Acid/Base Balance

Apparently there is a lot of information coming out about the importance  of having a  higher proportion of alkaline foods in the  diet.   The serum in the blood should be slightly alkaline,  and when it is not,  there is a tendency towards poor health.   there is a propensity to develop more  inflammation,  which is thought to be the source of  a lot of medical problems:   diabetes,  cancer,  high blood pressure,    osteoporosis,  chronic fatigue,  to list a few.

How do you know if your body is acidic or alkaline?   There are a couple of ways to tell, and the first way is to test the first morning urine,   the second is to test the saliva,  and the third is to test the blood.   The two easiest are the saliva and the urine.   All you need is the  pH  paper that detects acid or base status and will turn colors depending on the acidity or alkalinity of the fluid being tested.   Water is neutral and should be 7.0 on the  pH scale.   Very acidic is on the lower end of the scale  (towards 1.0),   Very alkaline is on the higher end of the scale  (towards 14.0).    Serum  is usually around 7.35 to 7.45  or slightly alkaline.

So, now what foods are alkaline,  and what foods are acidic?   Well, to put is simply,  the vegetables are predominantly alkaline  with sprouts being very alkaline,   and some fruits such as tomato and avocado,  lemons, limes and grapefruits, fresh coconuts,  sour cherries, and unripe bananas   have an alkalizing effect on the body.    Most fruits because of the natural sugar content can be acidic.   Almost all processed foods,  dairy products,  and high protein foods  (meats) ,   sugar, caffeine,  artificial sweeteners, alcohol,   carbonated beverages are all acid  forming.  If it comes in a can or a box,  it is acidic  and also does not have much in the line of either fiber or nutrients in it.

The following is a partial list of alkaline foods:   ripe peas, asparagus, artichokes,   comfrey,  cabbage,  lettuce,  onions, cauliflower, rutabaga, kohlrabi,  zucchini,  rhubarb, leeks, watercress, spinach,  turnips,  chives, carrots, lemons,  limes,   green beans,   beets,  garlic, tomato, endive, avocado,  radishes, dandelion,  sprouts   (of all kinds),   alfalfa grass,  barley grass, cucumber,   lentils,  lima beans,  soybeans (fresh),   white beans,    soy lecithin,   cumin seeds,   sesame seeds,  fennel seeds, caraway seeds,  almonds,   olive oil,  flax seed oil,  evening primrose oil,   fresh coconut water.

Other foods that are acidic include;   brown rice,  wheat, buckwheat, millet, and spelt,  walnuts,  pumpkin seeds,  sunflower seeds,  macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, flax seeds,  brazil nuts,  sunflower oil, ghee,  coconut milk,  and freshwater fish.

So what does this all mean:   You heard your mother,  “Eat your veggies”,  well that is TRUE.   And as much of what you eat should be fresh and raw.  The more it is cooked and processed,  the less nutrients there are in the food.    And how about fruit juices?   they  are very high in sugar,  low in fiber,  and best to be avoided.     However, it does not mean that you can’t have any acidic foods,  it just means that you need to keep your proportion of  acidic foods to   20 % of your diet or less.    So,  80% of the diet should be alkaline foods.

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