Having a balanced pH is good for your health. Disease thrives in an overly acidic or overly alkaline body. The ideal state of the body fluids is slightly alkaline. Unfortunately, most Americans have slightly acidic environment in their body.
This is from an excess of carbon dioxide and carbonic acid, which accumulates in the blood due to:
The blood needs to maintain a pH range of between 7.35 and 7.45 at all times. If not, it would be a dire medical emergency. A difference of 1/10 of a point outside the normal range can reduce enzyme activity 10-fold!
The body works hard to maintain this acid-alkaline balance, and it is regulated by using mineral stores from the bloodstream and lymphatic fluids. The minerals buffer the acids. The urine pH is ideally a neutral 7.0, which means there are enough minerals present to buffer (alkalize) the acids. However, if the mineral stores from the bloodstream and fluids are all used up, the body must pull them from your tissues, organs and glands, and then the bones. A pH lower than 7.0 indicates an acidic environment.
What happens in acidic body?
Alakalize the Body to Balance pH
All foods have a pH factor, which measures the energy potential of the hydrogen ions in the food. Acidic foods contain more hydrogen ions. To determine whether foods are acidic, neutral, or alkaline, they are analyzed according to the effect it has on the cellular and metabolic processes of your body, not according to the food's qualities. For example, a lemon may seem acidic, but it is actually alkalizing to the body once ingested.
1. Eat alkalizing foods!
To determine whether foods are acidic, neutral, or alkaline, they are analyzed according to the effect it has on the cellular and metabolic processes of your body, not according to the food's qualities. For example, a lemon may seem acidic, but it is actually alkalizing to the body.
Alkaline-forming foods: are (most) fruits, vegetables, herbs, sprouts, fresh juices, and green powders. Plus, mineral water, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar. (Find the top-of-the line Amazing Grass Raw Reserve Green Superfood Powder here.)
Acid-forming foods: are meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes. All junk foods are acid forming: Sugar and all refined foods are acid forming. Fried foods, refined flours, foods with pesticides, GMO's, trans-fats, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and colas, are all acid forming.
Neutral foods: are whole grains, starchy vegetables, and sea vegetables.
2. Eat mineral rich foods and mineral water!
Alkaline-forming foods: are rich in the minerals magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium. These neutralize the excess dietary or metabolic acids. Real, whole foods, including fruits and vegetables, are nice sources of minerals.
Acid-forming foods: contain chloride, phosphorous, and sulfur. The body can handle and does need these in moderate amounts, but they must be naturalized before the body can dispose of them.
3. Reevaluate any unhealthy lifestyle factors!
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Jenny Yelle, MHNE Holistic Wellness Educator
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