An acidic body is a magnet for sickness, disease and aging. Eating more alkaline foods helps balance your body's pH, feeds the cells their necessary nutritional requirements and aids in keeping the cells at a healthy oxygen level. A focus on primarily alkaline foods and drinks thus aids in preventing and combating illness and disease.
The pH in food depends on its acidity or basicity, which is usually determined by the soil where it grows. To stay healthy, you must maintain a proper pH balance in your body. Acidosis is a condition in which your body becomes too acidic. With alkalosis, on the other hand, your body is too alkaline or basic. The types of foods you eat affect your body’s pH level. Eating foods that are too acidic can have a negative impact on overall health. On the other hand, eating foods that are alkaline tends to balance your system to the proper pH level.
Side effects associated with consuming foods that are too acidic include listlessness, depression, headaches, acne, dry skin, mood swings, poor digestion, brittle nails and hair, and sensitive gums. A mild case of acidosis can increase free radicals in your body, decreasing your cellular energy. Bacteria and viruses thrive in an acidic environment, and any state of acidosis will make you body more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections.
Here’s a quick list of acidic foods that you may want to limit. These foods are considered acid-forming, and their intake should be moderated on a healthy diet:
- Processed foods, such as frozen dinners, store-bought cakes and sodas
- Dairy Products, such as, Milk, Ice Cream and Cheese
- Caffeinated drinks
- Processed cereals
- Artificial Sweeteners/Refined Sugars
- Wheat products
- Corn Syrup
- White and wheat flour
- Animal protein
- Condiments, such as, mayo and soy sauce
If your body has a balanced pH, then you’re privy to a host of benefits like decreased cancer risk. Find out if your diet is making you sick and tired and how alkaline foods can balance you out.
A body that is all alkaline and no acid are no better than being too acidic. This leads to allergies, hypothyroidism, fatigue and diarrhea. We should be eating about 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods at each meal. Here are some alkaline forming foods that you need to include in your diet.
- Unsweetened yogurt and milk
- Most fresh vegetables including potatoes
- Most fruits
- Herbs and spices, excluding salt, mustard, and nutmeg
- Beans and lentils
- Some whole grains, such as millet, quinoa, and amaranth
- Herbal teas
- Fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds
While it may be difficult to cut back on your favorite fatty, sugary fare, the Acid Alkaline Diet doesn't eliminate whole food groups from your diet. Rather, following the plan means making better choices for your overall pH. You can still eat acid-forming foods, but you need to pay attention to how many of them you're consuming. The pH of a food before you eat it is less important than what it turns into once it’s inside your body.
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