Acid and Alkaline Forming Foods - What's the Difference?
Alkaline forming foods assist your body to function properly and is essential for good long term health and well being. Conversely, a diet that consists of mainly acid type foods, (such as animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods), puts pressure on your body's regulating system to maintain pH levels.
Your body strives hard to be alkaline in a world of highly acid foods. The extra buffering your body requires to function normally can deplete your body of vital alkaline minerals.
Highly acidic foods can leave your body prone to chronic and degenerative disease because alkalizing minerals have to be borrowed from vital tissues to buffer (neutralize) acids to remove them from your body. Because of this strain, your body can suffer severe and prolonged damage, which may go undetected for years.
One of the best ways to stay healthy longer is to consume lots of alkaline forming foods.
Everything you eat or drink falls into two different categories. Its either considered to be an alkaline forming food or an acid forming food. A good balance should be maintained between the two groups to moderate your pH. If your daily diet does not have a regular and consistent balance, your body cannot function properly and you may suffer the ill effects of adverse health.
In most cases, when someone's pH (Potential of Hydrogen) balance is off, it is usually because of too acid in the diet. The American Diet is loaded with acid-forming foods, (junk foods
) and is deficient in alkaline forming foods. Things like meat, fish, eggs, wine, yogurts and broth are all very acidic while foods like fruits and vegetables have a higher alkaline value.
The standard diet that most everyone eats and loves, overwhelms your body with highly acidic foods. Think about how many acid forming foods you consume on a regular basis. If you're not consuming veggies and fruits often enough, you are not getting enough alkaline forming foods to balance your body. Vegetarian's typically boast a higher health rate as they are more likely to consume more alkaline forming foods in their diets.
Highly Alkaline Forming Foods
Almonds, Avocado, Banana, Green beans, Beet, Blackberries, Carrot, Chives, Cranberries, Dandelion greens, Dates, Endive, Figs, Grapes Sour, Kale, Peach dried, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Plum, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Spinach, Swiss Chard.
Alkaline Forming Foods
Agar, Alfalfa, Apples, Apricots, Artichokes, Bamboo shoots, Bean sprouts, Berries most, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Celery, Cherries, Chestnuts, Chicory, Coconut Milk, Collards, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Escarole, Garlic, Ginger root, Gooseberry, Grapefruit, Guava, Horseradish, Kelp, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lemon and Peel, Lettuce, Lime, Loganberry, Mango, Melons, Milk, Snap Beans, Yogurt, Whey.
Cold Pressed, Expeller Pressed, Almond, Avocado, Coconut, Canola, Cottonseed, Linseed, Olive, Safflower, Sesame, Soy, Sunflower, Walnut.
Acid Forming Foods
Alcohol, Artichoke Roots, Barley, Bread, Buckwheat, Caffeine, Candied Ginger, Coffee, Corn products, Custards, Drugs, Flour, Honey, Lentil dry, Mate, Millet, Oatmeal, Pasta, Peanuts, Rice, Rye Grain, Soy Bread, Soy noodles, Sugar Cane, Tobacco, Walnuts, Wheat grain.
Highly Acid Forming Foods
Asparagus, Cashews, Coconut dried, Cranberry Juice, Dried Beans, Dried Peas, Egg yolk, Fruit Jellies (Jams Canned, Sulphured, Sugared, Dried), Grapes Sweet, Pasteurized Milk Products, Pecans, Plums Damson, Water chestnuts.
Acid Forming Fats
Butter, Cream, Margarine, Lard.
View the Acid/Alkaline Food Chart
Alkaline Forming Foods and Your Health
Acidity and alkalinity are the two different states your body can be in. Anything that's acid always contains some alkalinity, and anything that's alkaline always contains some acidity. Neutral is an ideal condition in which the amount of acid and alkaline is properly proportioned. It is an ideal state but not realistic. In real life, what you eat or drink is always more acid or alkaline.
To find out if your body has the proper pH levels, you might want to purchase some pH Test Strips and check yourself. Normal pH ranges are from 6.0 - 7.0 depending upon the time of the day you test yourself. Experts recommend that you test your levels about 2 hours after a meal or one hour before you eat.
The pH in the human digestive tract varies greatly. The pH of saliva is usually between 6.5 - 7.5. The upper portion of the stomach has a pH between 4.0 - 6.5. This is where pre-digestion occurs while the lower portion of the stomach is secreting hydrochloric acid and pepsin until it reaches a pH between 1.5 - 4.0. After your food mixes with these juices, it enters the duodenum (small intestine) where the pH changes to 7.0 - 8.5.
This is where 90 percent of the absorption of nutrients is taken in by your body while the waste products are eliminated through the colon which has a pH between 4.0 - 7.0.
If you have chronic health problems, it may be likely that you suffer from too much acid or a state that's called acidosis. Western medicine does not yet recognize acidosis and an important issue for good health, while Eastern medicine has practiced balancing pH for many years. (Although I was recently told they are at least studying the effects of acidosis at UNC Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Research shows that unless the body's pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot heal. So no matter what methods you choose to take care of your health, it won't be effective until your pH levels are balanced. For example, your body cannot effectively assimilate vitamins, minerals, and food supplements
. Your body's pH affects everything.
Acid-producing diets cause reduced energy levels, sore throats
, congestion, and allergic reactions. Acidic diets can also make you more prone to conditions such as arthritis and gout.
A state of acidosis can also decrease your body's ability to absorb other nutrients, decrease the energy production in cells, decrease it's ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it's ability to detoxify heavy metals
, cause tumor cells to thrive, and make you more susceptible to chronic fatigue and illness.
Acidosis can also occur from excessive emotional stress, toxic overload, immune reactions, or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. Your body will try it's best to compensate by borrowing alkaline minerals such as iodine
, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium from your organs and bones. If your diet does not contain adequate minerals to compensate however, a build up of acids in your cells and tissues will occur. That's why consuming alkaline forming foods more often is so important to your health. Without them, your body cannot repair.
Health Risks of Acidosis
Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
Free radical damage.
Osteoporosis and joint pain.
Aching muscles and excess lactic acid.
Low energy and Adrenal fatigue.
Slow digestion and elimination.
Lower body temperature.
Loss of joy and enthusiasm.
Inflammation of the eyes.
Loose and painful teeth.
Inflamed, sensitive gums.
Mouth and stomach ulcers.
Cracks at the corners of the lips.
Excess stomach acid.
Dull hair (with possible split ends).
Leg cramps and spasms.
Be sure to include more alkaline forming foods in your diet. Fresh foods are mainly alkaline, so change your diet to include more of them. Life has always been about balance. It's no wonder that equalizing your body is good for you!
The human body is an awesome miracle that should be treated with respect. When you consume too many trashy foods you will probably enjoy them... but your body can suffer the long term consequences. Try and include more alkaline forming foods
in your meal plans and treat your body as if it's a gift from God. Getting on the fast tract to wellness means you'll be around much longer to enjoy it.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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