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!