Alkaline Foods and Acid Foods-How They Affect pH Balance
Posted Aug 13 2010 12:54pm
In order to help the body maintain an appropriate level of alkalinity, it is important to consume the proper balance of alkaline foods and acid foods. The blend that alkaline diet proponents suggest is 80% alkaline foods to 20% acid foods.
Maintaining a proper pH balance plays an important role in your total well-being because dangerous bacteria, harmful organisms, yeast and viruses flourish when the body is more acidic. So, eating more alkaline foods than acid foods creates a poor environment for the microorganisms that might make you ill.
The most reliable alkaline foods to consume are fresh fruits and veggies, herbs and spices. Simple seasonings like sea salt, cinnamon and oregano can be excellent alkaline choices. Leafy green veggies such as lettuce, spinach, and rainbow chard are very good alkaline foods. Carrots, peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and other orange or yellow vegetables also help add alkalinity to the diet. There are a few fruits and vegetables considered to be acid foods, so watch your intake of plums, corn, green olives, and cranberries. It is interesting to note that green bananas are more acidic while ripe bananas register as alkaline foods. Also, this may seem to contradict typical thinking, but citrus fruits are usually said to be alkaline foods. Keep in mind that what is being calculated is the pH balance these foods register once they have been digested.
It is important to remember that some acid foods are necessary to complement the alkaline foods. Most supporters of an alkaline diet recommend primarily alkaline foods, but about twenty percent of your consumption should be acid foods. Common acid foods are pasta, meats and fish. Of course, beer, coffee, wine, sodas, and tobacco can really tip pH balance to the acid side of the scale. Other items that are considered healthy may also be acid foods, such as nuts, whole grains and beans. This doesn't mean you should stop eating them. It just means that you should be minful of the mix of alkaline foods that you choose each day.
Cliff Smith is co-owner of the fastest growing health food store online. He created the Alkaline Food Test at www.BestHealthFoodStore.net as a simple way for consumers to measure their daily consumption of alkaline foods and acid foods. Thousands have taken the test and are improving their lives as a result.