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Why pH Balance is Important for Health

Posted by Cliff S. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven

OK, I know, who thinks about pH balance when tossin' back a few margaritas with the girls or beers with the boys, but it's something to consider for your overall health and fitness. In order to maintain suitable pH balance, nutritionists suggest 80% of dietary intake should be alkaline foods and 20% acid foods.

The alkalinity or acidic properties of foods and drinks come into play when your body burns them for fuel. Consuming acid foods, drugs, tobacco, sodas, cocktails, and coffee causes the pH level of the blood to become overly acidic and out of balance. It's kind of like a swimming pool that has an overly acidic pH level, and as any pool owner knows, that can cause problems. The best way to maintain good pH balance and a healthy balanced diet is to eat mainly all natural foods.

Here are 5 good alkaline food choices to help maintain proper pH balance in the bloodstream:

1. Pineapple
2. Broccoli
3. Cantaloupe
4. Carrots
5. Potatoes

Next time, I'll cover some acid foods to beware of that could tip your pH balance away from the 80/20 alkaline acid ratio. Obviously, the best sources for more alkalinity in the bloodstream are all natural foods from mother nature.
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Interesting. I'd never heard of this before.

Alkaline foods and pH balance have become important considerations for wellness during the past decade.

“The China Study”, by T. Colin Campbell, PнD and Thomas M. Campbell II is said to be the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted.

Here is how that study explains an acid/alkaline imbalance:
“An increased acid load means that our blood and tissues become more acidic. The body does not like this acidic environment and begins to fight it. In order to neutralize the acid, the body uses calcium, which acts as a very effective (alkaline) base. This calcium, however, must come from somewhere. It ends up being pulled from the bones, and the calcium loss weakens them, putting them at greater risk for fracture”.

I invite you to take the Alkaline Food Test at for a better understanding of how your food and drink choices affect pH balance and thus your overall wellbeing.

Thanks for the info Cliff. I never realized that coffee could affect your pH balance. Does that go for decaf as well?

Good question. Yes, decaf coffee is just as acid forming as regular coffee partly because of the manufacturing processes and chemicals used in decaffienating the coffee. Keep in mind, when we refer to the acid forming or alkaline forming properties of foods and beverages we are referring to the level of acid or alkaline ash present in the bloodstream after consumption.

Instead of decaf coffee, try Calli Tea. We have friends who drank several cups of regular coffee every day for years, then switched to Calli and eliminated caffeine without any withdrawal symtoms. Herbal teas are naturally alkaline and usually have little or no measurable amount of caffeine.

hi, i was wondering if swiss watwer(non- qhemical way to decafenaide coffee beans) decaf is also acid forming
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