The body has an acid-alkaline ratio called it’s pH. Maintaining a healthy pH is extremely important for good health and prevention of disease. The body continually works on balancing the pH of its fluids and tissues, however if this balance is compromised we can become more vulnerable to illness and disease.
If the body becomes too acidic – called ‘acidosis’ – it can contribute to a range of conditions including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, immune deficiencies, accelerated free radical damage, premature aging, and osteoporosis. Acidic environments also encourage the growth of fungus, bacteria and viruses.
Our diets play a big role in keeping our body’s pH in check. Acidosis is very common in today’s society due to our poor diets reliant on acid-forming foods such as processed sugary foods and animal products, and not enough alkaline-forming foods such fresh fruits and vegetables.
During digestion, foods change their chemistry. Whether a food is alkaline or acidic is based on its mineral content and residue that remains after the food is digested. Energy is derived from foods by oxidation, which produces a residue or ash. Some foods leave an ‘acid ash’ (from acid forming foods) and some leave an ‘alkaline ash’ (from alkaline forming foods).
For optimum health and prevention of disease your diet should be more alkaline than acidic, 80% alkaline to 20% acid forming foods is recommended.
Include plenty of alkali-forming foods in your diet such as fresh vegetables, legumes and fruit, nuts and seeds (almonds, brazil), millet, buckwheat, spelt, spirulina and chlorella, unsweetened soy and almond milks, and cold pressed oils (flax, olive, coconut).
Limit acid forming foods to 20% of your diet including meat, poultry, wheat, peanuts, milk, sweets, processed foods rich in sugars and fats, take away foods, soft drink, alcohol, margarine, vegetable and hydrogenated oils.