners include rice syrup, unprocessed maple syrup and stevia.  Millet, whey protein powder, almonds, chestnuts and fermented tofu are alkalizing proteins.  Alkalizing beverages include pure or mineral water, almond milk, vegetable broth, non-sweetened soy milk, fresh vegetable juice, lemon water and herbal tea.  Lemons are naturally acidic, but they become alkaline after digestion.  Note that the opposite applies to meats; while they are alkaline before digestion they become acidic afterward.

Acidic Food Items

(Avoid or consume in moderation with plenty of alkaline)

Corn, cranberries, canned fruits, barley, all rice, almost all grains, including wheat and all flours (bread, most pastas, macaroni, etc), rye, oats, most beans and legumes (pinto, green, black, chick, etc), hard/processed cheeses, peanuts and associated items, almost all animal and fish protein, and of course, alcohol, sugars, pharmaceuticals (including OTC medications), and tobacco products.

Coffee is an acidic beverage (having a pH of around 4), but in moderation, has been found to help prevent certain cancers and disease, along with having a detoxifying effect on blood.  So, be sure and have a glass of milk or orange juice with that morning cup of coffee and experience the health benefits of vitamins, minerals, protein, alkaline and coffee’s acidity!









How To Test Your pH Levels

In order for your body to have a healthy pH balance, it should measure 7.4 on the pH scale. But how do you go about measuring it? Well in actual fact it couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is to obtain a testing kit from your local drug store or pharmacy or, if you prefer, you can buy them online. The kit consists of a set of small pH balance test strips. All you need is a small sample of either saliva or urine. You then take 1 test strip and dip the end in the body solution you have chosen to test. The end of the strip which has been immersed will then change color. Next, simply take your test strip and compare it to the color chart that is also a part of the kit you bought. The color chart is coded with the pH levels that correspond to the various shaded colors. These tests are not the most accurate way of measuring your body’s pH levels, (you should go to your doctor and arrange a blood test for spot-on accuracy), they will at least give you a more than good indication of where your level lies.

When To Test Your pH Levels

When testing your urine, follow these simple instructions. You should do a urine test first thing in the morning shortly after you get up. Collect a small sample of urine in a cup and dip in the test strip. Once again, wait a few seconds and offer the test stick up to the color swatch. Just be aware that urine is more acidic first thing in the morning, therefore a normal reading would be around 6.5 being the first reading of the day. If you do it two hours after breakfast it should be more in the range of 7.4. Your diet will significantly affect your body’s pH levels. As you might well expect, the bad foods, (Burgers, chips, Cola, chocolate, sweets etc), are so called “acid” foods and will raise the acid level in your blood, whereas the good foods, (fresh produce, green leafy vegetables, salads, nuts etc), are “alkaline” foods and will help to maintain a more alkaline aligned pH level.

Given how important your pH levels are, and how simple and inexpensive the pH balance test kits are, you should be sure to test yourself from time to time to ensure that your system is not too acidic. A carefully balanced pH state is your best way of avoiding illness.




Ailments and Diseases associated with over Acidity

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Over Acidic Stomach
  • Acid Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inflammation
  • Heart Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Kidney Stones
  • Gout
  • Ulcers
  • Psoriasis
  • Chronic Fatigue




















































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