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Acid/Alkaline Balance
What should your pH be?

It is absolutely mandatory to have a proper pH balance in order to maintain optimal health, yet most people donít have a clue as to what a balanced pH should be, or for that matter, what it all means. First, letís start with what pH stands for. The term "pH" is short for potential of hydrogen. When you consider that pH is the most frequently made measurement in analytical laboratories, it becomes clear how important these numbers are to our well being. And for a growing number of chemists, the fastest, most accurate way to make pH measurements is with pH test strips. The range on these test strips is from 0 to 14. Foods with high hydrogen ion concentration, specifically those with a pH between 0 and 6.9 are considered acidic foods. Those foods with a pH between 7.1 and 14 are considered base or alkaline. Of course, 7 is considered neutral. In order for our bodies to maintain a perfect living environment, the level we need to achieve is very close to 7. 4, just a little bit on the alkaline side of neutral. Because pH is a measurement of our bodyís electrical balance that helps to regulate a variety of bodily functions, if our pH varies too much from the ideal level of 7.4, it becomes very difficult for enzymes to function properly, not to mention that cancer cells cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.

It wasnít that long ago, perhaps as far back as the early 1900ís, that doctors began studying how foods affected the bodyís pH balance. They learned that by simply changing a personís diet, pH levels could be returned to normal and many health issues could be totally cleared up

ďAcidosisĒ is a term used when the body becomes too acidic from poor oxygen utilization and thereby decreases in levels of bicarbonate (HCO3). Substances called buffers keep the pH of the blood from varying over too wide a range. Because carbon dioxide is one of the primary waste products produced by the all living cells, bicarbonates, or alkaline compounds, are required when the cell exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide. Without enough bicarbonate, the waste build up of carbon dioxide in the tissues would cause your body to suffocate and this would be a perfect breeding ground for anaerobic cancer cells.

On the other hand, if the body becomes too alkaline, then usually unwanted calcium deposits begin to form and people begin to experience the likes of nerve and joint pain, insomnia, and early morning stiffness.

Becoming too alkaline, however, doesnít happen too much anymore. Our foods have bcome way too processed in 2006. We consume large amounts of sugar, dairy products, and more flesh then we ever did 50 years ago, which in turn, is creating an acid imbalance. And when we become too acidic, we are calling to us sickness, disease, depression, and cancer. Therefore, itís imperative to consume the alkaline foods that will help to keep our bodies healthy and functioning correctly. Here is a list of foods to help you design a healthy food diet with proper pH balance:

 

ALKALIZING
VEGETABLES
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Beets
Beet Greens
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard Greens
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Dandelions
Dulce
Edible Flowers
Eggplant
Fermented Veggies
Garlic
Green Beans
Green Peas
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Nightshade Veggies
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Radishes
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spinach, green
Spirulina
Sprouts
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Watercress
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens

ALKALIZING
ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame

ALKALIZING
FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Berries
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries, sour
Coconut, fresh
Currants
Dates, dried
Figs, dried
Grapes
Grapefruit
Honeydew Melon
Lemon
Lime
Muskmelons
Nectarine
Orange
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Raisins
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Umeboshi Plums
Watermelon

ALKALIZING
PROTEIN
Almonds
Chestnuts
Millet
Tempeh (fermented)
Tofu (fermented)
Whey Protein Powder

ALKALIZING
SWEETENERS
Stevia

ALKALIZING
SPICES & SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

ALKALIZING
OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Molasses, blackstrap
Probiotic Cultures
Soured Dairy Products
Green Juices
Veggie Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water

ALKALIZING MINERALS
Cesium: pH 14
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 14
Calcium: pH 12
Magnesium: pH 9


Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.

 

ACIDIFYING
VEGETABLES
Corn
Lentils
Olives
Winter Squash

ACIDIFYING
FRUITS
Blueberries
Canned or Glazed Fruits
Cranberries
Currants
Plums**
Prunes**

ACIDIFYING
GRAINS, GRAIN PRODUCTS
Amaranth
Barley
Bran, wheat
Bran, oat
Corn
Cornstarch
Hemp Seed Flour
Kamut
Oats (rolled)
Oatmeal
Quinoa
Rice (all)
Rice Cakes
Rye
Spelt
Wheat
Wheat Germ
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti
Bread
Crackers, soda
Flour, white
Flour, wheat

ACIDIFYING
BEANS & LEGUMES

Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans
Rice Milk
Almond Milk

ACIDIFYING
DAIRY
Butter
Cheese
Cheese, Processed
Ice Cream
Ice Milk

ACIDIFYING
NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Legumes
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ACIDIFYING
ANIMAL PROTEIN
Bacon
Beef
Carp
Clams
Cod
Corned Beef
Fish
Haddock
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Organ Meats
Oyster
Pike
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Sardines
Sausage
Scallops
Shrimp
Scallops
Shellfish
Tuna
Turkey
Veal
Venison

ACIDIFYING
FATS & OILS
Avacado Oil
Butter
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

ACIDIFYING
SWEETENERS
Carob
Sugar
Corn Syrup

ACIDIFYING
ALCOHOL
Beer
Spirits
Hard Liquor
Wine

ACIDIFYING
OTHER FOODS
Catsup
Cocoa
Coffee
Vinegar
Mustard
Pepper
Soft Drinks

ACIDIFYING
DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Aspirin
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Pesticides
Herbicides
Tobacco

ACIDIFYING
JUNK FOOD
Coca-Cola: pH 2
Beer: pH 2.5
Coffee: pH 4


** These foods leave an alkaline ash but have an acidifying effect on the body.

 

 

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